NY Education

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Preki...

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts

The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State.
RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaig...

RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaign

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) team is seeking proposals for a comprehensive statewide multi-media campaign to promote the importance of consuming a nutritious breakfast and getting daily physical activity to students and teachers. The vendor would be responsible for developing an impressive statewide multi-media campaign that focuses on the correlation between the consumption of breakfast and getting daily physical activity with positive learning outcomes.
News and Notes: Introducing Commiss...

News and Notes: Introducing Commissioner-Elect Elia

Read our latest edition of News and Notes for an introduction to Commissioner-Elect Elia, a recap of the Learning Summit, new social studies resources, translated modules, teacher workshops, news from the State Library, and more!
Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School...

Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) – Round 6

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 their Priority Schools. This grant allows for three federally-designated models to do so: Turnaround, Restart, and Transformation. In addition, this grant is introducing three additional models – Innovation Framework, Evidence-based, and Early Learning Intervention. A secondary purpose of the SIG is to support this school closure process. In certain cases the LEA, in collaboration with the local community, may conclude the best option for its students is to close the existing school and transfer students to existing higher achieving options within the district. The requirements and parameters set forth in this Request for Proposals (RFP) will serve as the quality standard for an approvable SIG plan. LEAs will be expected to fully implement the SIG plan in its funded Priority Schools through available resources including, but not limited to, the SIG. The SIG plans in this RFP must be designed to meet one of the intervention models. For additional information review the SIG Grant Application Documents.
2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant...

2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant Application

The purpose of this grant is to help transform learning environments through the integrated use of instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers and school librarians in the use of instructional technology in coordination and implementation of the Learning Standards of New York State and the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The goals of this grant are to integrate instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries to help students attain higher levels of performance in the State Learning Standards of NY and NYS Common Core Learning Standards to ensure that all New York State students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
2015-16 Grant Application for Indiv...

2015-16 Grant Application for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Funding

The 2015-16 grant application is now available for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 611 and Section 619 federal funding for the education of students with disabilities.


Essay on academics who face guilt w...

Essay on academics who face guilt whenever they aren't working

Kerry Ann Rockquemore has advice for a young academic who feels bad about every minute spent in anything but work.

Essay on the need for new Ph.D.s to...

Essay on the need for new Ph.D.s to do job searches for more than dream jobs

Every new Ph.D. needs a plan B, writes Thomas Magaldi.

Essay on diversity issues and midca...

Essay on diversity issues and midcareer faculty members

Midcareer minority faculty members face particular challenges, write Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist.

Essay on how to prepare for an inte...

Essay on how to prepare for an interview for an academic job

Melissa Dennihy discusses how to prepare for an interview for a faculty job.

Essay on mistakes that derail good ...

Essay on mistakes that derail good candidates from becoming college administrators

Lucy Leske considers the errors that she sees derail candidacies of good people for leadership jobs in higher ed.

The case for writing courses and re...

The case for writing courses and related supports in graduate school (essay)

Universities should offer writing courses and other support aimed at teaching graduate students the sort of writing they'll need to succeed in their careers, Aisha Langford argues.

BBC News Education

Wilshaw: Poor white pupils 'let dow...

Wilshaw: Poor white pupils 'let down'

White working-class families can feel "abandoned" by schools and heads should be able to fine feckless parents, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Universities push for higher fees

Universities push for higher fees

Universities are calling for the limit on tuition fees in England to be lifted so that they could rise above the current £9,000 maximum.
Child poverty definition is changed

Child poverty definition is changed

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announces a new way of measuring child poverty, focusing on education and home life as well as income.
Students 'turning to payday lenders...

Students 'turning to payday lenders'

Tens of thousands of students are relying on payday loans to cover their daily living costs, a survey suggests.
Class divide in primary friend stud...

Class divide in primary friend study

Researchers find children make friends with others from different ethnic groups, but social class is a more "divisive factor" than ethnicity for adults and children.
Barbados school trip cancelled

Barbados school trip cancelled

A school cancels a £1,650 trip to Barbados because too few pupils signed up to go.

US Govt Dept of Education

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration In...

