In an effort to meet a State Supreme Court order, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington has proposed $1.4 billion in new tax revenue, with much of it going to schools.
Detroit emerged late last year from emergency management and bankruptcy, but some officials worry that the woes of its public schools threaten to slow efforts to remake the city.
A middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last defense.
Montgomery County took a first step Tuesday toward overhauling school practices for handling sexual abuse allegations, a move that followed public concern about recent incidents in two middle schools and scrutiny of such cases.Read full article >>
Should a growing college-access program for low-income students in Maryland focus on high achievers or struggling students?
A group of local foundations, universities, technologists, and advocates in Pittsburgh has created a blueprint for supporting digital innovation in the early years that the White House and others hope to replicate.
A long history of failed federal policies has some tribal leaders and educators skeptical of the Obama administration’s plan to improve the Bureau of Indian Education.
Fresh out of college, the young advisers work alongside overburdened counselors for two years to help disadvantaged students forge a path to college.
We often hear about or see for ourselves teachers who have major weaknesses. The thing that hinders so many, it seems, is that they rush through lessons too fast without stopping long enough to see whether everyone — or anyone — understands. They might ask a quick question of a student or two to determine whether the main points registered, but that’s it. They must stay on schedule. Our schools have standards that demand a lot of material be taught. Read full article >>
Private day-care operations can tap into extensive federal early-learning money, in exchange for meeting strict Head Start standards.
The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
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 >>