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Priscilla Wohlstetter and David Houston's commentary in TC REcord

A commentary "Rage Against the Regime: The Reform of Education Policy in New York City." by Prof. Priscilla Wohlstetter and David Houston (Ph.D. in Politics and Education) was published in TC Record on January 30, 2015 This commentary traces the transition of education policy from the Bloomberg-Klein years to the current administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina a year into their tenure. Published: 2/6/2015 11:57:00 AM

Another successful run for the Federal Policy Institute course with Prof. Sharon Lynn Kagan

EPSA course, Federal Policy Institute EDPA 4899, offered during fall semesters and led by Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan, has had another successful run. It continued into January 2015, when students had a rare week-long opportunity to work with education policy experts in Washington D.C. The course will finish in February with students presentations. Published: 2/3/2015 2:45:00 PM

NY Times Cites Peter Bergman's Study

The NY Times story, "Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge," cites Professor Bergman's work with a Los Angeles school sending personalized text messages to parents of middle and high school students. Published: 1/19/2015 1:30:00 PM

Thomas Bailey Widely Quoted in Major Media Outlets on President Obama's Proposed Community College Plan

Professor Bailey was quoted in multiple news stories about President Obama's proposed plan to offer students two years of free tuition at community colleges, including those in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Published: 1/11/2015 5:39:00 PM

USA Today Story on Diversity Quotes Amy Stuart Wells

Professor Wells states that consciously bringing together students of different races is useful and that putting kids in segregated schools "is not good preparation for the 21st century." Published: 1/11/2015 5:24:00 PM

Jeffrey Henig's lecture at the University of Virginia on The Politics of Educational Research. Dec. 5, 2014.

EPSA's Jeffrey Henig spoke on "The Politics of Educational Research" on Friday December 5th, 2014 as part of the Curry Research Lectureship Series at the University of Virginia. Drawing on the research he undertook in writing his book Spin Cycle, he explained the political dimensions of education research as they play out in controversial areas like market-based reform, high stakes testing and teacher assessment. Published: 12/19/2014 12:09:00 PM

Judith Scott-Clayton Testifies at Senate HELP Committee Hearing on College Affordability

Professor of Economics and Education Judith Scott-Clayton testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) on Wednesday, June 3. The topic of the full committee hearing is "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability." Elizabeth Akers, fellow at the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy; Michael Mitchell, policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of Louisiana State University; and James Kennedy, associate vice president for university student services and systems at Indiana University also spoke on the panel.

According to Scott-Clayton:

The real college affordability crisis is not that we're spending too much on college and saddling graduates with too much debt. The true crisis is that federal student aid has become more essential for more students than ever before, but the complexity of the system is undermining its effectiveness.... Unfortunately, the burdens of complexity and confusion fall most heavily on the very students who need aid the most—low-income students, minorities, and first-generation college goers, who are the least likely to have a family member, friend, or counselor who can guide them through their options and help them fill out the FAFSA. Too many of these students fall off the path to college early, not because they ever actively decide that it's not worth it, but because they simply assume that they don't have a choice.

Scott-Clayton's recommendations include simplifying the unnecessarily complex Pell eligibility formula and eliminating the FAFSA, and streamlining federal student loans into a single program with income-based repayment.

For more information and to watch a video of the proceedings, visit the Senate HELP committee website.