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Beverly L. Hall Denies Knowledge Of Atlanta Cheating Scandal After rampant cheating was uncovered in Atlanta schools, former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly L. Hall is left to to defend her reputation. “I will survive this,” Hall said in her first public interview since the scandal broke. She also maintains that she knew nothing about the cheating and does not condone it. Beverly L. Hall Denies Knowledge Of Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Schools and the government should focus on income, not savings, when awarding financial aid assistance Throughout the U.S., millions of parents struggle to save for their children's college education. It isn't easy: in a consumer culture like ours, there's always something new to buy. Driving an older car, using an out-of-date computer, and ignoring cool new gadgets like the iPad aren't easy -- particularly when you've got some income that you could be spending on such luxuries. No wonder seeing the U.S. savings rate as high as 6% is unusual. How Colleges Punish Families Who Choose to Save - Daniel Indiviglio - Business How Colleges Punish Families Who Choose to Save - Daniel Indiviglio - Business
Coming Together to Kill Education Reform A new consensus is emerging in education politics. But can the center hold? And would reformers even want it to? Bipartisanship is supposed to be a good thing — except for when Republicans and Democrats come together to try to paper over our education problems. That's what worries me about the recent string of seemingly positive events: 1. Coming Together to Kill Education Reform
Madfloridian's Journal - Another "false front" education reform group? Keep eye out for their op eds in local papers. Madfloridian's Journal - Another "false front" education reform group? Keep eye out for their op eds in local papers. The Michigan Education Association writes about the Education Action Group and warns to watch out for their activities. Behind the false front Note the ties to the Mackinac Center and the DeVos family.
student journalist sue Kan. community college over public records fees - SPLC News Flashes KANSAS — The Student Press Law Center and a college journalist filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Johnson County Community College in Kansas for excessive fees to release open records, including nearly $10,000 to produce one day’s worth of emails. The college estimated a total of $24,130.72 to fulfill requests by the SPLC and former copy editor Marcus Clem for staff emails and documents related to other open records requests. Attorney Christopher Grenz, of the Kansas City law firm Bryan Cave, who is handling the case pro bono as part of the SPLC’s attorney referral network, said the fees are “facially excessive.” “They’re basically hanging a price tag on what should be public documents in order to keep those documents from being public,” Grenz said. The current requests in the lawsuit have evolved from an original request by Rachel Kimbrough, current editor in chief at The Campus Ledger student newspaper at JCCC. student journalist sue Kan. community college over public records fees - SPLC News Flashes
Department of Ed Lets Schools Off the Hook -- for Now Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Department of Education officially released standards for states to exempt themselves from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. Many states are desperate to avoid the consequences of failing to meet the requirements of the 2001 law, which mandates that all students be 100 percent proficient in reading and math by 2014 or lose federal funding. Education-reform advocates widely acknowledge that NCLB was a step toward ensuring accountability and achievement in schools -- it also, for the first time, shined a light on the achievement gap between white and minority students. But the law, critics contend, also set unrealistic standards and timetables for achieving its goals. Since there seems little movement in Congress on revamping or changing NCLB, the Education Department is setting forth some ways to allow what it calls "flexibility." Department of Ed Lets Schools Off the Hook -- for Now
Reporting From Outside Party Lines Reporting From Outside Party Lines MEDIA ROOTS- Forty years ago, Finland began transforming its educational system to a more personalized methodology of teacher to student learning as part of the government’s economic recovery plan. Finland’s youth has since shot up to the highest in the world in reading, math and science skills. Conversely, America’s impersonal initiation of marketplace competition into its educational system has caused the US to fall behind. According to AFP: The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics. Although Obama has slammed his predecessor’s controversial ‘No Child Left Behind’ legislation, he has implemented the same broken concept of a standards based education reform into his administration’s ‘Race to the Top’ policy.
