Education

Report: Foreign Spies infiltrating American Universities

April 10, 2012

“While most international students, researchers and professors come to the U.S. for legitimate reasons, universities are an “ideal place” for foreign intelligence services “to find recruits, propose and nurture ideas, learn and even steal research data, or place trainees,” according to a 2011 FBI report.”

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Maryland set to raise the mandatory high school dropout age from 16 to 18

April 6, 2012

“Maryland is poised to join 21 other states in having a dropout age of 18. Eleven states have set the age at 17; the rest, 16.”

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U.S. Student Loan Debt reaches a record $1 trillion

March 22, 2012

“U.S. student-loan debt reached the $1 trillion mark, as young borrowers struggle to keep up with soaring tuition costs, according to the initial findings of a government study.”

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Report: U.S. High School Dropout Rate declining modestly

March 19, 2012

“Researchers found that the number of “dropout factories,” schools that fail to graduate more than 60 percent of students on time, had dropped by more than 450 between 2002 and 2010, but that 1,550 remain.”

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Supreme Court considering a challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas

February 21, 2012

“The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to jettison that ruling and outlaw affirmative action in the university setting.”

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The Obama Administration grants 10 No Child Left Behind waivers to states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee)

February 13, 2012

“The move gives long-sought leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. The law required all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, but Obama’s action strips away that requirement for those states in exchange for a viable substitute plan.”

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) proposes an additional $50 million in spending for Connecticut’s public schools

February 9, 2012

“Most of the money for education cost-sharing — $40 million — would go to the state’s 30 lowest-performing school districts. The governor says no cities or towns would see a decrease in cost-sharing funds.”

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President Obama renews $80 million in education funding for the training of Math and Science teachers

February 8, 2012

“The administration says the funding for math and science teachers is to support development of school curricula in subject areas to meet the goal of training 1 million graduates in science, technology, engineering and math over the next decade. That ultimately will spur development of technological breakthrough that will create jobs, according to the White House.”

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Harrisburg, PA Catholic Bishop: Hitler and Mussolini ‘would love’ the public school system in Pennsylvania, because it is similar to what they sought to create in their totalitarian states

February 7, 2012

“The Catholic bishop of Harrisburg, Pa., has apologized for offending anyone with his recent comments that Hitler and Mussolini “would love” the public school system in Pennsylvania. But in a statement issued by the diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Joseph McFadden did not retract comments he made during an interview on Jan. 24 with WHTM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg.”

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Vice President Biden: Government subsidies for students to attend college have contributed to the increase in college tuition (Audio)

February 6, 2012

“And there would be hundreds of thousands and millions of students who would not be in college who don’t get Pell grants because there was no ability for them to borrow money through Perkins loans and/or have the tax deduction. So you are right, in a pure free-market the college tuition would have to be lower because there would be fewer people going to school, they wouldn’t have as much coming in. But the end result is we would probably have — we go for the better part, half a generation, of going 16th in the world maybe down to 20th in the world.”

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Santorum: Obama wants Americans to go to college to become indoctrinated

January 26, 2012

“”It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college,” Santorum said Wednesday in Florida, according to CBS News. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?”"

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama raises concerns about rising college tuition costs and student loan debt

January 24, 2012

“When kids do graduate, the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.”

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama proposes increasing education resources and merit-based pay for teachers

January 24, 2012

“Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama supports increasing skilled labor to increase employment by making training more accessible

January 24, 2012

“I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity as Jackie did. Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job. My Administration has already lined up more companies that want to help. Model partnerships between businesses like Siemens and community colleges in places like Charlotte, Orlando, and Louisville are up and running. Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers – places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.

And I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people like Jackie have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help they need. It’s time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work.”

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New York City Mayor Bloomberg seeks merit-based pay for teachers and the creation of 100 more schools

January 12, 2012

“New York will seek to attract and reward “highly effective” teachers, evaluate their performance and create 100 schools, including some that prepare students for technical careers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Bloomberg, 69, renewed his commitment to improve education today in his annual State of the City speech, a decade after he persuaded the state to abolish the Board of Education and give him control of the biggest U.S. school system.”

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