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Apr 11, 2011 Survey Finds Small Increase in Professors’ Pay

QUOTE: Pay is substantially less at liberal arts colleges and community colleges. And at every type of college and university, men continue to earn substantially more than women… “Even in a period when they’re asking everyone else to sacrifice, university presidents seem to think it’s still O.K. for their salaries to go up significantly,” Mr. Curtis said.

New York Times
Apr 07, 2011 College Professor Rankings In Texas Spark National Debate

QUOTE: While one faculty member at Texas A&M earned more than $500,000 each year, the average counterpart at its College Station campus made around $120,000... Academia is clubby, professors' performances hard to gauge, and parents and students can easily become financially indentured in their quest for a small piece of the American Dream... "We see an enormous variation in what people do and what they get paid to do it."

Huffington Post
Apr 07, 2011 Prison spending bleeds education system

QUOTE: As prison populations have grown, prison spending has squeezed out spending on education... The "tough on crime" approach to sentencing disproportionately punishes poor and minority communities -- African Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of their white counterparts.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 05, 2011 More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality

QUOTE: But critics say online education is really driven by a desire to spend less on teachers and buildings, especially as state and local budget crises force deep cuts to education. They note that there is no sound research showing that online courses at the K-12 level are comparable to face-to-face learning… Skeptics say online courses are a stealthy way to cut corners.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2011 Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges

QUOTE: Instead of steering students toward the best opportunities and encouraging them to value their work, many institutions of higher learning are complicit in helping companies skirt a nebulous area of labor law... Unpaid interns also lack protection from laws prohibiting racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

New York Times
Mar 30, 2011 What I Learned at School

QUOTE: THE tumult over state budgets and collective bargaining rights for public employees has spilled over into resentment toward public school teachers, who are increasingly derided as “glorified baby sitters” whose pay exceeds the value of the work they do.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2011 In City Schools, Tech Spending to Rise Despite Cuts

QUOTE: Despite sharp drops in state aid, New York City’s Department of Education plans to increase its technology spending, including $542 million next year alone that will primarily pay for wiring and other behind-the-wall upgrades to city schools... Some local officials are questioning the timing, since the city is also planning to cut $1.3 billion from its budget for new school construction over the next three years, and to eliminate 6,100 teaching positions, including 4,600 by layoffs.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2010 Schools Are Given a Grade on How Graduates Do

QUOTE: In most school systems, what happens to students like Ms. Croslen after they obtain their diplomas is of little concern. But the New York City Department of Education acknowledges that despite rising graduation rates, many graduates lack basic skills, and it is trying to do something about it.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2010 Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

QUOTE: It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information, say educators who study plagiarism.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2010 A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism

QUOTE: Nationally, about 12 percent of students are identified as disabled, but in Madison 17.5 percent are, according to John Harper, who oversees special education. Mr. Harper said that 88 percent of elementary students with disabilities were fully included in classes, along with 81 percent of middle school students and 63 percent of high school students. Most of the rest have a mix of general and special education classes; fewer than 5 percent are separate.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2010 New York Students Struggle, Reading Scores Show

QUOTE: New York State education officials, admitting that the state’s annual tests were not properly measuring student proficiency, released results Wednesday showing that more than half of New York City students were failing to meet state standards in reading, at a time when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg boasted that more that more than two-thirds of city’s students were reading at grade level.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2010 State’s Exams Became Easier to Pass, Education Officials Say

QUOTE: New York State education officials acknowledged on Monday that their standardized exams had become easier to pass over the last four years and said they would recalibrate the scoring for tests taken this spring, which is almost certain to mean thousands more students will fail.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2010 Top French Schools, Asked to Diversify, Fear for Standards

QUOTE: Because entrance to the best grandes écoles effectively guarantees top jobs for life, the government is prodding the schools to set a goal of increasing the percentage of scholarship students to 30 percent — more than three times the current ratio at the most selective schools. But the effort is being met with concerns from the grandes écoles, who fear it could dilute standards, and is stirring anger among the French at large, who fear it runs counter to a French ideal of a meritocracy blind to race, religion and ethnicity.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy

QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.

