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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

EPSA leads a conference on the VERGARA, DAVIDS, AND WRIGHT case. Dec.3. 2014

On December 3rd, Teachers College, Columbia University hosted a national conference that focused on the Vergara, Davids, and Wright cases, which concern the impact of teacher tenure on low-'income and minority students. Panels included both supporters and critics of the Vergara/Wright approach. Published: 12/19/2014 11:39:00 AM

Luis Huerta in the New York Times, Dec. 11, 2014.

"Policy makers should resist being seduced by achievement scores and, instead, hold charter schools accountable and aligned with the long-standing purpose of public schools." Prof. Huerta's article High-Suspension Rates at Charter Schools Don't Help Students appeared in the Opinion Pages, Room for Debate of the NYT on Dec. 11, 2014. Published: 12/11/2014 3:29:00 PM

EPSA students & alumni react to the events in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner's death.

In the recent months, a lot of media and public attention has been devoted to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. More recently, Eric Garner's death and the Grand Jury's failure to indict Officer Pantaleo has sparked media and public activity here in New York City, and across the nation. EPSA students and alumni have their reaction to the situation. Published: 12/8/2014 11:28:00 AM

Judith Scott-Clayton at White House for College Opportunity Summit

Professor Judith Scott-Clayton joined President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. Published: 12/5/2014 7:57:00 AM

Terrenda White, Sociology & Ed PhD grad, featured in NPR story

Terrenda White, a 2014 graduate of the Sociology & Education PhD program, was featured in an NPR story on Teach for America. Published: 12/2/2014 4:49:00 PM

Gov Cuomo Names Elana Sigall Deputy Secretary for Education

Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Professor Elana Sigall as New York State's Deputy Secretary for Education Published: 11/18/2014 5:34:00 PM

New hire: Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, Senior Research Associate, EPSA.

Congratulations and welcome to Amra Sabic-El_Rayess, Senior Research Associate at EPSA. Published: 11/7/2014 3:41:00 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.