Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 21-28, 2014)

Monday, September 29th, 2014


Why Don’t We Have Real Data on Charter Schools? Charters were supposed to be laboratories for innovation. Instead, they are stunningly opaque.” By Pedro Noguera. Nation. September 24, 2014.

The Secret to Eva Moskowitz’s ‘Success’; Her charter schools get outstanding performance reports—which leave out some salient facts.” By Diane Ravitch. Nation. September 24, 2014.

Former director of Marlborough charter school resigns.” By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts. Boston Globe. September 28, 2014.


Feds sue for-profit college network of predatory lending, phony career services.” By Russ Van Arsdale. Bangor Daiy News. September 22, 2014.

The investment in for-profit colleges isn’t paying off.” .Opinion. By Catherine Rampell. Washington Post. September 26, 2014.

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to ‘Disrupt’ Everything About the Education Market; Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education. What does this mean for public school students?” By Lee Fang. Nation. September 27, 2014


Yale-NUS changes course on banned film.” By Lavinia Borzi and Matthew Lloyd-Thomas. Yale Daily News. September 22, 2014.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi.” By Ben Sisario. New York Times. September 22, 2014.

Ed School Aims for $250 Million in Campaign.” By Matthew Q. Clarida and Zara Zhang. Harvard Crimson. September 22, 2014.

In Heated Discussion, ‘Excellent Sheep’ Author Fields Criticism from Faculty, Students.” By Alexander H. Patelan. Harvard Crimson. September 23, 2014.

Faculty Deanship To Be Renamed Following Gift; Change in Name to University’s Highest-Profile Deanship Sets Precedent.” By Dev A. Patel. Harvard Crimson. September 23, 2014.

Outside Board to Guide UCLA on Research Deals; The Non-Profit Will Help Find Funding, Commercial Applications for Its Research.” By Erica E. Phillips. Wall Street Journal. September 24, 2014.

Endowment Grows to $36.4B with 15.4 Percent Return.” By Christine Y. Cahill and Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. September 24, 2014.

Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research; Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to only use the money for non-privacy research. Academics say such promises are problematic.” By Julia Angwin and Robert Faturechi. September 24, 2014.

People to Watch in Higher Education.” Crain’s New York Business. September 24, 2014.

Yale endowment rises to all-time high.” By Adrian Rodrigues. Yale Daily News. September 25, 2014.

Manhattan Country School Gets Flak Over Growth Plan; Critics Say Changes Put Mission at Risk.” By Sophia Hollander. Wall Street Journal. September 25, 2014.

Harvard Names Investment Chief as Yale Reports 20% Return.” By Geraldine Fabrikant. New York Times. September 25, 2014.

UCLA launches effort to bolster inventions and revenues; The medical center at UCLA may be a source of new discoveries and research patents for the campus.” By Larry Gordon. Los Angeles Times. September 25, 2014.

Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark ’64 free speech protests..” By Dave Getzschman. Los Angeles Times. September 27, 2014.

Gordon College faculty dissent not new; Concerns predate hiring flap.” By Matt Rocheleau. Boston Globe. September 28, 2014.


NY Schools: Private-School Testing Jitters; New iPad Tests Add Another Level of Anxiety for Those Looking to Secure Coveted Kindergarten Slots.” By Sophia Hollander. Wall Street Journal. September 22, 2014.


Two School Districts Split $1 Million Prize.” New York Times/Associated Press. September 23, 2014.


Why did Bill Gates give $10million to history teacher David Christian?” By Giles Whittell. Times of London (UK). September 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014



‘One size does not fit all’: LePage lauds state’s first virtual school.” By Seth Koenig. Bangor Daily News. September 19, 2014.


Trade Schools Sued for Lending Practices.” By Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. September 17, 2014.
Related story:
CFPB Accuses Corinthian Colleges Of Cheating Students.” Huffington Post. September 17, 2014.


Design School Seeks $110M in Campaign; School Has Already Raised Over $69M.” By Matthew Q. Clarida, Amna H. Hashmi, and Vimal S. Konduri. Harvard Crimson. September 15, 2014.

Financial Services: Pressure for High Marks at Harvard Extends to Its Investment Chief.\” By Randall Smith. New York Times. September 15, 2014,

Latest Figures Show Univ. on Pace To Raise $2B in Single Year.” By Matthew Q. Clarida, Harvard Crimson. September 16, 2014.

