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Statement from Chancellor Tisch and...

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Budget Proposal

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 Budget Proposal
Newly Recovered Recording of Dr. Ma...

Newly Recovered Recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today announced a new online exhibition on the New York State Museum's website featuring the only known audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1962 speech commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The online exhibition is available at: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/mlk.
ESEA Waiver Renewal Application

ESEA Waiver Renewal Application

For Public Comment: Proposed Amendments to New York State's Approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver for 2014-2015
RFP Released: 1003(g) School Improv...

RFP Released: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Round 5

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 its Priority Schools.
RFP Released: School Innovation Fun...

RFP Released: School Innovation Fund Grant (SIF) Round 3

The purposes of the School Innovation Fund are to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness of high school graduates, college persistence, and college graduation rates by increasing the availability of new high quality seats for students at most risk for dropout, disengagement, and poor academic performance.
Statement from Chancellor Tisch and...

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Statement from Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address


When lectures fall short as a teach...

When lectures fall short as a teaching tool (essay)

Sarah Demers tried (and failed) to teach a new card game to her family. She's the one who ended up learning something -- about when lectures aren't the right approach.

Essay on the importance of academic...

Essay on the importance of academics learning how to delegate

Faculty members with long to-do lists need to think about when and how to trust others with key tasks, writes Nate Kreuter.

Struggling to find the right lesson...

Struggling to find the right lessons in tragedy (essay)

Susannah Clark wasn't sure how to help her students make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings -- but one of them bailed her out.

Essay on how to manage teaching-ori...

Essay on how to manage teaching-oriented postdoc programs

It's not enough to bring a new Ph.D. to campus and say "teach," writes Gary DeCoker. These young academics need a real plan and real mentors.

Essay on new college presidents who...

Essay on new college presidents who get their advice from the wrong people

When new presidents take office, they need to make judgments based on good information, or they will get rid of those they may most need, writes Tara M. Samuels.

Essay urges colleges to consider su...

Essay urges colleges to consider succession planning for CIOs

With a wave of retirements approaching, higher education needs to consider how to prepare the next generation of technology leaders, write Jerome P. DeSanto and Robyn L. Dickinson.

BBC News Education

Tuition-fee change savings 'unclear...

Tuition-fee change savings 'unclear'

A study says the public cost of higher university fees and loans is "highly uncertain" and depends on how much future graduates will earn.
'More consider' an overseas degree

'More consider' an overseas degree

Rising numbers of UK students would consider studying abroad, according to research by the British Council.
Asthma inhalers may go into schools

Asthma inhalers may go into schools

Plans to allow schools to keep asthma inhalers go to public consultation, as campaigners say current rules endanger hundreds of thousands of children.
'Trojan Horse' probe schools named

'Trojan Horse' probe schools named

A list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies is published.
Education warnings 'six years ago'

Education warnings 'six years ago'

A lack of a long-term vision for education in Wales, highlighted in a critical OECD report, were first raised more than six years ago, BBC Wales has learnt.
Men win sex discrimination pay case

Men win sex discrimination pay case

Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues win an equal pay claim against a university.

US Govt Dept of Education

Leaders of Learning

Leaders of Learning

It can?t be said enough, school principals seriously matter in any school improvement effort. They directly impact teacher engagement, school conditions, and family involvement, which are all big factors in increasing student performance.
2014 Investing in Innovation Compet...

2014 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program's Scale-up and Validation categories.
The Hollywood We All Need to Know

The Hollywood We All Need to Know

6 Things You Must Know About Repayi...

6 Things You Must Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

When it comes to repaying your federal student loans, there?s a lot to consider. But, by taking the time to understand the details of repayment, you can save yourself time and money. This should help you get started.
2014 U.S. Department of Education G...

2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced

Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to announce the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.
U.S. Department of Education Announ...

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Arizona and New Hampshire to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arizona and New Hampshire will receive more than $12 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through new awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.


Washington loses waiver on No Child...

Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind

SEATTLE (AP) ? Washington state is losing its independence to decide the best way to spend about $40 million in federal dollars to improve how students perform in its public schools, education officials said Thursday.
Feed Your STEM Curiosity With These...

