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Education News 02/2015



Governor shows lack of commitment to education
Statehouse rhetoric regarding education in Iowa is always lofty, but the will to fund such an educational system is not there. Education professionals in Iowa continue to be disrespected and resented for the money they make or desire to make. As we ...

A primer on education issues facing state leaders
Wolf says one of the first things he will push for is an extraction tax on natural gas and oil to help fund public education. The Marcellus Shale drilling boom has made the state second in the nation as a producer of natural gas. Pennsylvania is the ...

Adult Education faces changes
The law requires school districts and community college districts to partner together on adult education in order to tap into millions of dollars in extra state funding in 2015-16. The money is tempting for beleaguered programs that were gutted during ...

High hopes, high hurdles greet state's new education leaders
Public education in Pennsylvania is at a "time like no other," according to many educators. Some local observers have high hopes about the fresh faces at the top: a Democratic governor who campaigned on promises of increased school funding, a Lancaster ...

Higher education briefs: William Carey, JSU, USM
William Carey University. Musical retells church bombing. The William Carey University Winters School of Music/Indigo Productions will present “Walk With Me: The 16th Street Bombing,” a musical retelling the story of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing, ...

Tech revolutionizes education for deaf preschoolers
The walls are decorated with pictures of kangaroos, watermelons, and yo-yos, as "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" is being sung in the background. But there's something different about this preschool classroom: almost all the students have cochlear ...

Education: Why not be the model?
Full disclosure requires that I tell you upfront that I attended a private high school and earned two degrees from a private university. My first teaching jobs were also in private colleges and I have a deep respect and affection for the nonprofit ...

Running for High Office Without Higher Education
Americans celebrate higher education. More than 40 percent of voters have a college degree; only three countries — Canada, Israel and Japan — have a more educated electorate. College graduates, on average, earn in excess of 50 percent more in a ...

Abbott Slams Common Core: It 'Violates' Pillars of Education
Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed Common Core in a debate with former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett on Fox News channel. “Common Core violates the four core principles and the four core pillars of education. Which [are] parental involvement, ...

House Education chair makes case for public charter schools
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the biggest advocates for the addition of public charter schools in West Virginia is House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51). “Right now, there's not a lot of choice in the public education system,” ...

Private moments helped shape Obama's education about war
It will also be guided by more private moments in his wartime education — at the bedside of wounded troops; on the tarmac of Dover Air Force Base, where the war dead return to American soil; and in that small room with the mortuary affairs soldiers ...

EDITORIAL: Education frees up opportunities for prisoners
For most people, the term "education reform" refers to the battle of K-12 education policy. For Louis Hardy, 54, of Gary, education and reform mean something entirely different. He's being reformed by the education he is receiving behind bars. Hardy is ...

School choice plays a part in improving education. (Photo: Will Dickey / AP)
Education is a key to economic mobility in America. An additional year of schooling raises earnings by between 6 and 10 percent per year. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma is 8.6 ...

Black Caucus protests Hogan's education funding
Larry Hogan protesting cuts to education in his budget, saying they hurt progress being made in Baltimore City and Prince George's County schools. “We look forward to sitting down with the governor and helping to move this budget in a direction that we ...

Education criticism politically motivated, says Lewis
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has defended his criticism of schools in Wales, claiming the debate over education is being "shut down". He said he was simply being "ambitious" for Wales in wanting to improve school standards. Education Minister Huw ...

Obama's Proposed Budget Seeks More for Education
President Barack Obama 's fiscal 2016 budget proposal calls for $70.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, a $3.6 billion increase from the current level, with backing for signature proposals such as making community ...

University president: Obama's proposed regs on teacher education are 'Orwellian'
After releasing a draft set of regulations for colleges of education last November, the U.S. Education Department solicited public comment and received lots of it. That's no wonder, given that the draft regulations, which include ratings of schools by ...

Reeves unveils $110M education increase
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday unveiled his plan to boost K-12 education spending by $110 million this year over last year, using nearly all of the projected growth in state revenues, but still falling short of fully funding public schools. At a press ...

Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds
The income gap is an outgrowth, at least in part, of the education gap. An analysis by the O.E.C.D. released last fall showed that the United States greatly lagged nearly every advanced industrial nation on measures of educational equality. Only one in ...

Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs
The researchers explored how two early childhood initiatives in North Carolina affected the likelihood that children would be placed in special education by the end of third grade. It focused on a preschool program for four-year-olds from at-risk ...

Progressive labels for regressive practices: How key terms in education have ...
Progressive labels for regressive practices: How key terms in education have ...

House education reform bill expected this week
The House Education Committee has begun to put pen to paper — actually, dry erase marker to whiteboard. After weeks of testimony, lawmakers began to brainstorm elements of an education reform bill on Friday. The much-anticipated legislation will ...

NY lawmakers to hear testimony on education budget
ALBANY (AP) — Public education, a flashpoint in New York politics, is the topic of a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany. Educators and advocates from New York City and across the state are set to testify Tuesday. Charter school operators are ...

Kasich vows education spending increase, more accountability for charter schools
Materials the governor's office disseminated Monday say annual state spending on education will reach $10.3 billion. Spreadsheets attached to Kasich's announcement, however, indicate overall spending will drop $156,775,328 between this year and the ...

Power couple share a passion for education
While the two may at times be coming from different viewpoints, the couple have long shared a passion for education and a belief that a high-quality public education is fundamental to improving the community. Their drive has put the two at the center ...