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Increases Accountability for Low-Performing For-Profit Institutions

Over the past six years, the Obama Administration has taken comprehensive action to tackle one of the biggest problems in higher education: abusive practices in the career college industry. Today marks a milestone in that fight, as the Administration?s signature effort to protect students and taxpayers ? the gainful employment regulations ? go into effect, strengthening oversight that will end the flow of federal student aid to career training programs that leave students buried in debt with few opportunities to repay it.
Asserting Your Right to a Great Edu...

Asserting Your Right to a Great Education for Your Child

Speaking from the perspective of a father of two young children, Secretary Arne Duncan described a set of educational rights that should belong to every family in America at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC. These foundational family rights can unite everyone who works to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in school and in life. The set of rights follows the educational journey of a student?from access to quality preschool; to engagement in safe, well-resourced elementary and secondary schools that hold all students to high standards; to access to an affordable, quality college degree.
3 Options to Consider if You Can?t ...

3 Options to Consider if You Can?t Afford Your Student Loan Payment

The U.S. Department of Education offers a number of affordable repayment options for borrowers who are struggling to pay back their student loans. The important thing to remember about all the options below is that it?s completely free to apply!
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Dunca...

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces a Set of Rights to Help Parents Seek High-Quality Education for Their Children

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released a set of rights that outlines what families should be able to expect for their children's education.
Joseph A Smith, Jr. Appointed Speci...

Joseph A Smith, Jr. Appointed Special Master

Education Department Appoints Speci...

Education Department Appoints Special Master to Inform Debt Relief Process

As a next step to provide students who attended Corinthian Colleges the debt relief they are entitled to, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell announced today that he has appointed Joseph A. Smith, a distinguished advocate for consumers and taxpayers, as a Special Master to guide a fair, efficient process. In addition to advising the Department on issues related to Corinthian, Smith will help develop a broader system to aid students at other institutions who are seeking debt relief of their federal Direct Loans because they believe they were defrauded.


Judge rules for Montana teachers' u...

Judge rules for Montana teachers' union in pension dispute

A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions. District ...
Civics test, rules for e-cigarette ...

Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws

Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah lawsMore than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits ...

Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant O...

Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant Over California's New Vaccine Law 

Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. -- Getty ImagesJim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.

Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 

Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 

Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. -- Getty ImagesJim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.

California mandates vaccinations in...

California mandates vaccinations in schools

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial bill Tuesday that will impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country: starting next year, vaccinations are required for nearly all children in public and private schools. The signing statement was issued just one day after lawmakers sent Governor Brown the bill that will strike California?s personal belief exemption for immunizations. Recommended: How much do you know about California?
Ways to Qualify for a Total and Per...

Ways to Qualify for a Total and Permanent Disability Student Loan Discharge

Last week, the Student Loan Ranger covered three student loan discharge options you'll hopefully never have to use. In 1999, the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General issued a report showing that 23 percent of the borrowers who received a disability discharge between 1994 and 1996 went on to be employed and earn income shortly after the discharge was completed. Since then, the Department of Education has had to try and protect federal taxpayers by putting checks and balances in place to deter and identify disability discharge fraud while also trying to ensure the process is as painless as possible for those who are truly disabled as defined in the federal statute.


Horsforth School in Yorkshire cance...

Horsforth School in Yorkshire cancels £1,650-per-pupil Barbados field trip

The school ? who was accused of putting pressure on less well-off parents by arranging a £1,650-per-pupil trip to Barbados ? has said it is now cancelling the trip.

Academies do not perform significan...

Academies do not perform significantly better than local authority schools, says research

Children in schools that have converted into academies do not perform significantly better than pupils in similar schools that choose to remain under local authority control, research suggests.

Facebook helps students learn compl...

Facebook helps students learn complex subjects - and should be used as a serious learning tool, study suggests

Facebook helps students learn complex subjects ? like science ? and should possibly be used as a serious learning tool, a first-of-its-kind study has suggested.

Malala in America: Advocate talks t...

Malala in America: Advocate talks to sold-out crowds in California about young women's rights, Islam and extremism

Cracking jokes about her family and recalling her home in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai had a weekend unlike many other teenagers? as she continued to captivate audiences across America with a series of lectures in her latest tour of the country.

Malala in America: Education advoca...