New York Times
Sep 07, 2009 Employment Exam Writers Tread Carefully

QUOTE: Recent Discrimination Ruling Renews Commitment to Creating Fair Tests

Washington Post
Aug 06, 2009 U. of Illinois Manipulated Admissions, Panel Finds

QUOTE: Top officials at the University of Illinois developed a sophisticated shadow admissions process for applicants who were supported by politicians, donors and other prominent sponsors, a state commission set up to investigate irregularities at the institution concluded Thursday.

Jul 20, 2009 Hylton High Sports Fields Eyed for Signs of Sex Bias

QUOTE: Now C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge is under investigation by federal officials for sex discrimination, joining schools in Charles and Frederick counties and 47 other school systems nationwide that are under scrutiny for possible disparities between their softball and baseball facilities. The schools are being investigated for possible violations of Title IX, the 1972 federal rules governing equity between the sexes.

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2009 D.C. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Slower Payment Hinders Advocacy, Lawyers Say

QUOTE: The District has slowed payments to lawyers who help families obtain special education services, which lawyers say is limiting the number of students they can assist and city officials say is necessary to rein in costs....About 20 percent of those students are sent to private schools, at a cost to taxpayers of about $200 million, because the city cannot meet their needs.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2009 Should High Schools Bar Average Students From Rigorous College-Level Courses and Tests?

QUOTE: Fifteen years ago, when I discovered that many good high schools prevented average students from taking demanding courses, I thought it was a fluke, a mistake that would soon be rectified. I had spent much time inside schools that did the opposite. They worked hard to persuade students to take challenging classes and tests, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge, so students would be ready for the shock of their first semester at college, which most average students attend....Why didn't all schools do that?

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2009 Federal Courts Says D.C. Police Checkpoints Were Unconstitutional

QUOTE: A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that checkpoints set up by District police in neighborhoods beset by violence are unconstitutional, effectively ending a crime-fighting tactic that officials say was used in only the most dire circumstances to protect residents....In an effort to quell a series of shootings, drivers were forced to stop at roadblocks and were asked whether they had a "legitimate" reason to be there. Some were denied passage.

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2009 Plan Targets Use of Private Cars by Social Workers

QUOTE: D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles is weighing a change in the policy that allows social workers to drive their personal vehicles to get to residents, citing liability issues surrounding the use by city employees of private vehicles for government business. The potential change in policy, one that would sometimes force employees to ride a bus or train to get to destinations, has drawn the attention of the national office of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Washington Post
Jul 03, 2009 Naval Academy Professor Challenges Rising Diversity

QUOTE: But during the past two weeks, a faculty member has stirred debate by suggesting that the school's quest for diversity comes at a price. Bruce Fleming, a tenured English professor, said in a June 14 opinion piece in the Capital newspaper of Annapolis that the academy operates a two-tiered admission system that makes it substantially easier for minority applicants to get in.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2009 Special-Ed Problems Continue In District: Monitor Criticizes Public Charters, Evaluation Delays

QUOTE: Some D.C. public charter schools continue selective admissions practices that discourage special-needs students from enrolling, and students citywide with possible disabilities still face delays in special education evaluations, a federal court monitor said this week.

Washington Post
Jun 20, 2009 Obama Administration Looks to Colleges for Future Spies

QUOTE: The Obama administration has proposed the creation of an intelligence officer training program in colleges and universities that would function much like the Reserve Officers' Training Corps run by the military services. The idea is to create a stream "of first- and second-generation Americans, who already have critical language and cultural knowledge, and prepare them for careers in the intelligence agencies"

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2009 Inventory Uncovers 9,200 More Pathogens: Laboratory Says Security Is Tighter, but Earlier Count Missed Dangerous Vials

QUOTE: [Col. Mark Kortepeter] said he knew of no plans for an investigation into how the vials had been left out of the database. "The vast majority of these samples were working stock that were accumulated over decades," he said, left there by scientists who had retired or left the institute....They said the strict inventories slow their work without guaranteeing security.

