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Student Loan Guide

Do you need to borrow to fund college education for yourself or your child? I wrote this guide to tell you about my Clark Smart approach to student loans. If you already have student loans, you'll probably want to jump my very popular section on student loan forgiveness and affordable ...

Get The Best Deal On Back To School Supplies

I was in the stores 2 days ago and the back-to-school goods are on the shelves. A lot of what I saw out there is a real bargain. Both Target and Walmart have bargain aisles, sometimes called "Action Alley." There are true deals on pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, all ...

Florida battles income inequality

Florida battles income inequality

Debates about income inequality are becoming central in our country. Good news: One state is on board with a plan that helps kids make sure more wealth will flow to them over time.

Private Technical Schools Saddle Students With Most Debt

Private for-profit technical schools leave students with the heaviest burden of student loan debt, according to a new report from the College Board. I have long believed that education is the key to climbing the economic ladder. But that doesn't necessarily mean traditional college is the way to go; it ...

Should we fire underperforming teachers?

Should we fire underperforming teachers?

Should poorly performing public school teachers with tenure be allowed to keep their jobs? Students in California don't think so…and they've sued the state to prove their point.

A new trend in summer camps

A new trend in summer camps

Summer camps are adapting quicker to the realities of the job market than education. These new summer camps can help prepare your kids for the jobs of the future.

Professors spying on students homework

Professors spying on students homework

We've become accustomed to the electronic leash in the workplace. But now it's making its way into the world of academia. Students, take note!

March 29, 2013 - Atlanta - Destinee Campbell presents her research assignment to the 7th grade humanities class at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.   Atlanta's 10 startup charter schools are having to do without millions of dollars from the school district that they had depended on, even though the charters already won in court. Atlanta Public Schools appealed the court decision, resulting in the money likely being withheld for another year and the charter schools having to cut costs. The charters don't think the money will break them, but it will cause them pain. BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

States take on failing public schools

As the nation’s eyes turn to the Atlanta public school cheating scandal, it serves as a reminder about the dangers of monopoly Soviet-style public schools. It’s been such a sad event to see the perp walk of distinguished educators in Georgia. Of course, they’re all innocent until proven guilty of ...

Fifth-graders Maggie Graham, Jake Hodgson and Christian Lee (from left) rehearse “The Pirates of Penzance Jr.” at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. One legislator wants to double the private school tuition tax credit program.

Coverdell accounts offer way to pay for private school

You may have heard of 529 accounts, but Coverdell accounts offer a little known way to save for your child's private school. With a Coverdell, you pop money in that grows tax-free and is spent tax-free on educational expenses for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. You can contribute up ...

Indiana sets precedent for school voucher programs

Clark is heartened to share some good news -- Indiana is about to become a leader in school voucher programs. The Indiana state court upheld a law allowing students to utilize school money for private school vouchers. This movement sets a new path of hope for our children who are ...

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