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Esther Cepeda: Ensuring quality education for English language learners
The U.S. Department of Education recently released an “English Learner Tool Kit” designed to support public schools in meeting their legal obligations to students learning the English language. The purpose: to ensure they have equal access to quality ...

Higher Education in Review: September 5-30
Is college “worth it”? The results of a large nationwide survey conducted by Purdue U. and Gallup are underwhelming. A redesigned College Scorecard is unveiled: The U.S. Department of Education's online tool for students and parents now contains data ...

Nick Jonas talks importance of education, support in the classroom
Jonas, who was homeschooled and whose mother was a teacher, is a major supporter of the project that encourages people to recognize the importance of education and support success in the classroom. "The reason I was so thrilled and excited to get ...

The Future of Puerto Rican Education
Yet some are arguing that the island's economic circumstances are so severe that the cuts are necessary and that public education cannot be spared. The island commissioned a report from former and current International Monetary Fund (IMF) staffers that ...

Why education reporters are missing the grade
It's regularly suggested that education journalism is both shallow (when it comes to depth of understanding) and narrow (when choosing issues to address). Longtime education guru Patrick “Eduflack” Riccards says the media increasingly leaves out ...

Rainier Beach High principal is mayor's choice to lead new education department
The city already had an Office of Education inside its Department of Neighborhoods. But when Murray in 2014 announced his plan to create a larger, stand-alone department, he said he hoped doing so would help close the gap between white children and ...

Carolyn Lynch, at 69; philanthropist and education supporter
From the beginning, long before she attended the University of Pennsylvania on an academic scholarship, Carolyn Lynch saw firsthand the impact education could have on lives. Her father was an educator, and at different points had been her chemistry ...

Diane Douglas Presents K-12 Education Fix Proposal
Arizona's top school official rolled out her plan to fix the state's struggling K-12 school system on Thursday, and it includes eliminating the state's Common Core standards, a move already blocked by the Board of Education. Superintendent of ...

Kenya's free education system is making inequality worse
There is a new brand of educational entrepreneur emerging in Nairobi's slums: privately owned and run schools that promise particularly poor children a good education at little cost. These schools position themselves as providing a public good. But the ...

5 takeaways from education talk about Springfield, Holyoke, state
SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester and Holyoke Public Schools Receiver Stephen Zrike, Jr. met on Wednesday with the editorial board of The Republican and Masslive. The educators discussed a wide range of ...

Education Reform is Anti-American
Education reform is one major battleground and the terms of engagement have been largely distorted. "Reformers" would have you believe that the movement is about children and opportunity. It is not about children or opportunity. School reform is part ...

AP sources: Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down
In this photo taken July 31, 2015, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at a news conference in Jessup, Md. To ensure all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background, get equal access to the best teachers, Kentucky plans to enhance ...

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will step down in December
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who dramatically changed education policy in schools and colleges across the nation, is resigning in December. Duncan, an original member of the Obama Cabinet, influenced a wide range of programs from preschool to ...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down
Duncan leaves the administration as the longest-serving education secretary in U.S. history, Obama said. "It's a record that I truly believe that no other education secretary can match," he said. "Arne bleeds this stuff. He cares so much about our kids ...

School choice and the promise of Brown v. Board of Education II
Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education II that schools must integrate “with all deliberate speed.” Just one year after the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional ...

Laureate Education files for IPO
Sylvan Learning acquired its first college, Universidad Europea de Madrid, in 1999, spun off its tutoring business in 2003 and changed its name to Laureate Education in 2004 as its focus shifted. The company was bought out in 2007 for $3.8 billion by a ...

Meet The Next Secretary Of Education
The man who will succeed Education Secretary Arne Duncan has both an inspirational personal story and a record of controversy in what's become a national debate over the Common Core learning standards. At age 40, John King Jr. will become one of the ...

Higher Education from Transactional to Transformational
For the past two centuries, American colleges and universities have approached higher education from a purely transactional leadership style where the focus has been on maintaining the status quo. As a result, students armed with laptops and cell ...

EDUCATION: Law requiring lessons on preventing sexual assault praised
The district offers comprehensive sexual education and HIV prevention to middle and high school students and a health class for fifth- and sixth-graders dealing with drugs, alcohol, nutrition and other issues. Age-appropriate sexual harassment ...

This is what happened when the incoming education secretary met former gang ...
This is what happened when the incoming education secretary met former gang ...

Saugus to develop new education plan for schools
SAUGUS — Regardless of whether Saugus decides to build a combination middle and high school or a stand-alone school, the Public School System will be taking a step forward with a new education plan. The Saugus School Committee approved the ...

Early childhood education: Here's why pre-K matters
The history of early education is long, especially in Nashville. For over half a century Vanderbilt's Peabody College has been a big part of the nation's pre-K learning curve. (Disclaimer: Vanderbilt is a client in my day job, and I have worked with ...

Education Is The Key To All Global Development Goals (Q&A With Julia Gillard)
UNESCO estimates 124 Million children are currently not in school. That's a positive improvement—the number was 200 Million just 15 years ago. Still, as Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, explained, “aid to education in developing ...

School Buses, a vital link in education
Education. School Buses, a vital link in education. LinkedIn · Google+ · Pinterest; Reddit; Print; Order Reprint of this Story. A student smiles as she prepares on head home on a Manatee County School District bus after a day at King Middle School on ...

Three facts about John King, the next education secretary
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, announced on Friday that he will be stepping down from his post in December. The president appointed John King Jr., who has been deputy ...

