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Trump cribs from Obama's speech on education
“I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children,” Trump said in his speech. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heralded Trump ...

Meet the 2017 Education Lab Student Voices columnists
The goal of our Student Voices program, now in its second year, is to bring you essays by students focused on what they care deeply about when it comes to education. (See last year's columns here.) The 11 writers we selected this year — most of whom ...

Lawmaker: $240 million cost, lagging enthusiasm to delay education savings accounts
A $240 million estimated price tag and lagging enthusiasm among state legislators is slowing the roll-out of an education savings account program, House Education Committee Chairman Walt Rogers told the Des Moines Register. "We had the momentum ...

Lawmakers Face A Tough Decision On Education Funding
Legislators heard from city and town leaders and educators Wednesday about how the governor's budget would hurt education and taxpayers. They also listened to a call from the plaintiffs in a landmark education court case for a $250,000 study on how ...

Cooper unveils education, budget plan
Cooper cuts an aggressive path forward for public education. It commits new monies to early childhood education for 4,700 additional N.C. Pre-K spots, provides childcare subsidies and supports restoring the Child Care Tax Credit to help families afford ...

An Education PAC Is Phone-Banking DC Residents to Promote Controversial Policy
Darrow MontgomeryIn a one-party city with a civic focus on education, an advocacy group like Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) sounds as wholesome as Mom and apple pie. Everyone in D.C. is a Democrat, right? Who isn't in favor of education ...

From K-12 to higher ed: Education reforms will drive lawmakers' agenda
The higher education reforms — with the exception of the state college changes — generally seem to have little opposition, but the K-12 reforms the House envisions are likely to spark backlash from supporters of traditional public schools, such as ...

Astronaut Helps Launch Science and Math Education Competition for Teachers
Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin — a veteran of two space shuttle missions to build the International Space Station — will judge a new online fundraising competition to support science education beyond the classroom. Melvin will co-judge the ...

Betsy DeVos: President Trump delivers on education promises
The achievement gaps in education result in hundreds of billions of dollars of lost economic potential every year. And these gaps disproportionately harm minority students. Currently, more than 40% of African-American male students do not graduate high ...

The Best Education Our Money Can Buy
Most of us know folks who owe everything they have in life to education. That explains, I suspect, why we nod in agreement whenever we hear somebody describe education as the ultimate antidote to inequality. Education certainly can serve as a brake on ...

Special Education School Trashed By Vandals
SACRAMENTO -- A special education school that serves disabled students who are transitioning into adulthood at the end of high school is engaging in a major clean up after vandals broke in and damaged property. The Laurel Ruff Center in the San Juan ...

Kansas Supreme Court Says State Education Spending Is Too Low
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the state's spending on public education was unconstitutionally low, dealing a new blow to Gov. Sam Brownback, who is facing a rebellion from his own Republican Party over his trademark tax-cutting ...

Gov. Roy Cooper touts education agenda in visit to Greensboro (Video)
Gov. Roy Cooper shares a laugh and a hug with Claudia Stukes, Home Bound Center director, as Angel Thompson watches in delight during Cooper's visit Thursday with Guilford Child Development staff members after he talked about the education initiatives ...

Report: Florida Is Number 1 State for Higher Education
Rick Scott and others heralded the new rankings, which are coming at a time when the Florida Senate is considering pushing through changes to the state's higher education system. Senate leaders want to boost spending on student financial aid and ...

As State Budget Revenues Fall Short, Higher Education Faces A Squeeze
Greitens isn't the only governor who's recently cut higher education spending to deal with budget woes. At least 24 states have reported that revenues this year have come in weaker than expected, according to the National Association of State Budget ...

Google reveals another education-focused Chromebook, this time from HP
In a blog post celebrating the popularity of Chromebooks in Swedish schools, Google has quietly announced a new Chrome OS laptop from HP: the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition. There are no full specs as of yet, but Google says the device will ...

