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    The Battle Over Increased Regulation of …

    Andrew Revard

    An overlooked yet fierce battle has been transpiring in America's higher education industry. The battle is over federal financial aid to for-profit colleges. There are two primary issues in the dispute: first, what is an acceptable metric to determine if a for-profit college's default rate is high enough to disqualify it ...

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    Academically Adrift: a New Book Asserts …

    Andrew Revard

    Increasing college attendance and graduation rates has long been a goal for many wanting to reform the U.S. education system. These myriad efforts have been chronicled on the Michigan Policy Network. From President Obama's to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's K-14 initiatives, increasing college attendance and graduation rates is seen ...

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    Six States Accused by New America Founda …

    Andrew Revard

    A new study released by the New America Foundation (NAF) examines the effect of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) on state spending for higher education. The study, released in December 2010, is the first in a four-part series; specifically, it examines the efficacy of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds ...

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    The Correlation Between K-12 Education F …

    Andrew Revard

    Of the myriad criteria used to determine the efficacy of a K-12 education system, high school graduation rates seemingly receive the most attention. Graduation rates are assiduously examined to assess the success of an education system. Thus, identifying the trend in U.S. graduation rates is useful in determining the success of ...

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    The Gates Foundation and K-14 Education …

    Andrew Revard

    The benefits of an effective education system are multitudinous. Unfortunately, there seems to be both a consensus and striking evidence that America's education system is mediocre. High school drop out rates are high, and college attendance and graduation rates have stagnated. A seemingly intractable problem of this magnitude necessitates an expeditious response. And there has not ...

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    How Effective are Performance-Based Init …

    Andrew Revard

    With the recent conclusion of the Obama Administration's Race to the Top (R2T) program, it is now possible to identify trends in the nation's movement to reform education. One such trend is the increasing popularity of performance-based initiatives (PBIs). Recognizing the increasing popularity of PBIs compels the question: are PBIs effective? ...

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    Obama Speaks Out on Education

    Erica Weiss

    On March 10, 2009 President Obama addressed several concerns regarding education. In his speech he addressed three main issues. He spoke out in favor of merit pay for rewarding excellence in teaching, removing the limit on charter schools and urging for a longer school day and school year. The speech he gave ...

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    Arne Duncan: The New Secretary of Educat …

    Erica Weiss

    Arne Duncan was confirmed on Jan. 20 as Secretary of Education. His past experience in education ranges from being a director of the Ariel Education Initiative to CEO for the Chicago Public Schools. The goal of the Ariel Education Initiative is to give inner city students educational opportunities. In June 2001 ...

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    Andy Chou and Andrew Revard are Education Policy Correspondents for the Michigan Policy Network. Andy is a first-year student in Economics at Michigan State University. Andrew is a senior in Political Science at MSU.