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Big Payoff For D.C. Teachers, Romney Says He Would Veto Dream Act

“We want to make great teachers rich.”

I gotta admit, that’s a heck of a pull quote from Sam Dillon’s New York Times story on teachers in Washington, D.C. earning sizeable bonuses for consistently solid performance. (Side note: Sam Dillon is one of the NYT reporters taking a recent buy-out offer. The education beat will be significantly poorer as a result, but I’m looking forward to seeing what he does next with his talents.)

The quote, by the way, came from Jason Kamras, DCPS’s chief of human capital. Not everyone is thrilled with teachers earning up to $25,000 in performance pay, as the NYT story reports. But it’s certainly something worth watching.

We are now officially in a presidential election year. So far I haven’t heard anyone claim to be the “education candidate” (if I missed it, let me know). Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney promised to veto the Dream Act (which is not yet law), if given the opportunity. Check out this story from Reuters (thanks to Inside Higher Ed for pointing it out).

“For those that come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits, I find to be contrary to the idea of a nation of laws,” Romney said at a campaign stop in Lemars, Iowa, according to the Reuters report.

While we’re talking about higher education, check out this remarkable story from Bloomberg, about some California colleges and universities allegedly bypassing Asian-American applicants in favor of Chinese students who will pay the higher out-of-state tuition. While such enrollment policies might be better for the state’s bottom line, it hardly feels equitable.

What are the higher ed enrollment trends in your state when it comes to international students? Are there quotas for in-state and out-of-state students, and are those quotas being met? Have any campuses recorded a surge in foreign enrollment? Who are the international students, and what is attracting them to your local campuses? Those are stories I’d like to read.



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