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Apprenticeships—or to be more precise, the praise of apprenticeships—is everywhere. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for expanded access to apprenticeships and has endorsed apprenticeships in other speeches. In mid-April, the President put resources behind that talk, unveiling a $100 million fund to support apprenticeship programs. The idea is that buContinue Reading »
For the higher education community, the hottest ticket in town was President Obama’s invitation to the December 11 meeting aimed at helping lower-income students succeed in college. The event was postponed so Mr. Obama could attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa and has since been rescheduled for January 16. Next week’s meeting is a key ingredient in what the President has caContinue Reading »
Fairness is a core American value. Last week, President Obama spoke eloquently about fairness and why it matters if all Americans are to realize their dreams of decent lives for themselves and their children.
President Obama talked about growing our economy faster and linked this goal to empowering “more Americans with the skills and education they need to compete in a highly competitiveContinue Reading »
Student wisdom. Students give their ideas on how to improve education policy and grading policies in particular. (Leadership for Learning)
A family outing. The Obama’s attended a University of Maryland basketball game over the weekend to support Michelle Obama’s brother who coaches the Oregon State basketball team. The two teams played each other in College Park, Maryland on Saturday andContinue Reading »
Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing the education law that’s commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In it, he called for changing the way schools are identified for improvement from the criteria-referenced system that NCLB uses, where states set an objective “proficiency” benchmark and hold accountable all schools that fail to meet it, to Continue Reading »
While President Obama’s new higher ed proposals have generated considerable commentary, much of it seems to be missing two key points.
The first is admittedly based on my reading of the proposal thus far, and I grant that the proposal is vague enough that you can read pretty much whatever you want into it. Most of the commentary compares the new ratings system to U.S. News & World ReContinue Reading »
Higher education matters. With the cost of college continuing to go up, many ask the question is college worth it? The short answer is yes. College graduates on average earn nearly two times more that high school graduates. To make sure every student has the same opportunity, we need to keep the cost of higher education low and accessible, argues Dylan Matthews. (The Washington Post)
President Obama is on fire to make higher education more available at a reasonable cost to more Americans. Addressing the faculty and students at the University of Buffalo on Thursday, he made a convincing case that unless higher education wakes up to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century we will find ourselves uncompetitive and increasingly vulnerable economically and socially.<Continue Reading »
President Obama unveiled a new plan to make college more affordable today. A key piece is a new ratings system that will help determine federal funding for colleges.
“To identify colleges for providing the best value and encourage all colleges to improve, President Obama is directing the Department of Education to develop and publish a new college ratings systContinue Reading »
Since President Obama called for a federal investment in universal preschool as part of his February State of the Union address, early childhood advocates have been eagerly awaiting the answers to several key questions:How much funding is the president proposing to spend on universal preschool? How on earth does he propose to pay for it? (Recalling that in the same SOTU address Obama alsoContinue Reading »