House Approves a Bill Supporting Expansion of Charter Schools
September 24-October 1 is Banned Books Week, and ACLU staff and volunteers are posting their thoughts about the freedom to read throughout the week. Celebrate your First Amendment rights by attending one of the ACLU's Banned Books events or just by reading whatever you choose. The hottest genre in the publishing world, known as YA for "young adult," is most frequently targeted by those who would tell you and your children what you should NOT read. That Dangerous Dictionary…and Other Books Too Risqué for Texas Students That Dangerous Dictionary…and Other Books Too Risqué for Texas Students
As part of the program to shrink the national deficit, House Republicans have introduced a proposal that would cut funding to Pell college tuition grants, NPR and 30 other education programs, the San Fransisco Chronicle reports. The House Appropriation committee, whose members authored the legislation, are also seeking to eliminate President Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative. The Committee is also looking to withdraw funding for programs unrelated to education. The panel proposed slashing the Department of Labor’s budget by one-fifth, slicing funds for the National Labor Relations Board by 17 percent and barring funds to implement Obama’s health-care overhaul. It would also withhold funding for Planned Parenthood unless it says it will stop providing abortions. The current round of proposals is meant to set up a funding plan to allow the Federal Government to operate at least until November 18th of this year. House Republicans Push to Slash Pell Grants, Ed Funding House Republicans Push to Slash Pell Grants, Ed Funding
Everybody hates the No Child Left Behind Act. In the last few weeks, both conservative Republicans and President Obama have announced plans to overhaul George W. Bush’s signature education law by sending power over K-12 schooling back to the states. On the surface, this might seem like a rare moment of bipartisan consensus. Don’t believe it. The two plans actually represent radically different views of the federal government’s responsibility for helping children learn. The GOP’s Plan To Take Education Policy Back To The Early 1990s The GOP’s Plan To Take Education Policy Back To The Early 1990s
Wisconsin | Mark Miller says Wisconsin Republicans enacted the most drastic cuts to K-12 schools of any state in the nation When Wisconsin’s monthly unemployment numbers for August took another bad turn, both major political parties scrambled to affix blame. Republican Governor Scott Walker pointed at "problems in the national economy" in his weekly radio address on Sept. 22, 2011. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, fingered the Republican agenda of budget cuts and tax breaks for businesses for failing to create family supporting jobs.
Big Oil: $135 Million -- School Children: 0 When is it not enough to have too much? Apparently, when you're a giant oil corporation. Big Oil's avaricious honchos are always searching for another dime they can slip into their corporate pockets, no matter whom it hurts. A crude example of their ceaseless money grab is presently unfolding in Texas. Led by Valero Energy Corp., one of the nation's largest petro-dealers, at least 16 huge refiners are trying to poke a lucrative loophole into the state's tax laws. Since 2007, these refiners have been required by the EPA to help cut the deadly air pollution spewing from America's vehicles by installing "hydrotreater" equipment that removes toxic sulfur dioxide from the gasoline they sell.
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Madfloridian's Journal - Ed reform group leader showed true colors in ugly note to a Ft. Wayne union teacher. The note is posted at the website of the Ft. Wayne Education Association in all its rudeness. They omit the name of the teacher, and no background is given on the situation. In my mind there is no explanation and no background needed that would excuse such outrageous comments. The True Colors Of EAG
The State of Public Libraries in the U.S: This is article and info graphic by Guest Writer Jocelyn Blore There’s something comforting about the public library. It has long been a symbol of knowledge... Israeli Murder by Neglect Israel operates one of the world’s most unconscionable gulags. Lobbying, Insider Trading & Censorship at the Washington Post: Kaplan U
The Magazine - Administrators Ate My Tuition
The Crisis in the Humanities and the Corporate Attack on the University (Peter Fettner
The "Shock Doctrine" Comes to Your Neighborhood Classroom
Why school reform can’t ignore poverty’s toll - The Answer Sheet
Vouchers in sheep's clothing in the Ed Reform Movement
ALEC Education Agenda
V For Vendetta: Michigan GOP Singles Out Teachers For Right To Work
Education: Long-Term Contribution Trends
Improve oversight of charter schools: An editorial
Despite Sweeping Scandals, Big States Don’t Check for Cheating by Teachers
Wall Street Goes to School | Truthout
Dick Armey Wants To Completely Eliminate Any Federal Funding For Higher Education
How California Schools Turned Struggling Students Into Second-Class Citizens - Education
Richard D. Kahlenberg Reviews Steven Brill's "Class Warfare: Inside The Fight To Fix America’s Schools"
Bronx Principal Investigated For Faking Grades
In Public School Reform, What Can Private Money Buy? - City Limits Magazine - CityLimits.org
Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act | Democrats -Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives
School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade by Diane Ravitch
The Magazine - The College For-profits Should Fear
Ohio’s charter schools owe state over $2 million in unpaid audit fees
America’s Most Outrageous Teacher Cheating Scandals
President Obama Kills No Child Left Behind
Susan Ohanian's Testing Outrages (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)
Who Pays When Public Schools GO PRIVATE? - News & Announcements
Part-time college students face abysmal graduation rates
Mathematicians warn of damage to UK economy from maths funding cuts | Science
TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: College activity fees add hundreds to tuition bills; state laws may offer a peek under the hood « Student Press Law Center
Michigan Public Schools Privatizing Teachers 'Very Real' Possibility, State Lawmaker Says
Hey kids, want greater First Amendment rights? Try getting arrested! « Student Press Law Center
The Magazine - The End of College Admissions As We Know It
New GOP target at EPA: Graduate student interns who are tools of Obama’s 'radical policies'
Who’s Running Your School District?
Is the Near-Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Bubble About to Pop?
Study: 35 states flunk on teaching civil rights history
Koch Lobbyist is ALEC State Co-Chair for Wisconsin; Scholarships Raise Ethics Concerns
John Danner shoots for the stars with Rocketship charter schools
U.S. universities hit with copyright infringement suit