Four-year colleges are now hiring fewer full-time faculty and opting instead for more adjunct professors. Institutions insist the move saves them money and improves flexibility in a challenging educational economy. About half of all instructors at four-year colleges teach as an adjunct and the percentage is higher at most community colleges.
The House has rejected a Senate proposal to cap the number of four-year degrees offered by state community colleges. Lawmakers are worried about duplicating programs with state universities, but state colleges are the most convenient campus in many parts of Florida.
The U.S. Department of Education says Oregon could lose $140 million in federal money if the state legislature approves a bill allowing parents to opt their children out of state testing. Florida law doesn’t allow students to opt out, but advocates have been asking for the right and coaching parents on how their kids can sit out tests.
Florida was one of several states where students were told, in error, they had an additional five minutes on the SAT. The College Board, which oversees the test, says it will throw out those sections of the exam, but that it won’t change student scores.
A survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education has found that salaries and benefit packages for public university presidents grew by 7 percent in 2014. The survey found that while benefits vary widely, they can include perks ranging from housing and cars to maid service and personal trainers.
A report from the Education Law Center says few states have increased funding to education after cutting public school budgets following the 2008 recession. It also found that not enough states are funneling enough funds into low-income schools to meet the needs of students.
While taking the SAT on Saturday, students across the country discovered an error in their instruction booklets, one that would have allowed them five extra minutes on one section of the exam. Proctors, whose instruction booklets contained the proper instructions, did not discover the mistake until students began to complain. Now the College Board, owner of the SAT, is trying to decide how to handle the error.
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Eight times Brandon Lewis has taken Florida’s Algebra I end-of-course exam. And eight times he’s failed it, once coming just two points short of passing.
Lewis is a junior at Miami’s Dr. Michael M. Krop High School. Lewis passed the class his first year, but Florida also requires that students pass a state exam in a handful of key courses, including Algebra I. He’s worried the test will keep him from graduating.
“It hurts when you’re isolated from the other group of kids,” Lewis says, “and you feel like you’re slow and that you can’t do anything to, like, pass that test.”
Students caught up in the bankruptcy of a large for-profit college may be able to get some relief from their college loans. The Obama Administration announced Corinthian Colleges students may have some of their debt forgiven.
Orange County’s 3-year-old AmeriCorps program is credited with helping local students improve grades and stay in school. Now, there are plans for a $2.4 million expansion to the program that will target high-risk students in older, poorer communities.