Trump plans to talk education reform in Pine Hills during Orlando visit
Today the president will talk about his education bill at the St. Andrews Catholic School, where a number of students receive financial aid. The president's bill would allow low-income students the right to choose the school they want to attend ...

NY Education Dept. seeks input on testing, accountability - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York education officials continue to prepare for the new federal education law by seeking input on a variety of issues, including whether to pilot new testing procedures. The state Education Department has scheduled dozens of ...

Texas Tribune symposium on public education
On Friday, March 3, The Texas Tribune held a daylong symposium on public education in Texas at The University of Houston-Downtown with elected officials, advocates and policy experts from across the state. Topics included public education and the ...

Educators Criticize Proposed Education Budget UPDATED
The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and the Education Committee held a public hearing to discuss Governor Lepage's education budget. “We must be prepared for students who bring complex and challenging needs which we strive to meet to ...

De Blasio's education spending problem is even worse than it looks
This week's Independent Budget Office report on soaring Department of Education spending was even worse than it seemed — because it failed to flag what rising DOE outlays on charter schools should mean for the rest of the budget. The IBO rightly noted ...

Taking education outside
Kindergartners from Bright Water Waldorf School in Seattle play on a tree in Volunteer Park on Friday. One teacher said the school uses the park as a place for the children to play during recess. The school focuses on having students be in touch with ...

Last-minute deal sends Wyoming education cuts to governor
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A compromise reached in the final hours of the legislative session Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to approve an education finance bill containing spending cuts but no taxes. Fixing an education funding shortfall on track to ...

Has fake news fooled you? Blame your level of education, not your politics.
To the editor: Anne Friedman makes an excellent point when she says it's our responsibility to read news items critically. (“It's not just Trump supporters who spread fake news. Liberals do it too,” Opinion, Feb. 28). But how does one learn to do that ...

Education, health care top issues as lawmakers pass deadline
ATLANTA (AP) - Education, efforts to address opioid addiction in the state and proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana program appear likely to dominate the rest of Georgia legislators' annual session. Lawmakers spent January and February ...

Marchers in Rochester demand spotlight on education
More than 100 people turned up for the People's March for Education Justice downtown, despite the biting temperatures. The march was organized by Metro Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education, and was a sister march to events in New York City, ...

Over a thousand rallied at People's March for Education Justice for better educational resources
MANHATTAN — More than a thousand teachers, students, parents and supporters rallied Saturday for better educational resources in New York state at the People's March for Education Justice in midtown Manhattan. There were seven March for Education ...

Rally for education justice held in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In the wake of the controversial appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, local parents, students, lawmakers and other community members gathered on a chilly Saturday afternoon to march for changes in aspects of the ...

Education Roundup
Bishop Noll Graduates with Distinction, seated from left are, Julia Moroz, Isabel Vazquez, Claire Kalinowski, Kalyna Wozny-Ramos, Margaret Dominiak, Bianca Stavrakakes, Daniel Cuevas, Megan Whelan, Mayra Pena, Cristen Lee, Christen Weeden, and ...

Spotlight:Personifying hope through education
El Dorado humanitarian Frances Maschal Landers thought she would visit Haiti one time, but after visiting a village riddled with poverty and illiteracy, nothing was the same. Her legacy lives on through the Haiti Education Foundation, as well as a book ...

Elementary art education could make a comeback
Its absence became clear in September, when the school barred Young Rembrandts — an after-school program that provides the only art education available to elementary students — from holding courses immediately after school lets out. Enforcing a ...

Education, health care top issues as Georgia lawmakers pass deadline
As expected, education dominated the first portion of the session. The House approved legislation to give the state broad authority to intervene at struggling local schools, with support from Democrats, after several revisions. The Senate now takes ...

Connecticut Lawmakers Grapple With Education Funding Plan
In September, a state judge ordered Connecticut officials to develop plans to revamp the Education Cost Sharing grant, saying a huge gap in test scores between students in rich and poor communities shows parts of the system are unconstitutional ...

