Our weekly educational news roundup has returned! And what a week it was.
Proposals of the Law of Higher Education in the Chamber
"One of the biggest winners in the new higher education legislation is the for-profit university industry". That's according to The Wall Street Journal that obtained an anticipated summary copy of the Republican proposal from the House of Representatives to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this week. This is the main federal law of higher education. The full text of the bill is here and has 542 pages.
This proposal is a long, long way to become law. In fact, HEA is already three years behind in the reauthorization.
But the ideas here are worth noting, especially because of parallel actions happening in the Department of Education and potentially in the Consumer Financial Protection Office as well.
The House proposal would facilitate various regulations in for-profit and online universities, including the so-called "paid employment" rule. It makes it more difficult to get the forgiveness of loans under the "debtor's defense". It introduces the idea that all colleges must have "skin in the game" by losing eligibility for federal aid if too many of their students can not pay their loans. It also places limits on student loans
Graduate students protest the GOP Chamber's tax plan
Elsewhere in the news of higher education, graduate students from across the country organized a "day of action, "including sit-ins and stoppages. Republican tax bill that recently pbaded the House. The bill deals with graduated tuition exemptions as taxable income. These exemptions are currently exempt from taxes. The change represents a prohibitive financial burden for some of the 145,000 graduate students who conduct research and teach undergraduates. Two Ph.D. Students from the University of California, Berkeley, created a calculator for students to see the impact on their budgets.
Earlier versions of the Senate bill pbaded this morning did not contain the change of tuition waiver.
Students graduated despite absences, NPR / WAMU research shows
Last June, a public high school in Washington, DC in an area of high poverty trumpeted the fact that the 100 percent of seniors were accepted in college. NPR was one of those who covered the story. But this week, an NPR investigation and the WAMU member station showed that the students graduated despite chronic absenteeism. "Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school."
New Orleans Charter Schools on a three-year scoring evaluation
A national school choice symbol received bad news this week. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans became the first autonomous school district in the country, currently 95% charter. At first, some schools improved. But the scores badyzed this week by the research bureau The Lens showed that, since Louisiana adopted stricter standards and tests, New Orleans schools have been in decline. Last year alone, schools earned an average of 14.2 points on the state's 150-point scale, from an average letter grade of B to C.
Last month, the non-state news service Profit The Hechinger Report reviewed Katrina's initial applications for New Orleans schools to receive a charter, and compared them with their subsequent performance. "Of the 27 charters that listed clear objectives in their applications, none were able to contact them."
Interviewed by history, operators of charter schools blamed the strictest standards, unprepared students and "aggressive" state administrators who pressed them by making overly optimistic promises.
The two do not have to be terrible
"The year of 2 years is the period without coverage in the early education system", concludes a series in Slate produced by Hechinger Report and Teacher Project . Despite the ample evidence (including this new meta-badysis) of the importance of early childhood for brain development and school readiness, the standards of EE. UU For young children are low, the series concluded, as well as the caregiver's pay, as well as taxpayer support for working parents. 19659021]