Lots of talk, not much movement on education
Legislative Republicans met privately in a retreat last winter, in advance of this year's long General Assembly session, to talk about their ideas on education. A key goal was to establish where the House and Senate could agree on significant policy ...

SRTC partnering with Georgia DNR to train hunter education instructors
In the early stages of 2015, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Distance Education Coordinator James (Art) Beveridge began working with Walter Lane, Hunter Development Program Manager, Game Management, Wildlife Resources Division of ...

Clinton picks up endorsement of National Education Association, nation's ...
Clinton picks up endorsement of National Education Association, nation's ...

School nurses evolve with education in Burlington
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The practice of school nursing can be traced to the early 1900s, when a New York City school hired a nurse in an effort to reduce student absences. According to the National Association of School Nurses, the role of a school ...

Education notes: News from schools near you
Residents of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale district are invited to ask questions about the Nov. 3 levy requests at a meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Education Center, 2520 E. 12th Ave., North St. Paul. The district is asking for an ...

A Wisconsin native shares her 'Unsentimental Education'
Debra Monroe's second memoir, “My Unsentimental Education,” was rejected by publishers for a reason most people would embrace. “It's too bad her childhood wasn't worse,” Monroe's agent heard from a publisher in New York, “because I really love her ...

How Indy mayor candidates stand on education issues
Here is what the two candidates for Indianapolis mayor — Republican Chuck Brewer and Democrat Joe Hogsett — think about some of the city's most pressing education issues. What is your top initiative to improve schools in Marion County, especially in ...

State's lawmakers take education-funding ideas on road
Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, acknowledges the proposal being shopped around to fix the local school-levy system and the statewide teacher-pay system is incomplete. But Dammeier, the vice chairman of both the Senate Education and Ways and Means ...

Rahn Dorsey is mayor's eyes and ears for city schools
Until recently, Boston's soft-spoken chief of education was familiar in City Hall and philanthropic circles, but the average citizen might be forgiven for not knowing Rahn Dorsey. But as the end of his first year in office approached, Dorsey took a ...

English Professor Directs NYU Center to Make Education More Equitable, and ...
English Professor Directs NYU Center to Make Education More Equitable, and ...

U.S. inspector general criticizes accreditor over competency-based education
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General has pumped the brakes on competency-based education, partially due to concerns about the level of interaction between instructors and students in some of those programs. Last week the ...

Special education teacher: Why it's 'idiotic' to force my students to take ...
Special education teacher: Why it's 'idiotic' to force my students to take ...

Making a difference in refugees' lives through education
Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR Representative in Pakistan said: "Investing in a refugee youth's education is an investment in their future and in generations to come. Education gives young lives meaning and hope for the future. Educated refugees can provide ...

Fueling Imagination, Funding Education: Jen Weber
Since opening its doors in 1989, the Kentucky Lottery has contributed over four billion dollars to the education of young minds in the Bluegrass State. Thanks to their assistance, students like Jefferson County's Jen Weber were able to attend the ...

State fines over education funding reach $5.2 million; money not paid
The court, which is already holding the Legislature in contempt, said the fines will continue until lawmakers can work together to reach a plan to fully fund education. The total is now at $5.2 million, which lawmakers said will likely come from state ...

Reactions to Arne Duncan's departure illustrate national divide over education
Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement on Friday that he plans to step down later this year was greeted by a range of reactions that illustrate how deeply divided the country is over the Obama administration's education policies. Former ...

Laureate Education files IPO with $4.7 billion debt
When Baltimore-based Laureate Education filed for an initial public offering last week, it disclosed $4.7 billion in debt that has been cutting into the company's bottom line, with hundreds of millions in losses over the past several years. The for ...

The Lost Education Opportunity
President Obama made a fine choice on Friday in John King, a charter school advocate, to be his next Secretary of Education. Then again Arne Duncan, who is returning to Chicago at the end of the year after seven years as Secretary, also arrived with ...

All adults in Norway have the right to free education—including refugees
Norway's famously sturdy social safety net is tightly woven around education—not only for children growing up in the country's traditional schooling system, but for adults who missed out on the regular route to university. Every adult over the age of ...

Equality Commission reports inequality in NI education
The Equality Commission (EC) says inequality in education has become worse in Northern Ireland since 2007. In a report, they highlight continuing, persistent underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider male underachievement in ...

Defining education — Does it include preschool?
His office is defending the State Department of Education and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a school-funding lawsuit brought by a coalition of parents, school boards, municipal leaders and teachers' unions. The coalition worries that lawmakers will continue ...

Therapy is education for special-needs children
As an educator and a parent of a special-needs child I now realize that therapy is education. Teaching my son for more than a year to sit up was hard work and many times we didn't know if our efforts would bear fruit. To deny a special-needs child ...

High-stakes testing, Common Core focus of education forum
Two leading advocates in a movement to scale back high-stakes testing in schools will be featured at an education forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Niagara Falls High School. Carol Burris, a retired principal who has frequently written about the impact of ...

For Republicans killing unions is more important than improving education
If you care about the future of education in the U.S. then the Republican Presidential debates have been a massive disappointment. The problem is that the candidates all believe the same thing, so there is nothing to debate. In fact, through two ...

Kentucky's education commissioner gets $240000 annual salary
Kentucky's new education chief will be paid $240,000 annually under a four-year contract approved Tuesday morning. Stephen L. Pruitt will begin his new job as the state's education commissioner on Oct. 16. Pruitt's contract was approved by the ...


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