Adrienne Lu

Adrienne Lu leads Pew’s efforts to examine how states can support and strengthen the fiscal health of local governments. Her work focuses on detecting and responding to local government fiscal distress, municipal finances, and how state policies have the potential to affect local budgets and economies.

States Increase Aid to Students

By: - July 15, 2013

University of Georgia alumni Matthew Boynton and student Maggie Kilgo, right, protest of cutting the HOPE Scholarship during a demonstration at the state capitol Tuesday March 8, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP) States increased need-based grant aid to undergraduate students by 6 percent in the academic year 2011-2012, while total state financial aid to students grew […]

Making College More Affordable

By: - July 11, 2013

College students wait on the steps of the House of Representatives for Speaker of the House John Boehner and GOP leaders to arrive for a news conference on federal student loan interest rates, which doubled on July 1. (AP) Governors and state legislatures around the country are taking steps to make college more affordable and […]

Supreme Court Punts Affirmative Action to Lower Court

By: - June 24, 2013

Abigail Fisher, the student involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, and Edward Blum, who runs a group working to end affirmative action, walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2012. The court Monday sent the case back to a lower court for further scrutiny. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court sent a […]

Report: Progress in Student Achievement Varies by State

By: - June 10, 2013

A pair of students works in a classroom at John Eager Howard Elementary School in Baltimore. Students in Maryland have made larger strides under No Child Left Behind than students in any other state, according to a new report. (AP) Students in Maryland have made larger strides under No Child Left Behind than students in […]

Some States Shoring Up Spending on Pre-K

By: - June 4, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder read to a pre-kindergarten class in Detroit. Michigan is one of several states investing in pre-K. (AP) President Obama is calling for a $75 billion investment over 10 years in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. While Congress studies his proposal, governors and state lawmakers are forging ahead with […]