SPEA Law and Public Policy Program hosts first case competition

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The new Law and Public Policy Program will solidify its prominence as a SPEA program this week, hosting the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ first internal case competition. The case competition kicked off last week with the release of the prompt: whether and how […]

IU panel argues for democratic education reform

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre A panel of educators and lawyers has called for an education system that treats all people with dignity and respect. Taking part in Wednesday’s public launch of The Harmony-Meier Institute of Democracy and Equity in Education, they touched on topics ranging from race in America to […]

Education economist to present study of early childhood curriculum

The Economics of Education Seminar Series at IU Bloomington resumes this week with a presentation by University of California, Irvine, researcher Greg Duncan, a nationally known expert on income inequality and early childhood education – two topics that have been very much in the news. His talk, “Optimal Early Childhood Education Policies,” will take place […]

Charter schools researcher to speak Thursday at IU Bloomington

Margaret “Macke” Raymond, the Stanford researcher whose massive studies of the effectiveness of charter schools have fueled furious debates over education policy, will speak about her work this Thursday at Indiana University Bloomington. Her talk on charter school performance is part of the Economics of Education Seminar Series, which brings leading figures in education policy […]

IU’s Equity Project, research collaborative seek to influence policy on school discipline

A national research consortium directed by Indiana University education professor Russell Skiba made a splash this week with the release of comprehensive research showing that black and Hispanic students, students with disabilities and LGBT students face harsher school discipline practices than their peers. Skiba, director of the Equity Project at IU Bloomington, helped bring together […]

Seminar to explore impact of preschool

President Obama’s “Preschool for All” proposal has highlighted questions that have occupied the education policy community for years: Will expanding government-funded pre-kindergarten programs help children succeed in school? And if it will, are the benefits likely to be worth the costs? Education economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach will shine some light on the issue Wednesday, Oct. […]

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 […]

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 […]