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Education News 02/2016



New York University Betrays Teaching and Education
Its latest "offering" puts NYU on the list of bottom-feeders trying to make a fast-buck with online teacher education programs that supposedly will prepare the next generation of teachers in the United States. According to a recent press release, "NYU ...

Education costs will continue to rise
Stated more plainly, the value of goods and services produced by a typical worker has risen enormously, driven by all sorts of things from technology to education to personal freedom. This productivity growth has made us shift our spending, both ...

Study reveals long-term detrimental education effects of Spanish and French colonial systems
School children in Huacaraico, Peru - one of the countries where Dr Feldmann's study finds the legacy of colonial education continues to impact outcomes for young people. Even in the recent past, the colonial legacy has had a large negative impact on ...

Haslam expected to address education funding in State of the State speech
Bill Haslam entered office in 2011 saying that he wanted to be an “education governor” and since has spotlighted K-12 education in every State of the State address. On Monday night, he's expected to continue that momentum by focusing on education ...

The people have spoken, education should be Alabama's top priority
The people of Alabama have spoken. They say loudly that education in this state is underfunded, shouldn't be cut and is in fact Alabama's No. 1 priority. Will state policymakers listen? An independent, nonprofit organization known for its objective ...

Wanted: New Role For Education Department's Inspector General
The story is out that the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general is scrutinizing Western Governors University (WGU), the nation's largest competency-based university and a high-quality innovator. The audit is likely around whether the faculty ...

The Reality of Coding Classes
But a loud chorus of researchers in education and labor markets question the notion that workers are unqualified for the growing sophistication of tech jobs. For several years some academics have pushed back against concern the U.S. labor market has a ...

Education, long-term savings highlight Haslam budget
For the second year in a row, Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed budget includes a major investment in both K-12 and higher education. As he said several times in the lead-up to Monday's budget release, Haslam noted that the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget is ...

Donald Trump's misleading claims about Common Core and education trends
“I'm a tremendous believer in education. But education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child's education. So Common Core is a total disaster. We can't let it continue. We are rated ...

Syrian Refugee Teachers Help Fill the Education Gap
While humanitarian actors meet in London on Thursday to fund the education of Syrian refugees, Khaled's is one of a multitude of anonymous shoestring initiatives filling the gap on the ground. With local schools overwhelmed and aid money so far falling ...

What Is The Value Of An Education In The Humanities?
My friend's kids are going to some of the best universities in the world and, in the end, that education will cost them less than $8,000 dollars. Compare that to the U.S., where the average cost of a higher education is more than $128,000 at a private ...

UM to create endowment for education faculty member
OXFORD – Members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community are working to establish a new endowment to honor the legacy of the late Dorothy “Dot” Henderson, the University of Mississippi's first black faculty member in education. Henderson, who ...

Higher Education in Review: January 25-31
The University of Chicago's defense of free speech has favorably impressed The Economist. Another attaboy for Oberlin's president, from Roger Kimball. Meanwhile, at the U. of Missouri: The former president of the Columbia campus blamed the system's ...

Education As A Tool For Disrupting Terrorism
Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize, this remarkable young woman has campaigned for investment in education in developing countries. Malala — shot in the face by Taliban extremists while walking to school — knows better than anyone that education is ...

Education Department Helps States Cut Standardized Testing
The Education Department released guidance Tuesday to states and local school districts outlining different ways they can use existing federal money to reduce testing in the nation's public schools. It follows a call by President Barack Obama last ...

Letitia James, New York Public Advocate, Sues Education Dept. Over Schools' Disability Services
Public Advocate Letitia James has sued the New York City Education Department, saying a $130 million computer system meant to track services for students with disabilities was a failure. Because of the system's shortcomings, the lawsuit said, children ...

Education Official apologizes for Ethics Violations
The Education Department's top technology official apologized Tuesday for his ethical missteps in using agency employees for his side businesses, failing to disclose outside income and failing to pay taxes on that income, while promising to correct the ...

Alaska's education spending still outpaces the rest of the US by far
In fiscal year 2013, Alaska spent $2.4 billion on education in 54 school districts. Most of that came from the state, which pitched in nearly five times the $324 million in available federal revenue. Average per-student funding increased by 2.5 percent ...

Teachers, education groups mostly supportive of proposed Hanover schools budget
Representatives for teachers and education groups in Hanover County largely threw their support behind a proposed schools budget for next year that includes a raise for employees, even as some requested more attention to special education, technology ...

DOUG ROSS: McCormick wants clarity in education
The Republican-dominated State Board of Education, under Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, adopted some sweeping changes that included the Common Core standards for education and ...

Education feeling the heat for CIO's questionable judgment, cyber faults
House lawmakers are probing whether Education Department Chief Information Officer Danny Harris should remain in his role after almost a decade of cybersecurity and employee morale shortcomings, and now a damaging inspector general report ...

Editorial: Time to Talk Education As Dust Settles in Iowa
But one very important issue has been strikingly missing from the discourse up until now: education. Strangely enough, the only issue that seems to be of lower concern for the presidential candidates than law enforcement abuses and the ...

Bentley proposes moving $181 million from education to General Fund
Gov. Robert Bentley today proposed taking $181 million from the Education Trust Fund to balance the state's General Fund next year. The Legislature would have to approve the move, and key lawmakers have said they oppose moving any more money from ...

Education chief Douglas says bill would remove many of her duties
“Having successfully faced a primary election, a general election, a pathetic recall effort and an ongoing lawsuit by the state Board of Education, I am stunned that a so-called conservative Republican would try to reverse the will of the people ...

What Happens When Each State Is Renamed According to Its Education Level
Americans like to think they are #1 in everything, but when it comes to education, the U.S. quickly loses boasting rights. Math and science are particularly rough: U.S. ranks 28th in the world for those subjects. Although we may be a developed nation ...

