The KIPP Alumni Student Voice: Work-Study Reforms are Required for Student SuccessJuly 5, 2016
By Steven Isaacson When most people talk about financial aid, they focus on front-end programs like Pell Grants and student loans that help pay for tuition. But when asked about financial aid in general, a group of KIPP student alumni talked at length about the inadequacies of the federal work-study program, in particular. The Federal
Shavar Jeffries in The Hill: Our Next President’s Education AgendaJune 22, 2016
On Wednesday, DFER President Shavar Jeffries detailed in The Hill President Obama’s “greatest unsung accomplishment” – his commitment to lasting, meaningful education reform and what it means going forward for the next President. In it, Shavar outlines four principles if Hillary Clinton is to embrace and build upon President Obama’s education legacy. Otherwise, students will
Partisan Politics Should End at the Schoolhouse DoorJune 8, 2016
By Steven Isaacson Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) is holding hostage billions of dollars in state education funding. If the Democratic state legislature does not approve Rauner’s demands on tax freezes, collective bargaining, worker compensation, and inequitable school spending, he will veto the 2017 budget wholesale. The governor is, according to Chicago Mayor Raum Emanuel,
The Many Trump UniversitiesJune 6, 2016
By Steven Isaacson Donald Trump has been making front page news again, this time for Trump University amid comments from former instructors and students describing the institution as “a fraudulent scheme” and “a total lie.” We ought not get caught up in the idea of Trump “University” being an actual institution of higher learning, however.