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Are school children being set up to fail? Jeff Bryant, an associate fellow at the Campaign for America's Future, thinks so and explains in this post. Bryant is the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy that serves organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. He writes extensively about public education policy at The Education Opportunity Network. Follow Jeff on Twitter: jeffbcdm
The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected because of minor problems in their credit history — an effort to address complaints about tighter lending standards that has hurt enrollment at historically black colleges and universities.Read full article >>
American University’s ban on smoking went into effect Thursday throughout its Northwest Washington campus except for three outdoor spots, where smokers will be able to light up a few more months to help them through the transition.Read full article >>
Officials at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth responded appropriately in the days following the Boston Marathon bombing after they learned one of the school’s students was a suspect in the attack, according to a task-force report issued Thursday.Read full article >>
Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) emphasized the central importance of locally controlled public schools Thursday during a visit to T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
In a forum with local city and school officials, he said that it’s local governments and school boards that run the schools and allocate where the money goes. And the passion of local school board members and “their love for the children and their love for the city” is ultimately “what is going to determine whether the school system is successful.”Read full article >>