Student Debt and Higher Education

There is no doubt that students are graduating with more debt for a college education than they did even a decade ago. However, student debt is not a new issue. Without student loans, I would not have been able to go to college. Loans carried me through my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It was a happy day when I paid them off, not all that long ago.

Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and ...

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Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.

A new international study, set to be released Tuesday, argues that the United States has an expectation problem.

More so than any of the other 29 ...

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Retired Briarcliff schools chief gets $1,000 a day in Putnam Valley

The budgets of New York’s school districts continue to get pummeled by back room agreements that enhance administrator’s pensions and allow or unlimited double dipping. When veteran educator Frances Wills retired as Briarcliff Manor’s superintendent in 2010, she left with a $50,000 bonus, and the promise of retirement funded by pensions from her 16 years in New York and another 25 years in Maine.  Later to be enhanced by a $1,000 per day 3 year contract.   Click here ...

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Public School Teachers Accuse Duncan of Undermining Education

LOS ANGELES — Accusing Education Secretary Arne Duncan of undermining public education for reform efforts they disagree with, the union representing millions of public school teachers is asking the top official to shape up or ship out.

The American Federation of Teachers joined its sister union – the National Education Association – in taking a strong stance against the secretary. While the NEA called for Duncan’s immediate resignation, the AFT opted to ask for a “Secretary Improvement ...

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California Teacher Tenure Found to Violate Student Rights

California’s two biggest teacher unions lost the first round in the broadest court challenge yet to state laws protecting teachers’ jobs, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy appeal.  Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu in his tentative ruling found that low-income and minority students are disproportionately stuck with “grossly” ineffective teachers, leading him to conclude the challenged laws violate the students’ fundamental right to equality of education.

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Illinois Pension Crisis: Still No Progress

Illinois lawmakers may have recently had a breakthrough legalizing gay marriage, but they are still no closer to finding a solution to the nearly $100 billion pension crisis involving public employees that has been plaguing the state for years. The issue, which grows by an estimated $5 million per day, has been continually pushed off, most recently this week. This summer, lawmakers even reached compromises on a myriad of issues involving concealed weapons, medical marijuana, and hydraulic fracturing, yet still ...

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