Postsecondary & Workforce

Changes in State Education Leadership

Note: this blog post was updated on Dec. 15, 2016, with final election results. The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

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A Tale of Two Students: How State Policy Affects College Access for Foster Youth

Foster youth, historically, have low levels of educational attainment. Of the approximate 415,000 youth in foster care, only 46 percent...

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Data Systems and Informed Education Policy

On Nov. 16, 2016, revisions to the key takeaways of this 50-State Comparison (and blog) were made.  The importance of data in informing...

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Federal Communications Commission Loses in Court, States have the Ability to Limit Municipal Broadband

A Federal Appels Court recently blocked efforts to expand public broadband.  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals filed a ruling on Aug. 10,...

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Three Things I Think I Think: Ruminations on trends impacting higher education

Americans love lists, for a host of reasons, and the higher education policy community is no exception. A wide collection of ‘Top Ten’...

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27 Is the New 18: Adult students on the rise

When imagining the beginning of a postsecondary experience, one pictures hundreds of students showing up on campus, moving into their dorms...

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State Laws May Create Challenges for Local Broadband Expansion

Inadequate access to industry-standard broadband speeds confronts many households and individuals across the states as indicated in a...

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Final Day of the 2016 National Forum on Education Policy

The final day of our annual convening was full of great highlights. Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, opened the day...

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Day Two of #ECSNF16

Here’s an update on the action-packed day two of the National Forum on Education Policy.  Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of...

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Interpret with Caution: New state-level student loan repayment data

The way borrowers repay their federal student loans has changed dramatically over the past several years. It used to be that borrowers...

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