Recently, Northwestern University’s football players began to explore options that would allow them to unionize, and someday maybe even earn a paycheck.
“A lot of people will think this is all about money; it’s not,” former Northwestern football player Kain Colter told the Chicago Tribune earlier this year. “We’re asking for a seat at the table to get our voice heard.”
But the discussions surrounding student-athletes aren’t just about unions or money. There’s another issue at play — questioning if universities are doing enough academically to prepare their athletes for life after graduation.
Ohio school board members are split over whether to bar school districts from firing teachers because they are gay or bisexual. The Associated Press reports that board member Stephanie Dodd Stephanie Dodd introduced an amendment to state’s operating standards to include sexual orientation as a protected class. The board took testimony Tuesday from backers of the amendment.
A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. Backers of the proposed policy change told the Ohio Board of Education on Tuesday the move would encourage the hiring and retention of the brightest teachers and set an example of inclusion for gay, lesbian and transgender youths.
The conservative-leaning Fordham Institute says this year’s test results will be telling as to whether the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s much touted transformation plan, approved in the summer of 2012, is making a mark.
The district showed no significant improvement in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in 2013 – the first year the test was administered since the plan was implemented. As the Fordham Institute’s Chad Aldis writes, Cleveland still ranks “at the bottom of the heap in student achievement.”
Still, the Institute’s Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy said there is cause for hope, and he’ll be watching for the results of this spring’s state achievement tests.
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it– well, that’s the thought at the College of Wooster. The private college is sticking with their model of charging each student a hefty amount of tuition, but also providing them with a chunk of financial aid.
Running a tuition-dependent liberal-arts college isn’t easy these days. And the College of Wooster must compete in a crowded market, without a marquee name. Even so, its leaders are sticking with a contested pricing model-and choosing not to pursue other strategies that might make that commitment easier to keep.
Collectively, Americans owe an estimated $1 trillion in student loan debt, and in the recent poor economic times, more people have defaulted on those loans. As Sandy Baum tells Celeste Headlee on NPR’s Tell Me More, students should seek ways to refinance their loans or negotiate a payment plan with their lender before defaulting.
Quality preschool is increasingly viewed as providing a critical path for very young children to better succeed later in their academic lives. As more federal, state and local officials push to make preschool available to all children, Boston’s program is becoming a model that many are looking to for guidance on what works best.
It’s a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes. “What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?” she asks. The lesson doesn’t go exactly as planned.
The Ohio House has passed H.B. 487, a bill jam packed with several education initiatives. The Columbus Dispatch reports the legislation overhauls Ohio’s postsecondary enrollment program, forces charter school sponsors to closely review school finances, and opens career tech education to middle schoolers. The bill also requires school districts better identify students who are at risk of dropping out.
The state is phasing in new report cards that measure schools in more-detailed ways, giving them letter grades for each component. See how schools statewide fare under the new system. Education Blog A poster warning against sexual harassment at Ohio State University led a…