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Statement from Chancellor Tisch and...

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Budget Proposal

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Budget Proposal
Newly Recovered Recording of Dr. Ma...

Newly Recovered Recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today announced a new online exhibition on the New York State Museum's website featuring the only known audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1962 speech commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The online exhibition is available at: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/mlk.
ESEA Waiver Renewal Application

ESEA Waiver Renewal Application

For Public Comment: Proposed Amendments to New York State's Approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver for 2014-2015
RFP Released: 1003(g) School Improv...

RFP Released: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Round 5

The primary purpose of the SIG is to provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in its Priority Schools.
RFP Released: School Innovation Fun...

RFP Released: School Innovation Fund Grant (SIF) Round 3

The purposes of the School Innovation Fund are to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness of high school graduates, college persistence, and college graduation rates by increasing the availability of new high quality seats for students at most risk for dropout, disengagement, and poor academic performance.
Statement from Chancellor Tisch and...

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address


Struggling to find the right lesson...

Struggling to find the right lessons in tragedy (essay)

Susannah Clark wasn't sure how to help her students make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings -- but one of them bailed her out.

Essay on how to manage teaching-ori...

Essay on how to manage teaching-oriented postdoc programs

It's not enough to bring a new Ph.D. to campus and say "teach," writes Gary DeCoker. These young academics need a real plan and real mentors.

Essay on new college presidents who...

Essay on new college presidents who get their advice from the wrong people

When new presidents take office, they need to make judgments based on good information, or they will get rid of those they may most need, writes Tara M. Samuels.

Essay urges colleges to consider su...

Essay urges colleges to consider succession planning for CIOs

With a wave of retirements approaching, higher education needs to consider how to prepare the next generation of technology leaders, write Jerome P. DeSanto and Robyn L. Dickinson.

Essay on being an unemployed young ...

Essay on being an unemployed young scholar in social sciences

Todd K. Platts finished his Ph.D., started publishing and earned good teaching reviews. Why is a job impossible to find?

Essay on mentorship styles in highe...

Essay on mentorship styles in higher education

Cheryl E. Ball explains how a recent online debate missed truly important issues about mentorship.


BBC News Education

Teachers put strike vote on hold

Teachers put strike vote on hold

The NUT conference rejects calls for a four-day autumn strike, but could still press for a summer classroom walk-out
Hunt warns against schools extremis...

Hunt warns against schools extremism

Labour's Tristram Hunt has told teachers in Birmingham that there is no place for "cultural or gender segregation" in schools.
Teachers demand qualified status

Teachers demand qualified status

Teachers' union conferences are demanding that schools in England should only employ qualified teachers.
Bullied children still suffer at 50

Bullied children still suffer at 50

Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.
Teachers to debate summer strike

Teachers to debate summer strike

The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike in the summer term and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.
Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing'

Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing'

Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.

US Govt Dept of Education

5 Things To Consider When Taking Ou...

5 Things To Consider When Taking Out Student Loans

Obama Administration Approves NCLB ...

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Illinois

The Obama administration today approved Illinois for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teaching and leadership.
Bringing the Tech Revolution to Ear...

Bringing the Tech Revolution to Early Learning

Why do I advocate for ?early tech?? I?ll give you three good reasons: my granddaughters Ella, Clara, and Zayla. I?ve seen the way technology has helped them to take charge of their own learning and opened doors to subjects and activities that really catch their interest.
Early Screening is Vital to Childre...

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

The Unity Sunshine Program
Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Ass...

Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in Schools: Resources and a Call to Action

Every year, about 1 in 10 American teenagers experiences physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually and emotionally abused. Dating violence can inflict long?lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance, suicidal ideation, and future violence. The U.S.
Championing International Education...

Championing International Education Priorities

This past January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated the U.S. as a Champion Country of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI). The initiative aims to focus the world?s attention on three specific priorities: to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning and foster global citizenship.


Kansas speech by Michelle Obama dra...

Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

FILE - This April 11, 2104 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When President Barack Obama travels abroad, getting just the leader of the free world doesn?t seem to be enough. Countries want the first lady, too. But Michelle Obama won?t join her husband when he heads to Asia next week and her absence is likely to sting, especially in Japan. It?s the first of four countries on Obama?s travel schedule and the only one welcoming him on an official state visit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ? If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

9 Pennsylvania colleges target of g...

9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint

A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal ...
Strike calls expected at teacher co...

Strike calls expected at teacher conferences

File picture shows General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Christine Blower addressing a rally in London last yearRepresentatives from the country's two biggest teachers' unions are gathering in Brighton and Birmingham for this weekend's annual conferences, which are expected to hear calls for action over pay and pensions. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will meet in Brighton while members of NASUWT will gather in Birmingham. Following last month's NUT action which closed schools in England and Wales, there are expected to be more calls for strikes. NUT general secretary Christine Blower warned that "teacher morale is at a dangerously low ebb" while NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the government had waged a "relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession".

Sallie Mae faces probe for massivel...

Sallie Mae faces probe for massively ripping off soldiers on federal student loans

Sallie Mae is in danger of losing lucrative loan servicing contracts with the U.S. Department of Education and some of its high-level employees may face criminal penalties pending the outcome of a probe involving evidence that the student-loan behemoth has cheated active-duty soldiers who have taken out federal student loans. The investigation into how Sallie Mae treats soldiers was initially revealed by the company in August, according to The Huffington Post. However, the inquiry was initially focused on private loans, not the federal student loans that are guaranteed and subsidized by American taxpayers. On Wednesday, a Sallie Mae news release about quarterly earnings addressed the probe.
Neighbors rushed in vain to help in...

Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10

A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. The California Highway Patrol made the recordings public on Thursday as investigators returned to the scene of the accident, painstakingly driving a pristine white tour bus back and forth over the charred and bubbled surface of Interstate 5 in an effort to reconstruct the April 10 collision. I'm running over to see what it is." Five high school students and five adults, including the two drivers, died when the FedEx tractor trailer swerved across the highway median and slammed head-on into a motor coach filled with about 50 Los Angeles-area teenagers on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. A blast unleashed by the impact was so loud that it was heard throughout nearby Orland, an agricultural community about 90 miles north of Sacramento.

911 calls capture chaos after truck...

911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

In This Photo Provided By The University Of La Verne, Trish Arzola, the mother of Arthur "Tury" Arzola, Jr. is hugged by her sons David and James at a candlelight vigil, as family, friends and colleagues gathered for a memorial service on Wed. April 16, 2014 at The University of La Verne. The La Verne graduate student was one of the 10 people killed in the tragic crash when a FedEx truck collided into a busload of students, chaperones and advisors who were heading to Humboldt State University. Arzola was a recruiter for Humboldt State University, and part of the close-knit University of La Verne community. (AP Photo/University Of La Verne, Nancy Newman) Nancy Newman Photography (714) 317-1518 NancyNB@earthlink.netORLAND, Calif. (AP) ? With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.


School strikes: NUT teachers' union...

School strikes: NUT teachers' union to vote on major escalation in action against Michael Gove's hated school reforms

Teachers will back a major escalation of their strike action over Education Secretary Michael Gove's school reforms by threatening further nationwide walkouts from schools in the summer term.

School strikes: NUT to vote on majo...

School strikes: NUT to vote on major escalation in action against Michael Gove's hated school reforms

Teachers will back a major escalation of their strike action over Education Secretary Michael Gove's school reforms by threatening further nationwide walkouts from schools in the summer term.

Poorer pupils forced to drop arts s...

Poorer pupils forced to drop arts subjects due to the costs of studying

Pupils in state schools are having to ditch arts subjects at GCSE because they can no longer afford the cost of studying for them, a second report on the impact of poverty in the classroom has said.

A quarter of teachers bring food in...

