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A Case of Mistaken Identity: The New York Times Mixes up Higher Education and Workforce Development | EdCentral

  • By
  • Mary Alice McCarthy,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
Federally-funded job training programs have a reputation problem in the United States, often serving as scapegoats for the very problems they are trying to alleviate – unemployment, skill gaps, and economic insecurity, to name a few. But they’ve never been held responsible for students taking on large amounts of debt to finance their education.

Lawmakers Dabble in Early Education Reform | EdCentral

  • By
  • Clare McCann,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
In our recent report, Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education, we put forth dozens of recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers; teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities; community organizations; and school leaders to help the field better meet the needs of young children and their families and improve access to high-quality early education opportunities.

Despite All The Conspiracy Theories, Common Core Is Actually Just Boring | TPM

  • By
  • Conor Williams,
  • New America Foundation
August 13, 2014 |
Folks on both sides of the Common Core fight are getting increasingly serious. Common Core supporters are warning each other about the dangers of dismissing their opponents as “crazies.” And on the other side, at a recent Glenn-Beck-sponsored event, militant Common Core opponents suggested that Common Core skeptics should quit trying to link the standards to a “communist takeover” or “brainwashing” (to be fair, this came on a night where Common Core were attacked for trying to “cash in your children”).

No, Millennials Are Not All Libertarians | The Nation

  • By
  • Alex Holt,
  • New America Foundation
July 30, 2014 |
Young Americans’ fondness for high-tech innovation could suit our need to shake up the political system.

How Earnings Measure College Quality | EdCentral

  • By
  • Ben Miller,
  • New America Foundation
July 23, 2014 |
Taditionally, college quality has been thought of in academic terms. But we can no longer exclude graduates’ post-completion earnings from the postsecondary quality debate. While focusing on monetary outcomes is extremely controversial among academics, the ability to ignore finances entirely disappeared the day tuition started costing thousands of dollars and student loans became a ubiquitous financing mechanism.

Beyond Subprime Learning: Our Ideas for Accelerating Progress in Early Education | EdCentral

  • By
  • Laura Bornfreund,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
In January, the Early Education Initiative released the report Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession. We found that during the last five years the federal government and states focused on building infrastructure and improving coordination across early childhood programs. This attention was sorely needed, but now it’s time to turn the focus to teaching and learning in the early years and up through third grade.

Taking On Teacher Equity | Politico

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Today, the Obama administration is asking states to create plans ensuring that all students have access to effective teachers — and it will publish profiles of all states that will include information about where children from minority and low-income families aren't getting their fair share of these teachers this fall. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is writing to state education chiefs asking them to revisit plans first created in 2006, required by Title I of NCLB. But with no updates to the law, states haven’t had to touch their plans.

More on American Colleges’ Standing in the World | New York Times

  • By
  • Kevin Carey,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Last week I wrote that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is no reason to believe that American colleges are, on average, the best in the world. A number of people who responded, including several in letters to The Times, raised issues worth addressing more broadly.
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