Because rates of discipline have been disproportionally high for some racial groups, guidance from the US Dept. of Education and Justice is suggesting changes in ‘zero-tolerance’.
In 2001 Regents College, renamed Excelsior, began issuing associate degrees based on competency as a way for veterans, homemakers and others to get credit for prior learning. Now there are 20 public and private institutions developing or delivering such programs.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for 50 new school principals, each to take over a failing school.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it will launch an investigation into whether Penn State University failed to comply with the Clery Act.
An article in Education Week points out that “zero tolerance” policies and other harsh school discipline practices unfairly target students from racial, gender and ethnic groups.
In the eleven years since PAR has been used to evaluate teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland, 300 were fired. In the ten years before PAR, only 5 teachers were terminated.
One in five public school students is Hispanic. In October, a summit was hosted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence to deal with the dropout rate and related issues.
While the Democrats and Republicans may be divided on healthcare, taxes and energy, the climate around education is cooler reports The Washington Post.