Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Department of Education’

National Education Association announces plan to improve teacher quality

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by The American Independent 2 Comments
The National Education Association, which represents 3 million teachers and education professionals across the U.S., announced new initiatives on Thursday “to increase the quality of teacher candidates, make sure that teachers remain at the top of their game throughout their careers, and to improve student learning by helping educators become leaders in their schools.”

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Obama, Duncan to spell out terms for waivers to opt out of No Child Left Behind

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn 1 Comment

Later this morning, President Obama and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan are expected to announce a set of criteria for states to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law following a long period of dissatisfaction with the nine year-old national education policy. (more…)

College loan default rate hits 12-year high

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

A metric for gauging the number of college debt holders defaulting on their loans published today by the U.S. Department of Education shows borrowers who went into repayment between 2007 and 2009 defaulted at a rate of 8.8 percent — a 12-year high. (more…)

More details on new Louisiana child literacy grant from feds

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

New details have emerged on Louisiana’s $142.4 million literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program aims to expand child reading and writing proficiency from birth to high school graduation. (more…)

Louisiana one of six states to win literacy-building grant from feds

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

The state of Louisiana is slated to receive a $142.4 million grant over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Education that is aimed to expand child reading and writing proficiency from birth to high school graduation. (more…)

New report shows assumed value in a college degree can be deceiving

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

A new index from a leading education policy group allows parents and students to assess a college’s “borrowing-to-credential ratio,” combining newly available U.S. Department of Education data that considers a school’s graduation rate and the debt its students accrue throughout the matriculation period. (more…)

Business school thinking can help in tough classrooms, education expert says

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011 by Mikhail Zinshteyn No Comments

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke Tuesday to educators and school administrators charged with running ‘turnaround schools’ at the University of Virginia. The employees are enrolled in the school’s Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) “School Turnaround Specialist Program,” a collaborative effort between the business and education programs of the university that help experienced teachers and principals manage the fault lines of the school turnaround process. (more…)

Kline ridicules oversight of for-profit colleges that have given him thousands

Posted on: June 6th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Image by Matt MahurinRepublican Rep. John Kline looks like he’s becoming the for-profit education industry’s proverbial “man in Washington.” In February, he proposed an amendment to defund any attempt by the federal government to overhaul regulations governing the industry, without a clear sense of what those new regulations would look like. (more…)