Education economist to discuss college access, charter school effectiveness

University of Michigan education economist Susan Dynarski will speak Friday, Sept. 27, at Indiana University Bloomington as part of the Economics of Education Seminar Series. Dynarski, a professor in Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will talk about financial aid and access in higher education, a hot topic in light of President Barack Obama’s […]

How about a little policy with your coffee?

What could be better than getting policy experts together, cranking them up on coffee and letting them talk? That’s the idea behind “Public Policy Caffeinated,” a Web-based video series from the IU Public Policy Institute and WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis. And it works — or it does for those of us who are interested […]

Constitution Day celebrates ‘conversation,’ not answers

The U.S. Constitution provides a framework for talking about and resolving serious differences of opinion in a disciplined, thoughtful and nonviolent manner, Duke University law professor H. Jefferson Powell said in a Constitution Day lecture today at IU Bloomington. “It’s a conversation,” he said. “It’s that conversation that we celebrate today.” But the conversation doesn’t […]

IU Bloomington launches academic minor in education policy

Students at Indiana University Bloomington can now earn an academic minor in education policy, potentially opening a door to jobs with government agencies, think tanks and advocacy groups. The degree program, offered jointly by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Education, will connect undergraduates with issues and topics of concern […]

Economic issues trouble local officials, IU survey finds

Finding money to pay the bills remains a top-shelf concern for local government officials in Indiana, according to a recent survey conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. And while local economic conditions may not be getting worse, they aren’t getting better either, officials say. “Local governments are making hard choices to address changing […]

Indiana superintendent of public instruction to speak at IU policy chat

Glenda Ritz scored a big political upset last November when she won election as Indiana superintendent of public instruction. Now she’s trying to implement a vision of education policy that doesn’t always square with the views of the state’s governor, legislators and State Board of Education members. She will be at Indiana University Bloomington next […]