The wonk brigade, of which I’m a card-carrying member, has extensively weighed in on the President’s executive order (EO) to expand income-based repayments (IBR) for student loans as well as his endorsement of Sen. Warren’s idea to help borrowers refinance outstanding loans at lower interest rates. The consensus is pretty mixed, with many arguing that… Read more
I’m very much looking forward to participating in this forum at the Urban Institute on Monday, where I’ll be on a panel talking about the role of higher education in both the economy and the lives of the people in the economy. From the event website, here’s part of the motivation for the discussion: Despite… Read more
Taking a break from the confusing and unsettling jobs number today, I wanted to briefly highlight a post by my CBPP colleague Chris Mai on the loss of jobs in local education over the last few years. Whenever someone raises this issue, my first thought is “ok, but what’s happening with enrollments?” That is, it’s… Read more
You never want to make too much out of one poll, and the sample size for individual countries are pretty small in this one, but still, I was struck by some of the results in this international poll of 11 and 12 year-olds, feature in this AM’s KidsPost (frequent breakfast reading in our house). Particularly… Read more
If you follow this debate and know the players, there’s an interesting and IMHO, progressive, consensus forming. Over at the NYT Economix blog.