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Putting Community Colleges To Work | Inside Higher Ed

April 17, 2014

“It's moving in the right direction,” said Mary Alice McCarthy, a senior policy analyst for the New America Foundation, who previously worked for both the Labor and Education Departments. President Obama and Vice President Biden talked up the workforce ...

Student Loan Borrowers' Costs To Jump As Education Department Reaps Huge ... | Huffington Post

April 14, 2014

Jason Delisle, director of the federal education budget project at the New America Foundation, said CBO figures show that the Pell Grant program will need more money to continue at present levels beginning in 2017. Assuming that Congress does not want ...

Parent PLUS Loans Under Scrutiny | Marketplace

April 14, 2014

But policy analyst Rachel Fishman with the New America Foundation worries it’s too easy for low and moderate income families to borrow too much, as they try to give their kids a better life.

“That really puts the federal government in a dangerous position of telling them, ‘Sure you can do that,’” she says. “'You can mortgage your future. You’re really close to retirement and we can garnish your Social Security, but fine, we’re gonna to let you take on a loan for $20,000, $30,000 dollars.’”

What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should) | The New York Times

April 9, 2014

“The term ‘need-blind admission’ has no official definition,” said Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation. “It’s not in law anywhere. It’s just a mantle that the schools put on themselves.”

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New America Hosts Launch of Workforce Credentials Coalition

April 7, 2014

Washington, DC — Today, New America is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Workforce Credentials Coalition. Led by the California Community Colleges (CCCCO) and the North Carolina Community Colleges, the Coalition is a nationwide group of over twenty states seeking to develop joint data standards and data sharing agreements with industry and professional certifying bodies. Common data field definition is necessary so education and industry can together provide a skilled workforce.

Challenge for Pre-K Recruitment: Lagging Latino Enrollment | The New York World

April 4, 2014

Conor Williams, senior researcher at the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, said that building a single, standard application process can help alleviate class and racial disparities in pre-K enrollment.

“A unified system would reduce the potential for more affluent parents with the wherewithal to apply to every program from gaming the system,” said Williams.

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Default Data On Parent Plus Loans

April 3, 2014

“We absolutely should be concerned about defaults in the PLUS loan program,” said Rachel Fishman, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation who has criticized institutions for using PLUS loans to mask their prices and skirt accountability measures.

Ryan Budget Outlines Steep Cuts to Education

April 1, 2014

But because the budget sticks to the caps that Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) agreed on last fall, it could make things easier on appropriators in the coming months, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

“The House and Senate are actually totally aligned on the non-defense limit and the overall limit,” McCann noted. Since Murray decided to not put out a budget this year, she said, the Ryan budget could become useful messaging.

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House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid | Education Week

April 1, 2014

What's more, there are significant challenges to boosting funding for special education, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project.

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