New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a strange definition of “equality.”
Shortly before the November election in which Christie was seeking a second term, he decided that undocumented young people who were brought to this country illegally as children and who graduated from New Jersey high schools -- commonly referred to as DREAMers -- should get the same in-state rate for college tuition as legal residents. New Jersey’s version of the DREAM Act was pending in the legislature, and Christie sounded as though he was all for “tuition equality.”Read full article >>
Lisa Alva Wood is a Los Angeles teacher who was working with school reformers at the same time she belonged to the United Teachers Los Angeles, a union that has been a target of those same reformers. In this post, she tells the story of how a single phone call caused her to fall out of love with school reform. This first appeared on the Accomplished California Teachers blog.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has appointed Sonya Williams, a parent with one child in public school and another in private school, to fill a vacant seat on the county Board of Education.Read full article >>
The District’s high school graduation rate ticked up to 64 percent in 2013, a three-point gain over the previous year, according to data that city officials quietly released last week.
But the city average — long among the lowest in the country — masks wide gaps between different groups of students and different schools, with charter schools and the school system’s selective high schools posting higher rates than traditional neighborhood schools.Read full article >>
Several readers asked for the underlying source material for a story The Post reported a couple weeks ago on trends in university research.
The headline on that Dec. 9 piece was “Johns Hopkins again No. 1 in university research spending,” but the story also examined spending patterns at other colleges and universities.Read full article >>
Next fall, children who once crowded the halls and trailers at Bailey’s Elementary in Falls Church will be the first to enroll in a new, modern school, five-stories high, in a one-time commercial office building.Read full article >>
“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, now famously suspended from his family’s popular television show for making shockingly offensive remarks about blacks and gays, once taught in Louisiana schools and has a bachelor’s degree in physical education as well as a master’s degree in education. He even “kinda liked” Shakespeare. That, at least, is what he has said in interviews and on the Duck Commander Web site.Read full article >>
Two Republican governors in recent years have championed big price cuts in higher education, pushing their states to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree for a tantalizing $10,000.
Now Maryland is forging into this price-slashing discussion with a plan that will enable students to get a bachelor’s degree from a public university for $20,000.Read full article >>