In a new poll out today, Americans say they want teacher preparation programs to raise the bar for entrance, provide longer training periods for practice teaching, and require new teachers to pass a rigorous certification exam akin to the ones required of lawyers and doctors.
That question was asked of Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research for the Pew Research Center, at EWA’s first Spanish-Language Media Convening in Dallas last Thursday. The reporter who asked the question was referring to the future of Latinos in the United States.
Lopez kicked off the conference with a session on Hispanic student demographics. He began his talk by spouting off some statistics:
“Good education policies are meaningless if students aren’t at their desks.”
That’s California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’ response to a new report out this week that found low-income students were truant more often than their wealthier peers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Harris’ office partnered with a research group to evaluate the attendance trends of 32 school districts that educate 150,000 students, finding that 90 percent of the students who missed 36 days or more of school were low-income.
Prompted by the controversy over the type of equipment the Ferguson police department used during protests over the death of Michael Brown, news organizations across the country started requesting information about a U.S. Department of Defense program that provided police departments with defense equipment.
Why should education reporters care?
Some of those police departments happen to belong to school districts, colleges and universities.
The cover story of the New York Times Magazine’s Education Issue is a coveted position, and this week it goes to the Big History Project, an online curriculum backed by Bill Gates that’s expanding into public school classrooms across the country.
When Mark Milliron met with an advertising team to promote a new type of college in Texas, he wasn’t expecting fireworks. Still, the pitch floored him.
“The Texas Two-Step: Sign Up. Succeed.”
It was the sentence that would appear on billboards and in radio advertisements, enticing thousands of working adults to enroll in an online college – Western Governors University Texas. And it totally missed the point.
EWA’s Emily Richmond and Mikhail Zinshteyn speak with Money Magazine education reporter Kim Clark about the publication’s first-ever college rankings, which focus on the return-on-investment factor of earning a degree from a particular institution.
In a new report,researchers say they found a link between higher rates of student absenteeism and lower scores in reading and mathematics on a nationwide exam. It’s a finding that isn’t likely to surprise many people, least of all educators in America’s public schools.
Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the country. Recipients will be awarded as much as $40,000 each year for four years for tuition, books, living expenses, and other required fees. Up to 40 spaces are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.