Malala in America: Education advocate takes the US by storm ahead of speech in San Jose, California

She has filled-out arenas, prompted legions of fans wherever she has been, stormed the capital to speak with lawmakers, left a top talk-show host speechless ? twice ? has a 2013 best-selling autobiography, which is still lingering in the world book charts, and will appear in a docu-film about her life later this year.

Headteacher sacked from top Church ...

Headteacher sacked from top Church of England school after 'answer-change' row

A school headteacher has been sacked amid claims that pupils? answers were changed after a maths exam had finished.

Education Week

Civil liberties group: Transgender ...

Civil liberties group: Transgender students still harassed

State struggles with problems after...

State struggles with problems after charter school closure

Open teaching positions remain a pr...

Open teaching positions remain a problem in South Dakota

Group begins brainstorming solution...

Group begins brainstorming solutions to teacher shortage

UM offers new hybrid doctorate in K...

UM offers new hybrid doctorate in K-12 leadership

Maine Democratic speaker accuses GO...

Maine Democratic speaker accuses GOP governor of blackmail


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:

Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device 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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Education Department To Miss Obama ...

Education Department To Miss Obama Deadlines On Helping Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education is about to miss its July 1 deadline on three key directives from President Barack Obama regarding fair treatment of borrowers struggling with federal student loans. The deadline was set in a March presidential memorandum on the implementation of a "student aid bill of rights." "My administration has already put in place significant protections that ensure borrowers with credit cards and mortgages are treated fairly. We can and should do much more to give students affordable ways to meet their responsibilities and repay their loans," Obama said in March, referencing past rules implemented by federal financial regulators. "Now is the time for stronger protections for the more than 40 million Americans with student loan debt." By Wednesday, the Education Department was supposed to set higher standards for its oft-criticized debt collectors and clarify borrowers' rights when they attempt to discharge federal student loans in bankruptcy. Along with the White House Office of Management and Budget, the department was also supposed to have a plan for handling certain borrowers who receive federal disability benefits: Though many are eligible for complete debt forgiveness, some may still be making payments on federal student loans. In response to queries, Education Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said Wednesday, "We have completed the work on these items. We will announce the results and next steps next week." The Education Department and its student loan contractors have faced relentless criticism in recent years over their treatment of borrowers. They have been accused of misleading borrowers about their rights, violating federal consumer law, improperly applying borrowers' monthly payments to their outstanding debts and ignoring borrowers' requests for relief that they're entitled to under law. One major contractor, Navient Corp., a former unit of student loan giant Sallie Mae, recently was allowed to keep its lucrative deal despite Justice Department allegations that the company intentionally cheated active-duty service members on their federal student loans. Another contractor, Educational Credit Management Corporation, also known as ECMC Group, reportedly challenged a distressed borrower's bankruptcy petition by pointing to a meal at McDonald?s. The National Consumer Law Center previously highlighted the case of a severely disabled Georgia woman suffering from AIDS, insulin-dependent diabetes and severe depression whose application for disability-linked debt forgiveness was denied by the Education Department -- despite the fact that she was approved for federal disability benefits. In March, Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell told borrower advocates that he wasn?t confident the department?s debt collectors were in compliance with federal debt collection laws. The Treasury Department has even launched a pilot program in which federal employees, rather than private contractors, try to collect on a small portion of defaulted student loans. The goal is to determine whether government workers can recoup more funds at a cheaper cost and without sparking complaints of borrower mistreatment. With outstanding student debt approaching $1.4 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, concerns are mounting that it risks slowing U.S. economic growth. Roughly 41 million Americans have student loans, the second-largest source of household debt after home mortgages. Regulators, other public officials and private executives all worry that borrowers will cut back on spending and investments in order to make their monthly loan payments. The Education Department owns or guarantees nearly $1.2 trillion in student loans and has been generating tens of billions of dollars in profit off those loans over the last several years. The department outsources nearly all of its student loan activities to contractors. The widespread criticism of that system, some of which has come from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, sparked Obama's demand for more robust consumer protections and a less confrontational posture toward borrowers. By Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was supposed to implement the following two reforms: "Actions to ensure that the debt collection process for defaulted federal student loans is fair, transparent, charges reasonable fees to defaulted borrowers, and effectively assists borrowers in meeting their obligations and returning to good standing." "Issue information highlighting factors the courts have used in their determination of undue hardship, to assist parties who must determine whether to contest an undue hardship discharge in bankruptcy of a federal student loan." The department is likely to miss those deadlines. By Wednesday, Duncan and Shaun Donovan, director of the OMB, were also supposed to develop a plan to: "Identify Federal student loan borrowers who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and determine which beneficiaries qualify for a total and permanent disability discharge of their student loans under the Higher Education Act of 1965. The plan shall specify a process for the Secretary of Education to stop collection on qualified borrowers in order to ensure that SSDI benefits are not reduced to repay student loans that are eligible for discharge. In addition, the Secretary of Education and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security, shall identify the best way to communicate with other SSDI recipients who hold student loans about their repayment options, including income-driven plans, and assist them in entering those plans." Federal law allows borrowers facing "total and permanent disability" to have their debts wiped clean. For years, borrower advocates, particularly those who represent low-income individuals, have criticized the Education Department for demanding monthly payments from disabled borrowers who were eligible for debt relief. The Government Accountability Office said last year that it had found around 105,000 borrowers receiving federal disability benefits whose checks were reduced in 2013 in order to repay defaulted student loans. Those people lost about $97 million in benefits, or an average of nearly $1,000 each. In fact, according to the accountability office, the Education Department is demanding so much money from disabled borrowers that it's forcing thousands of them into poverty. Representatives for OMB Director Donovan didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"The Fierce Urgency of Now" Why Soc...

