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  • School Funding At Record High

    07/20/2016 8:18:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    State and federal funding for Michigan’s public schools will reach record levels in the coming school year. The school budget adopted by the Legislature in June will be the first to appropriate more than $14 billion for K-12 education. Also, for the first time, the state’s share will exceed $12 billion, with the rest being federal money. Total state funding will go up from $11.96 billion in the just-completed school year to $12.34 billion in the coming year. Overall state and federal funding will increase from $13.73 billion in 2015-16 to $14.16 billion in 2016-17. The funding increases are happening...
  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN PLANS COLLEGE OVERHAUL

    05/24/2016 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 88 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    Who knew that the Trump campaign would be getting involved in higher education policy this year? Sam Clovis, a tenured economics professor and Trump campaign co-chair, recently noted that their objectives include getting the government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in student loan risk, and discouraging borrowing by liberal arts majors. Clovis told Inside Ed that the mere mention of these policy proposals has sent some Washington graybeards into a swivet, and "he expects some higher education leaders to react the same way when Trump outlines these ideas during the fall campaign." Some of the ideas under...
  • BREAKING: Burlington College Closes Due To “Crushing Weight of Debt” Acquired By Jane Sanders

    05/18/2016 6:29:09 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    Heat Street ^ | May 16, 2016 | By Jillian Kay Melchior
    Burlington College announced today that it will close on May 27 after it found itself unable to recover from “the crushing weight of the debt” incurred under Jane O’Meara Sanders, the college’s former president and wife of Bernie Sanders. At the end of 2010, Ms. Sanders took out $10 million in loans on behalf of Burlington College to purchase a 32-acre swathe of land from the Roman Catholic diocese, which put the land up for sale to help cover the costs of a $17 million sexual-abuse settlement. MORE: Catholic Parishioners Want Jane Sanders Investigated for Federal Bank Fraud As Heat...
  • Illinois Senate Democrats plan to introduce a school funding bill(PASS SEN)

    05/11/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    chicago.suntimes ^ | 04/05/16 | tIna Sfondeles
    Currently, some schools in Illinois are able to spend as much as $30,000 per student, while others can only afford the $6,119 foundation level.
  • Progressives' Paranoid Fantasy of "Right-wing Billionaires Infiltrating Higher Ed"

    05/02/2016 7:54:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | April 29, 2016 | George Leef
    Jane Mayer is a writer for the New Yorker who knows her audience. It consists mostly of elitist progressives who like hearing that their enlightened transformation of America is imperiled by greedy conservative villains. She has written lots of articles and most recently a book entitled Dark Money on that theme. The February 26, 2016 issue of Chronicle Review (the companion publication to the Chronicle of Higher Education, but much more overtly political) contains an essay drawn from that book, “How Right-Wing Billionaires Infiltrated Higher Education.” To leftist readers, that’s certain to sound terrifying. Higher education, after all, is supposed...
  • UC Berkeley Forced to Cut 500 Jobs After $15 Minimum Wage Hike

    04/19/2016 2:05:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Justin Holcomb
    The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into decision making mode, and "the people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics,” says Todd Stenhouse, will be the ones without a job. Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of StateChancellor, also said “There’s a very clear need for those front-line services. But the question is whether there really is a need to hemorrhage resources on executives.” Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of...
  • Yes, college should be free

    04/11/2016 1:03:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 192 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 4/11/16 | Civitarese
    My student debt surrounds me like the construction on the University of Massachusetts campus; no matter how hard I try to avoid it, it shows up everywhere. It keeps me from getting to class on time, it ripped a hole in my backpack and it just puts me in a terrible mood. Like the construction, my student debt affects my every decision: what books I buy for classes versus which ones I can access for free, the amount of hours I work to pay my rent and if I can even continue my education at UMass. You can get rid...
  • Shocker: University of Missouri facing budget shortfall after political correctness engulfed campus

    03/28/2016 4:34:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2016 | Matt Vespa
    So, after the whole mess surrounding the poop swastika; instances of harassment that were allegedly racially-motivated, though unverifiable since they occurred off campus; and a professor who was charged with assaulting a student reporter at protests over said events has a caused a budget shortfall at the University of Missouri. I know, totally shocking, right? (via Daily Caller): The University of Missouri (MU) is losing about 1500 students and is facing a huge $32 million budget shortfall four months after it attracted national attention as the site of massive race-based campus protests.“I am writing to you today to confirm...
  • Detroit Makes Community College Free (Paid for by Property Taxes)