What Betsy DeVos' confirmation means for innovation in education
Following Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the next Secretary of Education, the American education system could drastically pivot in unexpected ways. It's difficult to know exactly what those changes will look like, given DeVos' vague answers throughout ...

Trump pushes education choices in visit to Florida Catholic school
“St. Andrew's Catholic school represents one of the many parochial schools dedicated to the education of some of our nation's most disadvantaged children, but they're becoming just the opposite very rapidly through education and with the help of the ...

Fixing North Carolina's education
Perhaps no issue in state policy is as politically consequential or socially vital as public education. There are few things the public cares about more than its schools. As an issue, education combines the pocketbook political power of tax policy with ...

Today's education debate ignores a child's starting line: Voices
As Betsy DeVos takes the helm at the U.S. Department of Education, the debate about how to best educate America's children has quickly become a tug of war over public and private options, costs and parental choice. But the debate we're witnessing ...

The Senate Should Undo Obama's Education Power Grab
But before the ink on the law was even dry, Arne Duncan, Obama's secretary of education, mocked the will of Congress, boasting that it would be easy to get around the law's restrictions: “We have every ability to implement, to regulate the law ...

State To Schools: Customize Your Hawaiian Education Approach
A 1978 amendment to the state constitution mandated that Hawaii's public schools teach Hawaiian education. Thirty-nine years later, the state's Department of Education still struggles to offer Hawaiian education programs to the vast majority of public ...

A Quaker Education — Against Israel
Unwittingly, the Friends' Central School, a well-regarded Quaker establishment in Pennsylvania, has once again come under fire for its ties to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The school operates in accordance with ...

He couldn't get higher education in Iran -- now he's running an ed tech startup
In Baha'i faith, education is of utmost importance. So it makes sense that Shakib Zabihian, a Baha'i programmer who fled religious persecution in Iran in 2013, is behind an education startup in his new home of Los Angeles. Zabihian is the co-founder of ...

Congressional Republicans poised to overturn Obama-era education regulations
This rule does that,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said in a statement last week. “And we said to the department, 'You can't tell states exactly how to rate the public schools in your state,' but this rule ...

House bill would boost Texas public education by $1.6 billion
“House Bill 21 will improve public education in Texas. It provides more resources for schools and distributes those resources in a much smarter way,” Huberty said Monday during a news conference where he was flanked by public school officials and a ...

House committee focuses on education spending during budget hearings
HARRISBURG — Questions lingered Monday after daylong House Appropriations Committee hearings to probe Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal for 2017-18 education spending. On top of increases to basic education, special education and early childhood ...

'Access Moves': How One Instructor Seeks Accessibility
Male also stressed that her approach to online education is one of many, and that she does not believe hers is necessarily the ideal way to design an online course. She has yet to finalize the syllabus, and she acknowledged that issues related to ...

Democrats Seek Hearings on Education Appointees
Democrats on the Senate education committee have requested that chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, hold additional hearings on subcabinet-level appointees at the Department of Education. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ...

Free Education Runs Afoul Of The Bureaucrats
“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy,” quipped World War II Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover. “God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won't.” The University of California-Berkeley might have considered this warning before it ...

No, Stay At Home Moms Don't 'Waste' Their Education
In Dorothy Sayer's 1936 novel “Gaudy Night,” a minor character refers to the “question of women's education.” Famous detective Lord Peter Wimsey responds, “Is it still a question? It ought not to be,” and adds, “You should not imply that I have any ...

Major education bill moves forward in Kentucky legislature
The House Education Committee approved a wide-ranging public education bill Tuesday that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and would repeal the influence of the controversial Common Core in state classroom ...

Medical Education: Racial, Gender Disparities Persist at All Levels
Pervasive racial and gender disparities persist in medical education among both students and faculty, according to three studies published online March 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings lead to calls for new approaches to increase opportunities ...


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