Policy Issues


New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research

FutureEd, a new education policy think tank, has launched today, offering online news, analysis and research that’s independent, nonpartisan and “solution-oriented.”

3 Short-Term Measures for Showing Whether College Reform Will Work

A new report suggested that "credit momentum," "gateway momentum" and "program momentum" can predict long-term success.

Room and Board Drive Rising College Costs Too

According to research by the Urban Institute, charges for room and board at four-year colleges have outpaced inflation, doubling since 1980.

Mid-Tier Colleges Do Better Job of Upward Mobility

An organization using data to understand how to improve the economic opportunities for low-income people has developed a set of "mobility report cards" to rank universities and colleges by how well their students "climb the income ladder."

Autopsy for the Failure That Was inBloom

In the wake of inBloom, 400 pieces of state-level legislation around student data privacy have been introduced, and many have been adopted. More tellingly, the trend in data-fueled ed tech has since been toward piecemeal adoption of closed, proprietary systems instead of a multi-state, open source platform.

U Chicago Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readiness

Policymakers and education leaders are often working with "misguided" ideas about student success and college readiness, and researchers at the University of Chicago are looking to do something about that.

DeVos Meets With Staff as GOP Proposes Terminating ED

On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.

Washington Rep. Intros Bill to Expand OER Use at 6 Institutions

Representative Melanie Stambaugh, who residents on Washington State Legislature's House Higher Education Committee, has proposed a bill that would award $100,000 grants to six colleges and universities to expand their use of open educational resources (OER).

ESSA Student Accountability Ruling Canceled by Congress

Just hours after Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed as education secretary by the United States Senate, a Republican-led Congress dismantled rules laying out how parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) would be implemented. On Monday, Senate and House Joint Resolution 57 and H.J. 58 were passed along for a vote to the full House by the House Rules Committee.

FCC Blocks 9 Companies From Providing Low-Income Internet Access

FCC regulators are telling nine companies that they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program intended to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies were approved to do so.

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