November 8, 2009
Re "Reform run rampant," Editorial, Nov. 4 I agree with your concerns over state Sen. Gloria Romero's (D-Los Angeles) potpourri education bill to qualify California public schools for federal Race to the Top education grants. However, some of the "common-sense reforms" of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that you call worth supporting are misguided. Duncan has never been a public school teacher. His attempts to link student test scores in determining teacher pay, promotion, sanction and evaluation are specious.
June 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Ten U.S. colleges and universities have committed to provide more information to students about tuition and other costs, including estimated monthly loan payments after graduation, as part of a federal push to improve disclosure to help prevent financial-aid recipients from overextending themselves, the White House said. Leaders from those institutions, which include the state university systems in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Texas, were scheduled meet Tuesday in Washington with Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discuss financial aid transparency.
June 6, 2013 |
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - President Obama on Thursday pledged to bring high-speed Internet to nearly all students in their classrooms within five years, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand an existing initiative that will help school systems cover the cost. Speaking to students at Mooresville Middle School, Obama argued that such access would improve learning opportunities for students all over the country. “We can't be stuck in the 19th century when we're living in a 20th-century economy,” he said.
September 25, 2010
SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer The Middle East, poverty, his diet: President Bill Clinton 3 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for 'Superman'"); filmmaker Ken Burns. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Midterm elections, Bush tax cuts: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.); midterm elections, the "tea party": Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.
September 22, 2011 |
Half an hour into the Fox News-Google News debate, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney finally had their first skirmish - and to no one's surprise, it came over Social Security. Perry again tried to reassure current Social Security beneficiaries and those who soon would be eligible that they had nothing to worry about. And he accused Romney of distorting his past statements on the issue and suggesting he would like states to assume responsibility for the program. “Not the first time Mitt's been wrong on some issue,” Perry said.
November 4, 2011 |
Karl Rove, architect of George W. Bush's presidential victories, is steeped in the business of political fundraising. He co-founded one of the major "super-PACs," American Crossroads, which will try to cut into President Obama's fundraising advantage in the 2012 election. For Rove, the Obama campaign is both a target and a rival - and he doesn't like one of the methods it is using to raise campaign money. Making full use of the power of incumbency, the Obama campaign has set up a "speaker series" in which people pay $5,000 to hear closed-door speeches delivered by administration officials, White House alumni -- even celebrities who are partial to Obama.
November 4, 2009
If California schools want a piece of $4.2 million in new federal education grants, they'll have to make some changes. Legislation by state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) and several coauthors would pave the way for those changes, but the bill is so awkwardly constructed at this point, with so many unnecessary and possibly harmful additions, that it doesn't deserve the fast-track passage Romero is seeking. The bill moves in the right direction in enacting common-sense reforms that were outlined by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan as requirements for states that want to compete for Race to the Top grants.
May 27, 2009
Re "Education secretary says students in peril," May 23 So U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes that California must get serious about his favored reform projects before we can expect any more help? That's like saying the Titanic needed a better orchestra. Projected class sizes of 40-plus students per class next year in L.A. Unified make ideas such as merit pay, reconstituting "failing" schools and "small learning communities" to be spectacularly beside the point. Laying off thousands of teachers will render permanent damage to education in California.
March 6, 2012 |
African American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. The report -- based on data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools serving 85% of the nation's students -- also found that minority students have less access to tough high school curricula and are more often taught by lower paid and less experienced teachers.