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Weinstein, Paul, Jr.; Goodman, Veronica – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
Over the last 30 years, college tuition has skyrocketed. From 1988 to 2018, tuition at public four-year institutions rose 213%. In response to the exponential surge in the cost of higher education, policymakers have focused increasingly on proposals to expand financial aid and loans, and canceling the vast sums of debt that college students have…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Paying for College, Student Costs
Craig, Ryan – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn't do enough to help people who don't go…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Job Skills
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
For many students, the burden of student debt lingers years after leaving college, dragging down their finances and household security. New federal data find that, 12 years after enrollment, students with debt still owed, on average, two-thirds of what they had borrowed -- and as many as 27 percent had defaulted. Colleges, however, face no…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Debt (Financial), Student Financial Aid, Paying for College
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Charter Schools, Equal Education, State Aid
Weinstein, Paul, Jr. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2014
The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Students from across the globe continue to flock to American universities, while the competition among U.S. students for slots at these elite schools is tougher than ever. There are cracks in the fiscal foundations of higher education, however, and they are growing wider. The costs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Costs, Paying for College
Mandel, Michael – Progressive Policy Institute, 2010
Sometimes a proposed piece of legislation or new rule can catalyze debate about a key issue. That seems to be the case for the "gainful employment" rule currently being proposed by the Department of Education (DOE). The rule addresses a very real problem: The large amounts of debt being taken on by some students, mainly those attending for-profit…
Descriptors: Legislation, Federal Regulation, Employment Patterns, Labor Market
Lake, Robin J.; Rainey, Lydia – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In the past eight years, Chicago has created an excellent charter school model with help from across the city. Mayor Richard Daley supported the reform, Chicago Public Schools developed a thoughtful and proactive approval process, business and civic leaders championed the movement and provided technical support, and teachers and community groups…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author examines charter schooling in Washington, D.C., including the region's unique history of charter schooling and the challenges these schools face. She is optimistic about the future of the District's charter school movement, but argues that District and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Change
Levine, Michael H. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
With some notable exceptions, public schools are doing a woeful job of teaching students about the world outside America's borders. For example, surveys conducted by the Asia Society and the National Geographic Society show a huge gap in most students' knowledge about the growing importance of Asia and other world regions to the nation's economic…
Descriptors: Global Approach, World Affairs, Social Studies, International Studies
Smith, Nelson – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
The Texas example illustrates the challenge faced by today's charter movement: how to meet growing demand while maintaining quality. Its considerable progress is sometimes obscured by headlines about the few schools at the top that generate enormous excitement and world-class achievement and the few at the bottom that use their autonomy for unwise…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, School Law, Academic Achievement
Schroeder, Jon – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report traces the origins, evolution and impact of Minnesota's pioneering charter school law--on its own schools, students, and communities and on the development of charter laws in many other states. It notes that, unlike what is now happening elsewhere, new schools are now being chartered at an accelerating pace in Minnesota. And because…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational History, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Hassel, Bryan C. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report has describes how the young Indianapolis charter school initiative can claim a number of successes: (1) Many community leaders have stepped forward to spearhead the creation of charter schools, bringing new energy and resources into public education; (2) Parents have flocked to the new schools, lining up on waiting lists and noting…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
There is widespread recognition of the importance of early childhood learning, and a strong public appetite for increased public support to ensure that young children enter school ready to learn. National surveys find that 87 percent of voters think state governments should provide funding so that all children can enroll in preschool.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Public Education, Budgets