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Student housing tempts wealthy investors

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Student housing tempts wealthy investors

Some of the world’s richest people and sovereign wealth funds are turning their attention to student housing, with the increasingly luxurious and expensive purpose-built accommodation becoming regarded as a must-have part of their investment portfolio. Investor demand for student accommodation blocks is so strong that some potential buyers were forced to stand during presentations at a student housing investment conference in a ballroom in Covent Garden, central London this week. James Pullan, the head of student property at property...

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State Union Rankings Show Strength of Labor Depends on Size of Government

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

State Union Rankings Show Strength of Labor Depends on Size of Government

Mike Antonucci – That union membership numbers are declining — both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the American workforce — is no longer news. What should be getting more attention is that unionism is now mostly a movement by and for government employees. The public sector workforce is only about one-sixth the size of its private sector counterpart, but public sector workers are much more likely to be unionized: Public and private unions have about the same number of members. With private sector unions only about half the size...

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Higher education school for special needs to open in Plano

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Higher education school for special needs to open in Plano

A non-profit called “My Possibilities” in Plano is doing everything it can to change options for a student with special needs. Hannah Davis My Possibilities, Custom Rendering of My Possibilities School in Plano PLANO, Texas — A non-profit called “My Possibilities” in Plano is doing everything it can to change options for a student with special needs. Last month, My Possibilities broke ground on a new campus called “My Possibilities University.” Founders say it’s the first of its kind in the...

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Curing the Campus PC Pox

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Curing the Campus PC Pox

Robert Weissberg – Today’s college campuses are hotbeds of anti-intellectual insanity—a world of micro- aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces, speech codes, cultural appropriations and mandatory sensitivity training where the slightest impolite utterance, regardless of intent or heartfelt apologies can result in harsh punishment. Can this be reversed? The answer is “yes” but this will require a devious pathway that begins by seemingly encouraging the opposite—yet more PC to, eventually, kill the beast. Let me explain. Analyzing the...

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Death to Unum

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily, Featured | 0 comments

Death to Unum

Chuck Moss – Okay, so Bill O’Reilly’s been canned from Fox, after a firestorm of protest. These angry folks besieged advertisers in the name of propriety, demanding O’Reilly be fired. Why? Accusations of sexual hanky-panky and unwanted attention to the ladies. This cannot be tolerated in a civilized society, and is a gross insult to all Womankind, thundered the protesters.  Fair enough. Then what about Bill Clinton? WHAT!!! Said the protesters. THAT’S DIFFERENT! Ahh—how so? If anything, Bill Clinton was worse. Why? Hello…duh…he was the...

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Censoring You To “Protect” You

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Cyberbullying, Daily, Featured, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Censoring You To “Protect” You

by Douglas Murray –  The editor of The Vanguard at Portland State University decided that it was more important to cover up a story than to break it, more important to evade truths than to expose them, and more important to treat students — and the wider world — as children rather than thinking sentient adults able to make up their own minds. That students such as Andy Ngo exist is reason for considerable optimism. So long as there are even a few people left who are willing to ask the questions that need asking and willing...

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Report: School-Issued Devices Spying on Kids

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

Report: School-Issued Devices Spying on Kids

By Shane Vander Hart – The Electronic Frontier Foundation released a report in April that is a must read for those who are concerned about student privacy. In a nutshell, they found these devices are spying on kids who use them, and their parents are blissfully unaware. From the report‘s executive summary: Student laptops and educational services are often available for a steeply reduced price, and are sometimes even free. However, they come with real costs and unresolved ethical questions thrroughout EFF’s investigation over the past...

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When $7B in Remediation Falls Short: The Broken Promises Colleges Make to Students Who Need More Help

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

When $7B in Remediation Falls Short: The Broken Promises Colleges Make to Students Who Need More Help

David Cantor – Ninety degrees on a May afternoon, and New York’s streets wilted under unexpected heat. Pedestrians kept close to the shadow of buildings. Car chrome sparkled in the traffic. It was different downtown, at the Tribeca campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where the giddy spirit of students at a celebration of the school’s clubs felt more like a day at the beach. “Who was supposed to bring the water guns?” a flushed club leader, sweater draped over her head nomad-like, asked several people earnestly. With...

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Jeb Bush says, “Parents know best for their children.”

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Jeb Bush says, “Parents know best for their children.”

Does that mean PARENTS can choose schools without Common Core standards, tests, data? If parents know best, why not let PARENTS choose? Cheri Kiesecker Jeb Bush at The American Federation for Children (AFC) Summit. May 23, 2017 Betsy DeVos recently declared there is no more Common Core.  Tell that to the parents in 46 states/territories  who still have common core standards, and still have the common core tests tied to accountability, and SLDS (P-20)  state databases, data collection/sharing, that were all required when states took Race to...

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Bill Could Turn Back Page, Return Power To Texas Board Of Ed

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

Bill Could Turn Back Page, Return Power To Texas Board Of Ed

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn’t like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature. The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn’t like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature. Some fear the bill’s benign language would, intentionally or...

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