Marian Wang is a reporter for ProPublica, covering education and college debt. She has been with ProPublica since 2010, first blogging about a variety of accountability issues. Her latest stories have focused on how rising college costs and the complexity of the student loan system affect students and their families.
A Department of Justice investigation found that Georgia is giving thousands of kids with behavioral issues a subpar education and putting them in the same run-down buildings that served black children decades ago.
The country’s largest public housing agency says it’s made major progress responding to residents’ requests for repairs. Residents tell a different story.
Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. The problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.
A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, non-existent.
Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four non-profit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.
New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.
Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?
Those slashed retail prices that fueled your holiday shopping binges might be illusions. We explain why college pricing is similar—but even less transparent.
He brought sushi to campus dining halls and revamped the dorms. Why one former university president wonders whether he did the right thing.
After years of repeatedly claiming to practice “need-blind” admissions, administrators at George Washington University now acknowledge that the school has long given an edge to wealthier students.
Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.
Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to “financial aid leveraging,” offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.