A quarter of teachers bring food into school to help hungry pupils

Teachers are having to bring in food to give their pupils breakfast every day because they are too hungry and exhausted to learn as a result of increased poverty, according to a report out today.

Tristram Hunt: Alleged Birmingham s...

Tristram Hunt: Alleged Birmingham schools takeover plot shows we need more local scrutiny

The controversy over an alleged takeover of Birmingham schools by Islamic hardliners pinpoints the needs for more local scrutiny of schools, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt will say on Saturday.

NUT to vote on major escalation in ...

NUT to vote on major escalation in strike action against Michael Gove's hated school reforms

Teachers will back a major escalation of their strike action over Education Secretary Michael Gove's school reforms by threatening further nationwide walkouts from schools in the summer term.

Education Week

Five Critical Conditions That Encou...

Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement

In order to prepare students to be productive, forward-thinking individuals, districts must offer a range of accessible, high-quality, innovative schooling options, writes Heather Zavadsky.
Michelle Obama: High school diploma...

Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

Education chief: Testing critics do...

Education chief: Testing critics don't have plan

Del. school board eyes charter scho...

Del. school board eyes charter school issues

Okla. House Democrats call for educ...

Okla. House Democrats call for education funding

Juvenile-Justice System Not Meeting...

Juvenile-Justice System Not Meeting Educational Needs, Report Says

A new report cites inaccurate assessments of the needs of students entering the system, poor coordination between teaching and learning, and inconsistency in curricula as significant problems.


The Role of Campus Leadership in En...

The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility

“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.”

With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his institution’s AccessComputing Project, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, this video presents university presidents, chief information officers, and other higher education leaders who stress the importance to higher education of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and of having campus technology environments that support it.

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The Game is Changing. What Will Be ...

The Game is Changing. What Will Be Expected of You?

“When we were doing our studies for the National Academies, the typical first response of university presidents or CFOs or provosts was to say: ‘I understand things are changing very rapidly, but I'll ask my CIO to take care of it. The CIO usually can.’ We would then ask: ‘Suppose you wake up in the morning and come in to your office and nothing works anymore. You can't access e-mail. All of your course systems have collapsed. Who fixes the problem?’ They begin to scratch their heads, and pretty soon it's like the five phases of grief. They start off with denial and anger, move through bargaining and depression, and finally reach acceptance.” — James J. Duderstadt, Change and the Research University

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The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2012

The EDUCAUSE annual publication of top IT issues has long resonated as a yearly snapshot of the most pressing issues for IT leaders in higher education. At the top of list for 2012:

  1. Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models
  2. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device
  3. Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy


Below are the EDUCAUSE Review article summarizing the IT Issues Panel's findings for 2012 and accompanying resources.

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Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYO...

Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program

This free hour-long session, “Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program,” will offer ideas, sample policy statements and guidelines, and lessons learned for campuses interested in implementing a BYOD strategy for mobile devices on campus.

Those unable to attend may wish to visit the archives after the event or browse related resources.

Interact on Twitter at #EDULive.

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Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volun...

Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volunteer Submissions Are Due June 1

As someone who has a vested interest in higher education IT, you are part of a dynamic and close-knit community where we share new ideas, network with peers, and work toward the common good of the profession.

EDUCAUSE provides opportunities to be an active member by volunteering in a variety of roles, either short- or long-term, throughout the year. These opportunities include:

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Is Agile the Future of Project Mana...

Is Agile the Future of Project Management?

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80 percent of all software development projects. Project Management Institute’s research shows that agile project management tripled from December 2008 to May 2011, and can help decrease product defects, improve team productivity, and increase business value.

Read the latest article release on agile project management from the Project Management Institute.

To help you apply project management processes at your organization, EDUCAUSE members have access to a selection of professional development resources:

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Bowdoin's Double Bogey

Bowdoin's Double Bogey

A year ago I published What Does Bowdoin Teach? Or, more precisely, my co-author Michael Toscano and I posted a 376-page obsessively-detailed campus tour, subtitled How A Contemporary Liberal Arts College Shapes Students. Those reading at the leisurely pace of a page a day should be finished by now.

