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Coalition kicks off effort to revamp education funding
“Not only is a robust education system imperative to the overall health of Pennsylvania and our competitiveness relative to other states, it is also mandated by our state constitution,” Smith said in a Sept. 3 op-ed distributed to newspapers and radio ...

Will Education Reduce Economic Inequality?
Can reducing inequality also stimulate economic growth? Some economists have suggested that better education would both help the poor and boost the total economy. In the first article in this series, Economic Impacts of Inequality, I described Arthur ...

Free Market Forces Will Not Save US Education -- They Will Destroy It
Fans of market forces for education simply don't understand how market forces actually work. What they like to say is that free market competition breeds excellence. It does not, and it never has. Free market competition breeds excellent marketing ...

No. 2 US education official heads for exit
Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary and second in command at the U.S. Department of Education, will resign his government job by the end of the year, department officials said Wednesday. Shelton, 47, has held several posts at the department since joining ...

Education Is Broken: Open Badges Might Be The Solution
Pretty much anywhere you go today you can hear about the issues and challenges with our education system, especially in the United States. Whether it's our falling test scores, decreasing graduation rates, increased cost of education followed by ...

Education's 'truths' don't change
Nearly 50 million children recently returned to school in the United States, according to the Department of Education. My daughter was one of those students. I stood in our driveway as she boarded the school bus to begin her high school career in the ...

Charter schools, civil rights and the theft of education funds
Jointly authored by Integrity in Education and the Center for Popular Democracy, the report warned that the lax system of federal oversight of the rapidly expanding charter industry has led to the theft of more than $100 million due to fraud ...

Pisa education ranking goal target is scrapped
Conservative shadow education minister Angela Burns ridiculed Labour for seeking to "raise Welsh performance from the worst performing UK nation to the second worst by 2021". "This isn't aspiration, but stagnation," she said. "This feeble new target ...

New US history curriculum sparks education battle of 2014
To improve the Advanced Placement class for U.S. history, some of the best and brightest history scholars in the country worked for six years on a new curriculum. The idea was to replace traditional memorization with more emphasis on critical thinking ...

Snyder campaign asking TV stations to pull Schauer ad with $1B education ...
Snyder campaign asking TV stations to pull Schauer ad with $1B education ...

The Quiet Movement That Could End Higher Education as We Know it
In June, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that institutional obstacles to changing academic cultures and teaching structures could keep competency-based education from going mainstream, but momentum around it continues to build. The Department of ...

Michelle Nunn's new line of attack: Education
Democrat Michelle Nunn opened a new line of attack in her Senate bid, saying her Republican rival's support for dismantling the Department of Education could threaten middle-class families. The nonprofit executive used a tour of a YMCA preschool center ...

NC Board of Education approves 10-point grading scale
As noted in today's Charlotte Observer article by Andrew Dunn, the State Board of Education is scheduled to vote today on switching the state's public high schools from a seven-point grading scale to a 10-point scale. It's a change that the state's ...

We need this 'No Excuses' approach to education reform
It is always tempting to gauge support for education in shortsighted promises to add money. And make no mistake: I believe that significant additional resources are needed for our teachers and our schools, especially those serving our most challenged ...

Book banning and education standards
The fact that “The Bluest Eye” is taught in some schools but not others is simply an extension of a fundamental oddity of America's education system, whereby students graduate from different public schools with different educations, armed with ...

In Allentown, Wolf vows to make education a priority
Standing in the shadow of Allentown's Muhlenberg Elementary School, Tom Wolf promised Thursday to make education a priority if he's elected Pennsylvania's next governor. Wolf, the York County Democrat leading incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett in the polls, ...

Alabama, NCAA Make a Mockery of Their Own 'Education' Rhetoric
In an effort to propagate the idea that college athletes are purely amateur, college athletic departments are always quick to discuss education as part of their missions. It's absurd, given that most major college athletic departments are separate from ...

Countering Fear of Ebola With Education Where West Africans Live in US
Across the nation, communities with large concentrations of West African immigrants are stepping up education campaigns about Ebola that were already underway before it became known that a Liberian man in Dallas had the virus. At the same time, the ...

How Much Americans Know About the News by Age, Education and Politics
How much do you know about current events? That might depend on your age, education and even political party, according to a new Pew Research Center study. The survey was conducted September 25-28 among 1,002 adults and had survey takers ...

There Is No Such Thing As A Free College Education
In a typical economic model for financing higher education, the consumer (student) would pay for the good that it consumes (education) and the research that researchers do would lead to innovations that have positive economic impact on society ...

Paterson education advocates celebrate expanded free meals program
The district embraced the expansion of the meals program after school board member Jonathan Hodges attended an education conference and learned of a provision under the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that the Paterson district had not ...

Colorado Board of Education member: Teach kids the US ended slavery ...
Colorado Board of Education member: Teach kids the US ended slavery ...

An Early Ballot Education
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for an Ohio voting law to go into effect, staying a preliminary injunction against the law on a 5-4 vote. The bad news is that the Court was only one vote away from endorsing a theory that a mere ...

As Easy As ABC? English Education in Japan
In October 2013, the Japanese government attempted to introduce compulsory English-language education at the third grade in the elementary school – two years earlier than the current fifth grade. The aim is to tackle its longstanding concern that ...

Where the gubernatorial candidates stand on education
They can't vote. They can't read a ballot. And even if they could, they could not step up to the voting booth without a footstool. Yet preschoolers are being targeted in nearly every speech by Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for governor, who ...

