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Bizarro World: I Heart Standardized Tests...And Republicans Don't?

We need data to guide our instructional choices and our policymaking, even if those data are imperfect. Data from those NCLB-mandated assess


Why Colleges Are Like Cable Companies

One reason people hate cable companies is unpredictability. When the statement arrives each month, the amount owed can be a total mystery. T


Obama's $10,000 Tax Credit For College Sounds Great, But It Misses The Mark

Regardless of family income, the difference in timing between taxes and tuition makes it debatable that the credit is doing much to deal wit


No, Libertarians, Community Colleges Are Not a Bad Investment Choice

There are some honest policy questions about the results achieved at many community colleges that can and should be asked given the large nu


Yes, Free Community College Is Major, But Not Just For The Reason You Think

At first glance, the most important number in the proposal might be $0, the tuition to students. It isn't. The most important number is 25 p


One Reason For Progressives To Be Hopeful This Year? Universal Pre-K

Universal pre-K illustrates a critical progressive value: programs that support underserved, low-income children and parents make it easier


The Hidden Student-Debt Bomb

For many borrowers, income-based repayment works like long-term forbearance, or better if their debt is forgiven. Borrowers might have their


Why Shouldn't Ed Reformers Like Arne Duncan Protest Police Violence?

So why are reformers like Duncan and Packnett taking heat for their support and leadership of the protest movement? Surely they are better t


Sizing Up the College Rating System

The colleges that will be rated poorly by those standards know who they are, and would rather not be exposed. Their opposition is to be expe


Why Progressives Have Ignored Deaths Like Eric Garner's For Years

The protests have never been about one incident. They've never been about one particular tragic death. These are protests against unceasing,


Montgomery County School Chief Joshua Starr’s Biggest Problem—Everyone Wants to Go to His Schools

Even the guy who runs the schools has something to learn. When Joshua P. Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, arrived


For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems

But while the best students are sending out more applications for the same number of slots at elite colleges, the slots themselves aren’t be