Behind the Headline: White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college

By 04/25/2016 0 Comments

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White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college
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Should Community College Be Free?
Education Next | Winter 2016

ednext-ototn-april16-bidenVice President Biden will announce today that the White House will award $100 million in grants to expand workforce training programs at community colleges.

The programs will be partnerships between employers, training programs, and community colleges and will “extend tuition-free education to unemployed, underemployed and low-income workers to enter industries that require skilled labor.” The programs are meant to build on President Obama’s goal of making tuition at community colleges free.

The Winter 2016 issue of Ed Next included a debate on whether community college should be free.

In the forum, Sara Goldrick-Rab, who is the co-author of a paper that helped shape the president’s plan for free community college, calls for an even more expansive effort—one that includes funding for students’ living and other expenses while they pursue an associate degree at any public institution.

In response, Andrew Kelly argues that the Obama plan will not address low rates of college readiness and student success but will strain public budgets and crowd out innovation.


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Testing Alone Won’t Make Good Readers

By 04/22/2016 1 Comment

Children’s ability to understand what they read is intimately intertwined with their background knowledge and vocabulary. If a child is not broadly educated, he won’t be fully literate.

Arne Duncan, Lamar Alexander, and the Rule of Law

Duncan decried the “dysfunction” in Washington. But surely impugning the “motivations” of our political opponents doesn’t help to add function.

Mr. Duncan’s Sad Legacy

By 04/22/2016 1 Comment

On Monday, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returned to Washington DC to speak at a Georgetown University conference.

Every School Can Have a Great Principal: A Fresh Vision for How

A new kind of principal would work with a “team of leaders” made up of great teachers within their school and could also lead multiple schools.

Why I’m Not Outraged by the Vergara Reversal

By 04/20/2016 0 Comments

Courts are useful guardians of access to schooling but poorly suited to monitor the quality of policy or practice.

Behind the Headline: Texas, Arizona High Schools Dominate New U.S. News Rankings

By 04/20/2016 0 Comments

U.S. News and World Report has released its 2016 rankings of the country’s best high schools, identifying the public high schools that do the best job of preparing students for college and careers.

Stop Seeing Education Policy as the Only Driver of Educational Change

Policy change alone is not going to get us to the promised land of more effective, productive, and equitable schools.

The Teacher Hazing Ritual

It’s difficult to pinpoint why we seem so averse to making classroom management the centerpiece of new teacher training.

Behind the Headline: Better Adult Outcomes for Charter School Students

By 04/18/2016 0 Comments

A study released earlier this month by Mathematica finds that students attending charter high schools in Florida scored lower on achievement tests than students in traditional public schools, but years later, the charter students were more likely to have attended at least two years of college and also had higher earnings.

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