Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: School Funding that Follows the Child

January 31, 2012

The idea of education funding following the child has several names, such as weighted student funding, backpack funding, fair-student funding, student-based budgeting, and results-based budgeting.

Research & Commentary: Civic Education

January 31, 2012

Often lost in the attention rightly paid to students’ poor achievement in math and reading is that civic knowledge and participation have been sliding for decades in the United States.

Research & Commentary: Early Childhood Education

January 26, 2012

In November 2011, President Barack Obama restructured Head Start funding to require competitive grants for the least effective providers, to forestall congressional Republicans seeking to limit or

Research & Commentary: Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund

January 25, 2012

As in all states with significant hurricane risks, windstorm coverage is expensive for people in Florida.

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.