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State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan Debt

Campus protest article icon Issue Brief To address states’ devastating budget cuts to public colleges ushered in by the Great Recession, the Center for American Progress proposes a new funding mechanism to improve college affordability and decrease student reliance on federal loans.

by Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps

Students in class book_alt2 icon Report Closing the educational achievement gaps of children of color would strengthen our economy and our nation.

by Robert Lynch & Patrick Oakford | Monday, November 10, 2014

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

math homework article icon Fact Sheet The Common Core State Standards represent an important step toward closing achievement gaps and opening the door to higher-paying science, technology, engineering, and math jobs for millions of low-income girls and girls of color.

| Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Middle-Class Squeeze

umbrellas book_alt2 icon 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.

by Jennifer Erickson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Hidden Crisis

Johns Hopkins article icon 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.

by Zenen Jaimes Pérez and Hannah Hussey | Friday, September 19, 2014

How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students

Student studying article icon 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.

by Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes

Teacher in front of class article icon Issue Brief Low pay prevents talented and experienced teachers from living a middle-class life.

by Ulrich Boser and Chelsea Straus | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class. article icon Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.

by Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity

StudentsTo ensure successful outcomes for all students, our nation must do more to improve the fair and productive use of school dollars.

by Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way

child school bus book_alt2 icon Report We need to address inequity in state aid to school districts in order to help fiscally disadvantaged districts reach a level playing field.​

by Bruce D. Baker | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Return on Educational Investment: 2014

Pencils rest on a dollar bill book_alt2 icon Report A look at school district bang for the buck.

by Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Professional Support for Principals Is Essential for Strong Teacher-Evaluation Systems

New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.

by Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Changing Role of the Principal

Principal book_alt2 icon Report A series of case studies sheds light on the changing landscape of school leadership and principal professional development.

by Lee Alvoid and Watt Lesley Black Jr. | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

Fourth grade teacher Chevonne Dixon teaches class book_alt2 icon Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.

by Glenda L. Partee | Saturday, June 28, 2014

Access to Effective Teaching is the New Measure of Equity

middle school girl commentsThe ruling in Vergara v. California sparks strong reactions on both sides of the issue, but all can agree that great teaching matters.

by Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, June 27, 2014