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October 08, 2014

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1:51 PM | President Obama Announces Pre-K Goal - But Is it Attainable?
Last week, President Obama took the stage at Northwestern University and announced a mission to improve the workforce with universal pre-K, saying, “By the end of this decade, let’s enroll 6 million children in high-quality preschool.” The line was buried in a speech rich with rhetoric on a whole range of policy areas, but the president was light on details. (For more reporting on the speech, check out Education Week’s Lillian Mongeau.) The details, though, are actually […]

October 07, 2014

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8:48 PM | How Gay-Friendly Does Gordon College Have to Be?
One Christian college in Massachusetts is having a hard time trying to address homosexuality today. The problem is the school's accreditation. According to an article in the Boston Business Journal: The higher education commission of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges met last week and "considered whether Gordon College's traditional inclusion of 'homosexual practice' as a forbidden activity" runs afoul of the commission's standards for accreditation, according to a joint […]
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3:28 PM | Let's Incentivize Colleges to Reduce Costs and Educate Students
If colleges want to reverse the declining number of teachers of color, create more STEM teachers, and calibrate teacher supply with district demand, then teacher preparation programs need to become less dependent on individuals’ tuition. The current tuition-driven system is incentivizing teacher preparation programs to prioritize quantity over districts’ needs. The country needs more effective STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers as well as teachers of […]
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3:22 PM | How Tuition Tracker Helps Kids Compare Colleges - and Other Tips for Overwhelmed Parents
New York - It’s the thick of college application season, and your child is diligently churning out common application essays while simultaneously studying for four or five advanced placement exams and researching scholarships, right? Well, maybe not. Click to find out how much college might cost you In households across the U.S. right now, (including my own) there’s likely a good deal of procrastination - along with frustration and anxiety about the endless array of essays and […]
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3:09 PM | Ending Higher Ed's Tuition Addiction to Produce Teachers We Need
If colleges want to reverse the declining number of teachers of color, create more STEM teachers, and calibrate teacher supply with district demand, then teacher preparation programs need to become less dependent on individuals’ tuition. The current tuition-driven system is incentivizing teacher preparation programs to prioritize quantity over districts’ needs. The country needs more effective STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers as well as teachers of […]

October 06, 2014

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1:39 PM | Even Education Data Geeks Agree That Education Data is Completely Inscrutable and Inaccessible to Parents
One of the many provisions of the 2001 federal education act, known as No Child Left Behind, was a requirement that states had to issue a “report card”  for every public school. The report cards include things you might expect like student test scores and test score changes, but also a laundry list of data from graduation rates to school demographics. Part of the purpose of making this data available was to help parents see how the students in their children’s school […]

October 04, 2014

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3:59 PM | Reclassification Rules for Dual Language Learners Matter
My elementary school had a separate classroom for students who were non-native speakers of English. As far as my friends and I were concerned, it was another planet. Though it was located immediately next door to my third grade classroom, we knew almost nothing about the students or their teachers. Even at the tiny school (approximately eight classrooms across K–3), the room’s inhabitants were somehow invisible to us. Insofar as we acknowledged the arrangement at all, it was in the […]

October 03, 2014

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7:00 PM | How to Offer For-Profit College on the Cheap
The for-profit Rasmussen College has a plan to try and offer a cheaper business degree than local public colleges. The financials of this are a little unclear but, according to a piece at Minnesota Public Radio: The Bloomington-based chain's plans for the low-cost alternative program are in the very early stages. But if it succeeds, by the end of next year Rasmussen will offer what amounts to a $24,000 bachelor's degree. That's less than half of the school's $54,000 standard course, not […]

October 02, 2014

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4:16 PM | Helping Disadvantaged People Succeed in College Doesn't Have a Damn Thing to Do with Admissions
What can we do to help more disadvantaged students attend and succeed in college? This has been a question behind many education policy reforms of the last half century. This is why we have affirmative action in admissions. This is why we have community colleges, the work-study program, and federally-backed student loans and grants. This is even, arguably, why we have online and for-profit colleges. But, according to a new piece from the New America Foundation, we’re doing it wrong. […]
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2:49 AM | Pharmacy School is the New Law School
For many years that I worked at the Monthly I rather enjoyed covering the demise of the law school. Law school was the go-to professional option for reasonably ambitious but ill-focused college graduates. It offered the promise of making good money to think. And then the economy collapsed. In the aftermath of the great recession all of these highly indebted law school graduates floundered in the job market. No longer were there lots of law firms interested in hiring them for lucrative careers. […]
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