5 simple ways to cope with student debt
29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students
29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
Should You Skip College to Save Money?
29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
With the average student loan debt in the United States at $33,424 this month, it's no wonder the worth of college has been called into question. These findings suggest that it isn't necessarily the college education that creates talent or success;
In Texas, big school finance questions remain
29 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied ...
Build Better Teachers
29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice.
Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'
28 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN
28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
As one of the chairs of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education, I'm part of a group focused on just that -- supporting public education. We support superior standards and finding ways to make classrooms challenging and rewarding for both teachers and students. As a proud graduate of Louisiana's public schools, I know the importance of a good public education. Right now, a galling 22 percent of children in America -- the richest country in history -- live in poverty, and nearly half come from low-income families struggling to meet basic needs.
Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional
28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.
NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades
28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.
Community Colleges Offer Dropouts Path to GED, Career
28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
Bobby Carmichael Jr., 37, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. Next month, almost 25 years later, the father of two will graduate with his GED diploma, three welding certificates and new career prospects. "So I came to Savannah Tech, met some wonderful, exciting teachers and staff members and it just took off from there." While Carmichael enrolled with the goal of simply earning his GED diploma, he jumped at the chance to join Savannah Tech's Accelerating Opportunity program, which allows students without a high school diploma to simultaneously pursue their GED and professional certificates.
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