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Picking up the for-profit-college tab

Education | Fight over college regulations has big—and expensive—implications for taxpayers
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/19/18, 04:29 pm

Students seeking either a career change or a four-year-degree alternative flocked to for-profit colleges after the 2008 financial crisis. Enrollment at for-profit schools ballooned from 230,000 in the early 1990s to about 2 million in 2010. Programs offered certifications for a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, and business.

Some schools made dramatic claims about the financial windfall their training would bring. They seemed too good to be true—turns out, many of them were.

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School safety becomes school choice rallying cry

Education | Renewed attention to violence in public schools could boost efforts to give parents more say over their students’ education
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/12/18, 05:00 pm

Concern over school safety has fanned the flames of gun control efforts and prompted debates about metal detectors and arming teachers. But could it also give the school choice movement a boost?

Advocates hope so and are rallying behind a new safety-themed choice program: the Child Safety Account (CSA). It would give money to parents who want to take their students out of neighborhood public schools because of bullying, harassment, threats, or actual violence. Parents could use those funds to pay for other public schools, private schools, or homeschool expenses.

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Doctors in demand

Education | Medical schools are graduating more new physicians than ever, but America still faces a growing physician shortage
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/05/18, 04:28 pm

Finding a family doctor could get a lot more difficult in the next 10 years.

The United States already has a physician shortage—fewer doctors than are necessary to meet patient demand in a reasonable amount of time. But it’s about to get a lot worse. By 2030, the U.S. medical system will be short as many as 121,500 doctors, according to a recent estimate by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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