Law and policy

A student takes a quiz at a high school in Ossining, N.Y.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

Even states that only grudgingly rely on multiple-choice tests may sit out an “innovative assessment” pilot

Katherine Kerwin, legislative affairs chair of the University of Wisconsin student government, leads efforts against letting public university students in Wisconsin opt out of paying fees to clubs and causes with which they disagree. “We can’t eliminate things because we’re so close-minded that we don’t want to pay for an organization that we don’t believe in,” she says.

Should college students’ money be paying for controversial speakers and programs?

Debate comes as universities shift more and more costs to students, including the bill for hot button speakers and polarizing clubs

New research questions the value of certificates pushed by colleges, policymakers

Studies suggest these popular credentials often don’t improve job prospects or pay

The threat of Big Brother undermines a push to gather data about college student performance

Opponents of collecting more data now cite privacy fears, especially for Dreamers

As students spend more time on digital devices in school, data security becomes increasingly important.

Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

Some districts go above and beyond compliance to foster trust among parents

OPINION: The case for investing in high-quality early learning

Breaking the cycle of poverty

Juan Belman, age 24, 2017 graduate of University of Texas at Austin.

STUDENT VOICES: DACA students worry about ‘really tough times’ ahead

‘We don’t know where our futures are going,’ as Washington debates whether to continue program for undocumented immigrant children

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How the federal government abandoned the Brown v. Board of Education decision

It’s illegal to run schools designed to keep out black students, but the Department of Justice is letting districts get away with it

Attacking DACA during a national tragedy is divisive and un-neighborly

Citizenship is so much more than a piece of paper

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