American Enterprise Institute

Grade Inflation for Education Majors and Low Standards for Teachers

Cory Koedel
August 8, 2011

Students who take education classes at universities receive significantly higher grades than students who take classes in every other academic discipline, documents Cory Koedel in an American Enter

The Hangover: Thinking About the Unintended Consequences of the Nation’s Teacher Evaluation Binge

Sara Mead, Andrew Rotherham, Rachael Brown
September 22, 2012

The flood of new legislative activity regarding teacher evaluations responds to obvious problems with old systems, but also risks cementing premature solutions and imperfect metrics, write the three a

The Pain of Zero Interest Rates

John H. Makin
February 15, 2012

The current economic environment of low—virtually zero—interest rates has hit savers hard, but the US Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy is actually having a stabilizing effect on the

Parent Power: Grassroots Activism and K-12 Education Reform

Andrew Kelly, Patrick McGuinn
July 31, 2012

A wave of education reform advocacy organizations are working to pull parents into larger policy debates over school reform by mobilizing them to lobby policymakers, testify in front of school boar

The Market Value of Public-Sector Pension Deficits

Andrew G. Biggs
April 6, 2010

States report that their public-employee pensions are underfunded by a total of $438 billion, but a more accurate accounting demonstrates that they are actually underfunded by over $3 trillion.

Facilities Financing: Monetizing Education’s Untapped Resource

Himanshu Kothari
April 4, 2011

One of schools’ biggest expenses currently is updating and building new facilities, but local budgets often do not have room to do this work, writes Himanshu Kothari in an American Enterprise Insti

From School Choice to Educational Choice

Frederick M. Hess, Olivia Meeks, Bruno V. Manno
April 4, 2011

The "whole school" approach to education reform has made it difficult for specialty education providers to get past bureaucratic rules and offer their services to parents, students, and teachers, w

More than the Mantra of 'Mayoral Control': Rethinking District Governance for the 21st Century

Frederick M. Hess, Olivia Meeks
December 1, 2011

Mayoral control and other popular remedies mistakenly focus on the faltering performance of school boards themselves and thereby fail to address the underlying dysfunction of an outdated Progressiv

Competitive Bidding Can Help Solve Medicare’s Fiscal Crisis

Roger Feldman, Robert Coulam, and Bryan Dowd
February 1, 2012

Roger Feldman, Robert Coulam, and Bryan Dowd write that "A major reason Medicare faces a severe fiscal crisis is because it pays too much for basic benefits.

Waive to the Top: The Dangers of Legislating Education Policy from the Executive Branch

Benjamin Riley
March 5, 2012

President Obama has announced a way to help states get around No Child Left Behind’s requirements.

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