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New Trove of Federal Reviews of College Financial Aid Compliance

David Halperin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The newly released reports are worth examining, because they provide a window into the Education Department's enforcement efforts in recent years, as well as school practices.

ELL Parents: Forcing Change and Fighting to Be Heard Within Our U.S. School System!

Laura Wellington | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

Only in America can taking 36th place award you a grand prize of $71 billion dollars. But that's where we are folks. According to the 2012 Program For...

Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

We all celebrate our 2e heroes once they accomplish something great.They all needed accommodation, though many did not receive them. We do not need our 2e children to be famous, but we do need them to get the assistance they need to do well in school, and further to bring their talents to bare.

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluatio...

Why I Wear 80

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

When I take the court tonight for the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, the number I'll wear -- 80 -- is rarely seen on a basketball jersey, but represents a record in education. That number -- 80 percent -- is the newly announced high school graduation rate, the highest in American history.

Extreme Makeover: Illinois Schools Edition

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We took data from the U.S. Department of Education to look at which schools make up the top of the list. Surprise, surprise, there's a familiar state on it. That's right, Illinois is in the top five of states with the most schools in need of improvement.

Tied Up With Student Loans? Maybe You Went to One of These Schools?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You graduate college and enter the real world, and then reality hits. You need to pay rent, pay for utilities and, most likely, start paying back your loans.

Gates Is Funding USDOE Conferences and 'Innovations'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates is paying a "nonprofit" already overly involved in federal affairs to "help" the USDOE "improve" its operations -- and no doubt those "improvements" will coincidentally serve the lucrative, privatizing purposes of the nonprofit-affiliated "improvers."

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

A Tale of Two Montanas: The Department of Education's Title IX Enforcement Hypocrisy

Stephen Henrick | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Stephen Henrick

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") is the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title IX, a law that requires disci...

Drones Over the Faculty Lounge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Comedy
Patricia McGuire

A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points

Grading Colleges on Access to the American Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America cannot afford to return to the days when only the scions of the wealthiest could attend college. The nation is most prosperous when prosperity is most shared.

Learning Revolution Comes to the Workplace

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julian L. Alssid

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Washington lawmakers are not going to lead us to robust economic recovery and employment any time soon. The evidence just keeps mounting.

Recruiting Talented STEM Teachers Is a Must for our Kids and Country

Julie Kantor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

For many readers I'm sure this raises the question, "Why should I care about STEM teachers?" While you might not work directly in education, or perhaps your children are well past school-aged, the reality is that the quality of our country's STEM education affects us all.

Moral Bankruptcy on Student Loans

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Congress should be ashamed of itself for imposing more barriers to college access and completion because of its perverse inability to make any good decisions these days.

The Epidemic That's Threatening Our Future. And How Los Angeles Unified School District Is Determined to Reverse It.

Robert Ross | Posted 08.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Robert Ross

In California, fully 58 percent of all disciplinary actions were for that category, not for the serious offenses you might imagine. Almost every state has an equivalent category.

Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.

Reimagining Education

Pharrell Williams | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Pharrell Williams

The days of unequal access to high quality educators, schools in crisis and communities feeling powerless to support them are soon coming to an end.

Feds Put Colleges With On Notice Over Retaliation

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.03.2013 | College

The U.S. Department of Education released a "Dear Colleague" letter last week that warns schools not to attempt retaliation against anyone who alleges...

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

Tear Down the Wall Between You and Your College Degree

Jesse Seaver | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

We're living in a world where the traditional model of a 4-year college right after high school isn't necessarily the best solution for everyone. With all of the advances in technology and education over the last couple of decades, education has stepped up to reduce the barriers to gain a degree.

Thirty Years Later: Still At Risk

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The fundamental policy question today is precisely what it was in 1983: If we are outspending the rest of the world on education, why aren't we out-performing the rest of the world?

America's Middle Class Promise Starts Early

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in America's future. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, not cut back. Doing right by our youngest children is essential to America's middle-class promise. We look forward to working together to make it happen.

A Scorecard Is No Way to Pick a College

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Nowhere in the recently released White House "college scorecard" can I find a section about a school's worth in inspiring careers in public service, working for social justice, living simply, not exalting money as the only benchmark worth talking about. Instead, it equates excellence with salaries.