EON #15

EON #15

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THIS WEEK: Education Spending Per Student Drops … Plans For Deep Education Cuts … Teachers Heroes In A Crisis … Closing Schools Won’t Fix Chicago’s System … Higher Ed Would Benefit From More Integration By Race, Income … Stiglitz: Cut Student Loan Rates

TOP STORY

Why America Needs An Education Spring

By Jeff Bryant

“MSNBC’s Chris Hayes … covered the forced closing of 50 public schools in Chicago … then dropped this: ‘Is this a strategy to … kill public education?’ … When political leaders push policies that have no track record of success … then skeptical audiences are bound to question the intent of the policies … Searching questions coming from the likes of Chris Hayes … and elsewhere need answers.”
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NEWS AND VIEWS

Public Spending Per Student Drops

The Wall Street Journal

According to new U.S. Census Bureau figures, “U.S. public-education spending per student fell in 2011 for the first time in more than three decades … Spending … was down 0.4% from 2010, the first drop since the bureau began collecting the data on an annual basis in 1977 … 30 states increased per pupil funding … with New Hampshire leading the pack … 20 states and the District of Columbia spent less. Illinois had the biggest decline, 7.4%.”
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House Committee Plans Deep 2014 Spending Cuts

Federal Times

“A new House Appropriations Committee plan proposes increasing defense spending next year by 5% and imposing severe cuts upon many non-Defense Department agencies, especially the Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and State departments … Under spending allocations approved by the Republican-controlled committee, the Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments – which are funded by the same appropriations bill – would see the deepest cut: a combined 19% cut from this year’s post-sequester benchmark.”
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Teachers: Heroes In A Crisis – But Otherwise Under Fire

MSNBC

“As one of the most destructive tornadoes barreled towards the school, educators evacuated the older children – the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders – to a nearby church. But the younger children sought shelter within the school building, and teachers stayed with them. Sixth-grade teacher Rhonda Crosswhite … hid in a bathroom stall with six of the children and draped herself across them as the tornado struck … Crosswhite and the children she protected all lived … The role of protector during the hours in which children are in [teachers’] care sometimes seems to have been lost in the public debate about education. Rarely recognized as champions of their students, public educators are more often targets of small-government conservatives and education reformers.”
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Closing Schools Without Discussion Won’t Fix Chicago’s System

The Atlantic

“In Chicago … the argument that [school reforms] will benefit students in poorly performing schools seems especially hard to credit when you look closely at any of the schools actually affected … Crispus Attucks elementary school … has one of the largest homeless populations in the city: an astonishing 48% … You’d think that CPS would want to provide a stable school environment. Instead, Attucks has been repeatedly targeted for closure and disruption … Closings are only the latest example of a pattern of ‘reform’ and churn, in which neighborhoods without the resources or political clout to defend themselves are reorganized and experimented on.”
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What Colleges Can Learn From K-12 Education

Chronicle Of Higher Education

Richard Kahlenberg writes, “Higher education has not directly confronted the growing economic and racial separation of students within its ranks … High-income students outnumber low-income students by 14:1 in the most competitive four-year institutions, yet poor students outnumber wealthy students in community colleges by nearly 2:1 … At the K-12 level, substantial evidence has established that all students do better in economically and racially integrated schools than they do in high-poverty schools … Four-year students will benefit from economic and racial diversity, and community-college students will benefit from the political capital and social networks provided by integrated student bodies.”
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Nobel Winner: Cut Student Loan Rates

USA Today

“A proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to reduce interest rates on student loans has one big economic backer: Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz … ‘Students are being squeezed,’ says Stiglitz … Those who go to public colleges are getting hit the hardest, he says, because of state budget cuts. Most other industrialized nations make paying for college easier, Stiglitz says … Saddling students with payments they can’t make – or limiting their ability to attend college at all – means the U.S. could fall behind foreign competitors.’There is a real risk that this will impede long-term economic growth,’ Stiglitz says.”
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