from The Great Debate:

The most expensive political contest in California is for an office nobody’s heard of

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Douglas Jeffe
November 3, 2014

A woman inserts her ballot into an intake machine at a polling station during the U.S. presidential election in Los Angeles

On Tuesday, California may not have a suspenseful governor’s race, but the contest for an obscure state education post has attracted an astonishing amount of outside money and turned into a high-stakes test run for the 2016 presidential campaign.

from Edward Hadas:

The core of what economics should be

By Edward Hadas
September 25, 2014

Something may finally be changing in the study of economics. A new textbook, half of which has now been published online, is a small step in the right direction.

from The Great Debate UK:

Europe needs smarter education and research investment

By Guest Contributor
July 8, 2014

Anka Mulder--Anka Mulder is Vice-President for Education and Operations at Delft University of Technology.  She was formerly Global President of the OpenCourseWare consortium.—

from MuniLand:

Starbucks tuition reimbursement expected to boost revenue for ASU

By Cate Long
June 20, 2014

Moody's Financial Ratio Analysis

Starbucks recently announced that it will make it possible for thousands of its part- and full-time U.S. employees to complete a college degree online at Arizona State University. Starbucks says that this is a unique collaboration that allows employees to finish their bachelor’s degrees with full tuition reimbursement. ASU has a successful online education program.

from Breakingviews:

Harvard could get smarter about its endowment

June 12, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Obama student loan fix spares rod, spoils borrower

June 11, 2014

By Daniel Indiviglio

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Lawrence Summers:

Inequality is about more than money

By Lawrence Summers
June 9, 2014

Graduates from Columbia University's School of Business hold a sign as they cheer during university's commencement ceremony in New York

With Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, rising to number 1 on best-seller lists, inequality has become central to the public debate over economic policy. Piketty, and much of this discussion, focuses on the sharp increases in the share of income and wealth going to the top 1 percent, .1 percent and .01 percent of the population.

from Edward Hadas:

Three Ms for economics re-education

By Edward Hadas
May 21, 2014

Many economics students are unhappy with what they are being taught. A network of 62 groups from around the world has drawn up a petition calling for more “pluralism” in instruction. The malcontents find the dominant neoclassical model too narrow and want to know why so few experts predicted the 2008 financial crisis. They also want less abstract theory and more study of actual economies. The reproaches are just, but the students’ reform agenda is insufficiently radical.

from Photographers' Blog:

Mothers and Daughters – Hopes and Dreams

By Hannah Vinter
March 7, 2014

By Reuters Photographers

On March 8 activists will celebrate International Women’s Day, which dates back to the early 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975.

from Photographers' Blog:

Kids, cats and education

February 24, 2014

Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
By Mark Makela

It was my editor Chris Helgren who told me about the “Book Buddies” program, where children in the Pennsylvania town of Birdsboro read to cats up for adoption at an animal shelter. The assignment was a gift - unusual, humorous, endearing, with universal appeal.