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Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2018
This Issue Brief reviews general state practices to maintain safe schools and federal education programs that fund and shape some local school practices. Re-examining how school safety initiatives are implemented in states suggests the need for increased collaboration among states and new flexibility for states when it comes to the use of existing…
Descriptors: School Safety, State Programs, Agency Cooperation, Government Role
Amselem, Mary Clare – Heritage Foundation, 2018
While the idea has existed since at least the 1950s, schools are only now beginning to truly experiment with the concept of income share agreements (ISAs). When structured well to be financially solvent and beneficial to both parties, income share agreements offer an innovative way to provide access to education at no up-front cost to…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Paying for College, Business, Industry
von Spakovsky, Hans A. – Heritage Foundation, 2018
More than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recent studies, complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education, and lawsuits filed against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveal that many academic institutions are engaging in blatant racial discrimination by gaming the system,…
Descriptors: Racial Discrimination, Higher Education, Selective Admission, Civil Rights Legislation
Wilcox, W. Bradford; Max, Derrick; Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2018
School choice is a means to achieving numerous important goals: It fosters upward economic mobility, instills civic values, engenders an appreciation for the arts and humanities, and imparts students with the knowledge and the skills necessary to pursue their life and career goals. Education choice, at its essence, serves as a vehicle through…
Descriptors: School Choice, Social Mobility, Poverty, Poverty Programs
Butcher, Jonathan; Slattery, Elizabeth – Heritage Foundation, 2018
As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last year, federal lawmakers gave parents more flexibility with their own savings for their children's education. Now, families that save money for college using what are commonly known as 529 college savings plans (named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code) can apply some of those savings to…
Descriptors: Money Management, Paying for College, Geographic Regions, Tuition
Anderson, Ryan T.; Wood, Melody – Heritage Foundation, 2017
For most Americans, concerns related to students who identify as transgender are a new reality. The Obama Administration's response to this new reality was an unlawful attempt to force a one-size-fits-all policy on the entire nation rather than allow parents, teachers, and local schools the time, space, and flexibility to find solutions that would…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Sexual Identity, Government Role, Public Policy
Burke, Lindsey M.; Muhlhausen, David B. – Heritage Foundation, 2013
In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
Richwine, Jason; Biggs, Andrew G. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
A November 2011 Heritage Foundation report--"Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers"--presented data on teacher salaries and benefits in order to inform debates about teacher compensation reform. The report concluded that public-school teacher compensation is far ahead of what comparable private-sector workers enjoy, and that…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Effectiveness, Retirement Benefits
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
On its 10-year anniversary, there is consensus that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is broken. The debate over how to reform NCLB has generated a number of proposals from both houses of Congress and the Obama Administration, but ideas about how to rewrite the law differ greatly. In early 2012, the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Accountability, School Policy, Success
Butler, Stuart M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
President Obama is right to draw attention to the soaring cost of a college education in America. However, his proposed solution will not only fail to fix the problem but is also likely to compound it by blunting the competition that is needed to shake up the world of higher education. President Obama proposes to slow tuition growth by…
Descriptors: Higher Education, State Universities, Private Colleges, Finance Reform
Richwine, Jason – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Despite ongoing debates over the adequacy of teacher compensation, the design of merit pay systems, and the structure of pension benefits, there is broad agreement that teacher pay should be designed to recruit--and retain--the highest-quality teachers in a cost-effective manner. Policymakers should avoid across-the-board pay increases, and focus…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness
Burke, Lindsey M.; Sheffield, Rachel – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Coverdell education savings accounts (ESAs), created through the federal tax code, allow families to save money tax-free for K-12 and higher education expenses. Lifting the cap on contributions to Coverdell accounts would provide greater access to school choice options by allowing families to invest more money in their children's education.…
Descriptors: Expenditures, Elementary Secondary Education, Tax Credits, School Choice
Burke, Lindsey M.; Butler, Stuart M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
America's higher education system is in dire need of reform. The average college student leaves school with more than $23,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. Furthermore, too many students are leaving college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. And yet, despite the dire…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, Student Loan Programs, Federal Aid
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
In August 2012, the White House released the report "Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom" to bolster President Obama's call for massive new education spending. The report suggests that, absent an enormous infusion of more tax dollars, the nation's public schools will lose teachers and programs, damaging American…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Enrollment, Public Schools, Teacher Student Ratio
Stotsky, Sandra – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Since coming to office, the Obama Administration has been intent on standardizing what is taught at each grade level in all of the nation's schools. It has used its flagship "Race to the Top" competitive grant program to entice states to adopt the K-12 standards developed by a joint project of the National Governors Association (NGA) and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality, College Readiness, State Standards
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