"The Fierce Urgency of Now" Why Social Justice Must be Teachers' Mission

On June 17th, 2015, the 21 year-old Dylann Storm Roof, entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The church, led by the Reverend Clementa Pickney who, in addition to his pulpit, was a state senator, is the oldest traditionally Black Church in the South and has long been a fixture of the struggle for emancipation and civil rights during its almost 200 year history. According to witnesses, Roof sat down with the dozen people participating in weekly Bible study for nearly an hour before he stood up, took out his pistol and began shooting. Before he was done, he had reloaded multiple times and left 9 people dead, including Reverend Pickney. Survivors quickly reported that when his victims implored him to stop, Roof told them, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country." Roof's victims are Tywanza Sanders, 26, who stood between Roof and his elderly aunt to try to convince him to put away his gun, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a school speech therapist and girls track and field coach, Cynthia Hurd, 54, a librarian for over 3 decades, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, admissions coordinator for Southern Wesleyan University, Ethel Lee Lance, 70, a sexton at Emanuel Church who had worked there for over 30 years, Susie Jackson, 87, Mr. Sanders' aunt and longtime attendee at Emanuel Church, Myra Thompson, 59, a visitor from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church who had joined the evening's Bible study, Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., 74, also a visitor to Emanuel Church, and Reverend Clementa Pickney, 41, senior pastor of Emanuel Church and state senator in South Carolina. 2015-07-01-1435770570-6104357-charlestonshooting.jpg Dylann Roof, who is white, was captured by police on Thursday. Pieces of his story are emerging, but it was evident early in the case that deeply rooted racial hatred motivated him. The survivors' statements make that clear. His selection of one of the most historic icons of the struggle to abolish slavery and to reach legal equality for African Americans makes it clear. His own profile picture on Facebook where he is displaying the flags of Apartheid-era South Africa and Colonial Rhodesia, both nations where minority white populations governed to the exclusion of the black majority, makes that clear: 2015-07-01-1435770727-8341054-RoofRacist.PNG And yet, the next morning, when enough of the story was directly in our faces to know that racism and a desire to instill racial terror was front and center, a national media outlet and some political figures were attempting to obfuscate that truth. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the first woman elected to the governor's office in South Carolina, and one of only two women of color elected to a governor's office in American history, issued a statement stating "we'll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another." 2015-07-01-1435770870-4527407-Haley.PNG South Carolina Senator and candidate for the Republican nomination for President, Lindsey Graham, when asked if the shooting was a hate crime or an act of mental illness, responded saying "Probably both. There are real people out there that are organized to kill people in religion and based on race. This guy is just whacked out...But it's 2015, there are people out there looking for Christians to kill them." Senator Graham also defended the Confederate Battle Flag which, due to a quirk of South Carolina law, flies over a memorial adjacent to the state capitol and was the only flag that could not fly at half mast. As the story unfolded, more Republican candidates obfuscated Roof's obvious intentions. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush initially danced around the question of whether or not Roof was motivated by racial hatred. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum declared the killings an "assault on our religious liberties" without apparently mentioning the racial component of the crime. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was more willing to attribute Roof's murders to psychiatric drugs than to racial hatred. On July 18th, Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, went out of its way to portray the murders as an attack on Christianity, deliberately setting aside the nature of the church that was attacked and what the survivors were already reporting. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck even went so far as to comment about how "we're not safe in our own churches" as if Roof's intention were not perfectly clear and he could have just as easily murdered people in Hasselbeck's church. 2015-07-01-1435771464-5538572-FoxNewsHeadlines.PNG The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial where they said that Roof's murders were caused by "a problem that defies explanation" went on to state, categorically, that the institutional racism of the 1950s and 1960s that allowed acts of racist terrorism to go unprosecuted no longer exists. While it is fair to say that the overt White Supremacy of the past is greatly diminished and the influence the Klan once held over elected officials and judicial proceedings is basically no more, it is a horrendous dismissal of reality to say institutional racism no longer exists, and to claim that Dylann Roof's professed White Supremacist motivations have no explanation. The disparate impact of policing policies of the past three decades on African Americans is not disputable, and we know that when individuals bring their racial prejudices into positions of institutional authority, that can lead to serious economic discrimination. And in a very embarrassing example of the power that racism still holds, Earl Holt, the president of the Conservative Citizens Council, whose website apparently helped to radicalize Dylann Roof until he pledged himself to starting a race war, has been a generous donor to Republican politicians -- many of whom are now returning his money or donating it to charity. To their credit, many of the Presidential candidates who have waffled on Roof's motivation, have now joined Governor Nikki Haley in stating that it is time for the Confederate Battle Flag to be taken down from the memorial adjacent to the state capitol building. I wish to be very clear here. What the hosts and producers at Fox & Friends did, and, to a lesser degree, what Senator Graham and Governor Haley, did is an act of erasure. There is no doubt about what