Tim Kaine, Claire McCaskill Bill Would Require Sexual Assault Education In ...
Tim Kaine, Claire McCaskill Bill Would Require Sexual Assault Education In ...

Critics protest Hogan's education budget cuts in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed funding for education threatens to create larger classrooms and cut teaching jobs, opponents of the plan said Tuesday — but Hogan's budget secretary said the Republican governor is open to dialogue ...

Walker proposal would virtually upend education status quo
Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposes no significant increase for public school funding, but would allow more opportunities for students to use public money to attend private, religious schools or charter schools outside traditional districts. Walker's ...

Study: Early learning curbs need for special education
The study, conducted by Duke researchers Clara G. Muschkin, Helen F. Ladd and Kenneth A. Dodge, tracked 871,000 children born between 1988 and 2000 who were enrolled in North Carolina's two early-education programs. Researchers found children ...

The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids
Samantha is similarly independent-minded—she blogs about feminism, parenting, art technology, and education reform and has started a network of hackerspaces for kids. So when it came time to educate their own children, they weren't in any hurry to ...

A Look At Millennials: Education & College Costs
Although not every college student is forced to take out loans, the ones who do take a serious hit to their net worth, according to research by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The debt doesn't affect their earning potential, but working to ...

Pence asks for flexibility on education dollars
WASHINGTON – Gov. Mike Pence urged Congress Wednesday to give states flexibility to innovate on education, the way he said Indiana is doing on vouchers, charter schools and vocational education. Pence testified before a House panel that will be ...

Education secretary visits Maryland for town hall meeting
Secretary Arne Duncan said the meeting, in part, was organized to give parents, teachers and administrators a chance to share their concerns about the current education law, No Child Left Behind. Duncan visited a classroom and spoke with parents and ...

Exclusive: The Education of Jeb Bush
He smiles, eyes wide and fists pumping. "This is a brilliant idea!" The subject of his sudden enthusiasm is a group of Detroit parents who've developed an online rating system of the city's public schools—think of it as yelp.com for education. "Young ...

Scott Walker Takes A Risk With Education Cuts
The faculty at the largest school in the state, UW-Madison, has already unanimously passed a resolution saying the cuts will "diminish the quality, breadth and access to education for Wisconsin residents," and Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the cuts ...

Google could boost education push with Launchpad Toys acquisition
Google could strengthen its position in the education market with its acquisition of Launchpad Toys, maker of popular children apps like Toontastic which are used in classrooms. “We're proud to announce that our little toy company is pairing up with a ...

Education, athletics important to Brahmas
"He told me how they work with you and getting an education and everything," Grounds said. "He told me how much he liked it." Grounds felt the same way and made his commitment to play football at Mary Hardin-Baylor official in a ceremony Wednesday at ...

Republicans, Democrats Jockey on Changing Education Law
Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House Democrats ...

Brownback to cut education by $44.5 million amid budget shortfall
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has announced additional budget cuts — including cuts to public schools and higher education — to help keep the state solvent through the current fiscal year, which ends in June. The House passed a budget fix bill this week, ...

NC education officials release grades for all public schools
All public schools in North Carolina got letter grades from A-F from the State Board of Education Thursday. Eighty percent of the grades are based on how students performed on standardized tests. Twenty percent of the grades are tied to how much ...

Greeks Get a Euro Education
The Athens stock market fell as much as 9% on Thursday after the European Central Bank's announcement late Wednesday that it will not accept Greek government bonds as collateral until Athens reaches an agreement with its creditors. Investors appear to ...

House Education Bill Proposes Larger School Districts
A moratorium on legislation that would increase education property taxes through July 2016. Any bill that the legislature's Joint Fiscal Office determines would increase taxes would be automatically withdrawn and could not be approved by any committee ...

The Schoolhouse: Remaking Education in International Affairs
America's higher education system, and in particular, its advanced graduate training, have long been the envy of the world. Richly endowed and highly respected, universities in the United States are counted upon to generate knowledge and innovation ...

Dozens of superintendents call for education funding
Dozens of public school district superintendents from across Colorado gathered in Westminster Thursday to demand funding increases for education. "We want to be clear that schools are still in desperate need of funding that got cut during the recession ...

How Obama's Education Reforms Might Hurt Black Colleges
Much of the current ballyhoo in higher-education circles has centered on President Obama's announcement earlier this year to make community college free for all Americans "willing to work for it." The move, however, is a part of a larger suite of ...

"Bobby Jindal Says America Needs Educated Population, Slashes Education ...
"Bobby Jindal Says America Needs Educated Population, Slashes Education ...

Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap
"The dramatic increase in state education funding that has occurred over the last four years is unsustainable," Brownback said in a statement released Thursday. "School districts are estimated to have approximately $381 million in reserve fund balances ...

Carey to offer doctor of education degree
The Ed.S. is an advanced degree between a master's and doctoral degree with a focus on elementary education. When complete, teachers can add a triple A certification to their educator licensure. A bachelor's degree is a single A certification; a master ...

States weigh turning education funds over to parents
Called Education Savings Accounts, the programs work like this: The state deposits the funds it would have spent educating a given child in public schools into a bank account controlled by his parents. The parents can use those funds — the amount ...

Education bill: Mergers, new tax rates
A school district could duck the merger if the school board, voters and the state Board of Education all decide that it's better to retain the current governance structure. Alternatively, districts could present their own governance ideas for state ...


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