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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Community college ‘free-for-all’: Why making tuition free could be complicated

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Presidential candidates are pushing for “free” community college for all; Douglas Harris described some of the early details here on the Chalkboard earlier this year. Greater access to community college is … Continue reading

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Free college for all Americans? Yes, but not too much.

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Promising free college has obvious political attraction for presidential candidates. From my perspective, free college is the right idea, but some of the promises go too far; in fact, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Times Op-Ed

Me in the LA Times on raising teacher pay. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-startz-teacher-raises-20190417-story.html

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As more women graduate from college, the teaching profession becomes more female

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. One of the great accomplishments of the late 20th century was to bring women onto a more equal footing in the labor market. Salaries became more equal. Employers opened … Continue reading

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Equal opportunity in American education In memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday had he not been taken from us in 1968. Whatever position one takes on how to deal with America’s racial … Continue reading

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Humanities PhDs: After Graduation

Back in October I asked why universities continue to produce so many humanities PhDs in the face of the abysmal humanities job market. The flip side of that question is to ask why young scholars are willing to invest so … Continue reading

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How many humanities Ph.D.s should universities produce?

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. If you have been anywhere near a university that trains doctoral students in the humanities, you will know that the market for new Ph.D.s is abysmal. The plain fact … Continue reading

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It happens here, too: Lessons for universities on preventing sexual harassment

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. While school was out this summer, the National Academy of Sciences published the over 300-page report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and … Continue reading

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Tax credits can help high-poverty schools attract more teachers

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. This one is with Kate Walsh of NCTQ. Today, the federal government provides about 9 percent of the funding for K-12 public schools. The Center for American Progress (CAP) has just … Continue reading

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Teachers have been moonlighting in Texas—and elsewhere—to make ends meet

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Last month, we talked about the fact that teachers are more likely than others to work second jobs. Since then, there have been all sorts of stories about teachers in Oklahoma working multiple … Continue reading

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