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Learning Curve

  • An F for transparency
    “Look at this shiny thing over here!” – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, Oct. 14, 2014.

The Academy of Illusory Gains

Education Sector's Kevin Carey has an entertaining blog post addressing the tax treatment of two unusual learning institutions in the Washington area: a branch of the Trapeze School of New York and International Graduate University.

Which one has the most to offer in terms of economic benefits to the D.C. area?

It's not the one you think. My favorite line from Carey's piece offers a clue: "An iron-clad rule of higher education is that the more vaguely important-sounding the name of a college you've never heard of, the more likely it's involved in some kind of scam."

I would suggest there's a similar corollary between the pretentious names of some public charter schools and their quality.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at