Feed Your STEM Curiosity With These College Scholarships

Over the last few years, science, technology, engineering and math scholarships have been on the rise, and that doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The Scholarship Coach has covered the continuing rise of STEM scholarships, and has noticed some interesting things about next year's available scholarships for science-minded students. In addition to traditional essay-based scholarship questions, you'll see more unconventional applications, such as those that require conducting experiments or working in teams to solve a problem. Two competitions in particular, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition, offer middle school and high school students a chance to apply real-world math and science concepts by building their own robots.
Land a Summer Internship as a High ...

Land a Summer Internship as a High School Student

Summer internships are often sought after by college students, but recently there's been more incentive for high school students to get professional experience. The report also says 70 percent of companies believe high school students who complete their programs are either very or completely likely to eventually land a college internship within their company. "I think having an internship on your resume when you apply for college really shows that you're thinking about your future," says Lauren Berger, author of "All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience." "Those are the students that are going to succeed in the classroom." High school students can start by searching within their networks.
Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowne...

Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

A mother whose teenage child was onboard the capsized Sewol ferry and is missing, cries as she reads messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers on the ship at a port in JindoBy James Pearson and Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other crew members who abandoned ship have been arrested on negligence charges.

Californians overwhelmingly approve...

Californians overwhelmingly approve new education standards: poll

Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the common core curriculum, a new poll shows. Nearly three-quarters of Californians also say they support free preschool for all 4-year-olds, a measure that has been proposed by Democrats in the legislature but met with skepticism by Governor Jerry Brown, the poll by the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday night showed. "Public support is solidly behind the significant changes that are being made to school funding and classroom curricula this year," said PPIC President Mark Baldassare. After hearing a brief description of the Common Core, criticized by some conservatives as a federal takeover of local public schools because the Obama administration is pushing for the change, 69 percent of California residents interviewed said they supported the standards, Baldassare said in a news release.
Murray breaks down in tears at Scot...

Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony

Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins, right, comforts British tennis player Andy Murray after he made an emotional speech following his acceptance of the Freedom of Stirling presented to him during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVEDUNBLANE, Scotland (AP) ? Andy Murray burst into tears on Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane.


Flagship free school championed by ...

Flagship free school championed by Michael Gove told to improve

A flagship free school praised by both Prime Minister David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove has been told by inspectors it must pull its socks up and improve.

Surge in bursaries for middle incom...

Surge in bursaries for middle incomes explains sudden rise in boarding school numbers

A rise in bursaries for disadvantaged pupils has fuelled a sudden surge in the number of boarders admitted to independent schools, according to this year?s annual census of private school numbers published today.

Section 28-style bans on promoting ...

Section 28-style bans on promoting homosexuality on the rise in UK schools, teachers say

Growing numbers of schools are introducing Section 28-style bans on promoting homosexuality in the classroom, delegates told the National Union of Teachers' annual conference in Brighton today.

Children shun competition in school...

Children shun competition in school sport

Competitive dads across the country should brace themselves. Almost two out of three children would either be relieved or ?not bothered? if the competitive element were taken out of school sport.

Girls need science mentors, says te...

Girls need science mentors, says teachers union chief Max Hyde

Mentors could encourage girls to take up science careers in a campaign established by the new president of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Teachers vote for summer strike as ...

Teachers vote for summer strike as they chant 'Gove must go'

Hundreds of teachers stood chanting ?Gove must go? as their union forged ahead with plans for classroom disruption this summer as a result of national strike action.

Education Week

Washington loses waiver on No Child...

Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind

New test glitches worry some Indian...

New test glitches worry some Indiana schools

Massachusetts governor to sign anti...

Massachusetts governor to sign anti-bullying bill

Californians Support Common-Core St...

Californians Support Common-Core Standards, Survey Says

As other U.S. states move to delay or halt implementation of the shared learning framework known as the common core, the new national math and language standards still enjoy solid support in California, according to a survey.
SD high school group considers tran...

SD high school group considers transgender policy

Colorado lawmaker pushes for school...

Colorado lawmaker pushes for school arrest stats


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:

  1. Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models
  2. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device
  3. 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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Millennials and Retirement Readines...

Millennials and Retirement Readiness: Reframing the Conversation

Famed investor Warren Buffett once said, "The best investment you can make is in yourself." This statement holds great promise in helping to advance the state of retirement readiness for many Americans, especially today's 77 million millennials born between 1980 and 2000 -- most of whom are just embarking on their professional lives.

As the parent of two millennial children, I can say with first-hand experience that they are not that much different than previous generations -- with maybe a few prominent exceptions. They network constantly, tend to seek more immediate gratification and bring new meaning to the concept of a mobile society.

