Saturday, August 30, 2014

Due to State Budget Cuts, Public Colleges and Universities Now Less ‘Public’ Than Ever

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By Mary Ellen Flannery What’s it mean to be a “state university,” like the University of Oregon or the University of Virginia, these days? It used to mean the state financially supported a college or university. Not so much anymore. States are still funding higher education below pre-recession levels, concludes a new report from the [...]

Corporate Reformers Say Money Doesn’t Matter in Public Schools. The Facts Say Otherwise.

May 4, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Education Funding, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Tim Walker One of the most destructive myths propagated by so-called education “reformers” is that fully funding public education is merely throwing away more money. The arguments go something like this: Money can’t solve everything, what we need is better accountability for students and teachers. Larger classes don’t matter if you have first-rate teachers. [...]

Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning

April 22, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Performance funding for public colleges and universities is a bad idea on fire these days. Even as more research clearly shows the plans don’t work as intended, nearly 30 states, most recently Florida, have adopted punitive approaches to paying for higher education. “They have this one-size-fits-all vision for higher education, and [...]

‘The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education

April 6, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The billionaire Koch brothers, famous for the more than $400 million they funneled to right-wing candidates in the 2012 state elections, aren’t just bankrolling politicians to do the dirty work of their anti-worker agenda—they’re also investing in the minds of young people. In 2012, two of the six private charitable foundations [...]

Why Are Teachers in North Carolina Being Asked to Swap Due Process for a Pay Raise?

March 18, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, State News, Top Stories

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By Tim Walker If you were an educator in the state that ranks 46th in teacher salaries and have received only a paltry one percent pay raise in five years, the prospect of securing a bonus of $5000 should be welcome news. But what if the pay hike was contingent upon you trading away every [...]

College Costs Increasing Dramatically For Poor Students. For Wealthy Students? Not So Much

March 16, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The price of a college education has skyrocketed over the past decade—but not for wealthy Americans. Recent federal data shows it’s actually the families who can least afford a college education who have seen their costs double or triple over the past five years, as they bear the brunt of outrageous [...]

Read Across America, Southern Style

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By Anita Merina Under bright sunny skies, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 3 rolled south, beginning its tour in Columbia, South Carolina to the delight of hundreds of elementary students. The tour began at Bradley Elementary School with students and teachers lining the school’s long driveway and the school band playing in the background. [...]

Former NEA Executive Committee Member Paula Monroe Named 2014 NEA ESP of the Year

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By John Rosales Everybody knows Paula. Ask any of the approximately 1,000 attendees of NEA’s Education Support Professional (ESP) Conference in San Francisco about Paula Monroe and most everyone will know the name. Others will know the face. In her 26 years with the Redlands Unified School District in California, Monroe has compiled an impressive [...]

Michigan Celebrates Read Across America Day!

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By Mary Ellen Flannery “Can you say, ‘Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss’?” asked NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. Yes, you can! And yes, they did! Maybe not in a boat, nor with a goat, but 45 million students, parents, and educators celebrated NEA’s Read Across America this year, “in schools like this one, and also in [...]

Read Across America Tour Rolls Into Oklahoma

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By Brenda Álvarez After covering almost 800 miles of ground, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 1 capped off a week’s worth of reading celebrations on Friday in Oklahoma with two school visits. Steed Elementary School in Midwest City was the first stop of the Oklahoma tour. Firefighters from Midwest City Fire Department Ladder 2 [...]

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