motivated Dylann Roof's terrorism. There was no doubt on Thursday morning even though the production team of a major morning program mightily tried to remove it from their "discussion." Hasselbeck said the attack happened at a "historic church" rather than a "historic BLACK church" and that omission could not have been more deliberate or more outrageous. The 200 year history of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is wrapped inextricably to the struggles and triumphs of the African American community in the South, and they did nothing less than try to erase that entire history out of some perverse desire to not name racist terrorism inspired by the very worst in our national heritage for what it is. I do not know the true motivation behind those who cannot bring themselves to unequivocally state that racial hatred and White Supremacy is what drove Dylann Roof to his actions. Perhaps they are racists themselves and sympathize with Roof's seething hatred and fear of black people. Perhaps they are cynical and see more political utility to casting this as an unknowable act of barbarity or as part of a larger script about religion being under attack. Perhaps they know that a minor but potent part of the constituency and audience are sympathetic to Roof's motives if not his actions and will respond negatively in the polls or ratings if they hear White Supremacy called out in public. Whatever the reason, there is nothing admirable in failing to call Dylann Roof exactly what he is: a White Supremacist who deliberately chose one of the most iconic symbols of the African American community for an act of terrorism as devastating as any in the 1950s and 1960s. Jon Stewart, setting aside his normal comedic monologue in favor of more sober reflection perhaps summed up that phenomenon perfectly: I heard someone on the news say "Tragedy has visited this church." This wasn't a tornado. This was a racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater. You know, so the idea that -- you know, I hate to even use this pun, but this one is black and white. There's no nuance here. And we're going to keep pretending like, "I don't get it. What happened? This one guy lost his mind." But we are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it, and I cannot believe how hard people are working to discount it. In South Carolina, the roads that black people drive on are named for Confederate generals who fought to keep black people from being able to drive freely on that road. That's insanity. That's racial wallpaper. That's -- that's -- you can't allow that, you know. Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them, who wanted to start some kind of civil war. The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals, and the white guy's the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him. We're bringing it on ourselves. And that's the thing. Al-Qaeda, all those guys, ISIS, they're not s-- compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis. And this is where the role of educators has to be considered very seriously. The victims of Dylann Roof are the latest in a long history of attacks against crucial landmarks in the lives of our African American countrymen and women and against their very lives themselves. The Black Church has been a cornerstone of African American community and activism for centuries, and its role has subjected it to repeated and vicious attacks from the original Klu Klux Klan of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, through the rise of the Second Klan in the 1920s and the waves of riots and violence inflicted upon African American communities across the country, to the violence against the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. White Supremacy and Apartheid always defended itself through violence and terrorism, and while the struggles of the mid-20th Century may have legislatively defeated those institutions, we did not stamp them out of existence. Roof's attack on a historic Black Church was the first deadly attack since the 1963 Alabama bombing and 1964 murder of civil rights workers, but it was by no means the only attack on a Black Church in the past 52 years. Americans may like to imagine that we left White Supremacy behind with the 1960s, but it is clear that the hatred still seethes within many of our countrymen, and it is very clear that it boiled over in Dylann Roof spurring him to annihilate members of the Charleston black community as they studied the Bible in one of the cornerstone institutions of that community. And it happened in a state where a sitting United States Senator and Presidential candidate still feels the need to defend the state sponsored flying of a flag that led 100s of 1000s of men into battle to keep blacks in bondage. There is no ambiguity here. Roof is a vicious racist inspired to act by the still present legacies of White Supremacy which we refuse to confront boldly and bluntly. He apparently self radicalized by immersing himself in an online world where White Power advocates work collectively to stir up racial hatred and to advocate for race war -- an advocacy that Roof took to its next logical step. The result is an act of abject terrorism meant to make people feel unsafe in their most precious institutions, which deprives the black community in Charleston of beloved mentors and family members, and which deprives the state of South Carolina of a remarkable, young spiritual and political leader whose potential for good seemed limitless. As a scholar, as an educator, and as a member of a community still seeking racial justice, it is my obligation to passionately denounce not merely Roof's act of racist terrorism, but also to denounce those who want to strip it of its historical and social contexts and leave it "merely" as the act of one, lone, troubled young man for which none of the rest of us have any responsibility. That is a lie. And it can only be confronted by a passionate and genuine commitment to social justice and for speaking out in defense of social justice. We cannot allow either the media or our leaders to murder both history and the truth when speaking about Charleston without hearing from us. The martyrs in Charleston -- The Honorable Clementa Pickney, 41, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Cynthia Hurd, 54, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, Ethel Lee Lance, 70, Susie Jackson, 87, Myra Thompson, 59, and Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., 74 -- deserve our resolve and our dedication to social justice.