WDBT was not a great hit with Bowdoin's president, Barry Mills, or for that matter with most of the students and faculty members. Some were offended. Mr. Mills took it as a personal affront. Nearly all the faculty publicly ignored it. The college's official stand was, in Mills's words, that we "attacked" Bowdoin, and that the attack was "mean spirited" and "personal."

But while many pretended to stay within the circled wagons, we kept hearing from those who sneaked out at dark to say, "You got it right!" "Keep it up!" And, "You don't know the half of it!"

Then last week President Mills announced that he is resigning -- at least a year earlier than he had planned and with nothing lined up, though he says he is not retiring. Mills said he is leaving because of his "affection for the college," and the Bowdoin trustees' statement says Mills was doing "what he thinks best for our College." Both statements suggest a resignation under pressure, but it is hard to know what the source of that might have been. I have no reason to think that WDBT had anything to do with it. But I would like to think that Bowdoin's board did eventually get around to reading our study. If so, it might have wondered why Mills was so grimly determined not to pay it any heed.

If this is the first you've heard of this controversy, there are two things you should know: the golf story and the game plan. The golf story is this. In 2010, an affluent New York businessman played a round of golf with President Mills. A month later, Mills gave a speech in which he caricatured the businessman as a bad sport, and an ignorant, boorish, and racist conservative. Mills then published his speech. The businessman read it and responded with an elegant essay of his own in the pages of The Claremont Review of Books, deflecting Mills' taunts mostly by demonstration of keen intelligence and social sophistication.

Mills didn't come off looking good from this and was even more irritated when a group of students invited the businessman -- Tom Klingenstein -- to campus to debate.

Now the game plan. At Tom's invitation, I joined him on that trip. I'd debated people on political correctness and the excesses of campus activism many times before; Tom hadn't. He wanted back-up. As it happened, Mills called the student organizer of the event "a traitor" and refused to come. We ended up talking with an auditorium of Bowdoin students for a few hours. They stoutly defended Mills's main idea: that the college gave them a perfectly good education and they weren't missing anything of value.

Could that be true? I launched What Does Bowdoin Teach? as an effort to find out. But as I told Tom at the outset, poring over the details of a curriculum, academic requirements, faculty appointments, research foci, official documents, the rules of student life, and all the other minutiae of a contemporary college would likely result in a study drier than the Sahara.

And WDBT is indeed exactly that. We dressed it up with palm trees at the beginning. Bill Bennett contributed a foreword and Tom added a "letter to the alumni." And I put aside the Saharan sand long enough to write an "interpretive preface" that calls Bowdoin out on some of its more egregious educational missteps. But after that come hundreds of pages of finely-sifted detail on who teaches what and why. You can learn about the college's internal battles over student unpreparedness and whether to require a foreign language. You can watch the rise in honors projects and the decline in survey courses.

It ain't the stuff that would set the world on fire. Yet it did. At least the parts of the world I spend my working life paying attention to. The report became a big deal in conservative circles as the first and so far only meticulously documented account of how a liberal arts college lost its way. Or, maybe better put, lost its educational way and yet prospered in every other way. For Bowdoin is a raging success by many standards. It has an endowment of over $1 billion; US News & World Report last year elevated it to fourth in the nation among selective liberal arts colleges; its applicants far outnumber the students it admits; it pays its faculty handsomely; and to the extent anyone can tell, its recent alumni do fine.

With that kind of record you might think Bowdoin could have smiled indulgently at our study and thanked us for our eccentric interest in obscure details of old catalogs, minutes of faculty meetings, and long-forgotten speeches. But instead Bowdoin went into full-scale alarm. We truly did touch a nerve. The interesting question is, "Which nerve?" Proposed study: Why Did Bowdoin Panic?

Part of the answer lies in how the report was received elsewhere. I've heard from faculty members and college administrators across the country who reacted, "This could just as easily have been written about us." Bowdoin felt singled out and its guilty response to much of what we said was a version of, "Why pick on us? Everybody does it."

