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What Massachusetts’ most expensive ballot campaign ever reveals about the bitter debate over charter schools

While the country decides between two of the most despised presidential candidates in history, another contentious issue is playing out in Massachusetts that has nothing to do with Hillary vs. Donald.

Confirming Trump’s Secretary of Education will be more about money than policy

A longtime donor to right-wing and Christian causes, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces her confirmation at the hands of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Labor, and
The Guardian view on schools: the cuts are hurting | Editorial

The Guardian view on schools: the cuts are hurting | Editorial

Less money, fewer teachers, little transparency and almost no accountability. A child’s education is too important for thisThe last few weeks have been all about the NHS crisis, but new figures

Betsy DeVos is confused by basic questions about education policy

Even after more than three hours of questioning before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Tuesday night, we didn’t learn much about Donald Trump’s nominee for
My child blossomed at a state nursery – we can't let these places close

My child blossomed at a state nursery – we can't let these places close

With 57% of maintained nursery schools rated ‘outstanding’, it seems madness for them to face cuts. If anything, their remit ought to be extendedThe prospect of state-maintained nurseries closing en
Arts education is a postcode lottery. Britain must invest for post-Brexit theatre | Nicholas Hytner

Arts education is a postcode lottery. Britain must invest for post-Brexit theatre | Nicholas Hytner

Politicians talk up our world-beating arts scene — then cut the classes teaching children creativity through drama, art and musicThe creative industries haven’t had much of a look-in during this
Poorest students will finish university with £57,000 debt, says IFS

Poorest students will finish university with £57,000 debt, says IFS

Thinktank says replacing maintenance grants in England hits students from lower-income households hardestHow have tuition fees changed university life? Students from the poorest 40% of families
A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

Students at Flushing International High School in Queens working on projects during a summer program.
A fairer way to finance university students | Letters

A fairer way to finance university students | Letters

Margaret Sharp says a 3% graduate tax paid by all graduates earning above threshold over a 30-year period would be fairer than the current loan system. Ian Noon says there are too many barriers to
Foreign students bring so much to Britain | Letters

Foreign students bring so much to Britain | Letters

Melvyn Bragg concludes that Theresa May wants to keep referring to 140,000-plus foreign students as immigrants because it suits some scaremongering tactic. Plus letters from Jeremy Cushing, Prof Roger
Tuition fees row: education expert warns over graduate earnings

Tuition fees row: education expert warns over graduate earnings

Graduates do not get as good a return on their investment in English system as in other OECD countries, says Andreas SchleicherA leading global education expert has intervened in the row over student
New study debunks myth that arts graduates end up in low-paying jobs

New study debunks myth that arts graduates end up in low-paying jobs

It is not necessarily true that majoring in subjects like English, History or Political Science at the undergraduate level will lead you nowhere financially. A new study released by the Education
Alternative to austerity to be found in Paradise Papers? | Letters

Alternative to austerity to be found in Paradise Papers? | Letters

One day’s headlines shows how the UK’s struggling public services are desperate for funding, writes Linda Rhead. Surely, she says, it is connected to the tax-avoidance scandal in the same edition.
Children need courses in computing and finance | Letters

Children need courses in computing and finance | Letters

Bob Epton and Greg Conway think back to computing and ICT courses in the 1970s, Declan Wilkes offers financial education for young people, and Clint Wilson says children need protection in the digital
Stop treating university degrees as something to be endured | Jonathan Wolf

Stop treating university degrees as something to be endured | Jonathan Wolf

Instead of trying to cram more learning into less time, we should allow people to take their degree at the pace that suits themThe country collectively raised a quizzical eyebrow when Theresa May
English pupils improve results in international reading exams

English pupils improve results in international reading exams

Children aged nine and 10 who took part in assessment of reading ability ranked joint eighth out of 50 participating countriesNine- and 10-year-olds in England have improved their reading scores in a
Grenfell campaigners win reprieve in fight to save local college

Grenfell campaigners win reprieve in fight to save local college

Ministers tell London institutions considering merger that their plans should be delayed until at least the end of AprilThe government has intervened to save a further education college near Grenfell

How American Students Truly Rank in International Testing

Americans scored their highest marks in the 20-year history of the tests.
Was the EU to blame for the switch to PFI? | Letters

Was the EU to blame for the switch to PFI? | Letters

Maastricht treaty limits on public spending may have fuelled private finance, argues Ted Watson. Plus other readers’ views on the controversial funding mechanismGeorge Monbiot (Opinion, 17 January)
David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'

David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'

Presidents Club groping scandal will deny wealthy Meller ‘his ultimate prize’ of a peerageUntil the Financial Times’s revelations the Presidents Club co-chair David Meller was moving along a familiar