City jobs at stake in colleges’ contracts.” By Adrian Rodrigues and Isaac Stanley-Becker. Yale Daily News. September 17, 2014.

Construction of College Buildings Is Booming and New York City Is Reaping the Benefits; Spending Will Top $2 Billion This Year and Continue Near That Level for Next Three Years, Report Says.” By Mike Vilensky and Laura Kusisto. September 17, 2014.

“Recent Gifts Support Arts, Humanities.” By Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. September 18, 2014.

Security Firm at Cooper Union to Leave the School; Students Sought the Ouster of Beau Dietl & Associates.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. September 19, 2014.


Criticism toward Teach for America is misplaced.” Opinion. Washington Post. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

Monday, September 15th, 2014



Parents at Pasadena charter school left scrambling after campus closes.” By Stephen Ceasar. Los Angeles Times. September 8 2014.

A plan to expand charter schools gains traction in Georgia.” By Greg Bluestein. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 11, 2014.

“‘We will never get the amount we spend, ever’: Charter school tuition saps Brunswick budget.” By Peter L. McGuire. Bangor Daily News. September 12, 2014.


Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Donation; Hong Kong-Born Investor Gives $350 Million to His Alma Mater.” By Douglas Belkin. Wall Street Journal. September 8, 2014.
Related stories:
School of Public Health Renamed with $350 Million Gift, Largest in Harvard History.” Harvard Crimson. September 8, 2014.
For Chan, Gift Was a Lifetime in the Making.” Harvard Crimson. September 8, 2014.
With Naming Rights on the Table, Harvard Gave Its Price.” Harvard Crimson. September 10, 2014.

Behind Ivy Walls; Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor.” By David Leonhardt. New York Times. September 8, 2014.

Foundation Sends Kin of 9/11 Victims to College.” By Edna Ishayik. New York Times. September 10, 2014.

Get There: When you can max out student loans — and not have to pay it all back.” By Jonnelle Marte. Washington Post. September 11. 2014.

Anti-Ivy League book triggers dissent.” By Yuval Ben-David. Yale Daily News. September 12, 2014.
Related stories:
William Deresiewicz discusses the miseducation of the American elite.” By Trevor Quirk. Harper’s. August 28, 2014.
The Trouble With Harvard The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it.” By Steven Pinker. New Republic. September 4, 2014.
Dark Satanic Diploma Mills; A jeremiad against the Ivy League succumbs to its own selective outrage.” By Jim Sleeper. June/July/Aug 2014.
The Trouble With Harvard The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it.” By Steven Pinker. New Republic. September 4, 2014.

Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus VR, makes record $31 million donation to U-Md.Washington Post. September 12, 2014.

Record donations to colleges in D.C., Maryland and Virginia In 2013, Johns Hopkins received the largest gift ever to any Washington area college: $350 million.” By Nick Anderson. Washington Post. September 12, 2014.

“$3.5 Million Gift To Fund Environmental Program at Kennedy School.” By Forrest K. Lewis. Harvard Crimson. September 12, 2014.


International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown.” By Jeff Tiberii. Weekend Edition Saturday/National Public Radio. September 14, 2014.


Shaw’s, Star Market are ‘adopting’ schools as part of a new campaign.” By Chris Reidy. Boston Globe. September 12, 2014.


U.S. Schools Get Low Marks from Chamber of Commerce; Business Group Says Not Enough Progress Is Being Made in Preparing Students for Workforce.” By Caroline Porter. Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2014.

“National Overview: State Report Cards; The Report; View Grades on Map; Academic Achievement.” Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2014.

“Review & Outlook: Florida’s School Choice Showdown; Charlie Crist dodges as unions attack his tax-credit scholarships.” Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 1-7, 2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014



Forum: Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven embodies best of charter schools.” By Jeremiah Grace. New Haven Register. September 1, 2014,

Suspensions and expulsions down in D.C. charter schools.” By Michael Alison Chandler. Washington Post. September 5, 2014.

The Battle for New York Schools: Eva Moskowitz vs. Mayor Bill de Blasio.” New York Times. September 7, 2014.


A New Twist in Online Learning at Stanford; What I learned from teaching Econ 1 on the Web to students who included one in Botswana.” Opinion. By John B. Taylor. Wall Street Journal. September 2, 2014.