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I Missed a Student Loan Payment. Should I Be Concerned?

It happens to the best of graduates. You get caught up in work and other expenses, and you don’t realize you missed a student loan payment by 10 days. Your first reaction might be to panic and call the lender in tears.


While it is important to pay your student loan payments on time, you will survive if you have missed a student loan payment. Most lenders have a grace period, so your missed payment might not have been reported to the credit bureaus yet or suffered from a late fee. As soon as you realize that you missed a student loan payment, you should call your loan lender. Explain the circumstances. If this is your first offense, the lender might be gracious and waive any fees. Even if they do not, calling the lender allows you to make a payment over the phone that can be processed immediately.

Consequences of Late Student Loan Payments 

Missing one student loan payment will not set you back unless you forgo the payment for too long. Here are the consequences that normally occur with late payments.

Late Fees: Each lender has their own policy for late fees. Your lender might charge you a percentage of your minimum payment. Depending on the size of your loan, the late fee could by minor or very costly. It is wise to call your lender and to know what the late fee consequences are. For your first offense, it might also be worth calling to talk to someone to see if this fee can be waived, since it is your first offense. Lower Credit Score: Typically, if your payment is more than 45 days late, then it will be reported to the major credit bureaus. This can cause a ding on your credit score, and it will take several months of on-time payments to boost your score back up. Loan Default: Loan default happens after a very long lapse of time. For federal loans, default occurs after 270 days of no payments. This is definitely to be avoided.

