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Archive: September, 2013

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NYC cost per inmate almost equals Ivy League education; expenses tied to …

News from Washington Post: NEW YORK — New York is indeed an expensive place, but experts say that alone doesn’t explain a recent report that found the city’s annual cost per inmate was $ 167,731 last year — nearly as much as it costs to pay for four years of tuition at an Ivy League [...]

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New Fairfax schools chief outlines challenges at education summit

News from Washington Post: Overcrowded classrooms and too great a focus on standardized tests scores are among the greatest challenges facing Fairfax County schools, the system’s new superintendent told a gathering of parents Saturday. “Standardized testing, although well-intentioned, I believe has gone too far,” Karen Garza said, drawing applause from the roughly 650 people in [...]

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ED Hirsch Sees His Education Theories Taking Hold

News from New York Times: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A generation after he was squarely pummeled as elitist, antiquated and narrow-minded, the education theorist E. D. Hirsch Jr. is being dragged back into the ring at the age of 85 — this time for a chance at redemption. Invitations to speak have come from Spain, Britain and China. He [...]

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24/7 Wall St.: 7 states slashing education spending

News from USA TODAY: Arceli Carreon pauses for a photo Aug. 6, 2013, as students and parents arriving for registration at West High School take a look at a Jeep Patriot an Anchorage, Alaska, School District student will win following a year of perfect attendance.(Photo: Erik Hill, AP) Story Highlights Per-pupil spending fell more than [...]

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Socialist Magazine Joins Chicago Teacher’s Union Campaign on ‘Neo-Liberal …

News from Town Hall: Jacobin—a quarterly magazine that prides itself on providing, “socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture”—has found its ideological soul mate: the Chicago Teacher’s Union. The partnership is raising money to create a ‘Class Action’ booklet that ‘educates’ on neo-liberal education reform. Their goal is to distribute the booklets throughout major cities [...]

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Getting a better education across the border

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Task Force Backs Changes in Legal Education System

News from New York Times: Faced with rising student debt and declining applications to law schools, a task force of the American Bar Association is calling for sweeping changes in legal education, including training people without law degrees to provide limited legal services and opening the bar to those who have not completed four years of [...]

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Anti-Semitism in the guise of Holocaust education?

News from Jerusalem Post: Caricature drawn by Carlos Latuff for Belgian educational website. Photo: Courtesy Jewish groups criticized Belgian educational authorities this week after a government-funded website was discovered hosting lesson plans comparing Israelis to Nazis. A lesson plan on the klascement.be database included a cartoon comparing contemporary Gazans with Jews incarcerated in concentration camps [...]

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Did This Little Election Strike a Big Blow to Education Reform?

News from The Atlantic: Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement. Paul Vallas was hailed for his work in post-Katrina New Orleans, but controversy has dogged him in his current post in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) In the world of education reform, [...]

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Reform Group Says State Has Much Left To Do To Improve Education

News from Hartford Courant: A school reform group is giving the state high marks for adding new leadership to public education, adopting more rigorous academic standards and tying teacher tenure to teacher effectiveness. But in a report to be released Tuesday morning in New Haven, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform says the state must [...]

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