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2009 Slanderous Web Site Catering to Teens Is Shut Down

QUOTE: much of what was on the site was protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech. Although slander and defamation are not protected by law, the comments were posted anonymously, making it difficult to take action. The site was closed down after Gansler's office made the case to the Web hosting company that the offensive material contained on the site violated the service agreement.

Washington Post
Jun 09, 2009 Autism Help Lacking, Study Says

QUOTE: Public services for Virginians with autism suffer from poor organization and limited resources and fail to offer help early enough.

Washington Post
Jun 08, 2009 Alternative Testing on the Rise: Va. Expands Costly 'Portfolio' Tests to More Categories of Challenged Students

QUOTE: The federal government approved Virginia's reading portfolio for beginning English learners in 2007 after protests by local school boards that the regular grade-level test was unfair. The 2002 federal law requires public schools to test students in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school. Schools that fail to reach target pass rates for all groups of students, including those with disabilities and English learners, face possible sanctions.

Washington Post
Jun 05, 2009 Campaign Targets In-State Colleges: Candidates Offer Funding Options

QUOTE: Virginia students with impressive grades and test scores are being shut out of the state's top schools....State guidelines call for schools to reject out-of-state undergraduates if their numbers surpass 25 percent of the student population, but the state does not enforce the policy.

Washington Post
Jun 04, 2009 Attacks Against Parent Group In Online Posts Spark Debate: Members of Coalition Dispute Critic's Identity

QUOTE: Coalition leaders have drawn attention to the misuse of funds collected from students for activities...Privately, school system leaders have fumed about the group's vitriolic tone, hyperbolic tendencies and waxing influence on administrators' actions.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2009 Students Crave a Break on Cellphone Ban: Md. Teen's Idea to Allow On-Campus Use at Lunch Faces Strong Opposition

QUOTE: A resolution before the county school board would allow high school students to use cellphones on campus at lunchtime.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2009 Charter Schools Provide Good Model On Teacher Pay

QUOTE: [Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee] proposed paying teachers as much as $135,000 a year based on achievement gains, classroom practices, meeting school goals and choosing high-needs students, as long as they are willing to forgo tenure protection.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Jul 21, 2008 July 21, 1925: Scopes 'Monkey Trial' Ends With Guilty Verdict

QUOTE: Famed attorney Clarence Darrow led Scopes’ defense team in what the press quickly dubbed the Monkey Trial. William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic nominee for president and a paradoxical blend of progressive conservatism, represented both the state and the fundamentalists who opposed Darwin’s theories.

Jul 18, 2008 Textbooks, free and illegal, online: Use of pirated works hurting publishers

QUOTE: "We think it's a significant problem," said William Sampson, manager of infringement and antipiracy at Cengage Learning Inc., a reference book publisher in Farmington Hills, Mich. Sampson said that in any given month, 200 to 300 of the company's titles are posted illegally as free Internet downloads. Distributing books for free without permission violates copyright laws and deprives publishers of revenue.

Boston Globe
Jul 10, 2008 As Textbooks Go "Custom," Students Pay: Colleges Receive Royalties For School-Specific Editions; Barrier to Secondhand Sales

QUOTE: College students, already struggling with soaring tuition bills and expenses, are encountering yet another financial hit: Publishers and schools are working together to produce "custom" textbooks that can limit students' use of the money-saving trade in used books. And in a controversial twist, some academic departments are sharing in the profits from these texts.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jul 07, 2008 British Mercenary Sentenced in Coup Plot

QUOTE: He was arrested in 2004 in Zimbabwe after meeting a plane headed for Equatorial Guinea loaded with 80 mercenaries and a stockpile of weapons. He had served part of a seven-year sentence for weapons trafficking in Zimbabwe, but was extradited to Equatorial Guinea after being released early. Last month, he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, after a four-day trial in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2008 At Magnet School, An Asian Plurality: Group Forms 45% Of Freshmen at Thomas Jefferson

QUOTE: The demographic imbalance in top public magnet schools has become a sensitive issue, however. Black and Hispanic students often are vastly under-represented. Many of the schools struggle to reflect the diversity of the wider population while maintaining a transparent admissions process with uniformly high standards.

