Education / Primary & Secondary School

  • 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,...

  • Best 529 Plans To Help Pay for College

      

    A 529 Plan is the best way to save for your kid's college. 529 plans -- aka college-savings plans -- allow you, a relative or a friend to put money aside as an investment for a child's...

  • How social media life can affect your work life

      

    High school seniors are becoming more aware of how their social media presence could affect them getting into college.

  • 5 Money Skills Every Parent Should Teach Their Teenager

      

    Parenting is not for wimps! I remind myself of this truth almost every other day while parenting my four children (they’re now 26, 24, 20 and 19). A huge part of our parenting...

  • 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...

  • Florida battles income inequality in schools

      

    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...

  • 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

      

    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

      

    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!

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dangers of private for-profit colleges

      

    Are you enrolled in an online school? The brouhaha with for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix points to a great problem in higher education -- the easy availability of student...

  • Charter schools win a victory in two more states

      

    Voters in both Washington state and Georgia spoke out in favor of school choice on Election Day. The thing I love is that charter schools take the "one size fits all" mentality of public...