That, of course, is the complaint of the driver pulled over for speeding. But it was exactly our point. We said that, for us, Bowdoin was only an example: small enough to study in depth, wealthy enough to fully realize its dreams of what a liberal arts college should do. What we hit upon, quite unexpectedly is that, at some level, Bowdoin has a bad conscience. It knows that it has made some wrong turns but it doesn't like hearing that from a stranger. Nor does it know how to get back on track.

This is American higher education today: an angry driver, lost and confused but too proud to stop and ask directions. "I'm not lost! I know exactly where I'm going!" And to prove it, that angry driver speeds up and zips past the next exit.

Bowdoin's confusions are too many to drop into a single final paragraph. They range from a truly chaotic curriculum; an overestimation of what students -- even very bright students -- know when they first arrive on campus; a series of hard-to-undo judgments that unbalanced the faculty in favor of highly-specialized researchers; a smothering embrace of identity politics; the elevation of political piety over intellectual freedom; a distaste for America's political traditions; and an over-the-top sexualization of campus life. These are interwoven in some surprising ways. I'll explain that in some further posts.
79-Year-Old Tony Boland Joins Eleme...

79-Year-Old Tony Boland Joins Elementary School Band

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) ? One member of the Kennedy Elementary School band in Dubuque brings a certain maturity to his playing.

That's because Tony Boland is a 79-year-old flute player.

Boland asked about joining the fifth graders in the band after volunteering at the school, which his grandchildren attended, for more than a decade. He helps children with their reading, noting he recalls struggling with his reading as a child.

He started playing the flute a number of years ago, when his wife suggested getting rid of their daughter's flute.

Boland knew that his progress would be slow unless he played with others.

"When you play alone, it's not as fast when you're playing in a band," he told the Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/RiiWKw).

Band director Brian Enabnit thought Boland would make a terrific addition to the band.

"He's great. He's encouraging to the students around him," Enabnit said.

Boland practices with the students weekly and performs with them regularly, including at the Dubuque Community School District's Band Festival earlier this month.

Fifth-grade student Courtney Less has been impressed by her older classmate.

"He's kind of a more experienced player," Courtney said. "All of us are messing up, but he doesn't."


Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com
Bryant University Begs Students Not...

Bryant University Begs Students Not To Take Selfies At Commencement

BOSTON (AP) ? Rhode Island's Bryant University is asking students to resist the urge to take selfies with its president while receiving their diplomas.

University President Ronald Machtley (MAYK'-lee) says students ask him to take selfies on the Smithfield campus all the time. But he says having more than 800 students snap photos with him as they get their degrees will slow down the already hours-long ceremony. He says he'd be happy to take some photos afterward.

Students will be able to take photos until the start of the May 17 graduation and post them to a new website hosted by the university.

Senior and Worcester (WUS'-tur), Massachusetts, native Ali Luthman says some students might be upset about the no selfies rule but "no one is crying about it."
Teen Suspended For Asking Miss Amer...

Teen Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

YORK, Pa. (AP) ? A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.

School officials heard about Farves' plan in advance and warned him not to do it. He has apologized for disrupting the event.

The school says students are disciplined for breaking rules and this incident is no different.

Davuluri was at the school to talk with students about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.
Making Strides for Preschool

Making Strides for Preschool

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio’s tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City’s preschool program. This means that for the first time fully funded full-day quality preschool will be available for all four-year-olds in the city. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn’t the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

In Massachusetts, the Boston Public Schools system (BPS) offers a full day of prekindergarten to any four-year-old in the district regardless of income, although funding limitations prevent the district from serving all eligible children. BPS ensures the quality of its prekindergarten program through high-quality teachers, professional development delivered through individualized coaching sessions, and evidence-based curricula for early language and literacy and mathematics. Prekindergarten teachers have the same requirements as K-12 teachers in BPS and are paid accordingly. And it’s working. A study conducted by researchers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education examined the impact of one year of attendance in the BPS preschool program on children’s school readiness and found substantial positive effects on children’s literacy, language, mathematics, emotional development, and executive functioning.

