Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.
Issue Brief The national movement surrounding the crisis of sexual assaults on college campuses is encouraging, but it cannot fully address the problem without including LGBT students.
Issue Brief Several colleges and universities have greater success than others graduating students of color and low-income students, as well as closing gaps across demographics, which offers a promising model for other higher-education institutions.
The ruling in Vergara v. California sparks strong reactions on both sides of the issue, but all can agree that great teaching matters.
Report By embracing big data and management technology, K-12 schools can raise student achievement and reduce costs.
Report States and districts across the country are using promising and effective practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards.
Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.
Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.
Report State education agencies that seek to combine resources when providing assistance to troubled schools often bump into federal restrictions on how grant dollars can be used.
Report States typically keep federal education funds in silos—separating staff into different offices for each federal fund. But as Texas illustrates, state education leaders can do much more to build collaborative agencies and meet comprehensive education reform goals.
Due to concerns regarding the value of a liberal arts degree, new methods of assessing student progress are being used. Competency-based education measures market-driven student skills as the primary evaluation tool and is an innovative force in higher education.
Issue Brief New York is making a significant state-level investment in expanded learning time, and districts and schools across the state are considerably lengthening the school day.
Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.
Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.