Education

Chicago Announces Plan to Close 11% of Elementary Schools Before the 2013-2014 Academic Year

March 21, 2013

“Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country’s third-largest public school district.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Re-Instate Military Tuition Assistance Program Cut By Sequestration

March 21, 2013

“Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, along with a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, passed a bill in the senate that would re-instate the tuition program cut by sequestration.”

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Pew Research Center Survey: Internet Access Disparity Between Rich and Poor Students

March 4, 2013

“The findings come as educators debate the role of technology in classrooms, which pose great advantages for students to research and find information.”

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College Board Announces Plans to Make Changes to the SAT

February 27, 2013

“David Coleman, president of the College Board, [said] that the board will redesign the test to more sharply focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college.”

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Waiving NCLB Requirements Has Given States $3 Billion in Additional Funding

February 7, 2013

“In late 2011, Obama offered states waivers to some parts of No Child Left Behind, as long as they followed his requirements on college preparation, testing and boosting graduation rates.”

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) Promotes School Choice, Tax Simplification, and Strengthening Medicaid & Medicare

February 6, 2013

“Mr. Cantor said the party’s guiding principle will be that “government policy should aim to strike a balance between what is needed to advance the next generation, what we can afford, what is a federal responsibility and what is necessary to ensure our children are safe, healthy and able to reach their dreams.””

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Pennsylvania Govenrnor Tom Corbett (R) Proposes Privatizing State-Run Liquor Stores to Fund Public Education

January 31, 2013

“The Republican governor said his plan would not impact state revenues. The money it would sacrifice from liquor sales would be offset in part by increased fines and fees and heightened regulation, he said.”

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) Signs Education Bill to Reduce Influence of State Superintendent

January 29, 2013

“Meanwhile, supporters of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new law that transfers most of her administrative duties to an appointed director.”

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Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott Proposes Giving Teachers a $2,500 Across-the-Board Pay Raise

January 23, 2013

“Scott said the proposal, which would cost $480 million, would be in addition to an increase in overall education funding, which he would also propose as part of his budget request to the Florida Legislature.”

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Study: U.S. High School Graduation Rate Highest Since 1976

January 22, 2013

“Some 3.1 million students nationwide earned their high school diplomas in the spring of 2010, with 78 percent of students finishing on time. That’s the best since a 75 percent on-time graduation rate during the 1975-76 academic year.”

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Los Angeles Teachers Agree to Have Test Scores Factored Into Performance Evaluations

January 20, 2013

“United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that 66 percent of the nearly 17,000 members who cast ballots had voted in favor of the new agreement on evaluations.”

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ACLU and NAACP: Student Disciplinary Punishments in Mississippi Public Schools Are Too Harsh

January 18, 2013

“The new report says many schools in Mississippi use zero-tolerance policies and students end up incarcerated or kicked out of school “often for the most trivial misbehaviors.””

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New York City Bus School Bus Drivers Go On Strike

January 17, 2013

“More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons have gone on strike over job protection. Some 152,000 students, many disabled, have to find other ways to get to school.”

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Students: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill “Routinely Violates Sexual Assault Survivor Rights”

January 16, 2013

“She says she’s suffered depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but when she applied for medical withdrawal from her classes, Pino said the Academic Advising office told her she was “being lazy.””

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Moody’s Investors Services: Negative Outlook for U.S. Higher Education

January 16, 2013

“Since 2009, Moody’s had had a stable outlook for market-leading, research-driven colleges and universities and a negative outlook for the rest of the higher education sector.”

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