    03/23/2016 6:20:27 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-22-2016 | Katie Labosco
    Under state rules, the first two years of promise zones must be funded through philanthropy. Beginning in 2018, the Detroit Promise will be funded by increases in property tax revenue based on the 6 mills of the State Education Tax; the program will capture half of any increase in property tax revenue from the SET, officials said. Detroit Public Schools interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather told students gathered at a news conference that it’s now up to them to be prepared for college, by getting good grades. “You have an opportunity today that all the rest of us who grew up...
  • Our Most Divisive Political Issue

    12/26/2015 4:58:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Can you name the most contentious issue in American politics? Here's a hint. It's being fought at the federal, state and local levels. And it doesn't go away. The struggle is persistent, ongoing, unending. Here is a second hint. The issue is not gay marriage, or gun control, or police brutality and or immigration. Those issues are either settled, largely settled, isolated or completely out of the control of local and state governments. Here is a third hint. The issue divides Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. But it is especially divisive among Democrats and among people who call themselves...
  • Neil Cavuto Repeatedly Confronts Student Pushing Free College Plan With Harsh Facts (Brutal)

    11/12/2015 6:48:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/12/2015 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Keely Mullen, an organizer for the Million Student March movement, joined Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto on the air Thursday to discuss the movement’s demands for free public college, student debt cancelation and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for student workers. In the awkward 9-minute interview, Cavuto repeatedly cited facts and figures that seemed to fluster the student. When asked who would pick up the tab for the demands she listed, Mullen said, “The 1 percent of people who are hoarding the wealth and causing a catastrophe students are facing.” “If the 1 percent just had their taxes raised a...
  • Catholic college won’t offer federal loans, citing overreaching regs

    03/29/2015 3:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | March 16, 2015 | NATE MADDEN
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Wyoming Catholic College, a Catholic university founded in 2005 in Lander, announced in late February that it “shall not participate in federal student loan programs.”The decision came after months of analysis and deliberations by the college and its board of directors.“While the financial benefits are undeniable,” said a news release, “the increasingly burdensome regulatory requirements are clearly troubling for faith-based institutions.” The decision to forego federal student loan and grant programs was reached in a unanimous vote by the college’s board of directors.“While respecting that some of our peer institutions have reached a different conclusion on this...
  • Americans save record $248 billion for college; Savings in 529 accounts up 9% over last year

    03/05/2015 8:51:54 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    WMUR.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Katie Lobosco
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —More Americans are saving money for college using 529 accounts. They amount of money in the savings plans grew to a record $248 billion in 2014, about 9 percent more than the previous year.People are starting to save for their children earlier than ever. About 31 percent of the savings plans are opened by parents when their child is barely a year old, or before, according to the College Savings Plans Network.That's smart, given the skyrocketing cost of college tuition and fees in recent years."You really should be starting to save for college as soon as...
  • Time to End Fed Ed Aid?

    01/05/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 4, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Could the time to end federal aid to higher education have long passed? “The federal government has no constitutional authority to do anything with regard to higher education (or any level, for that matter),” George Leef writes in Forbes. “But in 1965, Congress was swarming with ‘progressives’ who were sure that because college seemed to be a good thing for the rather small percentage of Americans who went, the nation would benefit if almost everyone went.” “So the federal policy began to make higher education more ‘accessible’ for students, most significantly through grants and easily available loans. The result was...
  • Sec. of Education: Gov't Funded Preschool a 'Social Movement' Compares to Civil Rights, Gay Marriage

    11/06/2014 11:38:52 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says government funded universal preschool is a “social movement” and compared it to civil rights and gay marriage during a speech in Los Angeles last month. “At the end of the day for me this is really a social movement,” Duncan said when discussing federally subsidized preschool at the LA Universal Preschool (LAUP) forum on Oct. 21. “If you look at social movements, we all celebrate what happened in the 1960’s. The civil rights movement was extraordinarily powerful, life transforming, earth shattering. But the question I have is, why didn’t the civil rights...
  • Brooklyn College Turns Down $10 Mil from Koch Brothers, Will Go On Taking Taxpayer Money

