Education

Where is UC Sending its Money?

During the bubble, many large institutions got a little greedy with their investments. They wanted lots of return, but no risk. And that's what Wall Street was selling in some of their shadier business "growth areas." One such shady areas of Wall Street was the interest rate swap market.  And the University of California system got sucked in:
Over the last decade, the UC Board of Regents has engaged in risky deals with Wall Street banks called interest rate swaps...
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Clovis School District: Sex Education that Gets an 'F'

California state law mandates that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free. So why are Clovis Unified high schools teaching teens from a book that makes no mention of condoms, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy?
Recent events, such as Representative Akin's ill-informed statements about reproductive biology and rape - put the issue in a stark light. The brand of sex ed that Clovis high schools are peddling is putting teens' health at risk - it's dangerous, unlawful, and could have serious consequences if it is not stopped.
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The For-Profit Higher Education Industry, By the Numbers

The for-profit higher education industry was the target of a bruising report issued last week. Based on a two-year effort, the report detailed high rates of loan default, aggressive recruiting, higher than average tuition, low retention rates, and little job placement assistance.
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TX State Senator Vows 2013 Push for Private-School Vouchers

State Senator Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who anchors the rightmost wing of his party's caucus in the Senate, has vowed to make private-school voucher legislation a focal point of his efforts in the 2013 session of the state legislature.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Patrick said, "To me, school choice is the photo ID bill of this session...Our base has wanted us to pass photo voter ID for years, and we did it. They've been wanting us to pass school choice for years. This is the year to do it, in my view."
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A Must Read Piece on the Impact of Inadequate School Funding

A Bridgeport high school teacher spoke of scrambling to find chalk, and of not having enough paper to give students during their final exams.
In another school in Bridgeport, there are not enough books, so teachers must copy as much as they can before they reach their quota of paper.
In Norwalk, librarians in a school ran an after-school program to help children whose parents do not speak English with homework. Facing a huge budget gap, those librarians' jobs were eliminated.
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Objections Pile Up As NJ Moves Closer to Approving First Online Charter School

The state constitution guarantees a "thorough and efficient system of free public schools"; there is more than enough evidence to cast doubt on the thoroughness and efficiency of virtual charters. It would be the height of irresponsibility for the Legislature to allow these schools to drain millions of dollars from existing public schools without a through vetting of on-line schools and the contractors that provide them.
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AL State Legislators Endorse Religious Education, but Only for Christians

Listen up, Alabama legislators! All y'all who think that you can take taxpayer money & promote your personal religious beliefs or - even worse - use your public elected position to do the same.... take a look at Louisiana before you write any more laws. This past legislative session, Louisiana governor (and rising GOP star) Bobby Jindal championed a "reform" to public education. HB976 set up a voucher program where parents could use state funds to send their kids to religious schools. Funny though... there are other religions than Christianity - even in Louisiana and some of the schools applying for funds are - GASP!! - Muslim!
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OK State Needs Larger Education Investment

It comes as no surprise that recent information from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of per pupil spending in the country.
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B: NJ Bills on Teacher Tenure Move Forward, Raise Questions About Experience and Effectiveness

Today, Senator Teresa Ruiz's tenure bill will most likely make it out of her committee; this follows on the heels of Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan's bill, which was approved by his committee last Thursday (despite the abstention
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