CA EVENT: Strengthening California’s Workforce through Education, Training, and Savings

Monday, October 20, 2008 - 1:00pm

The California labor market has experienced drastic transformation and further change is expected as the workforce ages, immigration continues, and the gap between the earnings of skilled workers and those lacking education widens.

Pay to Learn is Working in New York

  • By
  • Anne Stuhldreher,
  • New America Foundation
October 15, 2008 |

Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad has probably never met Soledad Moya, an eighth-grader at Middle School 302 in the South Bronx. But both are big believers in an approach that has people wringing their hands and wagging their fingers: paying students to perform on standardized tests. Moya's school is a 45-minute subway ride from the Manhattan hotel where Broad took the stage at last month's Clinton Global Initiative to announce a $6-million grant to help launch EdLabs -- an initiative at Harvard University to advance innovations in public schools.

Michael Dannenberg on the Brian Lehrer Show | '30 Issues: Higher Ed'

October 15, 2008


MaryEllen McGuire in The National Journal | 'What's At Stake: Education'

October 4, 2008

After this Congress's failure to renew the six-year-old law, Obama and McCain will face the same grassroots pressure to act. No Child Left Behind requires states to set increasingly tough annual standards to ensure that all students are proficient in reading and math by 2014. With the deadline closing in and standards getting higher, more schools are failing and consequently more teachers, parents, school administrators, and state officials are pressing for an overhaul.

Michael Dannenberg in the Associated Press | ' Campaigns Differ on How to Help with College Costs'

October 1, 2008

Michael Dannenberg, senior fellow with the New America Foundation and a former adviser to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., says Obama's proposals take the problem of college affordability more seriously than McCain's. And he calls the tax credit a significant innovation.

Cost Estimates for Federal Student Loans

  • By
  • Jason Delisle,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2008

In an ongoing debate about the relative costs of the federal government’s direct and guaranteed student loan programs, some budget experts and private lenders have argued for the use of “market cost” estimates. They assert that official government cost estimates for federal student loans differ from what private entities would likely charge taxpayers to deliver the benefits and services the program provides. A market cost estimate would take such information into account.

Jason Delisle in The Chronicle of Higher Education | 'Higher-Education Funds in Limbo as Congress Prepares to Head Home'

September 26, 2008
That policy change has made it less appealing for Congress to postpone paying for the Pell Grant program, says Jason Delisle, a former senior analyst on the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee who now works for the New America Foundation, a public-policy institute. LINK (subscription required)

How to Encourage Families to Save for College

  • By
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
September 25, 2008 |

This month, as parents of college-age students sign promissory notes for student loans and watch tuition checks diminish their bank accounts, Congress is encouraging all parents to wake up and start planning. While National College Savings Month -- meant to spread awareness about the need to save for higher education -- has a laudable goal, promoting the importance of saving won't do much to help struggling families afford the cost of higher education.

Education Policy Program in New University | 'Bill of Education Passed'

September 22, 2008
The financial aid provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act have also come under scrutiny. In particular, the New America Foundation has accused Congress and the media of mischaracterizing the provision that will simplify the FAFSA. According to the New America Foundation, the new two-page EZ FAFSA form will only be available to students from families that already qualify for expedited review. As such, most applicants will still have to go through the same review process.
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