    06/26/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No Koch Bros wanted at B.C. Brooklyn College, part of the disastrous and dysfunctional City University of New York sinkhole, has a $60 million endowment. A drop in the bucket compared to CUNY’s horrifying $3 billion budget.46% of its wildly inflated budget comes from New York State. New York City taxpayers kick in another 10%.With so much taxpayer money, involuntarily extracted, they just aren’t in need of any dirty Koch Brothers cash. Brooklyn College’s liberal politics are keeping grants and progress from faculty and students, one frustrated CUNY professor told the Observer.The CUNY college has turned down a $10 million...
  • Has Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to Newark public schools gone down the drain?

    05/26/2014 11:05:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2014
    * The Facebook founder pledged $100million to Newark schools in 2010 to bring sweeping educational reforms * However, most of the money has been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees * The money has had little impact on student performance so far In his first major show of philanthropy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a splash by announcing his plan to give $100 million to help turn around Newark, New Jersey's public schools in an appearance on Oprah in 2010. But nearly four years later, Zuckerberg's money has run out, having been spent mostly on labor contracts and consulting...
  • 8 extreme ways to avoid college debt (CNBC chimes in)

    05/11/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/11/14 | Roy Luo
    Make an emancipation declaration Get hitched (and marry down) Join the military Welcome the welfare state Crowd-fund your tuition Sell your genetic material Become homeless Reimagine the semester abroad
  • Blue Campuses Get Bluer

    02/24/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Obama Administration’s former Homeland Security Chief has taken over the University of California. “Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year,” Eric Kelderman wrote in The Chonicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “Yet after just four months on the job, Ms. Napolitano, 56, has outlined major goals for the system, including a reconsideration of tuition policies, improving cooperation with the other two higher-education systems in the state, ensuring the prominent role of research and graduate education, and making the campuses carbon-neutral by 2025.” “She even has...
  • Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford Toilet Paper

    09/21/2013 3:30:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 93 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com ^ | september 21, 2013
    In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted -- not even toilet paper. Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36th ward, recently held a toilet paper drive for the schools in his community.
  • College for Free

    08/28/2013 11:05:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    InsideHigherEd | August 28, 2013 | Ry Rivard
    Could public colleges be free? Yes, says the head of the union for University of California’s 4,000 instructors and librarians. How? Trim non-essential functions, redirect a bunch of money and end tax breaks that mostly benefit wealthy college-goers’ families, argues University Council-American Federation of Teachers President Bob Samuels. . . . “The major stumbling block is people no longer believe in large government programs.” (Excerpt) Read More at InsideHigherEd.com...
  • Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal

    08/22/2013 11:06:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 15 August 2013 | Matt Taibbi
    The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy
  • Branstad cautions against overbuilding at Regent campuses

    06/26/2013 11:34:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 24 June 2013 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he was raising “a cautionary flag” about over-building at university campuses at a time when more learning is going online when he vetoed planning money for big-ticket capital projects at state college campuses last week. With college credits increasingly available through Internet-based options, the governor said he did not think it was wise to charge into a new wave of building projects at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa State University in Ames and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls without first embarking on a comprehensive, long-range look...
  • Breaking: Whistleblower Comes Forward: Financial Aid Given To Obama As Indonesian Citizen

    06/21/2013 10:28:33 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 129 replies
    There is microfilm as evidence.
  • College in 2028: Can You Save Enough?

    06/05/2013 9:58:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie, I have a 3-year old daughter who I hope will go to college one day. Given the increasing costs, what's the best way for me to save? I've opened a 529 plan, but is there anything else I can do? --A Reader Dear Reader, The first thing you can do is to give yourself credit for starting to save so early. While saving for a child's college education is an enormous challenge, making it a priority when it's so far away can be the first big hurdle. So you're off to a good start. As someone who believes...
  • ‘Whites only’ Columbia $hock

    05/15/2013 7:47:37 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 15, 2013 | JULIA MARSH
    Jim Crow may be dead in most of America — but not at Columbia University. Almost 50 years after the Civil Rights Act ended legal discrimination, the bastion of liberalism is finally trying to change one of its scholarships, which is restricted to “whites only.” The Ivy League school’s Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship stipulates that the funds be given only to “a person of the Caucasian race.”
  • Michigan District Fires All Teachers, Closes Every School