Growing up in an age with such services as instant messaging and On-Demand TV, millennials have been conditioned to expect and insist on immediate results, making retirement planning easier said than done. But as young adults, they often lack the proper focus to think about their retirement. And who can blame them? It's certainly not an immediate concern, like rent, car payments, student loans or their weekend entertainment budget. A critical factor in achieving retirement readiness for millennials is to first frame the issue of saving and investing in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them.

That means instead of imagining themselves 30 or 40 years down the road, they should focus on today and how they can become the living, breathing conduit to their future financial success by recognizing and taking stock of their human capital.

The Millennial Asset Class: Human Capital

Investing for retirement typically involves a discussion about the value of balancing risk and reward through proper diversification between assets classes. The discussion however, rarely involves the value of investing in a different type of asset class -- yourself. And for the "instant gratification and mobile generation," a focus on bettering yourself for your future earnings -- or growing your human capital -- is a more immediate, engaging prospect.

Simply put, human capital is the ability to make money by applying knowledge, skills and labor in the workforce. Anything you do to increase your ability to earn higher future wages is typically an investment in your human capital. This includes earning an advanced degree, on-the-job training and honing your skills, networking and etiquette in the workplace. Millennial's can maximize their human capital through education, work experience, or by optimizing their digital strength in social and professional networking.

A rough measure of human capital is your expected remaining lifetime earnings. As a basic example, if you worked for forty years at an average annual salary of $50,000, your human capital would be $2 million. This is important because it helps determine the amount of investment risk you might consider taking today based on age and number of years remaining in the workforce. Time plus your earning potential would overcome any dips you might encounter from more aggressive investments or market downturn.

Millennial's will never have more human capital than they do as young working adults. As the value of their human capital increases, it will produce more financial capital that can then apply to longer-term savings.

Prioritizing Payments: Pay Yourself First

My daughter is lightning-fast with her mobile phone to make a reservation, get the best price on new shoes or network on the hot topic of the moment. Retirement savings is not one of those hot topics. She, like many millennials, struggle with competing financial priorities -- a mortgage or rent, a car payment, groceries and student loans -- making saving for the long-term seem impossible. There is often times little, if anything, left at the end of the month to set aside in savings.

To balance these competing financial priorities, millennial's need to think about Buffet's advice -- "invest in yourself" and use their growing human capital to pay themselves first. This means that the first payment each month should be directed towards savings -- before paying monthly living expenses and making discretionary purchases. But how does one save for tomorrow when that money is needed to buy food to live today? Start by automatically setting aside a small amount from each paycheck -- at the time it is received -- to a savings account. This process provides the instant gratification millennials expect and removes the risk that funds will be spent before the contribution has been made. Even if only $20 of each paycheck goes into savings, it's a solid foundation that can help set good budgeting habits and will grow over time. As their human capital improves it will generate financial capital that they can apply to retirement savings.

Having access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan can help make the process even easier -- especially if the company offers the added benefit of a match. Matched contributions are like free money and are critically important to not only accumulating savings, but setting millennial's up on the right path to get not only to but through retirement. I recommend saving at or above the company match if one is available. As human capital grows for Millennials, they can allocate higher levels of income to grow their financial capital for retirement.

When millennials pay themselves first, they are making a conscious investment in both their human and financial capital. They are building human capital by giving themselves more financial flexibility and freedom to grow. They are building their financial capital by automatically and regularly contributing to their future retirement readiness.

The Bottom Line

People are living longer today than ever before and millennials will experience even longer lifespans. This digitally-connected generation, like the Baby Boomers before them (of which I include myself), have an opportunity to reframe the conversation of retirement. But the secret to having the financial freedom to enjoy that longevity gift is investing in yourself early in your career and making savings part of your lifestyle today so that you can be retirement ready. After all, Buffet didn't become the most successful investor of the 20th century by ignoring his own advice.


Patrick Kennedy is senior vice president for Voya Financial Retirement Solutions (formerly ING U.S.), a strategic business segment focused on guiding Americans on their journey to greater retirement readiness through employer-sponsored, tax-deferred savings plans, as well as through holistic advice, financial planning and a broad range of retail product solutions for customers nearing or in their retirement.

David Brooks, Common Core Circus Pe...