Hatter-Williams: Place education on a pedestal
It was a full week dedicated to education – a chance to set aside time to celebrate educational success and think about the role education plays in our lives. By having these conversations today and taking the plunge to not only educate but educate ...

Why can't the grown-ups get it right on education?
In its most basic form, the idea is pretty simple. The bell rings, students file into class, and teachers share knowledge and tap into natural curiosity. But the grown-ups just can't seem to get their side of things right in public education. School ...

Corbett, Wolf clash over education funding
Terry Madonna, a pollster and political-science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said that Corbett -- rightly or wrongly -- is viewed by some voters as having cut education spending because they see what's happened in their local ...

Xtronauts fill gaps in NASA's education funding
He said it fit the district's emphasis on education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math to “partner with them in creating hands-on, authentic and meaningful scientific activities that promote high-quality learning and get ...

Race for governor: Candidates don't offer details on education
Education is not the hot-button issue it's been in past gubernatorial elections, and neither Republican John Kasich nor Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald has offered a lot of detail about what they would do to improve opportunities for children if ...

Medical-Assistant Programs: A Case Study
By all appearances, the ad represented the free market for education and training at work. America's aging population and growing health care sector have created a strong demand for medical assistants, who check vital signs, schedule appointments and ...

Has Gregg Abbott not costed out his education plan? I bet he has (and it might ...
Has Gregg Abbott not costed out his education plan? I bet he has (and it might ...

Questions posed about education funding priorities
The ever-simmering conflict over how much the Legislature should spend on education has turned up to full boil in recent months. A group of 21 school districts represented by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has sued to collect the amounts they say they've ...

Analysis: La. education politics tied up in court
BATON ROUGE – In Louisiana's fierce education debates, policies sometimes are getting shaped more by what occurs in the courtroom than in the classroom. More than a half dozen pending lawsuits involve disputes over classroom standards, education ...

Summit centers on education, inequality
National Action Network hosted a two-day Education Summit on Oct. 1 and 2 at NYU's Eisner & Lubin Auditorium in the Kimmel Center for University Life. The summit was opened by NAN founder and president Rev. Al Sharpton, who celebrated his 60th ...

Federal government needs to revamp its oversight of higher education, says ...
Federal government needs to revamp its oversight of higher education, says ...

NEXT High School creates a new vision for education
The answer, it turns out, will be the most progressive, radical school in Greenville County's — and perhaps South Carolina's — public education system. If NEXT High School's operation turns out like its founder's vision, students won't wake up in the ...

Snyder, Schauer both say education priority for them
Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer agree on two things: Education is a priority and the success of schools is vital to Michigan's future. But they would take different paths toward addressing the mountain of financial and academic ...

Education's coming restructuring: How much will IT really help?
ORLANDO — The education industry, primary, secondary and post-secondary, is increasingly looking toward information technology as a way to revamp and restructure how these institutions operate. The big question is how much technology can realistically ...

These are the top 10 US education foundations
National management and strategy consulting firm Dewey & Associates recently released its ranking of U.S. education foundations in the report, "Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation." The top rankings, which focus on the top 100 ...

Wright: Literacy is key to good education
Being a good reader is critical to success in school. That's why Mississippi's youngest students started this school year with classes that provide a greater emphasis on literacy. This effort is part of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, which Gov. Phil ...

Birmingham organizations team up to develop 180-day 'Action Plan for Education'
Bold Goals Education is part of the Bold Goals Coalition serving Central Alabama that aims to provide "collaborative space" to address key issues in the areas of education, health, financial stability and transportation. With Bold Goals Education, the ...

Power Rangers Megalearning: An Education Innovation That Actually Works
When I was six my family moved from Seattle to Sweden. Upon arrival I was surprised to find that Swedish six-year-olds spoke excellent English. My parents' explanation for this marvel was that Sweden had an amazing education system—disciplined ...

Richard Cohen: The actual value of a college education
I never went to college to make money. (A totally successful business plan, by the way.) Instead, I went for an education. (Another totally successful business plan.) To fulfill a requirement, I took anthropology, and I have kept up with it ever since ...

McFadden: stop terror recruiting with education
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden today released a plan he says will deter Minnesotans from going overseas to fight with terrorist groups. While releasing the plan McFadden took a swipe at his DFL opponent Sen. Al Franken. “Minnesota has ...

Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?
"I went to a four-year university." "That job requires a one-year certificate." "It's a two-semester course." "She's a fifth-year senior." What do these expressions have in common? They use time as the yardstick for higher education. Essentially, this ...

The Plot Against Public Education
He was on a mission to transform American education, and he would start with the high schools, which he saw as an embarrassment, almost a personal affront. They were “obsolete,” he declared. “When I compare our high schools to what I see when I'm ...

When Education Brings Depression
At a time when academic jobs are increasingly likely to be part-time adjunct positions, it's perhaps no surprise that many graduate students are anxious and depressed. But some observers say faculty and counseling services haven't caught up with the ...

Education issue shows split between Love, Owens in Utah's 4th district
No issue better illuminates the political differences between Mia Love and Doug Owens than education and how to pay for it. Owens, the Democrat in the 4th Congressional District race, believes the federal government should do more to fund Utah's ...

Carnegie Science Center announces results of STEM Education Study
Carnegie Science Center announced this morning the results of a survey conducted this summer to gauge the attitudes and perceptions about STEM education and its potential for workforce development in a 17-county region spanning southwestern ...


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