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Salon – Subprime loans are coming to financial aid

  – “Wall Street wants to own your education destiny. To the old saying about “death and taxes,” you can now add another: debt. In fact, in contemporary America, debt is likely becoming at least as all-encompassing as the other two. An increasingly powerful force behind the debt explosion is not what you might expect: not cars, not homes, not healthcare. It’s education. Since the Great Recession, federal and state authorities have been disinvesting from their obligations to educate the citizenry. So now, nearly every state spends less on higher education than it did in 2007.  And most states continue to spend less on K-12 education than they did in 2007. Federal government expenditures on education are also in decline. So the burden of financing education has increasingly fallen on local governments and individuals, who have responded by borrowing money to pay for schooling. Education debt is rapidly becoming a cradle to grave omnipresence – from parents taking out kindergarten loans, to taxpayers shouldering the ballooning costs of exotic school bonds, to senior citizens staving off bankruptcies caused by college debts.”

The Gender Gap in Mathematics: Evidence from a Middle-Income Country

Prashant Bharadwaj, Giacomo De Giorgi, David Hansen, and Christopher Neilson: “Using a large administrative data set from Chile, we find that, on average, boys perform better than girls in mathematics. In this paper, we document several features of their relative performance. First, we note that the gender gap appears to increase with age (it doubles between fourth grade andContinue Reading

Federal Student Aid – Loan Servicing Information Report

“Per the contractual agreement with each of our federal loan servicers, the Department of Education (the Department) will annually measure servicer performance in the areas of customer satisfaction and default prevention. We will then use these results to determine each servicer’s allocation of future loan volume when applicable. This announcement is intended to share theContinue Reading

Assigning More Students to Their Top Choices: A Tiebreaking Rule Comparison

Ashlagi, Itai and Nikzad, Afshin and Romm, Assaf I, Assigning More Students to Their Top Choices: A Tiebreaking Rule Comparison (March 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “School choice districts that implement stable matchings face various design issues that impact students’ assignments to schools. We study properties of the rank distribution of students withContinue Reading

2015 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?

Brookings – Editor’s Note: The introduction to the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education appears below. Use the Table of Contents to navigate through the report online, or download a PDF of the full report. TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I: Girls, Boys, and Reading Part II: Measuring Effects of the Common Core Part III: StudentContinue Reading

New OECD report examines global outlook of social progress for children

Via GOOD and Quartz: ” That bullying is both a terrible and all too common feature of childhood is beyond question. But a recent report put out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seeks not only to address the social and developmental realities of children around the world, but indexes exactly where in the world kids reported experiencing the mostContinue Reading

Pew – The Internet’s Influence in Emerging, Developing Nations

Internet Usage More Common Among the Young, Well-Educated and English Speakers: “As more people around the world gain access to all the tools of the digital age, the internet will play a greater role in everyday life. And so far, people in emerging and developing nations say that the increasing use of the internet hasContinue Reading

Pew Report – Public Libraries and Hispanics

“When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely toContinue Reading

How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago

Pew FactTank – The past five decades – spanning from the time when the Silent generation (today, mostly in their 70s and 80s) was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials – have seen large shifts in U.S. society and culture. It has been a period during which Americans, especially Millennials, have become moreContinue Reading

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners ofContinue Reading

Income growth and decline under recent U.S. presidents and the new challenge to restore broad economic prosperity

“In this new study, economist Robert Shapiro, chairman of Sonecon, LLC, and a faculty member of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, analyzes new Census Bureau data to track the household incomes of Americans by age cohort, following their income paths as they age. Using this approach, Shapiro shows that income progress was broad and robustContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals

Via LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals. Author, professor, editor, librarian – Bruce Rosenstein’s article addresses the following critical questions – What professional roles do you play as a librarian/information professional? How have they changed during your career? And perhaps most important, how do you see them changing andContinue Reading