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If Gingrich Won't Run, Let His Ideas Rule Instead

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
October 2, 2007 |

Maybe America just isn’t ready for a president named "Newt."

But by any name, we still need reform, and so there’ll be a valuable place for Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who announced Saturday that he’s not running for president next year, concentrating instead on his "American Solutions" program of education and activism. And though many have criticized Gingrich the politician, nobody disputes that he is smart, even visionary.

The Business of Sallie Mae Political Risk for Investors and Taxpayers

October 2, 2007

The group buying Sallie Mae says it wants to renegotiate the deal in light of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law last week that changes the government subsidy level provided to student loan banks. The buyers argue that the new law changes the student loan program to such a degree that Sallie Mae is not worth what they agreed to pay earlier this year.

An Incomplete Report Card

  • By
  • Tomas Jimenez,
  • New America Foundation
October 2, 2007 |

Last Tuesday’s release of what is known as the "Nation’s Report Card" for math and reading is likely to reignite talk of the so-called racial achievement gap. Despite some good news, the report, published by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, shows that Latinos, like blacks, haven’t made progress in catching up to the test scores of whites.

Roundup: Week of September 24 - September 28

September 28, 2007

Skirmishing Over Sallie Mae Deal Intensifies

Still Steering Students

September 27, 2007

At a time when cozy relations between banks and college financial aid administrators have come under intense scrutiny, we are sorry to report that some colleges that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program continue to make it extremely difficult for their students to take out federal student loans with the lenders of their choice.

Jason Delisle and Sara Mead Join the Education Policy Program at New America Foundation

September 26, 2007

The New America Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Delisle, a former Senior Analyst on the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee, and Sara Mead, an expert in early childhood and elementary and secondary education to its Education Policy Program. As the Education Policy Program’s Research Director, Mr. Delisle will play a lead role in implementing the organization’s Federal Education Budget Project. Ms.

Searching for Effective Football Penalties in the NCAA

September 26, 2007

Yesterday, we highlighted the poor performance of college football players in the classroom and discussed the NCAAs academic reform efforts. After this season, the NCAA will have finished collecting all of its academic progress rate (APR) data on Division I colleges and is slated to implement a full range of penalties for underperforming teams.

Academic Progress for Football Players: Is the NCAA For Real?

September 25, 2007

As the college football season kicks into high gear, its hard not to get caught up in or at least be exposed to the insane promotion of big-time college athletics.

Roundup: Week of September 17 - September 21

September 21, 2007

OECD Report Finds Other Countries Catching Up to U.S. in Higher Ed

Tough Choices Ahead on College Aid Plan

September 20, 2007

The massive college aid bill that Congress passed earlier this month is headed to the President for signature. As the newest member of the Higher Ed Watch team and a budget hawk, I thought I would point out some of the loose ends that are going to have to be tied up in the near future if the bill is to live up to its dual promise of increasing student financial aid without imposing any new costs on taxpayers.

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