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How colleges must collaborate to lift up the communities just outside their door

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Commentaries, Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

How colleges must collaborate to lift up the communities just outside their door

From the editors: Universities teach and research, but what impact do they – and should they – have on their local communities? We asked the leaders of Rutgers University – Newark and West Virginia University to explain their take on this issue given the considerable challenges each of their surrounding communities face. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor Rutgers University – Newark The statistics are dramatic. Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark. Rutgers University – Newark Newark is a city with Fortune 500 companies...

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CO school district puzzled by $31 million deficit — while scarfing down catered Atlanta Bread

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Daily | 0 comments

CO school district puzzled by $31 million deficit — while scarfing down catered Atlanta Bread

AURORA, Colorado – The law says taxpayers have a responsibility to finance K-12 education for all children.  It does not say they have a responsibility to provide public school employees and students with a constant supply of expensive restaurant food. Someone should remind officials at the Aurora, Colorado school district of that fact. In fiscal 2016-17, while school officials were trying to figure out how to eliminate a $31 million budget deficit, the district was busy spending tons of money on restaurant food, caterers and grocery stores....

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UFT’s Paid Parental Leave Feather In The Cap/ Notch On The Belt

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blogs, Daily | 0 comments

UFT’s Paid Parental Leave Feather In The Cap/ Notch On The Belt

For the benefit of those union detractors who think that the the Supreme Court’s ruling making membership dues voluntary is their doomsday prescription and that unions have outlived their usefulness and done nothing lately to improve their members’ lives, here’s an awesome tidbit from a few days ago.   The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) has triumphantly negotiated paid parental leave for its members. Not even during the “good old days” of storied union clout, had any public sector union in New York City...

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When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Daily | 0 comments

When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed

By Ann Schimke – After the Denver schools chief made a high-profile announcement last August guaranteeing a full meal to students whether or not they had the money to pay, many advocates cheered the end of so-called “lunch-shaming” in the 92,000-student district. Then came an unpleasant surprise: Debt from unpaid lunches soared, rising to $356,000 from $13,000 the year before. Denver’s exploding meal debt — amounting to roughly 900 unpaid lunches every school day of the year — illustrates the balancing act districts nationwide face amid...

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University student suicide rates revealed

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

University student suicide rates revealed

Suicide rates for higher education students have been revealed for the first time. The Office of National Statistics figures show 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales. This is lower than for the general population of similar ages, but does not include suicides among students at further education colleges. Since the 1950s there has been limited data on student suicides. A report published last autumn showed the numbers of students disclosing mental health problems had increased fivefold in...

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Your Beard Is Saying a Lot More Than You Think

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Book Reviews, Daily | 0 comments

Your Beard Is Saying a Lot More Than You Think

A fascinating Q&A with the author of the new book ‘Of Beards and Men.’ By Luke O’Neil – The history of civilization as we know it has been humankind’s struggle to overcome nature, to assert order where entropy rules. But, as Christopher Oldstone-Moore writes in his book Of Beards and Men, each of us play out a microcosm of that struggle every morning in our personal grooming decisions. The question at hand—to grow a beard or to shave—not only tells us a lot about ourselves as individuals, but also, writ...

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Teacher coaching, threat assessment can reduce disparities in discipline, studies show

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Teacher coaching, threat assessment can reduce disparities in discipline, studies show

Linda Jacobson – Coaching teachers on classroom management and culturally responsive strategies can result in fewer racial disparities in discipline, according to a study appearing in a special issue of School Psychology Review. Led by Catherine Bradshaw of the University of Virginia, the random controlled trial, involving 158 elementary and middle school teachers in a Maryland school district, compared those who received the coaching to those who did not. The coached teachers were less likely to refer black students to the office for...

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The myth of the average teacher

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blogs, Daily, Global | 0 comments

The myth of the average teacher

Tim Hutton – I have the controversial opinion among my colleagues that teachers, on average, actually get paid pretty well. Averaging, however, is the crux of debate on teacher workload. Yes, if a teacher’s job is averaged over the year, their pay is reasonable and their workload is manageable. Alas, teachers are mere mortals; they aren’t Time Lords who can redistribute their work to a time of year when they are less busy. With teaching’s high attrition rate, we have to seriously start asking how schools can work to...

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AAUP: Professors Should Run Regents

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blogs, Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

AAUP: Professors Should Run Regents

Malcolm A. Kline – The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) thinks that it should govern a university’s governing boards. “The ground rules here are very well established and fundamental to the effecting management of the university,”Steve Mumme and Margaret LeCompte write on the academe blog maintained by the AAUP. “In what is the most authoritative and widely used guidance for the governance of American colleges and universities, published in 1966, the American Association of University Professors, the Association of...

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State budget makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

State budget makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success. As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the largest investment in Michigan history — encompassing more than a quarter of our total budget. We are adding to our record investments in K-12 education with an additional $120 to $240 in...

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