David Brooks, Common Core Circus Performer

Why newspapers hire individuals to regularly offer the public unsubstantiated opinions baffles me. I am a researcher. Unless my posts are grounded in my personal experience, I offer my readers links to document my position on matters about which I write.

David Brooks is an opinion writer. He publishes his opinions regularly in the New York Times (NYT) and has done so since 2003.

Brooks is not a teacher. He has no firsthand experience with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Nevertheless, Brooks has an opinion on the matter, and the NYT has published his opinion because, well, the NYT publishes Brooks' opinions.

Brooks supports CCSS. That is his opinion.

Allow me to present another opinion: that of the "lead architect" of CCSS, David Coleman. Coleman is quoted here from his presentation, Bringing the Common Core to Life:

Do you know the two most popular forms of writing in the American high school today? ... It is either the exposition of a personal opinion or the presentation of a personal matter. The only problem, forgive me for saying this so bluntly, the only problem with these two forms of writing is as you grow up in this world you realize people don't really give a **** about what you feel or think. What they instead care about is can you make an argument with evidence, is there something verifiable behind what you're saying or what you think or feel that you can demonstrate to me. [Emphasis added.]

How is that for irony? David Brooks writes his opinion on CCSS, and the "lead architect" of CCSS is knocking opinion writing.

Brooks' opinion is that opponents to CCSS are part of a "circus."

How sad it is that Brooks does not realize that he is part of the very circus about which he writes. Brooks believes he writes about CCSS from an op/ed perch outside of the Big Top. However, his place is in the ring of the many who support CCSS on the unsubstantiated opinion that CCSS is necessary to American public education; that it was properly and democratically created and chosen by stakeholders; that it is the solution to some supposed failure of American public education, and that opponents of CCSS act only from "hysteria."

In his op/ed, Brooks presents the "reality" of CCSS as it appears to him in the Fun House mirror.

Brooks refers to a time "about seven years ago." That would be 2007, the year that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was declared a failure. Brooks notes "it was widely acknowledged that state education standards were a complete mess." So, in his effort to support CCSS, Brooks blames varied state standards for "huge numbers of students were graduating from high school unprepared either for college work or modern employment."

Brooks provides no evidence to support his statements. How "non-CCSS" of him.

He even contradicts himself by the end of his article: "The new standards won't revolutionize education. It's not enough to set goals; you have to figure out how to meet them."

Those who actually have careers in the classroom know there is more to the issue than "setting goals" and "meeting them" based upon a set of standards.

In 2007, David Hursh of the University of Rochester published a paper on the failure of NCLB. Hursh does not mention "common standards" as a solution to some widespread failure of public education. However, he does mention other complex issues that have a bearing on the classroom and which are ignored by the likes of Brooks in promoting the CCSS "solution":

The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) marks the largest intervention of the federal government into education in the history of the United States. NCLB received and continues to receive support, in part because it promises to improve student learning and to close the achievement gap between White students and students of color. However, NCLB has failed to live up to its promises and may exacerbate inequality. Furthermore, by focusing on education as the solution to social and economic inequality, it diverts the public's attention away from the issues such as poverty, lack of decent paying jobs and health care, that need to be confronted if inequality is to be reduced. [Emphasis added.]

Notice how the focus has shifted from the NCLB goal of "closing the achievement gap" to the Race to the Top (RTTT) goal of "competitiveness in the global economy."

Neither NCLB with its "100 percent proficiency in math and reading by 2014" nor RTTT with its "internationally benchmarked standards and assessments, teacher evaluation, data systems, and 'turning around low performing' schools" accounts for economic influences upon learning, not the least of which is the relationship between student learning and community economic viability.

I wrote about the fact that based upon employment projections for 2014,
2016 and 2020, Louisiana will have far more jobs available for high school dropouts and high school graduates than it will college graduates.

CCSS Fun House writers like Brooks do not address the disconnect between the call for "academic rigor" and the sagging economies that cannot support the Brooks-style finger-wag.

Know what else is funny? In 2007, when NCLB was openly acknowledged to be a failure, some legislators were still crying, "Stay the course."

Sounds like CCSS "stay the course" opinions here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here....

You get the picture.

Another interesting fact about 2007: It was the year that David Coleman started his national-standards-writing company-gone nonprofit (first 990 on file not until 2011), Student Achievement Partners (SAP). Prior to SAP, Coleman and fellow CCSS "lead writer" Jason Zimba started a company to analyze NCLB test data.

