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A battle is brewing over student aid, as both the Clinton Administration and the Republican-led Congress are proposing radical changes in the way the federal government helps foot the bill for postsecondary education.
Mounting fiscal pressures and opposition from parents have prompted legislators in Oregon to take another look at the state's comprehensive school-reform act--including its pioneering adoption of certificates of mastery.
Depending on who is talking, direct lending is a big money-saver for taxpayers or a potential bureaucratic nightmare.
A a superintendent, I faced the meeting with growing apprehension. I knew from experience it would be short in length, but oh so long on importance.
Twelve years after A Nation at Risk highlighted the urgency of school reform, a unifying agenda remains to be developed. The basic question hasn't been asked: What policies will help schools change quickly, inexpensively, comprehensively, effectively, and permanently?
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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