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Our research covers many topics within the broad categories of accountability, education choice, inequality, and higher education.

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Education Policy Initiative researchers were recently awarded several new grants for promising initiatives. The Spencer Foundation has awarded $389,000 to Thomas Dee (Stanford), Brian Jacob, and Steven Hemelt (University of North Carolina) for their research on NCLB. [Read more] The W.T.Grant Foundation awarded seed funding to Kevin Stange, Isaac McFarlin, and Francisco Martorell (Rand Corporation) to study impacts of school facilities upon educational outcomes. [Read more] And, most recently, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost's Transforming Learning for Third Century awarded Susan Dynarski a Quick Wins grant to transform the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation core course. [Read more]

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Debate over 'Pay It Forward' continues, Dynarski's suggested amendments receive increased attention
April 4, 2014

Susan Dynarski is quoted in a number of articles this month discussing 'Pay It Forward' legislation, now under consideration by more than a dozen states, which would tie student loan repayments to a percentage of income for a fixed number of years. The model, explains Dynarski in her February Brookings blog, is a disincentive to those who expect to make a higher income post-graduation. Why? Because they'll wind up paying more and subsidizing low earners.

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