Coleman had his foot in the proverbial NCLB door and "just happened" to start a company completely devoted to CCSS in 2007, the year that the NCLB circus began to show impending collapse.

A truly astounding, "state-led" coincidence.

Brooks also states that "the new standards are more rigorous than the old," yet he also uses the Fordham Institute "finding" that CCSS is only "better" than standards in 37 states. I wrote about the 2010 Fordham Institute "grading" of state standards here and Fordham CCSS peddler Mike Petrilli here. Petrilli even tried the "stay the course" line in Indiana -- a state with standards that Fordham graded as superior to CCSS.

Attempting to convince a state with standards "superior" to CCSS to keep CCSS is part of the CCSS sales job, yet this act somehow escapes Brooks' notice.

How convenient.

As to another convenient Brooks oversight: The 2010 Fordham "grading" of state standards offers no logic between scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Fordham grade for a state's standards. Thus, a state could have low NAEP scores and have a high Fordham grade on standards, or vice-versa. No logic. Nevertheless, Brooks assumes Fordham to be standards-grading "experts," and Fordham Executive Vice President (nice title) Petrilli travels the country (for examples, see here, and here, and here, and here) advising states to "stay the course" with CCSS standards that Fordham admits are not better than all state standards.

As to Brooks' assertion that CCSS "unpopularity" is "false": He believes it is enough to cite some survey evidence (no reference provided) for Kentucky and Tennessee, and New York (linked) -- three states. More Fun House illusion: that "evidence" of CCSS "popularity" in three states justifies a nationwide CCSS. Not so.

As to survey "evidence" on CCSS and education perceptions in general: I have written detailed accounts on a number of these surveys, all in 2013: NAESP (principals) survey; Stand for Children Louisiana survey; Gates Scholastic survey (partial results release); NEA survey; Associated Press (AP) survey; AP and Gallup survey; AFT survey.

My "overwhelming" conclusion: CCSS was an imposed education "reform" that administrators, teachers, and the public were forced to deal with. CCSS is not "popular"; it was tolerated at best as indicated by these 2013 survey results. As to the public perception: in 2013, the public was largely unaware of CCSS. Now they know. Now CCSS is in the news; it is in the classrooms, and it is in the statehouses.

CCSS-related legislation abounds.

As to Brooks' Fun House assertion that CCSS is "state led, let us not forget the infamous CCSS "lead architect" David Coleman, who made the following statement to data analysts in Boston on May 31, 2013:

When I was involved in convincing governors and others around this country to adopt these standards, it was not "Obama likes them." Do you think that would have gone well with the Republican crowd? [Emphasis added.]

Though it might be difficult for Brooks to admit, Coleman just declared himself "CCSS Ringmaster."

To Coleman, CCSS was a product to sell to "governors," and he couldn't say that "Obama likes" CCSS if he expected to make the sale to "the Republican crowd."

Coleman must have made an effective sales pitch; in 2009 -- before CCSS was complete -- 46 "states" had already "agreed to be state led."

And so, our Big Top performance has come full circle in this post that began and ended with the CCSS Ringmaster, David Coleman.

It is one feat to "convince governors" to buy into CCSS; it is quite another to "convince" America.

Brooks is right; the circus in indeed "in town," and in his opinion-spouting position, Brooks is attempting to sell tickets to The Greatest So-called "Standards" Show on Earth.

Those familiar with the CCSS imposition know better than to buy Brooks' line that CCSS is "a perfectly sensible yet slightly boring idea."

From reading Brooks' unanchored appeal, one issue is certain: This fount of unsolicited CCSS opinion is not a classroom teacher.

Let us leave him now, unsold tickets still in his ungrounded-opinion-writing hands.

Originally posted 04-18-14 at deutsch29.wordpress.com
Back to the Future: Why Is the Dive...

Back to the Future: Why Is the Diversity of University Leadership Stuck in the '80s?

In the 1980s, we communicated via landlines and snail mail, we enjoyed our music on Walkmans and boomboxes, and we read books using... well, books. Much has changed in the past 30 years.

Yet if you put a university president from 1986 next to a university president of today, you could hardly tell them apart. Both would likely be white middle-aged men with doctorates in education. Both probably rose from within the ranks of higher education with about a one-in-three chance of having come directly from the Chief Academic Officer position. Both probably served their entire careers in academia and have likely been full-time faculty.

