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      Is Inclusionary Zoning Inclusionary?

      Jul 9, 2012

      Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policies require that a proportion of units in market-rate residential developments are made affordable to lower-income households in exchange for development rights or zoning variances. IZ programs provide greater access to low-poverty neighborhoods, which are often correlated with high-performing schools.

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      Can Summer Learning Programs Prevent Skill and Knowledge Loss?

      Jun 21, 2012

      When kids go on summer vacation, their knowledge and skills suffer, with their performance dropping off, on average, one month from where they were when they left school in the spring. Such losses do not affect all kids equally, having the greatest effect on low-income students.

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      Pay-for-Performance: What Are We Learning?

      Jun 1, 2012

      One proposal to improve teacher effectiveness--and, by extension, student achievement--is to shift from a uniform teacher salary schedule to a pay-for-performance (P4P) system, which would attach financial rewards to student achievement on standardized tests. But is P4P effective in this domain?

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      Why Are For-Profit Colleges Appealing to Veterans?

      Mar 8, 2012

      As veterans return home from combat and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, many have turned to for-profit colleges because of the schools' unique ability to meet their needs.

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      NCLB Ten Years Out: A Continuing Policy Debate

      Jan 31, 2012

      This month marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of NCLB. As Congress considers the future direction of federal education policy, the RAND Corporation continues to further the policy debate in this area through its extensive research on the Act's effects.

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      Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

      Jan 25, 2012

      We've assembled a selection of RAND reports, journal articles, commentary, videos, and experts on these SOTU topics that provide you with analysis, insights, and ideas you can use in the months ahead.

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      State of the Union Policy Preview

      Jan 23, 2012

      Preparing for the State of the Union (SOTU) address? Here is a preview of topics the President may cover along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.

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