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Joanne Jacobs

Joanne Jacobs, formerly of the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, is a freelance journalist who blogs at joannejacobs.com.

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Trained, jobless and in debt

Joe DeGrella of Louisville trained as a cardiology technician but works at AutoZone. Credit: Luke Sharrett for The New York Times Millions of laid-off Americans have used federal…

Amid turmoil, classes start at Ferguson college campus

Ferguson, Mo. police responded to gunfire with tear gas Monday night. Police came under “heavy gunfire” last night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson,…

California: Time for a new higher ed plan?

Leaders of California’s three state higher education systems met this week with Gov. Jerry Brown to pledge cooperation, especially in helping community college students transfer to state universities, reports…

Blend, flip, disrupt

When she introduced Khan Academy videos and quizzes to her sixth-grade math students, Suney Park had to “give up control,” she said at a Blended Learning in K-12…

Racism talk leads to reprimand

A discussion of structural racism led to a reprimand for Shannon Gibney, who teaches Intro to Mass Communications at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Three white male students…

California’s rocky path to prosperity

Unless California helps low-income parents learn basic skills, train for jobs and pursue higher education, the state’s prosperity is at risk, concludes Working Hard, Left Behind. The Campaign for…

Hispanic grads pass whites in college enrollment

Hispanic high school graduates are now more likely than whites to enroll in college, the Pew Research Hispanic Center reports. In the class of 2012, 69 percent of Hispanic…

High school grads aren’t even ready for low community college expectations, report says

Community colleges expect little of first-year students — and get even less, concludes the National Center on Education and The Economy. The report paints a grim picture. High school graduates…

Community colleges helping train a new generation of K-12 teachers

Community colleges are helping train a new generation of K-12 teachers, reports Community College Week. Bronx Community College Samuel Simpson, 54, a high school math teacher…

$10K degree provides high value

No online lecture can equal “the surprise, the frisson, the spontaneous give-and-take of a spirited, open-ended dialogue with another person,” says Darryl Tippens, the provost of Pepperdine University. Arthur C.…