A Virginia legislator has proposed hiking the state’s per-pack cigarette tax from 30 cents to $2 to fund education, a move he believes also will curtail illegal cigarette trafficking.Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria) authored the bill, which would raise the tax and earmark the additional revenue for K-12 education. He also started an online petition calling for the initiative.Read full article >>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plunges into his second term vowing to push for controversial changes that could put him at odds with leading K-12 officials in the Empire State.
For those trying to sort through the maze of college options, a Web site offers answers — and some college officials shudder
This story has been updated.These weren’t exactly the results Pam Horne, the dean of admissions at Purdue University, was expecting: A company billing itself as “the leading provider of research and analysis in higher education” had ranked the best engineering schools in Indiana, and Purdue didn’t even make the top 10 in the state.Read full article >>
Three months after resigning his post as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, John E. Deasy has landed a new gig. He will consult for the superintendent training center funded by philanthropist Eli Broad, the California billionaire who was close to Deasy during his tenure at the head of the nation’s second-largest school system.Read full article >>
One by one, the glass ceilings of academia are vanishing. Elizabeth Garrett, president-elect of Cornell University, will become the first woman to lead that school when she takes office in July. But in the Ivy League, such firsts have become almost commonplace.Read full article >>
The president proposed making community college free. This university president wants to make ALL college free.
After President Obama proposed eliminating tuitionfor many community college students, we turned to a longtime advocate of making higher education affordable, Shai Reshef, founder and president of University of the People, a nonprofit online university. His TED talk last summer has been viewed by more than a million people.Read full article >>
Top Republican and Democratic negotiators over federal education law each took to the Senate floor Tuesday to lay out their sometimes conflicting visions for rewriting No Child Left Behind.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chair of the Senate education panel, emphasized that he wants to shrink the federal footprint in local education, saying the Obama administration has acted as a “national school board” and that Congress ought to cede power back to states to decide how best to educate K-12 students. Read full article >>
President Obama’s $60 billion plan for free community college for millions of students probably has little chance of going anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Even so, the proposal raises an important question: Is 13 years of universal schooling enough when young people are taking longer than previous generations to grow up and engage in a fast-changing economy?Read full article >>
What are all these civil rights and advocacy groups thinking?Nineteen organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Negro College Fund, just issued a joint statement (see text and full list of signatories below) about what they would like to see in a newly written No Child Left Behind law, which is the top priority of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the new chairman of the Senate education committee. And in their statement, they make some faulty assumptions about teaching and learning that have been the basis of flawed education reforms in the past.Read full article >>
“If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention,” says a new report, “then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire.”
Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can’t afford now.
Welcome to Grade Point, The Washington Post’s new higher education blog. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive daily report about colleges and universities nationwide, including breaking news, profiles of interesting people in higher education, stories about life on campus, and coverage of higher education policy and trends. We also will aim to include voices of those connected to higher education coast-to-coast, from university presidents to college freshmen.Read full article >>
The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful.Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood — issued the report titled “Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose.” It says there is no evidence to support a widespread belief in the United States that children must read in prekindergarten or kindergarten to become strong readers and achieve academic success.Read full article >>
By trying to block alternatives to the common core, its proponents have fueled a standards backlash, Williamson Evers says.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan is seen as the most powerful education secretary ever, given his use of federal funding and No Child Left Behind waivers to get states to follow school reform policies that he supported. Many of his critics argue that his federal overreach is excessive and has encroached on local and state authority to run public school districts as they see fit. The author of the following posts asks whether there has been too much federal overreach, or whether the administration has used its executive power in education in the wrong ways. This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.Read full article >>
Here are several paragraphs from a Jan. 8 article, “Turning a New Year’s Resolution Into Action With the Facts.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?