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AEI’s Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane host a research conference featuring presentations of 10 new papers exploring the role of education entrepreneurship in school reform today.

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Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University, and AEI’s Robert Doar and Katharine Stevens discuss the science of early learning and how it can be harnessed to improve opportunity for disadvantaged children.

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Sanders (I-VT) uses a bullhorn to speak to supporters gathered outside a town-hall campaign stop at New England College in Concord, New Hampshire May 27, 2015. Reuters

Instead of making public college free for all students, policymakers should look to foster more entrepreneurship in higher education while giving all institutions a real stake in their students’ success.

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Students at a KIPP charter school in San Francisco. KIPP and other charter schools are giving serious thought to the question of civic education.

There are things that are appropriate for charter school authorizers (and the legislators that write charter school policy) to ask schools to demonstrate before they are allowed to accept students and public dollars. And there are things that are inappropriate for them to request. Many authorizers (and legislators) have gone far beyond what is reasonable and appropriate.

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Andrew P. Kelly, director of AEI’s Center on Higher Education Reform, hosts a discussion of competency-based education (CBE) research, featuring the authors of three new CBE-focused papers and other higher education experts.

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Andrew Kelly testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions explaining that risk-sharing is designed to change institutional behavior by holding colleges accountable for student outcomes, not dictating specific changes from Washington.

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I’m here today to discuss how the federal government can give the colleges and universities it helps to finance a greater stake in student success and college affordability. Specifically, the question before us today is how a risk-sharing policy, where colleges would bear some financial responsibility for a portion of the federal loans that their students do not repay, might better align the incentives of colleges, students, and taxpayers.

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AEI’s Michael McShane explains how lengthy and expensive charter school applications are damaging to smaller, community-based operators.

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Charter schools were created to give schools more autonomy in exchange for accountability. But lately the paperwork seems to be piling on, throwing the charter bargain out of whack.

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By focusing applications on the “charter bargain” – that is, the implicit deal that charter schools make when they trade accountability for autonomy – authorizers can focus their efforts on ensuring that schools provide a quality educational environment and leave the rest up to the people actually educating kids.

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Excising unnecessary or inappropriate requirements from charter school applications could shorten the average application by one-third, saving applicants hundreds of hours of work and avoiding wasting money that could be better spent educating students.

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President Barack Obama talks backstage with moderator E. J. Dionne, Jr., left, before the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2015.

If President Obama and other liberals would broaden their understanding of “public,” they would be better equipped to seek out solutions for disintegrating community ties.

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Graduates attend commencement at University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley

Although competency-based education (CBE) has made considerable inroads in higher education, strategies are needed to improve state, accreditor, and federal oversight of CBE programming.

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