Janet Napolitano, who was President Obama’s Homeland Security secretary before being named president of the University of California system this past summer, said Friday that she was “deeply skeptical” of a plan by the administration to rate colleges according to specific criteria because it is too hard to develop meaningful data points.Read full article >>
Nearly one-third of the preschool slots funded by the state of Virginia went unfilled last year because local governments did not provide the required matching funds, according to a school readiness report produced by Smart Beginnings, an advocacy group.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s high school students took more Advanced Placement (AP) exams, in the spring, than ever before, but the percentage of tests showing college-ready scores dipped, particularly among African-American and Latino students, according to data released Friday.Read full article >>
A coalition of education, labor, civic and civil rights organizations, led by the American Federation of Teachers, is staging a “National Day of Action” on Monday with dozens of coordinated events in cities across the country that are aimed at building a national movement to fight corporate-influenced school reform and offer alternative ways to improve public education. The AFT is buying $1.2 million in radio, print and online ads to get out the message.Read full article >>
Virginia Tech’s governing board on Friday named Timothy D. Sands, the provost of Purdue University in Indiana, to become the next president of the public university in Blacksburg.
As Purdue’s chief academic officer for more than three years, Sands led efforts to increase Purdue’s retention and graduation rates, enhance internship opportunities for students, create an online teaching and learning platform, and use data to assess and reorganize academic programs. Sands, 55, is also an engineering professor and served as Purdue’s acting president last year.Read full article >>
Ethnomusicology Asst. Prof.
New York University