    05/14/2013 5:36:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 61 replies
    TakePart ^ | 5/13/13 | Suzi Parker
    Summer break has started very early for kids in one Michigan school district. Buena Vista schools have been closed for five days already, and on Monday, the district's website stated that the school would be closed until further notice. For good reason, this decision has parents, and the community, up in arms. The problem in Buena Vista is that the school district, educating approximately 450 kids, is out of money. All the teachers have been laid off and a financial emergency has been declared. The district has suffered from declining enrollment, which, in turn, has led to a loss of...
  • Pell Grants Cut

    I didn't vote for that ...
  • For Unpaid College Loans,Feds Dock Social Security

    08/07/2012 6:48:12 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 23 replies
    SmartMoney ^ | 8/7/12 | Annamaria Andriotis
    It's no secret that falling behind on student loan payments can squash a borrower's hopes of building savings, buying a home or even finding work. Now, thousands of retirees are learning that defaulting on student-debt can threaten something that used to be untouchable: their Social Security benefits.
  • Obama Signs Black Education EO

    07/31/2012 1:20:59 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 42 replies
    The White Hut ^ | July 26, 2012 | The ManChild
    I noticed this one from a few days ago. The full text is available of course at the link, but here's a few highlights I got from a scan of the verbiage: Section 2a: There is hereby established the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (The Initiative), to be housed in the Department of Education (The Department). There shall be an Executive Director of the Initiative, to be appointed by the Secretary of Education (The Secretary). The Initiative shall be supported by the Interagency Working Group established under subsection (c) of this section and advised by the...
  • Pell Grants plug pulled for thousands of students

    05/20/2012 7:47:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 05/20/2012 | Matt Krupnick
    A mother of four who was laid off in 2008, Danielle Torno had planned on turning her life around next year with the help of a Cal State East Bay business degree. Instead, the 36-year-old San Jose resident will be searching for another solution because of a little-noticed congressional decision to reduce or eliminate Pell Grants for hundreds of thousands of the poorest college students. The changes take effect July 1, and students like Torno will bear the brunt of the reforms, which are expected to save $11 billion over 10 years. Among those who will lose Pell Grants in...
  • Louisiana Governor’s School Voucher Plan Clears Legislature

    04/05/2012 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 47 replies
    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana will be home to one of the nation’s largest school voucher programs once Gov. Bobby Jindal signs legislation that recently passed his state’s legislature. Today, by a vote of 60-42, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved Gov. Jindal’s voucher expansion, which passed the Senate last night 24-15. “This is a momentous day for the families of Louisiana,” State Superintendent of Education John White said. “All students deserve a fair chance in life, and that begins with the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. These policy changes are aligned with that central belief, and Gov. Jindal and...
  • Student Loans on Rise -- for Kindergarten

    03/29/2012 10:28:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 03/29/2012 | By ANNAMARIA ANDRIOTIS
    Instead of saving up for their sons' college education, Bill Dunham and his wife are taking out loans for high school. Their eldest son will begin ninth grade at a school in Boston where annual tuition runs around $10,000 -- and they already pay $5,000 a year for their younger child. A project manager for a mechanical construction company, Dunham says the schools referred him to lenders who specialize in pre-college education loans. He's taking a loan to cover his son's full high school tuition, which he plans to repay over two years. "If we had the money, we'd pay...
  • Is Financial Aid Really Making College More Expensive?

    02/17/2012 6:19:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 02/17/2012 | Thomas Barrat
    Financial aid, whether it's a cheap loan, a work-study job at the campus library, or a grant, is supposed to make college more affordable and accessible for students. But what if, by handing money out to undergrads, the government is simply encouraging schools to spend more and jack up tuition? Meet "the Bennett hypothesis," the dismal notion named for Reagan Education Secretary William Bennett, who suggested it in a 1987 New York Times op-ed diplomatically titled "Our Greedy Colleges." Generous student-aid policies had "enabled colleges and universities blithely to raise their tuitions, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion...
  • Garfield Heights,OH Shortens School Day, Parents Blame Voters