Tulsa is another city making great strides. Oklahoma has offered universal preschool to four-year-olds since 1998, and in the 2011-2012 school year three-quarters of all four-year-olds in the state were enrolled in the preschool program. High-quality year-round programs are also available to some at-risk Tulsa children from birth through age three through the Community Action Project (CAP) of Tulsa County, which combines public and private funds to provide comprehensive services for the youngest and most vulnerable children. Oklahoma’s preschool teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree with a certificate in early childhood and are also paid equally to K-12 teachers. Preschool is funded through the state’s school finance formula, although districts can subcontract with other providers of early care and education by putting public school teachers in community-based settings and Head Start programs. Researchers from Georgetown University have conducted multiple evaluations of the four-year-old preschool program in Tulsa over the last decade and found evidence of both short and long term gains, with the most persistent gains in math for the neediest children who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch. A long term economic projection of the future adult earnings effects of Tulsa’s program estimates benefit-to-cost ratios of 3- or 4-to-1.

New Jersey has offered high-quality state-funded preschool to three- and four-year-old children in 31 high poverty communities since 1999 in response to a series of state Supreme Court rulings starting with Abbott v. Burke that found poorer New Jersey public school students were receiving “inadequate” education funding. In the 2011-2012 school year more than 43,000 children were served through these preschools, and a partnership between the Department of Education and the Department of Human Services has established a wrap-around program of daily before and after school and summer programs to complement the full school-day year-round preschool program. These programs, often called Abbott preschools after the original court decision, are delivered through a mixed public-private delivery system overseen by public schools. Head Start programs and other community providers serve roughly two-thirds of the children. Researchers at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) have conducted a longitudinal analysis of the impacts of the Abbott preschool program on the cohort of children served in 2004-2005, and the fifth grade follow up shows participation has had a sustained significant effect on students’ achievement in language arts and literacy, math, and science and reduced grade retention and special education placement rates.

Other cities also are finding new ways to move forward. In 2011 San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro convened a task force of education and private sector leaders to identify the best way to improve the quality of education in the city. The task force concluded the most effective solution would be a high-quality, full-day four-year-old prekindergarten targeted at low-income and at-risk children. The San Antonio program was launched after city residents voted for a small one-eighth of a cent sales tax increase in November 2012 to fund it. It will serve 3,700 four-year-olds annually when fully implemented. The majority of these children will be served by model Education Centers, which include master teachers, professional development and training for teachers, aides, and community providers, and parent support, including training and education.

We know high-quality early childhood development and learning interventions can buffer the negative effects of poverty and provide a foundation for future success with lifelong benefits, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable children. Studies have shown children enrolled in high-quality early childhood programs are more likely to graduate from high school, hold a job, and make more money and are less likely to commit a crime than their peers who do not participate. High-quality preschool is a critical piece of the early childhood continuum — and we need to celebrate and support the cities, states, and political leaders who are successfully providing this experience for all children. Congress needs to follow their good example now by enacting the Strong Start for American’s Children Act to enable millions of the nation’s children — not just thousands or tens or hundreds of thousands — to get quality early childhood education including home visiting through kindergarten and be better prepared for school and for life. This should be a litmus test for our vote this November. If leaders don’t stand up for children, they don’t stand for anything and they don’t stand for a strong American future which requires educated children.

Professor: 'Game Of Thrones' Pictur...

Professor: 'Game Of Thrones' Picture Got Me Suspended

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) ? A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from "Game of Thrones" that he says a school official perceived as a threat.

Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo in January of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with a quote from the graphic HBO show that read: "I will take what is mine with fire and blood." Schmidt said school officials questioned whether the reference was meant as a threat against a dean, who was one of the people who viewed the post on Schmidt's Google Plus social media feed.

The school has been embroiled in labor negotiations and Schmidt said he wondered if his suspension had to do with him filing a grievance after being denied a sabbatical about two months prior to the incident.

