In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 77 percent of respondents said women needed to go to college to get ahead in life, while just 68 percent said the same for men.
Groups Help Low-Income Students Enter College (Education Week – August 18)
New efforts by nonprofit groups are emerging to increase access for low-income students to a college education.
U.S. Students’ Low Math Test Proficiency Could Have Consequences for GDP (Huffington Post – August 17)
A new study reveals that U.S. students ranking poorly on domestic and international math exams could cost the country $75 trillion over 80 years.
New Race to Top Spurs Concerns about Testing Preschoolers (Education Week – August 18)
Amid the debate about how to best evaluate children’s school readiness, at least 36 states are expected to compete for a piece of the $500 million in grants under the Early Learning Challenge.
Study: Learning a Second Language Boosts Toddler’s Brain Function (Huffington Post/FYI Living – August 18)
A recent study found that learning a second language as a toddler can give the child a cognitive advantage over other kids.
NEW YORK: Lessons in Austerity: How City Principals Make Budgets Work (New York Times – August 17)Last week, requests from 88 schools for more financing were denied.Now, principals need to start over and figure out more ways to cut even more.
MISSOURI: Joplin Defies Odds, Just by Opening Schools (New York Times – August 17)
District leaders stood by their promise and community, the new school year started right on schedule. Exceeding many expectations, the first day of school brought 6,978 students, just about 750 fewer than last year’s enrollment.
CALIFORNIA: University of California Announces Raises for Non-Union Workers (Los Angeles Times – August 18)During the state’s budget crisis, the University of California announced a plan to fend off faculty hiring raids while quieting criticism of the high executive salaries.
CALIFORNIA: L.A. Unified Bests Reform Groups in Most Cases, Data Shows (Los Angeles Times – August 18)A Los Angeles Times study found that LAUSD not only improved its math and English test scores in low-performing schools, it also outperformed schools under mayoral control.
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