How to Avoid Late Student Loan Payments in the Future

To remain financially stable, make your student loan payments on time. Here are three strategies to stay on top of the repayment process:

Automatic Payments: The easiest way to remember to pay your loan is to have the money taken out automatically. Certain lenders even offer a discounted APR for enrolling in automatic payments. Break Up Payments: If you can pay your student loans weekly or bi-weekly, then pursue that option. It can be a struggle to pay $300 a month while living on a tight paycheck, but paying $75 a week can be more doable. Let the Lender Know: When your financial situation is not the best and you know a late payment is unavoidable, call the lender and explain your situation. The lender might be able to grant you an extension. It is better to stay in contact with the lender and be upfront about your loan rather than trying to avoid them.

Ultimately, you should not be concerned if you have missed a student loan payment. You should be concerned, however, if it becomes a habit or if you are struggling to afford the minimum loan payments.

If you want to see how much you could save by refinancing your student loans, visit Credible.

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

All across the country, young African-American students attend schools that pay homage to those who fought to keep their people enslaved. Following last month's racially charged shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, there have been renewed calls to limit the display of the Confederate flag and rename public spaces named for Confederate leaders. At least 189 public schools around the country have names that memorialize Confederate soldiers, leaders or politicians, according to a Huffington Post analysis of National Center for Education Statistics data from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. This list is likely incomplete. There are probably other schools named for lesser-known leaders. We included schools we could conclusively determine were named after notable Confederates -- for example, because the school used a general's full name or its mascot was related to the Civil War -- not simply those that included a Confederate soldier's last name. However, we did count schools named after towns, counties or other locations that were themselves named after a Confederate. Below is a map breaking down the locations of schools named after Confederate leaders. We also looked at the demographics of the over 118,000 students in these schools, which includes a disproportionately high number of nonwhite students. More than half of students who attend schools named after Confederate leaders are black or Hispanic. About 22 percent of students who attend these schools are black and 29 percent are Hispanic. Since the Charleston shooting, some community leaders and advocacy groups have taken a stand against public spaces that celebrate the legacy of Confederate leaders. A San Diego assemblywoman is calling on her local school board to change the name of its Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Former San Antonio mayor and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro is also calling for a name change for Robert E. Lee High School in a San Antonio district. "There are other, more appropriated individuals to honor, and spotlight as role models," Castro wrote on his Facebook page about the issue last week. In recent years, a number of school boards and districts have taken steps to eliminate racist symbols from their campuses and change the names of buildings named after racist historical figures. In 2014, a school board in Jacksonville, Florida, voted to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High, which had been named for a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. A petition that promoted the name change received over 160,000 signatures. "I don't want my daughter, or any student, going to a school named under those circumstances. This is a bad look for Florida -- with so much racial division in our state, renaming Forrest High would be a step toward healing," said the petition, written by a local parent. "Now is the time to right a historical wrong. African American Jacksonville students shouldn't have to attend a high school named for someone who slaughtered and terrorized their ancestors one more school year." But there are certainly pockets of resistance. Members of a school board in Virginia have spoken out against changing the name of a district school named for Robert E. Lee. "When you have so many years of history associated with a school you went to, when you change the name they feel like they lose that," said Ron Ramsey, Staunton School Board chairman in Virginia, according to The News Leader. "I can see how it could make it harder to trace school history and athletics when they have a new name." It will likely be many years before the over 180 schools that honor leaders who fought for slavery change their names -- if that day ever comes. Do you know of a school named for a Confederate leader? If so, e-mail Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com.

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5-Year-Old Heavenly Joy Wows Audience With Her Adorable Rendition Of 'Frozen' Song

"Let It Go" may have already had its day in the sun (er... snow), but this little "America's Got Talent" contestant is shining a light on another delightful "Frozen" song. Five-year-old Heavenly Joy Jerkins charmed the judges and audience with her adorable rendition of "In Summer" -- originally by everyone's favorite talking snowman Olaf. Heavenly Joy sang, tap-danced and shared her big personality onstage during her June 30 audition, the video of which currently has over 160,000 views on YouTube. It's not surprising the girl has musical talent, given that she's the daughter of Grammy-winning record music producer Rodney Jerkins and singer Joy Enriquez. And beyond her performance, Heavenly Joy showed she has a heart of gold by telling the judges she hopes to win so that she can donate her prize money to people in need all over the world. Too cute. @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {.ethanmobile { display: none; }} Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents

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Why You Should Avoid Taking More Student Loan Debt Than You Need

Once you are approved for your student loan, it can be easy to look at the loan as free money. If you already need to pay for your classes, you might as well use any extra money to “help” you succeed in school, right? Wrong! Using student loan money for everyday spending can land you with insurmountable debt after graduation.