Students, faculty push for revised general education requirements
A proposed resolution would require undergraduates to take a course in all three areas to fulfill their general education requirements. At the Educational Policy Committee meeting on Jan. 25, the U.S. Minority course proposal was discussed, but not ...

Three Maryland community colleges close health education facility amid rising costs
"The three partner community colleges invested in the students who attended the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education," said Homan, in an email. "After the spring semester, the programs will continue and students will continue to be ...

Common Core: Playing 'political football' with education
“Education standards are a matter of education policy and our Alabama Constitution is very clear about who makes education policy — The Alabama State Board of Education. I do not accept or appreciate that the sponsor of SB60 thinks it's his job to ...

Katy touted as "hot spot" for private education options
We chose Katy because it has one of the best independent school districts in the country. What that means is parents here are very discerning about their child's education," said Derry. "We've got waiting lists as well. I think in this arena ...

Bill to settle dispute between Diane Douglas, Education Board advances in Arizona senate
A bill that would settle a power dispute between the state's top education administrator and the state Board of Education advanced through a Senate panel Thursday, despite opposition from Arizona schools superintendent Diane Douglas. In a 90-plus ...

Syria Pledging Conference Commits Billions, Prioritizes Education
"All the money in the whole world can not erase the death of one child." That was the sentiment of one delegate this afternoon at the Fourth International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in London. And yet, with the conference still underway ...

How The Education System Is Leveraging Innovation And Technology To Help Students Compete
The US education system is going through a Renaissance in how students learn. Especially when it comes to those learners focused on college preparedness. While many teachers still teach to a test, others are turning to new technologies and systems to ...

Bills expected to restore most career and technical education funding for Arizona schools
State lawmakers introduced a pair of bills Thursday they believe will repeal most of the funding cuts Arizona's career and technical education programs were set to absorb starting next school year. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican leadership support ...

How could new education law impact NC schools? 17 things to know
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina public school leaders say they plan to travel the state in the coming months to get feedback from the public about how best to implement the newly revamped federal education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act or ...

AMP testing: New Alaska education head should stay the course
I hope the new education commissioner can reconsider the decision to eliminate the new statewide standardized tests for students, called Alaska Measures of Progress. Admittedly, the AMP tests and reporting could use some tweaking and improvement, but ...

State education commissioner resigns
As the State Board of Education begins to implement a new strategic plan for the department, the majority of board members felt new leadership was necessary, according to State Board of Education Chair James Fields. The board convened in executive ...

Governor, state board oust Alaska education chief
Mike Hanley is stepping down as Alaska's education commissioner. Gov. Bill Walker announced the leadership change in a press release Thursday morning. Hanley said it was the decision of the governor and the State Board of Education, who said they ...

Transgender rules key to fate of LePage's education chief pick
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage's nominee for education commissioner has received a unanimous endorsement from the State Board of Education but could face challenges when his nomination reaches the Legislature. LePage nominated William ...

Fighting “corporate control of education”: A millennial education wonk goes to war against neoliberal reform
When it comes to the world of elite education reform — the land dominated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation; your Arne Duncans and Michelle Rhees — there is no shortage of young and optimistic millennials, eager to ...

Pushing education forward with education technology standards
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). Technology has improved dramatically since the last update of the plan in 2010. Mobile devices and relatively inexpensive high-speed Internet ...

Want to control Maine education spending? Let's look to the right data first.
According to figures from the Maine Department of Education website, system administration (central office) expenditures have dropped by 7.7 percent in the last 10 years. Maine law requires every local entity to have a superintendent even if the town ...

A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois
1) Work closely with President Cullerton to significantly increase state support for education, focusing our additional resources more on low income and rural school districts so we can provide high quality classrooms in every community, without taking ...

Alaska state education commissioner resigns
As the State Board of Education begins to implement a new strategic plan for the department, the majority of board members felt new leadership was necessary, according to State Board of Education Chair James Fields. The board convened in executive ...

As Albany's power dynamics shift, Elia gets an education in politics
Since her appointment last May, Elia has promised to work closely with the state's many opposing educational groups, while still pushing ahead with key state education policies, including the Common Core standards and annual tests. But recent events ...

Hundreds rally for changes to Hawaii's public education system
Properly fund our rural and small schools: Adjustments to the Weighted Student Formula to ensure that proper funding levels are provided to every school. Attract and retain the best and brightest to Hawaii's public education system: Establish teacher ...

Businesses should help pay for education
State Sen. Howard Stephenson, president of the Utah Taxpayers Association and current chairman of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, also agreed the taxpayers must be sure that the new money will not be used to simply continue the ...

Education Trust Fund Chairman Orr talks budget, raises and higher ed funding
The chairman of Alabama's Education Trust Fund said Friday he doesn't believe a proposal to transfer $181 million from the ETF to the general fund would be popular among legislators. State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said lawmakers would not likely ...

Letter: Keep divorce-education class live instead of online
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss has introduced a bill (House Bill 66) to allow the Divorce Education for Parents class to be taken online. As one of several instructors of this class in Utah, I know this legislation would weaken the positive effects of the ...

Fighting “corporate control of education”: A millennial education wonk goes to war against neoliberal reform
When it comes to the world of elite education reform — the land dominated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation; your Arne Duncans and Michelle Rhees — there is no shortage of young and optimistic millennials, eager to ...

LEBRUN: State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia pokes Opt Out bear
According to the latest Siena poll, education has jumped to the top of the list for what matters most to New Yorkers, ahead of jobs, taxes, and that perennial favorite, governmental corruption. Granted, education is a wide umbrella covering higher and ...


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