    01/17/2012 6:51:34 PM PST · by EBH · 81 replies
    Fox 8 News ^ | 1/17/12 | Emily Valdez
    As of Tuesday, programs like elementary music, art and physical education are gone and libraries are closed. School days are shortened to just 5 1/2 hours -- leaving kids less time for instruction, and working parents scrambling. "What are kids gonna do with that big window of time when their parents are still working and all that idle time that they still have, to do God knows what?" parent Jeff Bodziony said. Hot school lunches are also thing of the past. In fact, lunch is a thing of the past. Students used to have lunch in the noon hour. Instead...
  • Judge rules Colorado education funding system is unconstitutional

    12/10/2011 7:22:58 AM PST · by businessprofessor · 15 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 12/9/2011 | Wayne Harrison
    DENVER -- A Denver judge ruled Friday that Colorado's education funding system is "irrational and inadequate" and violates the state's constitution -- a decision that's a victory for school districts and parents who sued but hardly the end of a years-long debate.
  • 'Occupy Student Debt' emerges in US

    11/22/2011 3:53:24 AM PST · by Cardhu · 119 replies
    Press TV ^ | November 22nd 2011 | Staff
    A number of student organizers in the US have unveiled what they call an 'Occupy Student Debt' campaign, urging borrowers across the country to default on their college loans. The campaign was made public Monday afternoon in New York's Zuccotti Park, where the national Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement emerged, the Huffington Post reported. “Since the first days of the Occupy movement, the agony of student debt has been a constant refrain,” said Andrew Ross, a professor at New York University and an active OWS member, while addressing a crowd in the park “We've heard the harrowing personal testimony...
  • Md. mom who killed son agonized over school costs

    08/08/2011 4:32:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Eric Tucker
    Ben Barnhard finally had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who had endured classmates' taunts about his obesity and who had sought solace in the quiet of his bedroom, with his pet black cat and the intricate origami designs he created. But one month before school was to start for the special-needs teen, his mother, psychiatrist Margaret Jensvold, shot him in the head, then killed herself. Officers found their bodies Tuesday in the bedrooms of their home in Kensington, Md., an upper-middle...
  • College is a scam — so let’s make money off it (skyrocketing student-loan debt)

    05/29/2011 6:55:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 05/27/11 | James Altucher
    College is a scam — so let’s make money off it Commentary: Debt creates generation of indentured servants By James Altucher NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — We can’t deny it anymore: College is a scam and a bubble — and the reasons why appear below. But I’ll be the first to admit it’s going to take years for that bubble to burst. And while college tuitions are still skyrocketing and student-loan debt is creating a generation of indentured servants, we might as well benefit from it. Many stocks will continue to go up from the multidecade college bubble, even as it...
  • Illegal Immigrants Protest for Access to Higher Education

    04/06/2011 10:35:27 AM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Eight young illegal immigrants were arrested for sitting in the middle of a busy street in front of the Georgia Capitol, protesting their lack of access to higher education.
  • Education Spending Has a Simple Solution

    03/22/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    As the new Republican House majority wrestles with ways to cut our unsustainable budget deficit, Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet. On March 14, he said, "We cannot cut education." But why not? If we are going to cut programs that are proven to have failed to achieve their goals, federal spending on education should be at the top of the list. Federal spending on public schools (which is only a small percentage of their school budgets) was given specific goals in the 2002 law called "No Child Left Behind," the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It...
  • 16 Shocking Facts About Student Debt And The Great College Education Scam

    12/26/2010 8:46:04 PM PST · by Flavius · 72 replies · 6+ views
    business insider ^ | Dec. 26, 2010, 12:44 PM | Michael Snyder
    As you read this, there are over 18 million students enrolled at the nearly 5,000 colleges and universities currently in operation across the United States. Many of these institutions of higher learning are now charging $20,000, $30,000 or even $40,000 a year for tuition and fees. That does not even count living expenses. Today it is 400% more expensive to go to college in the United States than it was just 30 years ago. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-about-student-loan-debt-2010-12##ixzz19C0sagpR
  • Teacher Marisa Martinez says music key to learning

    10/31/2010 8:03:49 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, October 31, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle Staff
    Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez was tired of political promises, unfulfilled vows to restore California classrooms to their former glory. She despaired as she saw her beloved art and music disappear from the schools as money dried up, leaving teachers scrambling for pencils and paper. To Martinez, 41, paintbrushes and pianos weren't luxuries; they were necessities. A professional musician as well as an educator at San Francisco's El Dorado Elementary School, she decided to take things into her own hands. With her own money, she created a CD of songs she sings to her predominantly low-income students, tunes with a bluegrass,...
  • Students (at Ivy League Colleges) Feel Peer Pressure to Donate

