Bipartisan budget proposals seek to address the debt-burden on students, yet merely underscore the need for a drastic overhaul of post-secondary education financing. The White House’s latest proposal for easing student-debt is a noble but ultimately bankrupt effort, which misses the forest for the trees. The plan includes an expansion of income-based repayment (IBR), makes

Arne Duncan’s latest gaffe highlights the critical inequities of federal education “reforms.” Reversing these trends will require policymakers to acknowledge that education alone cannot create perfect equity of opportunity.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hastily walked back his comments recently after dismissing Common Core opponents as “white suburban moms”  who had suddenly realized that their

California is placing a new emphasis on local community needs and closing the poverty achievement gap in education, and the rest of the country would do well to follow. As our country’s economy has limped along from one crisis to another over the past several years, the impact of state and federal austerity measures on

Tuition wasn’t always so high, student loans didn’t always have those interest rates, and the public higher education system could still return to its roots in social mobility and inclusion. For many Millennials, the present higher education system exudes an overwhelming sense of permanence. In our short lives, college tuition has always been high, education

Young Americans demand action on the student loan crisis, and they have a plan to solve it. “Work hard. Get good grades. Go to a good school and you will be successful.” Our generation has been told time and again that through hard work and dedication, we will be able to live happy lives, have

Tagged under: ,

Citizens shouldn’t be seen as merely consumers choosing from an array of options, but active participants in collective decision-making. Backing Governor Chris Christie and Commissioner Chris Cerf’s unrelenting push for more “high-quality school options” in New Jersey, the Department of Education recently approved nine charter schools to open in September, bringing the total number of