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Without an overhaul of higher-education funding systems, college enrollment will become increasingly stratified, warns a report issued this month by a national commission on higher-education finance.
In contrast with partisan clashes elsewhere on Capitol Hill, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agreed last week on the need to streamline the tangled web of federal vocational-education and job-training programs.
Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and House Democrat made their case la t week for a federal role in education-and the existence of the Education Department.
It's time to stop the often pompous and generally esoteric philosophical speculation about school reform. The political, social, moral handwringing that has produced the huge education-reform industry is largely perpetuating itself by ridiculous claims that change in schools will come only through overly intellectualized schemes spouted by self-styled reinventors, reformers, renewers, rebuilders, re-creators, etc. There's a lot of money to be made in the school-reform biz, but precious little money is available to actually reform schools.
Wouldn't it be remarkable if there were an education design that would simultaneously:
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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