Education

Tenn. first lady, education chief bring tour to Bristol school

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Michelle Poole’s kindergarten students at Holston View Elementary were so enthralled Tuesday while she read “Charlie the Caterpillar,” they didn’t notice when Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen walked in. McQueen said Poole did a great job of bringing the story to life. “I was impressed by the way Ms. Poole captured her ... Read More »

General election 2017 Corbyn attacks Tories over super-sized classes

Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. The party said 40,000 primary age children were taught in classes of 36 or more in England in 2016, blaming “broken promises” by the government. But the Tories said Labour’s attacks were “a massive own goal”. They said the ... Read More »

The Effectiveness Dilemma

The most important factor in a student’s academic success is an effective teacher, most education policy experts agree. In fact, high quality instruction can counter crippling disadvantages, like those associated with low socioeconomic background. That’s why Florida’s Palm Beach County school district, where about 65 percent of its 190,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch, ... Read More »

Lawmakers should not pick and choose what education to fund

Washington state needs high quality preschool, excellent K-12 schools and a well funded higher education system. All three, not one of the above. Research shows that the benefits of early childhood education are crystal clear. Low-income students who participate in Washington’s state-supported early learning program enter kindergarten as ready to learn as their more affluent classmates. The benefits continue at ... Read More »

Peking University to open business school in Oxford

The university’s HSBC Business School will open just outside of Oxford next year, with its first intake expected in August 2018. The largest intake to PHBS Oxford is expected to be students from the UK and Europe, but the school will also serve as an overseas campus for students from China. Visiting Chinese students will come to the campus starting the spring ... Read More »

Easing access to the US community colleges go global

And yet, only around 3% of international undergraduates in the US have attended community college – compared with 46% of students who graduated from a four-year degree nationwide in 2014. International enrolments at community colleges are eking up slowly, up 1.4% in 2013/14 and 4.2% in 2014/15 to 91,648, but this follows four years of decline. The problem isn’t with the ... Read More »

Education must not be ‘political football’

Scotland’s largest teachers’ union has said education must not be used as a political football in council elections. But the EIS said there should be a proper discussion on education. The union is publishing a manifesto and is calling on voters to question candidates about local education. Some have expressed concern local issues could be overshadowed by Brexit and the ... Read More »

Security for Betsy DeVos costing Education Dept nearly $8M for 8 months

The U.S. Marshals Service is providing unprecedented protective detail to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the added security will be costing her agency almost $1 million per month, the marshals service said Friday. The stepped up security began in February, following a threat assessment ordered by the U.S. Attorney General, the marshals service said. The agency only said it determined ... Read More »

Idaho gives education money directly to teenagers to manage themselves

Senior Cassandra Madrigal, 17, stands in front of Caldwell High School in her hometown of Caldwell, Idaho, holding the college-level statistics textbook for the dual-enrollment course that is inspiring her to major in statistics in college. Photo: Lillian Mongeau CALDWELL, Idaho — Cassandra Madrigal is a high school senior and a top student, with a grade-point average of 3.94. She’s ... Read More »

The Education Silo

Congress and new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are focused on providing more local control over education and ensuring that states have freedom and flexibility to innovate within their education systems. But the focus on local control could keep states from recognizing or acknowledging opportunities to collaborate, pool resources and work as allies to support students. Teachers have already recognized ... Read More »