    10/28/2010 3:01:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2010 | STEPHANIE STROM
    Nonprofits have long used the honor roll, a list of benefactors prominently displayed, to inspire others to make gifts. In the last school year, seniors at Dartmouth College and Cornell University turned that tactic on its head, creating a sort of dishonor roll of peers who failed to donate to the class gift. At Dartmouth, the lone student in the graduating class who held out, Laura A. DeLorenzo, was excoriated in the student newspaper and on The Little Green Blog, a student Web site, which also ran her picture. Raising the stakes for the student fund-raisers was the potential of...
  • Did University of California Berkeley have to cut student sports? NO!

    10/24/2010 1:58:52 PM PDT · by Moravecglobal · 29 replies
    Bayareanewsgroup | Oct 9 2010 | Milan Moravec
    UC Berkeley’s recent elimination of popular sports programs highlighted endemic problems in the university’s management. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means. A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Compentent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him...
  • Obama's Proposed Education Funding & Pay-As-You-Go

    06/20/2010 8:38:54 PM PDT · by Panorama
    The Political Panorama ^ | 06-20-2010 | Troy
    Recently, President Obama has been urging Congress to pass legislation that will provide $50 billion in aid to the states to fill budget gaps related to education/teachers, health care, and emergency personnel such as police and firefighters. Specifically, the legislation includes “$23 billion to help prevent teacher layoffs, $25 billion for state health care aid and $2 billion for cops and firefighters.”
  • Teachers' Seniority Rights Under Assault in Cleveland, Across the Nation

    05/31/2010 6:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 683+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/31/2010 | Thomas Ott
    Teachers' seniority rights are under fire from public officials and policy experts who say experience and effectiveness don't always go hand in hand. The grip seniority holds on schools has gained attention as money runs short and education leaders, including Cleveland's, slash jobs by the hundreds. Its effects also come into play as urban school districts wrestle with how to place the right teachers in schools serving low-income, or so-called "hard to serve," populations. Cleveland schools Chief Executive Eugene Sanders has acknowledged a desire to dismantle the district's seniority system as part of difficult contract negotiations going on now. Union...
  • New Jersey Voters Reject 59 Percent Of School Budgets (Tea Party spreads to New Jersey)

    04/21/2010 1:55:57 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 30 replies · 1,052+ views
    WCBSTV.com ^ | 4/21/10 | Jay Dow
    TEANECK, N.J. (CBS) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accuses a local district of sending information back home to ask how parents will vote on school budgets. After months of heated debate and angry protests, New Jersey residents woke up Wednesday morning to see that a majority of the proposed school budgets were defeated Tuesday night. In one of those towns – Teaneck – several hundred students held a protest on the high school track. The New Jersey school budget vote will likely be remembered for Governor Chris Christie's deep involvement in the debate, and...
  • An attack on liberty-loving colleges (Government now seeks monopoly on student loans)

    04/05/2010 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 699+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 04/05/2010 | Joseph Farrah
    Ronald Reagan said it best. "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" I was reflecting on this quote in light of Washington's plan, as part of "health-care reform," to nationalize all college loans. This is an aspect of the legislation that hasn't received nearly as much attention as it deserves, because it's one of those seemingly innocuous, do-gooder notions that most people just don't understand. Why would a government deeply, hopelessly in debt seek a monopoly on college loans? Obviously, Washington under the rulership of Barack Obama, Nancy...
  • Slicing NJ's schools: Christie's deal with the voters

    04/05/2010 2:45:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1,106+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 5, 2010 | EILEEN NORCROSS
    Gov. Chris Christie is making good on his promise to get tough with New Jersey's $2.2 billion budget gap -- by taking aim at one of the drivers of the state's out-of-control taxes: school budgets. Under Christie's budget, New Jersey's 605 school districts will see their state aid reduced by 5 percent of their last budget. That trims state spending by $820 million, forcing school districts to make deeper cuts or raise property taxes. If it stopped there, Christie's one-time aid cut would do nothing but aggravate property-tax payers. But he's also seeking a constitutional amendment on the November ballot...