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Crime and Safety at School

Which states see the most firearm possession incidents at public elementary and secondary schools? Has the number of bullying incidents increased or decreased in the past 15 years? Are schools prepared to address violent incidents in the event of a school shooting? How has crime on college campuses changed since 2001? Using the Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015, we answer those questions here—with some surprising results.

One Down, One to Go

The 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) spawned two huge problems in federal financial aid: It caused fights over arbitrary interest rates and it established an ill-designed student loan repayment program.

Degrees of Value: Evaluating the Return on the College Investment

As a knowledge-based workforce has trans­formed the American economy over the last several decades, few people have questioned the value of higher education. Enrollment has surged at all types of colleges—up by more than one-third in just the last decade—as the college credential has become the ticket to a better life. From a purely economic stand­point, the numbers back up the prevailing wisdom that college is worth it: College graduates earn more and are less likely to be unemployed than those with only high school diplomas.


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