Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Race to the Top, Year One

January 24, 2012

One-quarter of the states receiving part of the $4 billion in federal Race to the Top grants are in danger of losing those grants by failing to keep promises made to win them, said Education Secret

Research & Commentary: Health Insurance Exchange Sunset Clauses

January 24, 2012

States are becoming increasingly hesitant about complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by implementing a health insurance exchange.

Research & Commentary: The College Bubble

January 23, 2012

U.S. student loan debt has increased 500 percent since 1999, and the cost of college has risen 400 percent since the 1980s.

Research & Commentary: Online and Blended Learning

January 12, 2012

Two million K-12 students in the United States are enrolled in online classes this year, and full-time virtual enrollment has increased 40 percent in the past three years.

Research & Commentary: Colorado Health Insurance Exchange

January 9, 2012

Though several states have rejected federal funding for health insurance exchanges required by President Barack Obama’s health care law, the state of Colorado has accepted an $18 million federal gr

Research & Commentary: For-Profit Competition in K-12 Education

January 5, 2012

Increasing numbers of for-profit service providers have begun to enter the education sector, performing tasks from collecting and analyzing standardized test data to providing tutoring and bus serv

Research & Commentary: The FutureGen Project

January 4, 2012

In the past few decades the federal government has spent millions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the development of new energy technologies, including large-scale sequestration of carbon emitted f

Research & Commentary: U.S. Postal Service Reform

December 29, 2011

The United States Postal Service is one of the best-liked agencies of the federal government, enjoying near-universal approval of the public. But it is in deep trouble.

Research & Commentary: Amazon Taxes

Elizabeth Henderson
December 22, 2011

Many state legislatures are pursuing legislation to force out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by residents in the state.