Schools roundup

  • Bernie Sanders proposals on college finance would not only cost megabucks but homogenize/bureaucratize higher ed [David Fahrenthold, WaPo] While Sen. Sanders “understands that health care and education are the New Commanding Heights”, his colleague Sen. Warren knows how to inquisit-ize them [Arnold Kling]
  • It’s often said that student loans are undischargeable in bankruptcy, truth seems to be a bit more complicated [George Leef]
  • The zombie programs that just won’t die at the Department of Education [Danny Vinik, Politico]
  • If you wonder why the construction costs of a new high school in my area clock $115 million, look to changes in state prevailing wage law [Charles Jenkins, Frederick News-Post]
  • Modest ideas for federal-level education reform: repeal IDEA, English-language-learner mandates [Education Realist]
  • How Title IX came to shape college procedures on sexual assault allegations [Scott Greenfield]
  • British Columbia Supreme Court: not negligent to allow middle schoolers to play variety of tag called “grounders” [Erik Magraken]


  • “It’s often said that student loans are undischargeable in bankruptcy, truth seems to be a bit more complicated” – this link goes nowhere

  • Sorry, fixed now.

  • The whole debt discharge article is based on a study of 35 cases? Small sample size anyone?

    Doesn’t allowing discharge of these debts lead to a moral hazard for borrowers? On the other hand, don’t government subsidized loans create a moral hazard for lenders?

    • Allan, re: last PP, “Yes” and “Yes”. Meanwhile, schools are able to hike up tuition at a rate greatly disproportionate to inflation, or the anticipated time-value benefit of most degrees they offer – with very little information available publicly to differentiate between the marginal value of one college’s course of study in a given field over another.

      • Regarding your second sentence, I agree. I was actually going to put that in my comment, but I thought it was a little off topic.