Opinion

Why most first-generation college students will attend ‘second-tier’ schools

I arrived on the campus of a small New England College at the start of orientation in August 2006 to serve as its eighth president. More than 60 percent of…

Fear and truth: My experience with a fraternity, Title IX and retaliation

We’ve talked a lot about sexual violence on campus this year. We’ve discussed the high rate of assault and harassment and the low rate of reporting. But we haven’t sufficiently…

Where are all the women in engineering?

Middle school students from Young Women’s Prep learn to drive a remote controlled rover during a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshop at Space Center Houston, Tuesday,…

College financial aid letters can get complicated, but are rarely trickery

Financial aid professionals are not sitting around in some dark room designing an award letter to trick students

In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Yamarko Brown, age 12, works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md. The new test, which is scheduled to go into use March 2, 2015, is linked to the Common Core standards, which Maryland adopted in 2010 under the federal No Child Left Behind law, and serves as criteria for students in math and reading.

Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises

In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Yamarko Brown, age 12, works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test at Annapolis…

New tests raise the bar for kids, and that’s a good thing, whatever the scores

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, sixth grader Alex Greuey, 11, reads through a problem in the English Language Arts section of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment…

Volunteers work to help clear out the debris from a CVS in Baltimore, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Maryland's governor vowed there would be no repeat of the looting, arson and vandalism that erupted Monday in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Freddie Gray’s rough Baltimore streets shaped my fight for school choice

Volunteers work to help clear out the debris from a CVS in Baltimore, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Maryland’s governor vowed there would be no repeat of the looting,…

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More quality time: Schools’ best weapon in the battle against poverty

America faces a tough challenge. Educating students in poverty requires considerably more time than the traditional school calendar offers. But there’s hope. Expanded time and learning schools are meeting the…

Will college survive? For many, it never existed

Higher ed policy must not fail impoverished students – online or off

The GOP doesn’t want to leave any child behind – just the Obama programs that might help them

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, sitting next to the committee’s ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asks a question during…

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