Schmidt says he was ordered to consult a psychiatrist as one of the conditions of being reinstated with back pay.

School spokesman Larry Hlavenka told The Associated Press on Friday the school had followed its safety protocols in the case, which he called a private personnel matter.

"In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community ? students, faculty, staff or local residents ? expresses a safety or security concern," Hlavenka said, citing multiple school shootings across the U.S. this year.

Schmidt told The Record (http://bit.ly/1leamtv ) that school officials told him the quoted phrase triggered thoughts of the possibility of a school shooting when he asked what they found threatening about it.

"For God's sake, I'm a middle-aged art professor, I don't own any firearms," Schmidt told the newspaper.

The hit television series is based on the books by Bayonne, N.J.-born fantasy writer George R.R. Martin.

Schmidt's suspension was first reported Thursday on the Inside Higher Ed website.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com


Are BS/MD Programs Getting More Dif...

Are BS/MD Programs Getting More Difficult to Get Into?

Every year it seems that getting into college is more difficult. The past few years, the number of colleges that each student applies to has increased greatly. Although there are actually fewer students applying to college in general compared to 5 years ago, the number of applications has actually increased at the most selective colleges. […]

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ACT or SAT. Does It Matter Anymore?

ACT or SAT. Does It Matter Anymore?

When students start preparing for college admissions tests, one of the first issues is what is the best test. The ACT or SAT? Does it really matter any more which test you take? The quick answer is NO, it doesn’t make any difference.  Virtually every college in the country will accept either the SAT or […]

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Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chanc...

Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chances for Admissions

Parents, this post is for you. I know you love your kids and want the best for them. You want everything for them that you didn’t have. Good for you. But, being too involved in the college admissions process, and with BS/MD programs in particular, hurts your student. It doesn’t help. I have worked with […]

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Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chances for Admissions

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Does Grade Inflation Help Getting I...

Does Grade Inflation Help Getting Into Medical School?

While there are a number of factors used to determine who to admit to medical school, the two biggest are the GPA and the MCAT scores. So if a high GPA is good to have does that mean that going to a college with high grade inflation will make you more competitive for medical school? […]

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Does Grade Inflation Help Getting Into Medical School?

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Questions to Ask College Students W...

Questions to Ask College Students While Visiting the College

You are getting ready to go visit colleges. You have already scheduled a tour and information session. But you just read my post that says you should talk to some actual students while you are visiting the college. What do you ask them? Here are some ideas to get you started: How difficult is it […]

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Questions to Ask College Students While Visiting the College

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Do College Tour Guides Really Tell You What a College is Like?

Last time we talked about when to tour colleges and in the past I have talked about why touring a college is a good idea. But today’s post is a cautionary tale. Imagine that you are on a tour at Prestigious U. And you are told that students love each other and that no one […]

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CO: Colorado tuition bill for illegal immigrants clears House committee but still faces death threat

A bill to create a lower college-tuition rate for illegal immigrants passed a House committee Monday evening on a 7-6 vote — a historic first for the legislation, though it still faces potential death before another committee.
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DE: Charter schools subject of hearing

After heated debates over the future of two charter schools, Delaware legislators plan to hold a public hearing next week to get input from residents as it considers changes to the state's charter regulations.
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HI: Two Hawaii schools lauded for environmental programs

Two Hawaii schools were among the 78 honored today as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program.
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HI: Board of Education to hold community meeting in Kapolei

The Board of Education will hold a community meeting Tuesday night in Kapolei to hear from parents, teachers and others on the education issues facing their communities.
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IA: Branstad urges tougher stance on bullying

Iowa must strengthen its efforts to combat school bullying, Gov. Terry Branstad declared Monday, as the spotlight focused on the state's troubles in grappling with the issue.
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ID: Idaho board gathers input on Complete College plan

The state Board of Education is gathering public input on a proposed campaign aimed at doubling the number of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 with a college degree or a certificate from a professional technical school.
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