A New Year: What’s Ahead For Education
Here were are in January, and I’m still trying to figure out what happened to October. The fall sped by as I adjusted to a new city and a new job. This winter isn’t going much slower.
For many people, myself included, 2011 was a year of intense highs and lows. In the education world, there is much unfinished business that carried over from the old year to the new. We still don’t know what’s going to replace No Child Left Behind. School districts nationwide are dealing with massive budget shortfalls that could result in layoffs and cuts to programs and services.
At the same time, there is tremendous opportunity in the form of federal grants aimed at turning around persistently low-achieving campuses. Early childhood education is moving to the front burner, thanks to $500 million in federal grants. Higher education is rethinking its mission, from the role of community colleges to the value of a liberal arts degree.
One thing is certain: the new year will be a busy one on the education beat. I’ll do my best to point out interesting stories, new ideas and tips to help you make sense of it all.