The ASU/GSV Summit has attracted 250 education entrepreneurs and a small, but vocal, group of teachers.

What’s teaching go to do with it? Why educators want to talk tech – and help decide what works in their classrooms

By Liz Willen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—In the flurry of deal-making and product promotion characterizing the education investment conference known as “Davos by the Desert,”  it would be easy to forget what is largely missing: classrooms, students and teachers. Except that the small number of teachers in attendance at the ASU/GSV Summit clearly made their views known – and insist […]

New figures show proportion of people with degrees is up

By Jon Marcus

The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly, according to new figures, and young adults in particular are picking up the pace of earning academic degrees. But other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment, the report, by the Lumina Foundation, shows. At a time when demand […]

What law schools can teach colleges about lowering tuition

By Matt Krupnick

Administrators are being forced to cut prices as fewer students apply to law school, thanks to fewer jobs in legal, but the rate of tuition increases at other colleges and universities shows no sign of slowing down

Kenneth Maldonado joined Teach for America in 2011 in Seattle, where the organization's expansion efforts led to a controversial contract with Seattle Public Schools. Maldonado said that while he is supportive of TFA and its mission, its early missteps in Seattle were part of what he saw as the organization's "misjudged optimism." (Photo: Alexandra Hootnick

Teachers are losing their jobs, but Teach for America’s expanding. What’s wrong with that?

By Alexandra Hootnick

For the second week in a row in his new home, Kenneth Maldonado’s evening ritual began with lumping sweaters and sleeping bags into the shape of a mattress in his otherwise empty bedroom. It was late September of 2011, the end of his first month as a Teach for America instructor. Having been only recently […]


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

By Timothy Pratt

There aren’t any Greek columns or sprawling green lawns at Northeastern University’s satellite campus in Charlotte, N.C., which consists of the 11th story of an office building in the middle of the uptown district. The location is no accident. Charlotte is among the nation’s top 10 fastest growing cities with populations greater than one million, […]

Source: Excellencia in Education

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

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 […]

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)

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

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 […]

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

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

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.

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

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees

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 […]

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

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

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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