education reform

The Impact of Better Teachers: $100 Trillion More in U.S. GDP

A new study says top-performing teachers turn out students who learn more than the students who had the worst teachers. And that extra learning has a huge impact on earnings -- and the nation's economy. Still, some educational experts say the study raises more questions than it answers.

America's Malady: A Bad Case of 'Baumol's Disease'

Unlike an illness caused by microscopic invaders of your body, which might raise your temperature and cause you physical aches and pains, Baumol's Cost Disease raises wages and causes some painful shifts in a nation's labor balance. Unfortunately, it's natural, and there's no miracle cure.

For-Profit Colleges Could Lose Federal Aid

Some for-profit colleges may lose access to U.S. government aid as the Department of Education works to improve oversight of the sector. Colleges that pay recruiters based on how many students they sign up could be disqualified from participating in federal-aid programs, Bloomberg News reported. The student aid is worth $26.5 billion and can account for as much as 90% of company revenue.

A Roadblock for New Rules on Loans at For-Profit Colleges

Consumer advocates have been pushing for the government to curb excessive debt loads among graduates of for-profit colleges. But Education Department rules on this issue have been delayed. The regulations should be passed -- and extended to all colleges, not just for-profit ones.