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Education News 04/2014



To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21 Century Learning Initiative. Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise, ...

Haslam's education agenda challenged by funding
With revenue coming in below projections, Haslam unveiled a 2014-15 budget amendment on Monday that would put off 2 percent salary raises for teachers for at least a year while stripping away a $12.9 million increase for higher education. That news ...

House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid
Participants included special education teachers; a parent of a child receiving special education services; Chris Richardson, the superintendent of the 3,700-student Northfield Public school district; Denise Specht, the president of Education Minnesota ...

Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App'
I hear a lot about the search for the "killer app" in education. One side effect of the boom in consumer technology is everyone is an expert on video games. Note, for example, the incredible popularity of Angry Birds and Candy Crush. However, the ...

Greg Abbott's education plan cites controversial thinker on race, gender
In talking about his Pre-kindergarten education plans this week, Greg Abbott cited Charles Murray, a conservative libertarian scholar whose work has caused major eruptions over the role of race and gender in achievement. Murray currently works for the ...

Common Core: Follow live updates as Louisiana House Education Committee ...
Common Core: Follow live updates as Louisiana House Education Committee ...

Walton Foundation's pours $164 million in 2013 education grants. Who won?
The Walton Family Foundation spent more than $164 million in 2013 to promote its corporate-influenced education reform agenda in 2013, according to a new list (see below) of grants that went to dozens of organizations. The foundation's priorities are ...

Education groups slam Haslam reversal on teacher pay
“State leaders need to be held accountable for the abysmal job they are doing in taking care of our students and teachers,” said Gera Summerford, president of the Tennessee Education Association. “The governor's cuts to teacher salaries and higher ...

Opt out of standardized testing, opt into fixing education funding (Your letters)
Bravo to the parents and students who are willing to buck the standardized testing mentality of our public education system by opting out of the tests this week. The opt out movement is actually years behind. I opted out my son when he was in fourth ...

Education bill would be big shift
Under the plan, 92 percent of total state education funding would be distributed by factoring in districts' poverty levels. Only specialized programs for special education and early childhood education would be exempted from the formula. And, for the ...

State Education Department abandons inBloom data-sharing plan
"As required by statute, we will not store any student data with inBloom and we have directed inBloom to securely delete the non-identifiable data that has been stored," said a statement from Dennis Tompkins, spokesman for Education Commissioner John ...

Miss. House rejects special education vouchers
(AP) — Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students. The defeat came only ...

Bringing Low-Income Students Into STEM Education
In January, as part of the White House's summit on college opportunity, the Posse Foundation announced a bold five-year scholarship initiative to educate 500 low- or moderate-income students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ...

National researchers talk education on city's turf
The theme was selected by AERA's president Barbara Schneider, an education researcher at Michigan State University, and the association's annual meeting chair Mark Berends, a professor at the University of Notre Dame. "Education, at all levels, is an ...

Education Investors, Startups Hopeful Following Solid IPO by 2U
Education investor Ricardo A. Sagrera, with Viceroy Capital Advisors, said because of the “drastically” smaller number of public listings in education technology versus other sectors, “each company that lists probably has a great effect on the overall ...

Higher education
But an arts graduate from Murray State University in Kentucky can expect to make $147,000 less over 20 years than a high school graduate, after paying for his education. Of the 153 arts degrees in the study, 46 generated a return on investment worse ...

West Michigan, other state students suffering in 'education recession ... - The Grand Rapids Press
West Michigan, other state students suffering in 'education recession ...

Democratic race for state superintendent of education suddenly crowded
The Democratic candidates – bolstered by three last-minute filers, including a longtime state representative – overlap on some of their top priorities, including education equality and funding, as well as having similar opinions on Common Core and ...

Quiet exit for Louisiana higher education commissioner
Purcell, who served as commissioner of higher education for three years, walked away from the job March 20 with little fanfare. The Advocate reports that Purcell's exit was so low-key that a number of lawmakers, including a few who sit on the ...

U.S. Education System is Bad For Business?
If America's future success in the increasingly global economy will be determined by our children – and specifically by the way we educate our kids to compete in that economy – then Amanda Ripley's thought-provoking book, The Smartest Kids in the World ...

Reclaiming the rhetoric: No, it's not
Something in me snapped today and I realized that I am finished using the phrase "education reform." That's how folks refer to the constellation of ideas firmly entrenched in the White House right now, upheld by almost every governor of every state ...

Education bill advances, but schools still wary
DENVER (AP) — A hefty education overhaul described as the marquee Colorado schools bill of the year advanced toward a vote Friday — but not before some big amendments to address schools' complaints about the bill. The measure attempts to backfill ...

Proposed Federal Scorecard for Higher Education Misses the Mark
For many years, the so-called competition to be among the top institutions of higher education in the nation has been one of words and select metrics as reported in U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and other ratings. The widely cited U.S. ...

Passion for education leads Kimberly Battle to run for Huntsville school board
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- It was Huntsville's push to keep young professionals in the city that led Kimberly Battle to stay in town after finishing college and it was her growing passion for education realized through her 14-year stay that led her to run ...

Why More Federal Education Spending Is Not the Answer
Rather than shift the tax burden from households with children to relatively high-earning households without children, Felix Salmon of Reuters proposes increasing federal education funding. This strikes me as ill-conceived for a number of reasons. If ...

