Sac City Superintendent Makes Changes
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We asked thirteen prominent New Yorkers that question, then we asked the people they nominated who they think is the most important… The result? A flow chart of regard.
Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists
By STEVE KARNOWSKI
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Protesters gathered outside FBI offices in Minneapolis and Chicago, bearing signs and shouting chants condemning the agency's searches of anti-war activists in both cities.
About 150 people protested in Minneapolis on Monday, holding signs reading: "Stop FBI harassment. Opposing war is not a crime." Roughly 120 people marched in Chicago.
Search warrants had indicated investigators were looking for connections between the anti-war activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East.
Updated: Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 6:08 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 3:43 PM EDT
By Yoav Gonan
NewsCore - No stranger to making education reforms, New York City Mayor Bloomberg outlined a plan Monday to do away with lifetime teaching positions and establish a system where teachers would earn tenure based on merit.
In an effort to focus on teacher quality and effectiveness, the city will implement a four-tier rating system for determining whether a teacher should be awarded the tenure protections that come with the job.
"Beginning this year, our policy will be very simple. Only teachers who help students and schools move ahead significantly for at least two consecutive years will earn tenure."
"And just as we are raising the bar for our students through higher standards, we must also raise the bar for our
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WASHINGTON — With the public education system in crisis,President Obama called Monday for purging underperforming teachers and lengthening the school year so that the U.S. keeps pace with other advanced countries.
He said more spending is needed to update textbooks, facilities and equipment, but added that money without reform would not solve the problems of education.
"You can't defend a status quo in which a third of our kids are dropping out," Obama said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. "You can't defend the status quo when you've got 2,000 schools across the county that are dropout factories — and they really are — where more than half of the kids
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Invest in the future. Inspire a child. TEACH. Those are the themes introduced today as the Department of Education launched the TEACH Campaign to encourage Americans to pursue a career in teaching.
I now work on education policy in the White House, but until five years ago, I was a teacher. And I hope to teach again.
Teachers make a difference. Teachers are important. Now that I am not in the classroom every day, I see that even more clearly. Secretary Duncan is right when he says “there is nothing more important we can do for this country than to get a great teacher in front of every child”. That is not easy. Schools across America hire nearly 200,000 new teachers every year – as many as 1.5 million new teachers over the next decade. Today, President Obama announced a new goal of recruiting 10,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers over the next two years. It has never been more important to have great teachers in these subjects, which often limit students’ readiness for college, and our nation’s continued ability to innovate and compete.
Teaching is a great job. If you are smart and talented, if you want to share your knowledge, if you want to join a respected profession, invest in yourself, invest in the future, and teach. TEACH.gov can help you get started. You can check out videos of celebrities and leaders remembering the great teachers who inspired them. Listen to teachers speak about what it means to teach and about specific moments in their classrooms – times when it clicked, times when it didn’t. Teachers often talk about the joy of an “aha!” moment, that instant when a student finally gets it. For me, the greater thrill was the “why’s that?” moment, when a student wants to know more and the classroom is driven by curiosity. As a teacher, you may not know where it will take you, but you know the journey will be worth it.
At TEACH.gov you can start your own journey. You can learn about paths to teaching, about teacher preparation, about how to pay for it, about licensing, and more. Start your journey today.
Please join the TEACH Campaign:
Steve Robinson is a Special Assistant in the White House Domestic Policy Council
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The U.S. Department of Education commenced an effort in 2009 to rein in for-profit education companies. The for-profit companies, organized to offer degree programs to students using U.S. government subsidized loans and grants, used new technologies, flat organization charts, and capital markets to flood higher education with accessible degree programs that cut student time in degree programs by half. Begun as "night schools" operating from leased offices and attracting adults seeking to improve their lot by earning college degrees, the for-profit education companies quickly transited to the Internet. Some earned regional accreditation, others purchased failing colleges that were regionally accredited, and some were registered with the SEC and capitalized through sale of publicly traded stock.
Corinthian Colleges, University of Phoenix, Capella, American Public University, Kaplan Education, Grand Canyon University and Bridgepoint are some of the powerhouses in the for-profit education industry. Others, equally powerful but privately held, operate on a smaller scale in every town and city of America usually focusing on training students for gainful employment.
Their actions have left their public college competitors in the dust largely because the government subsidized public university system of colleges and universities--best
California State University will admit up to 30,000 new students this spring, the university announced this morning, reversing last year's policy of halting mid-year enrollments.
Due to budget cuts last year, most of the 23 campuses in the CSU system did not admit new students for the spring term of 2010. That led to a record number of applications for the fall.
University officials said in July that they were waiting until the state passed a 2010-11 budget before deciding whether campuses would accept new students for the spring of 2011.
"Despite the uncertainty surrounding the budget, we need to provide service as best as we can," CSU
Last week we were proud to join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the 21 Promise Neighborhoods planning grantees. The event in our nation’s capital was a great opportunity not only to publicly recognize the first cohort of Promise Neighborhoods, but also to acknowledge the efforts of all communities across the country engaged in the important work of building great schools and strong support systems for children and youth.
While we took time to congratulate the organizations receiving grants, we also recognized that these grantees are representative of a much broader movement of communities committed to Promise Neighborhoods approach. From the west in California, to the north to Minnesota, east to Massachusetts, and south to Mississippi, an analysis of the initial group of Promise Neighborhoods reflects the tremendous need and great potential of all the communities that applied for planning grants.
In large urban areas, mid-size cities, and rural towns, children in 21 Promise Neighborhoods face significant barriers to getting a great education. For example, in one neighborhood, residents require five times the rate of health services as the rest of the city. In another neighborhood, one in five children has an incarcerated parent. In another, a study found that only three percent of high school students are college eligible.
These statistics are not unique to Promise Neighborhoods grantees. In fact, they are just a sample of the challenges facing every community that applied for a planning grant, and the hundreds of others engaged in this movement.
Similarly, the grantees reflect the broader field of nonprofits, colleges, and universities that are working with districts and communities to turn around our country’s most persistently low-performing schools. Many of these organizations have strong leaders with years of experience and a clear and compelling vision for improving their communities. They are building new partnerships and sustaining existing collaborations, and continuing to break down silos between agencies and programs at the local level so that no child falls through the cracks.
The nearly $7 million in matching funds secured by the 21 grantees, which includes $2.3 million in contributions from foundations, businesses, and individuals, is only a small amount of the total funds committed to the more than 300 Promise Neighborhoods applicants.
In the next several weeks, we will post selected information about high‐scoring applications on our website. We encourage the supporters of these applications and all communities engaged in this work to maintain their commitments. There is a tremendous opportunity to fill the gap between the number of quality Promise Neighborhoods proposals and the limited planning grant funds available from the Department of Education to support those proposals.
In fact, some of the support for Promise Neighborhoods comes from other Federal agencies, which are doing their part to break down “silos” inside the Beltway. We were so encouraged to be joined at the announcement by Melody Barnes, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. We also recognize the commitment and leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder. These leaders are not only supportive of the Promise Neighborhoods movement, but they are finding ways to align their assets with the program.
Whether or not a community applied for or received a planning grant this year, the Department of Education adds our voice to the chorus of supporters encouraging all communities to continue their efforts in this vein:
Most importantly, we encourage communities to continue to put providing high quality schools and other educational options at the center of their work.
As this movement grows, the innovative and comprehensive approach of Promise Neighborhoods will blaze the path to improving the lives and life outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities throughout our country.
Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary, US Department of Education
Larkin Tackett, Deputy Director, Promise Neighborhoods