Many students see college as their chance to immerse themselves in education and fun. They rely on student loans to fund their living expenses, wants, and needs while they focus full-time on school. They think in future terms when it comes to their student loans. The assumption is that it will be easy to pay for student loans when you have a top-paying job. However, many students find themselves with low-paying jobs after graduation, and too much debt.

Why Students Shouldn’t Borrow More Than They Need

Student loans are much different than regular consumer credit. For one, there is no escaping student loans in financial hard times, especially since student loans will remain attached to you even after you file bankruptcy. If you do not pay your student loan debt, serious consequences can occur, such as getting your wages garnished, being sued, and losing out on tax refunds and federal benefits. Ultimately, you can also damage your credit if you do not keep up with student loan payments.

Student loans are not like low interest credit cards, and they should not be treated in the same way. Student loans are riskier and should only be used for school essentials.

How to Pay for Secondary Costs

The goal is to graduate with as little student debt as possible. However, you still have to live somewhere and eat, so how do you afford those costs? Here are some tips.

Cut Your Costs: You may want to live the life while going to college, but it is much better to live like a poor college student. Live with your parents or several roommates if you have to. If you live on campus, forgo a car and car insurance. Skip the pricy student meal plan and make your own simple meals. Find Work: There are many part-time positions on campus, as well as off campus. Many businesses prefer to hire college students for odd hours or seasonal hours. Don’t be afraid to ask a college counselor for assistance for finding a work-study program. Earn Creatively: Just because you cannot find a paying position does not mean you are out of luck for money. There are many side jobs you can do and offer to your fellow classmates. Try earning a little side money from tutoring, editing papers, or even cleaning the sorority and fraternity houses. Why not offer your skills of cooking or flyer making?

In the end, you want your student loan to cover your educational expenses, but don’t consider everything, like spring break vacation costs, an educational expense. Live like a poor college student now so that you don’t have to live like one after you graduate.

If you want to see how much you could save by refinancing your student loans or if you need a private student loan fast, visit Credible.

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July College of the Month: Lewis and Clark

And we?re back, excited to announced the July College of the Month is…Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon! First off, let?s talk location. Lewis and Clark has it in spades. The campus is beautiful. Sincerely beautiful. Replete with forested trails, you literally cross a ravine to get to class.  And don?t forget for all...Continue Reading >

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Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard B...

Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard Business School

Several years ago I wrote a post about why I like small liberal arts colleges for medical school placement.  The issues I addressed back then are as true today as they were 5 years ago. But, what about the student who might want a business background? Are liberal arts colleges any good for this? And the...Continue Reading >

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What are the Right Activities for B...

What are the Right Activities for BS/MD Admissions?

Several weeks ago I talked about when to start working with us and I mentioned that we helped student understand about “engaging in the right activities”.  But that begs the question, what are the right activities? Does such a thing even exist? The quick answer is that there are right activities when applying to BS/MD...Continue Reading >

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Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Cult...

Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Culture Kids

There is one large group of global students we often work with that I haven’t discussed yet: the American living abroad.  Most of these students are also considered Third Culture Kids (TCKs) as they have spent a significant amount of time growing up in a culture other than their parents’. Avid blog readers will remember...Continue Reading >

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Strong Academics but Weak Extracurr...

Strong Academics but Weak Extracurriculars-Competitive for BS/MD?

We hear all the time about how strong academically a student must be to be competitive for BS/MD programs.  And while that is true, BS/MD programs are about much more than good grades and test scores. I have said this many times and I will say it again, grades and test scores will only get...Continue Reading >

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Global BS/MD Admissions: Canadian S...

Global BS/MD Admissions: Canadian Students

Hey there Canadians!  This one’s for you. You are the only small caveat to last week’s blog post about international students, you special little snowflakes you! I’ve got good news and bad news for you Canadians interested in American BS/MD programs.  The bad news: it is still incredibly competitive, much more so than for U.S....Continue Reading >

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