The Impact of the President’s New Budget on future STEM Education
Education / Fiscal policy

The Impact of the President’s New Budget on future STEM Education

On Wednesday, April 10th, President Obama released his $3.77 trillion budget, as the president begins the arduous process of getting it passed through the Republican controlled House of Representatives.  In regards to education, the new budget contains very similar rhetoric used by the president during his 2013 State of the Union Address. For example, the … Continue reading

Self-Evident? Walking the path to Citizenship in the United States
Education / Immigration / Regulation

Self-Evident? Walking the path to Citizenship in the United States

Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft together form a vanguard assembly of tech giants known to foster excited anticipation for 21st century innovation. However, at the tail end of 2012 these industry leaders all placed their signatures next to one another on a letter expressing support for a contemporary center-piece of American Politics: Immigration Reform. Up for … Continue reading

The Positive Effect of using a Market-Based Value System for Student Loans
Education

The Positive Effect of using a Market-Based Value System for Student Loans

With the looming threat of interest rates doubling on future subsidized Stafford loans (a loan where the federal government pays the interest during the student’s college tenure) from its current 3.4% to 6.8% has resulted in a debate on how interest rates on federally financed loans should be determined. With the expiration of a one … Continue reading

The Case to include Student Achievement Data in Teacher Evaluation Programs
Education

The Case to include Student Achievement Data in Teacher Evaluation Programs

The issue many local school districts and states are now being faced with is whether or not to include student achievement/performance in their respective teacher evaluation programs. Proponents for using student achievement as a teacher evaluation measure, rightfully contend that the new measure will help districts better evaluate their teachers, as well as locate areas … Continue reading

It Takes SKILLS to Reform our Nation’s Outdated Workforce Development System
Education

It Takes SKILLS to Reform our Nation’s Outdated Workforce Development System

It is a rare occurrence that republican House members agree with the President on a particular issue. But it occurred earlier this week during the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce (Putting America Back to Work: Reforming the Nation’s Workforce Investment System), chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).  Rep. Foxx agreed with a statement made … Continue reading

The Details behind President Obama’s Universal Preschool Program
Education

The Details behind President Obama’s Universal Preschool Program

In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled his administration’s goal to introduce universal preschool for children four years of age, from low and moderate-income families. To finance this, the White House’s goal is to allocate federal funds to states based on their share of four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families, as … Continue reading

The President’s Puzzling Proposal to fix America’s Flawed Educational System
Education

The President’s Puzzling Proposal to fix America’s Flawed Educational System

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama addressed improving the educational standards for American students from preschool to higher education. Analyzing the President’s actions during his first term illustrates that the Obama administration’s main belief is that the federal government needs to get involved in the education of all American students.  So it … Continue reading