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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The high graduation rates of Illinois’ lowest-performing schools

Here’s a startling statistic: despite having only 11 percent of students performing at grade level in math and reading, Illinois’ lowest-performing high schools graduate more than 60 percent of their students within four years. This statistic indicates that students are lack of get the  knowledge and the skills necessary to be successful in a career or in college.  According to the City Colleges of Chicago, Overall, 40 percent of Chicago public high school graduates attending the city colleges of Chicago took two remedial courses, ...

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As Tuition Increases, So Do College Bureaucracies

As examination of federal data on the explosion in college costs reveals how far colleges have gotten away from their original mission of providing “higher” education. The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2010, nonprofit colleges and universities spent $449 billion. Less than 29 percent of that-$129 billion-went for instruction and part of that amount went for expenses other than professors’ salaries. So for every $1 spent on instruction, $1.82 is spent on non-instructional things such as “academic support, ...

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Avoid 4 common mistakes to pay of student loans

The majority of students are dependent on governmental or private loans to attend a College or University nowadays. Interest rates may vary from loan servicer, therefore it is essential to do a good amount of research to get the best rates that fit your or the debtors financial budget. To ensure a stress-free payoff and to avoid an unexpected payment bill after the grace period, keep the next tips in mind when repaying or thinking about ...

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U.S. politics quiz – Are You Smarter Than an Educator?

Why should anyone learn about things that happened far away and long ago? Obviously, we can try to find a guide into tomorrow by taking lessons from the past. Politics includes the changing times and circumstances so that it enables us to learn by trial and error. Especially, it is much more important for government officials to have a historical insight into the politics to provide better ways for our culture to live. In this regard, too bad that elected ...

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How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/20/sunday-review/dialect-quiz-map.html

 

About This Quiz

Most of the questions used in this quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux’s current website.

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