Between 1986 and 2012, the American Council on Education published seven reports on "The American College President," and perhaps the most striking finding is how little has changed.

At the same time, our society and our students have become more racially/ethnically diverse, and demographic trends are clear that the future pool of higher education students in the U.S. will come increasingly from minority populations. The U.S. Department of Education projects a 25 percent increase in African-American students and a whopping 42 percent increase in Hispanic students by 2021 -- while only a
4 percent increase in non-Hispanic white students.

In contrast, white faculty comprise about 79 percent of full-time faculty at U.S. post-secondary institutions, while Asian (9 percent), African American (6 percent), and Hispanic (4 percent) are significantly lower. And the lack of diversity is higher among higher ranking faculty. For example, while 44 percent of full-time faculty at degree-granting institutions are women, they hold only 29 percent of tenure-tracked positions at doctoral institutions --- even though women outperform men 56 to 40 percent in national research grant awards.

As for university presidents, the 2012 ACE survey of presidents found that racial diversity actually decreased between 2006 and 2011. The dearth of Hispanic-Americans in both faculty pipeline and leadership positions in higher education is particularly noteworthy when compared to population growth. For example, the ACE studies show that from 1986 to 2012, the percentage of Latino presidents barely increased from 2.2 to 3.8 percent, while over the same period, the Latino population in the U.S. grew threefold.

And while women have comprised the majority of college students since 1979, only 26 percent of today's university presidents are women. And the pipeline is no better. Despite slight increases, the number of women in leadership positions in American universities and colleges continues to be low. A recent study out of the University of Colorado found that women hold only a quarter of leadership positions in academia, startling considering that women make up about 57 percent of university students.

Thus, university leadership increasingly reflects neither the student body being led nor the world in which graduates will need to operate, a situation that engenders disadvantages and lost opportunities. Students benefit from having mentors and role models from their own racial, ethnic, or gender group -- as do faculty who aspire to leadership positions. Institutional leaders can strongly influence institutional culture; having leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences enriches the intellectual and cultural climate in which students learn. And exposure to and experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds better prepares students for the real-world working environment of their futures.

Why No Progress?

Most obviously, the lack of diversity in university presidents is related to lack of diversity in the presidential pipeline. Another ACE report, "On the Pathway to the Presidency 2013," found that between 2008 and 2013 there were slight increases in the age and gender diversity of senior administrators in positions that could aspire to the presidency, but no change in the share of ethnic or racial minorities.

Secondly, the diversity of university presidents relates closely to the diversity of the university and college governing boards that select them. A close examination of the composition of governing boards in higher education demonstrates that they too are less diverse than the student or general population. For example, a 2010 Association of Governing Board study showed that public and independent board members and chairs are overwhelmingly white and male.

Thirdly, a critical criterion for the selection of university presidents, or of any leader for that matter, is "fit." Importantly, "cultural fit," not only with the faculty and student bodies, but also donors, legislators and government officials, community leaders, and even the community at large. And university presidents that are more diverse, in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, and the like, may be perceived to be a less optimum cultural fit with these constituencies.

And lastly, the lack of progress in the diversity of university presidents may be further exacerbated by today's increasingly competitive environment. The ACE survey found that in the increasingly complex higher education operating environment of today, universities may favor candidates with proven track records, which likely puts promising younger candidates, as well as aspiring women and minority candidates, at a disadvantage.

So What Do We Do?

To address this issue in an effective and deliberate manner, we must:

? Recognize and acknowledge the problem, while ensuring we understand why it is a problem;

? Educate responsible parties, especially governing boards, search firms, and legislators, as to the nature and implications of this deficiency, and the benefits of having more diverse presidents and governing boards;

? Train search committees, search firms, and governing boards not only to embrace the search for diverse candidates, but also on the available mechanisms that help ensure a diverse pool of applicants, including ensuring a broader appreciation of the pathways to the presidency, which will, in itself, help identify a more diverse pool of qualified candidates; and

? Create greater opportunities for the training and mentoring of diverse/under-represented candidates for university presidency.

Finally, we should recognize that the challenge is perhaps greatest for Hispanic-American and African American minorities because their underrepresentation starts so much earlier in the pipeline.

Increasing the diversity of university leaders, consistent with the increasing diversity of our student population and the U.S. population as a whole, is not only critically necessary... it's the right thing to do.
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Obama's Getting A Chicago High School Named After Him

President Barack Obama will have a new selective enrollment Chicago public high school named after him, his former chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday afternoon.

Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, Emanuel says, will be built on the city's Near North Side using $60 million in tax-increment financing funds, the Chicago Sun-Times' Fran Spielman and Lauren Fitzpatrick reported. The school will open in the fall of 2017 with a freshman class of 300 students and will ultimately serve 1,200 students, the mayor said.

The school will be located behind Skinner North Classical School on Chicago Park District property and will help meet what CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett described as a high demand for more of the highly competitive selective enrollment schools in the district, according to WBEZ. The district currently has just 10 citywide and many students who qualify for admission are turned away.

?We must seize every opportunity to ensure our students receive a world-class, 21st century education and that they are able to take advantage of the academic opportunities they have earned,? Emanuel said in a statement. "Year after year, too many of our students who have put in years of hard work are turned away because as a city we haven?t had the capacity to meet their capability and this important investment will help us fix that."

A number of schools nationwide are already named after Obama, but this would mark the first in the president's home state of Illinois.

The announcement comes one day after the Chicago Board of Education's Wednesday vote that three CPS elementary schools will be turned around -- having all of their teachers and staff fired and replaced -- and turned over to the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a private operator, despite the protests of parents, teachers and staff, DNAinfo reported. The schools are Gresham, McNair and Dvorak.

Last year, CPS shut down 50 elementary schools in the largest single wave of public school closures in U.S. history and has been criticized since then for approving both the opening of more charter schools and expansions to other existing schools.
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Washington Becomes First State To Return To No Child Left Behind

Two years after Washington state largely ditched the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned federal education law will be in full effect there yet again for the coming school year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday.

Last August, the Education Department placed Washington, Oregon and Kansas -- and later Arizona -- on "high-risk" status for losing their waivers from the law. Washington's standing became precarious because it did not meet the federal government's guidelines, which tie students' standardized test scores to teacher evaluations.

In February, Washington's legislature killed a bill that would have brought the state into compliance with those teacher evaluation requirements. Current state law says that teacher evaluations can rely on standardized test scores but does not require it. Despite Duncan's explicit warning that failure to comply could mean loss of the state waiver, the bill failed with bipartisan opposition.

So on Thursday, Duncan announced the state's waiver will not be renewed, requiring the state to return to the Bush-era education law.

"Washington's request ... [for a waiver] was approved based on Washington's commitments to carry out certain actions in support of key education reforms ... Washington was not able to keep all of its commitments," Duncan wrote in a letter sent Thursday to Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. "Washington's flexibility will end with the 2013-2014 school year."

No Child Left Behind is the George W. Bush law that mandates standardized testing for students in reading and math, and spelled out consequences, such as school restructuring, based on those scores. Under NCLB, persistently failing schools had to set aside 20 percent of a funding stream to pay for tutoring. But with a waiver from the federal government, that money could be used for other purposes.

Thursday's move will make Washington subject again to the law's broad sanctions. Instead of using the federal government's more nuanced system for identifying underperforming schools, the state will have to use the NCLB accountability system called "Adequate Yearly Progress," a blunt measure based on standardized test scores. According to NCLB, to make AYP in 2014, all students are expected to be proficient in English and math -- meaning that next year, it's possible that every school in the state could be labeled as underperforming.

In addition to returning to the cruder NCLB system, Washington districts will likely lose the freedom to spend $38 million to $44 million previously set aside for mandatory tutoring. That loss is likely to make it harder to budget for the next school year.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called the news "disappointing but not unexpected" in a statement chiding his state legislature for failing to amend teacher evaluations to the department's satisfaction. "The waiver provided districts flexibility to use nearly $40 million in federal funds to support struggling students," Inslee said. "Loss of that funding means those districts now face potential impacts that could include laying off some of Washington?s tremendous teachers or cutting back on programs that serve at-risk students."

"It's a terrible thing for our students, but it's a good thing that they're not bluffing and doing what they said they're going to do," said Anne Martens, a spokeswoman for the Washington chapter of the education reform group Stand for Children.

NCLB expired in 2007, and Congress has yet to agree on updated version of the law. As a result, in 2011 the Obama administration invited states to apply for waivers: States that agreed to the administration's recommended reforms, such as teacher evaluations, have been exempted from the law's more onerous strictures.

