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Payment plans offered by some for-profit schools with the help of third-party companies can push low-income students further into debt.

Tuition financing companies have positioned themselves as crucial cogs in the for-profit education industry - playing a critical role in powering the sector financially - but advocates warn that they can be exploitative and nothing more than an instrument that leads to additional debt. Read more»

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visits Washington County Technical High School on March 25, 2021.

Statistics released as part of new federal data on student enrollment in career and technical programs help paint a picture of a system in which Black and Hispanic students benefit less often from classes connected to higher-paying careers and college degrees than their white peers. Read more»

People gather outside the Supreme Court Monday in a show of support for Rebecca Friedrichs and the other nine California teachers suing the state union. They argue that the union is violating their right to free speech by forcing them to pay fees as nonmembers.

A Supreme Court case argued Monday could significantly weaken government unions across the country. If the justices rule in favor of the plaintiffs every state in the country will essentially become a “right-to-work” state, where employees who choose not to belong to a public union won’t have to give it fees of any kind. Read more»

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly. So even though, in theory, students in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Arizona are all learning the same thing, they'll be measured differently. Read more»

Until now, if you wanted to know how a school district’s high school graduation rate fared against other states or regions, you’d have to rely on state averages from the federal government. We decided that’s not good enough. Read more» 1

Good news for college students: even as increases in the cost of college continue to outpace inflation, students are actually paying less to attend college now (when financial aid is taken into account) than they were a year ago. Read more»