College Possible helps Milwaukee students dream big

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Richard Esparza was nervous.

“I’ve never given a public speech before,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison senior told Watchdog.org shortly before the second annual College Possible Milwaukee “Dream Big” dinner began.

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Despite minority student success, charter school segregation narrative continues

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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At the recent Education Writers Association national seminar in Chicago, a small breakout session asked the following question: Is school choice a tool for opportunity and equity, or further segregation?

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Short on subs, Philly schools look to non-union contractors

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The local teachers union is not getting the job done, so the School District of Philadelphia wants to use a private vendor to manage its substitute teachers.

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Rise of the ‘silver collar’ workforce: When a four-year degree isn’t the right move

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Education, Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Skilled workers are currently in such demand that instead of being called “blue collar” workers, they’re now called “silver collar” workers.

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Which teachers will go first as schools shrink?

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Education, Education Blog, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, National, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Falling birth rates will cut school attendance in the coming years, but just 18 states require that competence be considered when laying off teachers. That means union-crafted seniority rules will drive the process in most districts, further compromising the quality of public education.

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Education week-in-review: Ghost teachers and the ghost of Jim Crow

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From taxpayer-funded ghosts in Philadelphia to a flawed study trying to scare people by invoking the ghost of Jim Crow, it’s been a frighteningly busy week in education.

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