Washington's revocation comes as 43 states with similar waivers -- including Illinois, as recently as last week -- evaluate how to proceed. In some cases, states have reported that, to meet the federal government's regulations and qualify for a waiver, they have had to put major changes with far-reaching consequences on an expedited and often clumsy schedule. That Duncan has made good on his threat to revoke Washington's waiver for failing to meet its deadline could affect how other states move forward.

"The Department of Education made the right decision in revoking Washington's waiver," said Kate Tromble, legislative director for The Education Trust. "Washington made commitments that it didn't live up to, and the department is drawing a bright line, showing other states that they must follow through with what they committed to in their waivers."

But that doesn't mean that all of the states contemplating their waivers are certain to fall in line.

"It might give states additional motivation to move off of high-risk status if it's a punitive process for Washington," said Anne Hyslop, an education analyst at the New America Foundation, "but some states might see this and say, 'That doesn't sound so bad, I wouldn't mind doing it.' You might see states opting not to extend their waiver."
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Celebrating James Baldwin, As Many Classrooms Ignore Him

James Baldwin?s 1953 novel, ?Go Tell It on the Mountain,? about a Harlem teenager?s search for meaning, quickly became a classic, along with his searing essays about race published a decade later in the book ?The Fire Next Time.? But in recent years Baldwin?s presence has diminished in many high school classrooms.

In a year that marks the 90th anniversary of his birth, educators offer different reasons for Baldwin?s faded presence there, from the concern that he is too controversial and complex to the perception that he has been eclipsed by other African-American voices. Collectively the explanations illustrate how attitudes about race have changed, along with the way the high school literary experience has evolved according to currents in the field.


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Why are Colleges Getting So Competitive?

There are fewer students applying to college now than there were 5 years ago. Does that surprise you? How can it be that colleges are getting so much more competitive now than in the past when there are fewer students applying to college? Because the number of applications that some students are submitting has been […]

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Is it Safe to Attend Dartmouth College?

Dartmouth College is a popular choice for many of my students to apply to. It is a good school academically. However, Dartmouth has always had a reputation as a party school. The movie Animal House was based in part on stories of fraternity life at Dartmouth. But, it appears that things have been getting out […]

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Are BS/MD Programs Getting More Difficult to Get Into?

Every year it seems that getting into college is more difficult. The past few years, the number of colleges that each student applies to has increased greatly. Although there are actually fewer students applying to college in general compared to 5 years ago, the number of applications has actually increased at the most selective colleges. […]

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ACT or SAT. Does It Matter Anymore?

ACT or SAT. Does It Matter Anymore?

When students start preparing for college admissions tests, one of the first issues is what is the best test. The ACT or SAT? Does it really matter any more which test you take? The quick answer is NO, it doesn’t make any difference.  Virtually every college in the country will accept either the SAT or […]

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Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chanc...

Parent Over Involvement Hurts Chances for Admissions

Parents, this post is for you. I know you love your kids and want the best for them. You want everything for them that you didn’t have. Good for you. But, being too involved in the college admissions process, and with BS/MD programs in particular, hurts your student. It doesn’t help. I have worked with […]

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Does Grade Inflation Help Getting Into Medical School?

While there are a number of factors used to determine who to admit to medical school, the two biggest are the GPA and the MCAT scores. So if a high GPA is good to have does that mean that going to a college with high grade inflation will make you more competitive for medical school? […]

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CO: Colorado tuition bill for illegal immigrants clears House committee but still faces death threat

A bill to create a lower college-tuition rate for illegal immigrants passed a House committee Monday evening on a 7-6 vote — a historic first for the legislation, though it still faces potential death before another committee.
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DE: Charter schools subject of hearing

After heated debates over the future of two charter schools, Delaware legislators plan to hold a public hearing next week to get input from residents as it considers changes to the state's charter regulations.
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HI: Two Hawaii schools lauded for environmental programs

Two Hawaii schools were among the 78 honored today as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program.
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HI: Board of Education to hold community meeting in Kapolei

The Board of Education will hold a community meeting Tuesday night in Kapolei to hear from parents, teachers and others on the education issues facing their communities.
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IA: Branstad urges tougher stance on bullying

Iowa must strengthen its efforts to combat school bullying, Gov. Terry Branstad declared Monday, as the spotlight focused on the state's troubles in grappling with the issue.
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ID: Idaho board gathers input on Complete College plan

The state Board of Education is gathering public input on a proposed campaign aimed at doubling the number of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 with a college degree or a certificate from a professional technical school.
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