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Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are

Rather than waiting for students to come to them, universities are coming to the students. They’re also following the money, launching money-making graduate programs that generate revenues.

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Using better metrics to build better schools

By Anya Kamenetz

Envision runs a group of three charter high schools in the Bay Area. They champion, as many schools do these days, “deeper learning” and “21st century skills.” Envision enacts this philosophy through a “Know-Do-Reflect” process that uses projects, portfolios and presentations to integrate assessment with learning. They prompt students to turn the lens both inward […]

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State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you

Source: Excellencia in Education
By Jon Marcus

With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study. The state is 38 percent Hispanic, compared to the national average of 17 percent. But […]

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The soft bigotry of no expectations

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By Aaron Pallas

One of the most memorable phrases crafted by former President George W. Bush’s speechwriters was “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” The phrase first gained prominence in a 1999 campaign speech on education, in which Bush argued that not holding disadvantaged students to high expectations was a form of discrimination—a powerful argument that he linked, […]

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Why are black students being paddled more in the public schools?

Kameisha Smith, now a college student, was paddled three times between the ages of 10 and 14 in Holmes County public schools. (Photo: Jackie Mader)
By Sarah Carr

LEXINGTON, MISS. — Students in this central Mississippi town quickly learn that even minor transgressions can bring down the weight of the paddle. Seventh grader Steven Burns recounts getting smacked with it for wearing the wrong color shirt; Jacoby Blue, 12, for failing to finish her homework on time; and Curtis Hill, 16, for defiantly […]

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Students from rural areas less likely to go to four-year colleges, top universities

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo: Jeffrey Keeler)
By Jackie Mader

Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.

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Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees

St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus. (Photo: St. Petersburg College)
By Jon Marcus

CLEARWATER, Fla. – In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins. It’s an unusually small group for a bachelor’s degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in […]

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Three things that will make a school bad: child abuse, homelessness and mothers who dropped out of high school

By Jill Barshay

Conventional wisdom has it that schools with high concentrations of poverty are bad. But when a team of researchers from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) studied every third grader in the Philadelphia public schools, they found strong student achievement in some schools with high concentrations of poverty. The low-achieving schools were […]

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Appeals court rejects challenge to blended learning

Blended learning instructor Jhonn Hernandez helps students to troubleshoot problems in addition to training their teachers. (Photo: Margaret Ramirez)
By John Mooney

Online learning in New Jersey’s charter schools got a boost from the courts yesterday, but so did the debate over how much innovation the state should allow.

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Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too

A student at Townsend Elementary in the Appoquinimink school district in Delaware taking a computer-based test. (Photo by Sarah Garland)
By Sarah Garland

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take […]

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Can voters force Mississippi to cough up cash and fund schools?

Children in the Richton School District, about 20 miles east of Hattiesburg, play on outdated playground equipment. Across Mississippi, educators say that years of underfunding have left them with inadequate facilities and few supplies. (Photo: Jackie Mader)
By Jackie Mader and Liz Willen

JACKSON, Miss. – Year after year, school officials in this poor and largely rural state say they scramble to stock classrooms with basic supplies like textbooks and pencils. They seek donations from outside groups and wonder if they’ll ever have enough money to hire coaches and classroom assistants. Now, a newly formed group is taking a fresh […]

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