Work requirement policies must consider parents’ need for child care

For parents in states that are expanding work requirements, the inability to seek education and training can have serious repercussions.

Using the Higher Education Act to spur change to K-12 education

The Higher Education Act does not govern K–12 education, but it does affect teacher preparation programs.

How do states send dollars to low-income students?

States can use many different ways to count low-income students and tie dollars to these student counts.

New measures of student poverty solve some challenges—and create others

Free and reduced-price lunch status is in decline as a measure of student need, and states are turning to alternatives.

By targeting SNAP, the expanded “public charge” rule could worsen food insecurity

Some immigrant applicants who use SNAP to feed their families could be deemed a public charge and denied admission to the US.

Can we measure student economic disadvantage using geographic data on income and poverty?

Using free and reduced price lunch as an indicator of economic disadvantage is in decline, and many stakeholders are turning to replacement measures.

A tale of two retirements: Working longer is exacerbating income inequality among older Americans

The retirement outlook differs for well-educated older adults and those without a college degree.

Could “public charge” reduce public preschool participation among immigrant families?

A proposed rule would negatively weigh several factors in the immigration admissions process, including participation in Medicaid or SNAP.

Proposed Massachusetts tax on college endowments could raise $1 billion, but what are the trade-offs?

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has proposed taxing large college and university endowments.

The new UltraFICO system could threaten the level playing field of credit score calculations

The existing FICO credit score has been a measure of behavior, not wealth.