Survey Part I: Get To Know Harvard’s Class of 2018; Annual Survey Shows Points of Connection, Difference with Previous Class.” By Steven S. Lee and Carolina I. Portela-Blanco. Harvard Crimson. [Part I of a four-part series on Harvard’s incoming Class of 2018, based on data collected by The Crimson in an email survey conducted in the month of August. Part II will run on Wednesday]. Harvard Crimson. September 2, 2014.

Yale’s tax exempt New Haven property worth $2.5 billion.” By Ed Stannard. New Haven Register. September 2, 2014.
Related story:
Interactive map: Properties Yale University owns in New Haven.” New Haven Register. September 2, 2014.

Doubling in size, Yale-NUS student body thrives.” By Lavinia Borzi. Yale Daily News. September 3, 2014.

Buckley Program pushes expansion.” By Phoebe Kimmelman. Yale Daily News. September 3, 2014.

In the fanciest dorm in Washington, designs on changing the world; At Georgetown’s Halcyon House, a new program aims to foster innovation; Georgetown’s historic Halcyon House has been transformed into a luxury meeting and housing space for a new fellowship program.” By Roxanne Roberts. Washington Post. September 3, 2014.

Endicott College’s mission defines its culture.” By Cindy Atoji Keene. Boston Globe. September 7, 2014.


North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America.” By Reema Khrais. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. September 3, 2014.


“On the School-Choice Barricades; Former D.C. councilman Kevin Chavous talks about his battles with teachers unions across the country and why the voucher movement is advancing
.” By Allysia Finley. Wall Street Journal. September 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 25-31, 2014)

Monday, September 1st, 2014



State commission denies Brookhaven charter school proposal.” By Ty Tagami. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. August 28, 2014.

New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era.” By Claudio Sanchez. All Things Considered/National Public Radio. August 29, 2014.

The Original Charter School Vision.” Op-ed. By Richard B.Kahlenberg and Halley Potter. New York Times. August 31, 2014.

Three charter school applications submitted to the state.” By Nell Gluckman, Bangor Daily News. August 30, 2014.


John G. Sperling, For-Profit College Pioneer, Dies at 93; John G. Sperling’s University of Phoenix became, over four decades, one of the largest education ventures in the world.” By Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. August 26, 2014.
Related stories:
John G. Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies at age 93.” Washington Post. August 26, 2014.
John Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies.” San Francisco Chronicle. August 26, 2014.

How for-profit colleges rip off students.” By Whitney Barkley. CNN. August 29, 2014.


Cooper Union Tuition Battle Centers on Founder’s Flowery Words; A Manhattan judge Is Now Deciding What Peter Cooper Intended.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. August 26, 2014.

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges.” By Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. August 26, 2014.

Harvard alums criticize endowment pay.” By Beth Healy. Boston Globe. August 28, 2014.

Lynn public schools sever relationship with Gordon College.” By Oliver Ortega. Boston Globe. August 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 18-24, 2014)

Monday, August 25th, 2014



Book Review: The Enclosure of the American Mind; ‘Excellent Sheep.” by William Deresiewicz. New York Times. August 24, 2014.

Cooper Union’s tuition plan goes to court; The 155-year-old school intends to collect tuition this fall.” Crain’s New York Business/Associated Press. August 18, 2014.

San Jose: National Hispanic University students seek lifeline.” By Howard Mintz. San Jose Mercury-News. August 18, 2014.


Trenton’s Acadia Christian School closes because of inadequate funding.” By Nell Gluckman. Bangor Daily News. August 2, 2014.


Zuckerberg’s money starts flowing to Bay Area schools.” By Jill Tucker. San Francisco Chronicle. August 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 11-17, 2014)

Monday, August 18th, 2014



120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric; The FBI is investigating a group of educators who are followers of a mysterious Islamic movement. But the problems seem less related to faith than to the oversight of charter schools.” By Scott Beauchamp. Atlantic. August 12, 2014.

New Orleans Charters Prepare For A Big First Day Of School.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. August 11, 2014.

State Tightens Rules For Charter Schools.” New Haven Independent. August 13, 2014.


The Law-School Scam; For-profit law schools are a capitalist dream of privatized profits and socialized losses. But for their debt-saddled, no-job-prospect graduates, they can be a nightmare.” By Paul Campos.Atlantic. August 13, 2014.

Corinthian Colleges tells investors it is facing a criminal probe; Corinthian Colleges said last month that it would sell 85 of its 107 campuses and online programs. Above, the lobby of Corinthian’s Everest College in Santa Ana in June.” By Chris Kirkham. Los Angeles Times. August 14, 2014.

