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Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation
March 26, 2014

The young children of today will soon grow into the middle-schoolers of the next decade, the high school graduates of the late 2020s, and the citizens and workforce of the future.

The Graduate Student Debt Review

  • By
  • Jason Delisle,
  • New America Foundation
March 25, 2014

A New America analysis of recently available Department of Education data reveals that much of America’s student debt problem may be a result of expensive graduate and professional degrees—not unaffordable undergraduate educations. In fact, around 40 percent of recent federal loan disbursements are for graduate student debt, suggesting that a large chunk of the ubiquitous “$1 trillion in outstanding federal student debt” number is, in fact, graduate debt.

Time To Improve

  • By
  • Melissa Tooley,
  • Laura Bornfreund,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014
While educator preparation has always been important, it is now more important than ever. Currently, there are more first year teachers in the United States than teachers of any other experience level—and at many schools, most of the teachers have only been teaching for a few years. Meanwhile, the skills and responsibilities expected of educators are expanding, as higher standards and new technologies are implemented to improve student learning. 

College Blackout

  • By
  • Amy Laitinen,
  • Clare McCann,
  • New America Foundation
March 11, 2014
Ever-rising college costs, more than $1 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, and graduates doubtful that they’ll be able to earn enough to repay their loans have driven college value to become a major concern for most prospective students. Yet students, families, and policymakers are finding their questions can’t be answered—because the higher education lobby has fought to keep it that way.

Key Questions: Education Policy in the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

March 4, 2014
President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4, 2014. The proposal, which includes $1.014 trillion in appropriations spending, slightly exceeds the limit passed earlier this year by Congress and signed into law by the president of $1.012 trillion, with the exception of an Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative fund that would provide additional funding offset by revenue increases or spending cuts.

Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Sarah Morris,
  • Lindsey Tepe,
  • New America Foundation
February 26, 2014
​The need to upgrade America’s Internet infrastructure to support innovative digital learning tools and services has never been greater. In the past year, members of Congress, Federal Communications Commissioners, and President Obama have all recognized the issue, publicly calling for an expansion of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) E-rate program to provide next-generation Internet connectivity to schools and libraries across the country.

Raising Arizona: Lessons for the Nation from a State’s Experience with Full-Day Kindergarten

  • By CJ Libassi
February 24, 2014
Though recently much attention has been given to the importance of early childhood education, one stubborn shortcoming of education in the early grades remains largely ignored: Unlike every other grade in the K-12 system, some students in the United States still do not have access to free, full-day kindergarten at their local public schools. In fact, just 11 states and the District of Columbia require their public schools to provide free, fullday kindergarten by law. Alternatively, six states have no statute requiring any kindergarten at all.

The Student Debt Review

  • By
  • Ben Miller,
  • New America Foundation
February 17, 2014
Student debt is not a new concern. But it is a complex story, the details of which vary greatly depending on the type of college a student attends, and the credential they earn. Using the last four quadrennial NPSAS surveys, our Student Debt Review report examines how different students, pursuing different credentials, experience debt differently.

Federal Education Budget Update

  • By
  • Jason Delisle,
  • Clare McCann,
  • New America Foundation
January 30, 2014
Congress completed the fiscal year 2014 appropriations process on January 17, 2014, finalizing annual funding for Department of Education programs through September 30, 2014 at $67.3 billion, up nearly $1.6 billion from the prior year.

Subprime Learning

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • Laura Bornfreund,
  • Clare McCann,
  • Conor Williams,
  • New America Foundation
January 21, 2014
Five years ago, the United States was in the thick of the Great Recession, coping with a stock market crash and loss of jobs that would send aftershocks throughout early education. Yet early 2009 was also a time of great hope among advocates for young children. President Barack Obama, newly sworn in, had called attention to early education throughout his campaign, aiming for $10 billion in public investments for children from birth to age five, educational infrastructure grants for states, and improvements in teaching. Many states already had been making investments in public preschool.
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