• By Gene Hickok
    July 17, 2012

    The Obama Administration, through education secretary Arne Duncan, seems to be pursuing a two-track strategy regarding national education policy. One track emphasizes positive incentives such as “Race to the Top.” The other encourages states to seek waivers from No Child Left Behind. It is too soon to know whether the incentive approach is working. It has received a lot of positive press. But the actual results aren’t in yet. The waiver strategy seems to be working, though. A majority of states have requested and received waivers. In return, those states have agreed to adopt accountability plans approved by Washington. Read more

  • By Neal Urwitz and Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 13, 2012

    With its recent purchase of German company Besser Betreut GmbH, Europe’s largest online destination for care and service providers, Care.com has helped make the world a little smaller. This multinational online community now speaks not only “childcare” but “Kinderbetreuung,” and will now serve over 7 million users internationally. (Full details on the acquisition are available on Bloomberg News.)

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  • By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 2, 2012

    The most recent edition of Education Insider is available now.

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  • By Neal Urwitz
    June 28, 2012

    Cooperation from education leaders in San Diego is creating great opportunities for parent engagement. Read more

  • By Austin Dannhaus
    June 26, 2012

    Innovative ideas delivering higher education continue to change the way we think about earning a degree. Organizations such as MITx, Coursera, and Western Governor's University have developed new models that allow students to gain an education at their own pace, often at a significantly lower cost. A new player, the University of Wisconsin System (UW) is joining the mix and bringing the support of a state-wide institution of public education to bear on the evolution of higher education. Read more

  • By Mehdi Maghsoodnia and Eugene Hickok
    June 25, 2012

    In an Op-Ed for The Hill, Medhi and Gene lay out how Stafford loans are a proxy for college cost, and address how to lower those costs. Read more

  • By Ben Wallerstein
    June 21, 2012

    State revenues have returned to pre-recession levels, according to a new study, but Medicaid spending has soared and state lawmakers are still struggling to balance their budgets and pay for other critical programs like education. The study, conducted by the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), found that Medicaid spending rose 20 percent this year and 23 percent in 2011. The report explains that federal spending on Medicaid fell eight percent this year as stimulus funds that helped pay for the health care program for the poor are no longer available.

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  • By John Bailey and Austin Dannhaus
    June 8, 2012

    The Kaufman Foundation released a report, College 2.0, pushing insitutions of higher education to take an entreprenurial approach to innovation and reform in order to control rising costs. The report recommends, among other things, restructuring accrediation to encourage new methods of instructional delivery, rethinking incentives for professors who drive innovation of teaching methods, and providing more information about the connection between student learning and job market outcomes. Read more

  • By Neal Urwitz
    June 6, 2012

    We're pleased to announce that John Bailey will become the Executive Director of Digital Learning Now.  He will also become a Senior Advisor at Whiteboard where he'll continue to co-publish Education Insider with Andy Rotherham.    Read more

  • By Austin Dannhaus and Rachel Vessey Gibson
    May 29, 2012

    According to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, over 20% of American adults have read an e-book in the last year. When asked about their use of e-content more broadly, nearly 43% of Americans age 16 and older say they have either read an e-book or other online long-form content, such as online magazines or journals. Clearly digital reading is no longer “novel.” Read more

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