Washington Post
Jul 03, 2008 Italian American Groups Speak Up to Save AP Language Test

QUOTE: High school teachers, college professors and other proponents of the targeted courses fear nothing less than the extinction of their academic pursuits. Advanced Placement has become so entrenched in the nation's schools that the elimination of a test can imperil an entire field of study.

Washington Post
Jun 25, 2008 Professor in noose case fired for plagiarism

QUOTE: Madonna Constantine, professor of psychology and education at the university's Teachers College, was initially suspended after an independent 18-month investigation into allegations of plagiarism concluded that on several occasions she had published academic work without crediting others for content.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 19, 2008 Gifted Programs in the City Are Less Diverse

QUOTE: When New York City set a uniform threshold for admission to public school gifted programs last fall, it was a crucial step in a prolonged effort to equalize access to programs that critics complained were dominated by white middle-class children whose parents knew how to navigate the system. The move was controversial, with experts warning that standardized tests given to young children were heavily influenced by their upbringing and preschool education, and therefore biased toward the affluent.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2008 Canadian leader: Assimilation policy 'has no place'

QUOTE: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for a defunct policy that attempted "to kill the Indian in the child" by taking native children from their families and placing them in schools to assimilate them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 10, 2008 Report Takes Aim at ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype of Asian-American Students

QUOTE: The report, by New York University, the College Board and a commission of mostly Asian-American educators and community leaders, largely avoids the debates over both affirmative action and the heavy representation of Asian-Americans at the most selective colleges. But it pokes holes in stereotypes about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the perception that they cluster in science, technology, engineering and math. And it points out that the term “Asian-American” is extraordinarily broad, embracing members of many ethnic groups.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2008 University Head Resigns After Degree Dispute

QUOTE: In late April, an independent panel reported that the university showed “seriously flawed” judgment in awarding an M.B.A. to Heather Bresch, the daughter of Gov. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, even though she did not have enough academic credits.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2008 Audit Faults an Education Nonprofit

QUOTE: A federal audit of Teach for America, a nonprofit that recruits college graduates to teach in low-income schools, has found that the organization did not properly account for $775,000 in government money it says it spent for summer training sessions and related purposes.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2008 California Teachers Challenge Proposed Cuts

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of teachers formed picket lines outside nearly 900 schools here Friday morning to protest cuts to education financing proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help close California’s projected $17 billion budget gap. If passed, the cuts would reduce financing for Los Angeles schools by $340 million next year, said A. J. Duffy, president of United Teachers of Los Angeles, the local teachers union.

New York Times
Jun 04, 2008 Opponents of Evolution Are Adopting New Strategy

QUOTE: Now a battle looms in Texas over science textbooks that teach evolution, and the wrestle for control seizes on three words. None of them are “creationism” or “intelligent design” or even “creator.” The words are “strengths and weaknesses.”

New York Times
Jun 04, 2008 Accelerated Math Adds Up To a Division Over Merits

QUOTE: Math study in Montgomery County has evolved from one or two academic paths to many. Acceleration often begins in kindergarten. In a county known for demanding parents, the math push has generated an unexpected backlash. Many parents say children are pushed too far, too fast.

Washington Post
Jun 02, 2008 Student Loans Start to Bypass 2-Year Colleges

QUOTE: The practice suggests that if the credit crisis and the ensuing turmoil in the student loan business persist, some of the nation’s neediest students will be hurt the most. The difficulty borrowing may deter them from attending school or prompt them to take a semester off. When they get student loans, they will wind up with less attractive terms and may run a greater risk of default if they have to switch lenders in the middle of their college years.

New York Times
Jun 01, 2008 U.S. Campaign to Promote Abstinence Begins: Groups Are Enlisting Parents in Effort to Lobby for Changes in Sex Education

QUOTE: "Parents are being misled. They are told the content of the curricula in their children's classrooms stress abstinence and just have information to make decisions in case they become sexually active," Huber said. "But most of these programs provide explicit how-to information that give teens a green light for activities that put them at risk."

Washington Post

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