Education

The War Over the War (cont.)

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
May 19, 2008 |

There's the war in Iraq and then there is the war over the war in Iraq. The first is about gaining ground against the sectarian militias and terrorists who plague that country. The second is about storytelling.

Can You Name All of the Tax Breaks to Support Higher Education?

May 12, 2008

The tax code is a mess. Even those pointy-headed economists that can bicker about anything (except the gas tax) agree that it is too complicated. They cry in virtual unison that the growth of tax deductions, credits, and deferrals leads to inefficiencies and market distortions (yikes!).

To confirm these fears, we need look no further than the education arena. Do you know how many tax provisions there are designed to support post secondary education and workforce training? It's a long list.

529 College Savings Plans

May 1, 2008

The following prepared testimony was submitted on May 1, 2008 to the Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In it, Cramer explains that 529 College savings plans can be effective savings platforms, but urges reforms to make them more inclusive.

The full text is available below as a PDF download.

Child Well-Being Index in Washington Post | For Children, a Better Beginning

April 24, 2008

Washington Post | For Children, a Better Beginning

In a wide-ranging look at how children have fared in their first decade of life, a study to be released today offers a promising picture of American childhood: Sixth-graders feel safer at school.* Reading and math scores are up for 9-year-olds. More preschoolers are vaccinated. Fewer are poisoned by lead.

Michael Dannenberg in APM's Marketplace | Student Loans Are Getting Whacked

April 17, 2008

APM's Marketplace | Student Loans Are Getting Whacked

Bank of America and a unit of Citigroup have joined a growing list of lenders cutting back on student loan programs. At the same time, the House passed an emergency bill that would enable lenders to have more cash to keep making loans. John Dimsdale reports.

How Much Does the Federal Government Spend To Promote Economic Mobility, And For Whom?

  • By
  • Adam Carasso,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Gillian Reynolds, Urban Institute; C. Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute
April 17, 2008

In an economically mobile market economy, individuals and families are able to raise their private incomes, wealth, and ability (sometimes referred to as human capital) over time and across generations. In the United States, many associate economic mobility with the pursuit of the American Dream. Education, work experience, and saving enhance the opportunity for upward economic mobility. To this end, many federal spending and tax expenditure or tax subsidy programs aim to enhance economic mobility. But exactly how much does the federal government encourage economic mobility?

Arnold vs. Arnold

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2008 |

Education cuts and reform campaigns can be the drinking and driving of California politics. Each carries certain risks when pursued separately. Combined, they can be deadly.

Academic March Madness

  • By
  • Lindsey Luebchow,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Kevin Carey
April 5, 2008 |

If you've watched any of the televised men's college basketball tournament this year, you've been bombarded by NCAA commercials that declare: "There are 380,000 NCAA student athletes... and just about every one of them will go pro in something other than sports."

It's an uplifting tagline, but there's a catch. In order to "go pro in something other than sports," that athlete needs a college degree. And far too many male athletes in top-tier Division I basketball programs never graduate.

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