Teaching Is Not a Business.” By David L. Kirp. Op-ed. New York Times. August 17, 2014.


Donors boost Mass. public colleges; Fund-raising in state’s systems brings steady flow.” By Matt Rocheleau. Boston Globe. August 11, 2014.

A University’s Partnership Reshapes Bowling Green, Ky.” By Keith Schneider. New York Times. August 13, 2014.

Social issues swirl at Gordon College; Stance on gays changes climate; Gordon College, with more than 2,100 students, has built a reputation as a faith-based institution with an inclusive feel, well to the left of more doctrinaire religious schools.” By Peter Schworm. Boston Globe. August 13, 2014.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste at Yale; Review of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep.” By Carlos Lozada. Washington Post. August 17, 2014.


Can Kickstarter save arts education?” By Caitlin Dewey. Washington Post. August 15, 2014.


Michelle Rhee drops out of school group; StudentsFirst was hobbled by a high staff turnover rate and embarrassing PR.” By Stephanie Simon. August 13, 2014.
Related stories:
Ex-Head of Washington Schools Steps Down at Advocacy Group.” New York Times. August 14, 2014.

Michelle Rhee to step down as head of advocacy group StudentsFirst; Michelle Rhee gives a speech in Los Angeles last year. She is stepping down as head of StudentsFirst, an education advocacy group that pushes for teacher evaluation systems that are based largely on student performance.” Los Angeles Times. August 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 4-10. 2014)

Monday, August 11th, 2014



D.C. charter school educates parents alongside children.” By Michael Alison Chandler. Washington Post. August 4, 2014.

State Board OKs Charter’s Sept. 15 Opening.” By Julia Zorthian. New Haven Independent. August 4, 2014.


VA Says University of Phoenix Campus Is in Full Compliance; California Agency Had Found San Diego Campus Enrolled Too Many Veterans in Certain Programs.” By Ben Kesling. Wall Street Journal. August 6, 2014.


Assault case shocks elite St. Paul’s school; Assault case has elite St. Paul’s examining school’s culture; News of the allegation has left students horrified and questioning its spring rite.” By Evan Allen. Boston Globe. August 8, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014



California Cracks Down on University of Phoenix’s Veteran Enrollments; State Bans Campus of For-Profit School From Enrolling More Veterans in 7 Programs.” By Ben Kesling and Douglas Belkin. Wall Street Journal. August 1, 2014.


Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad.” By Tyler S. Olkowski, Harvard Crimson. July 28, 2014.


Nonprofit group’s class teaches youths basic skills for college.” By Jason Song. Los Angeles Times. August 2, 2013.


Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs.” By Al Baker. New York Times. July 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

Monday, July 28th, 2014



Louisiana parents, teachers, charters sue to get the Common Core back on track.” By Lyndsey Layton. Washington Post. July 23, 2014.

Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 22, 2014.

Elm City Charter Eyed For Futuristic “Conversion”.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. July 24, 2014.

Judge allows 2 charter schools to remain open.” By Stephen Ceasar and Teresa Watanabe. Los Angeles Times. July 26, 2014.


DeVry Says New York Is Investigating Marketing Practices; Attorney General’s Office Probes Possible Violations of False Advertising Laws.” By Michael Calia. Wall Street Journal. July 20, 2014.

As a teacher, I fought predatory for-profit schools from the inside.” By Nina M. Flores. Washington Post. July 24, 2014.

Review & Outlook: Obama’s Corinthian Kill; How regulators used accusations to ruin a for-profit educator.” Wall Street Journal. July 26, 2014.
Related story:
Heald, other Corinthian-owned colleges continue to recruit students as company closes.” San Jose Mercury-News. July 24, 2014.
Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 27, 2014.


AFSCME parts ways with the United Negro College Fund over Koch brothers money.” By Laura Clawson. Daily Kos. July 26, 2014.


Online School for Girls puts focus on connection, collaboration.” By Sara Hayden. Los Angeles Times. July 21, 2014.

Town Wins Transfer Of Islamic School Tax Case to New Britain.” By Marcia Chambers. New Haven Independent. July 2, 2014.


Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change? As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply troubled by their rhetoric and strategy.” Opinion. By Antonio Villaraigosa. Wall Street Journal. July 21, 2014.