Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Colleges Should Give a Partial Tuition Refund to Students for the Spring 2020 Semester

By Hannah Ritter Published June 2, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students at high-cost universities were sent home halfway through the semester to continue the semester online. This unexpected switch to online instruction exposed the quality differential between in-person and online schooling, as students are lacking the services that their tuitions are supposed to provide. Universities should give students partial tuition refunds prorated for the amount of time spent in online instruction because students are not receiving the quality of education promised by their high-cost tuitions.


Introducing Guns into Schools Will Not Make Students Any Safer

By Hannah Ritter Published December 5, 2019

As mass shootings reach a historical high, federal and state legislatures are debating how to protect students in school from mass gun violence. While policymakers make proposals to introduce guns into schools to protect students against an active shooter, arming teachers would escalate violence and would not add much protection in the case of an active shooter, but rather it can further endanger students.


Evaluating Educators Using Standardized State Exams Will Not Make America Catch Up

By Hannah Ritter Published May 5, 2019

As America continues to lag behind other countries in the academic arms race, politicians scapegoat teachers for low student performance. However, evaluating teachers based on students’ standardized test scores is ineffective, unfair, and actually hinders learning.