A Bold Bid to Combat a Crisis in Legal Education
Brooklyn Law School is hardly alone in facing a crisis in legal education. Five law schools have closed in the last two years, more than at any other time in American history. But this week, it announced that it was taking some unusually bold steps to ...

Bringing cooking back into Portland's classrooms: Former teacher pushes food ...
Bringing cooking back into Portland's classrooms: Former teacher pushes food ...

Fights for state education board heat up
The battle to guide public school education in Texas is ramping up. Historically, elections for the State Board of Education are fairly quiet. But this year, as bids for two local seats on the 15-member board head to runoffs on May 27, quiet is one ...

NYSUT to education commissioner: You lost our confidence
As expected, the New York State United Teachers union's delegates today voted “no confidence” in state Education Commissioner John King and called for his removal by the Board of Regents. “There is a revolution under way. Parents and teachers, standing ...

Milwaukee's week at the center of the education universe
The private event was hosted by the low-profile but influential Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha County with more than a half billion dollars in assets and a strong interest in education. Kern brought together 15 to 20 researchers and ...

With his 'pen and phone,' Obama tackles education and equal pay
Fresh off his victory lap of 7.1 million people enrolling in health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama is picking up his pen and phone to move two issues forward by executive action: education policy and equal pay. A ...

Candidates for governor offer variety of education proposals
LITTLE ROCK — The candidates for Arkansas governor have advanced a variety of different proposals they say would improve education in the state, from expanding early childhood education to emphasizing workforce training to giving more control to ...

Americans Losing Religion Due to Internet, Education, Says New Study
A new study that analyzed available data from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey suggests that increases in college education and the use of the Internet have resulted in a significant drop in religious affiliation of Americans over the ...

There are no absolutes in education debate
On the Kansas side, legislators waged verbal warfare on public education. Some worked to get rid of the workplace fairness rule allowing teachers a hearing before they're fired. Some argued that people who home-school or send their children to private ...

What's Wrong With STEM Education?
The U.S. government funnels $4.3 billion every year into STEM education-related initiatives, and while the Administration's efforts are laudable, we must keep in mind some of the shortcomings and challenges we have witnessed to date before we begin ...

Pima County awarded $5.4M federal education grant
The Tucson area is one of two dozen communities across the country to receive the Youth CareerConnect grant, established by the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education. “Too few of America's students are meaningfully ...

Despite advancements, Delaware still has strides to make in education
As I go from one meeting to another, from community to community, the topic of public education often surfaces. We are all trying to keep a close eye on how well Delaware's test scores and other educational markers compare to surrounding states. We ...

Kansas lawmakers pass school finance bill merging funding equity with ...
Kansas lawmakers pass school finance bill merging funding equity with ...

Has Higher Ed Peaked?
American higher education now seems to be recovering at last from the 2008 financial crisis. Some states are increasing their support for public universities and colleges. Backlash against the impact of budget cuts seems to have the idea of austerity ...

Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth
It is college acceptance season, and letters with financial aid offers attached are dropping on doormats nationwide. Many students and an even greater number of parents are facing the sticker shock associated with tertiary education. As college prices ...

Phantom teachers
Given the example set by the teachers, it is little wonder Mexican pupils score among the worst in education tests among the OECD, a set of rich and middle-income countries. At least now the government has a better grip on who the teachers actually are ...

Obama announces education innovation grants
A total of 24 schools are being awarded the money after a nationwide competition, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the New York City Department of Education and districts in Denver, Indianapolis and Clinton, S.C. Obama explained it ...

An Education Degree Helped A Baltimore Graduate Get Promoted Twice In Two ...
An Education Degree Helped A Baltimore Graduate Get Promoted Twice In Two ...

Louisiana higher education commissioner search to cost $73000
Members of the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee inquired about what was being done to find Purcell's successor during a hearing on next year's higher education budget held Monday morning. They also wanted to know how much the Regents ...

Would you trust Silicon Valley to disrupt your child's education?
Venture capitalists are pouring funding into new technologies for a trillion-dollar industry in the US that could be ripe for disruption: education. Education technology startups attracted $1.25 billion in funding in 2013, according to analysis by CB ...

Financial literacy education has lasting impact
The effects of financial literacy education in high school continue to influence attitudes and behaviors toward money management for students well after graduation, according to newly released study. The study of 65,000 college students was given ...

WH official: More tech key to education
Innovation has been slow to reach classrooms across America in part because the federal government spends very little to support basic research on education technology, a senior White House official said Tuesday. Less than one percent — perhaps even ...

Career education initiative attracts 52 of 70 Louisiana public school systems
Louisiana's career education initiative has drawn interest from 52 of the state's 70 public school systems, according to the state Education Department. Called Jump Start, the program seeks to give high school students more opportunity to pursue career ...

Coalition of 114 education groups: Ryan 2015 budget would 'devastate' schools
The 2015 budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan's House Budget Committee would “devastate funding for education and make college less affordable,” a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions charged in an open letter sent to the ...

Dem gubernatorial candidates pledge boost in education funding
Many of the approximately 300 people in attendance at Pittsburgh Obama Academy in East Liberty wore stickers boasting the names of their candidate of choice during the 90-minute education debate, hosted by the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network ...


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