Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Society and Culture, Education, Pethokoukis, Economics, U.S. Economy

Study: A fourth of public school spending goes to salaries and benefits of nonteachers

A new Thomas B. Fordham Institute study finds that the number of non-teaching staff in the United States has grown by 130% since 1970. These three millions employers now account for half of the public school workforce with their salaries and benefits absorbing one-quarter of current education spending. read more >

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Economics, Society and Culture, Education

How to reform the federal PLUS college loan program

The Department of Education has released a proposal to ease credit check requirements for the federal PLUS loan program. The PLUS loan program allows graduate students and parents of undergraduates to borrow up to the cost of attendance with no annual or aggregate limits, leading many to worry that these programs encourage over-borrowing and tuition inflation. read more >

Economics, Pethokoukis, U.S. Economy

Without reform, too many US schools will continue to prepare kids to be 20th century factory workers

Pew has a really fascinating survey looking at how the tech community sees automation affecting the labor force. This bit really jumped out at me: “‘The jobs that the robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge. In other words, only the best-educated humans will compete with machines. And education systems in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world are still sitting students in rows and columns, teaching them to keep quiet and memorize what is told to them, preparing them for life in a 20th century factory.’” read more >