Blog: Higher Ed Beat
There’s a busy year ahead on the schools beat – I talked to reporters, policy analysts and educators to put together a cheat sheet to a few of the stories you can expect to be on the front burner in the coming months:
Revamping No Child Left Behind
President Obama will be in Tennessee today, where he’s expected to reveal more details of a proposal to make the first two years of community college free to qualified students. More details will follow in the State of the Union address later this month.
As many as 3.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States are eligible for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which sets aside the threat of deportation and grants work privileges to eligible residents. Among the several conditions necessary to qualify for DACA approval is a high-school degree or its equivalent. That’s where schools enter the picture.
We have two new episodes of EWA Radio this week, looking at the hot-button stories on the education beat in the coming year.
Six law schools in California are boosting their efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession, providing financial-aid counseling, admission-test prep and application-fee waivers, among other services, to students at 24 community colleges.
Two journalists, a local reporter who covers education in Bakersfield and national reporter for NPR, discuss how they approach their beats, reflect on surprises they encountered in 2014, and provide predictions for the stories of 2015. Teaser: What grabs attention nationally may not be on the minds of local readers.
A reporter who covers Ohio State University and a national higher-ed reporter discuss how their vantage points influence coverage. Does having a background in covering K-12 improve higher-ed reporting? Do national reporters benefit from living near flagship state universities? The guests also make predictions for stories to watch in 2015.
What if a kid’s first Bible came with a little money for college? Churches across America are taking this approach to promote education among the youngest demographic of Hispanics.
When you write a blog, the end of the year seems to require looking back and looking ahead. Today I’m going to tackle the former with a sampling of some of the year’s top stories from the K-12 and higher education beats. I’ll save the latter for early next week when the final sluggish clouds of 2014 have been swept away, and a bright new sky awaits us in 2015. (Yes, I’m an optimist.)
It’s time for my annual roundup of the year’s most popular posts on The Educated Reporter. Before I get to the list, I wanted to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helps keep this blog — I hope! — lively and informative. This includes the many beat reporters who contributed guest posts from sessions at EWA seminars. I’m also appreciative of the education researchers, analysts and policymakers who served as expert resources throughout the year.
Top 10 Educated Reporter Posts of 2014
Latino students who attend Western Nevada College are visiting schools to promote the benefits of higher education, presenting themselves as role models for students they hope to see follow in their footsteps.
On at least one measure of the White House’s bold plan to rate the nation’s colleges, a team of journalists may have beat the executive branch to the punch.