Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014



New York City Charter Move Proves Pricey; City Budgets $5.4 Million for Rent for Schools Ousted From District Buildings.” By Leslie Brody. Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.

What the VA could learn from charter schools.” By Ramin Oskoui. Washington Post. May 31, 2014.


Unlikely Allies Uniting to Fight School Changes.” By Motoko Rich. New York Times. May 27, 2014.

The Newark School Reform Wars: The city has a new mayor with a progressive mandate, but its schools are reeling from the market-based reforms Cory Booker introduced.” By Owen Davis. Nation. May 28, 2014.

Akili Academy first-grader Kyron Bourgeois, 6, raises his hand in the class of Hannah Bunis on May 27, 2014 in New Orleans. Akili Academy in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans will be absorbing some students from the city’s closing public schools.” By Lyndsey Layton. Washington Post. May 30, 2014.


Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System.” By Michael D. Shear. New York Times. May 26, 2014.

N.Y.U. Crisis in Abu Dhabi Stretches to Wall Street.” By Andrew Ross Sorkin. New York Times. May 27, 2014.

Losses soar at acclaimed Olin College; Needham engineering school relies on a large but hard-hit endowment; Olin College spent nearly $100 million more than it took in from 2008 to 2011, records show.” By Jon Marcus. Boston Globe. May 27, 2014.

Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition; Plaintiffs Say Trustees Mismanaged School Finances.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.

Job Search Meets Fundraising: Some Colleges Fold Career Centers Into Their Development Offices.” By Melissa Korn. Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.

After Raising $1 Billion in Seven Months, Harvard Campaign on Record-Shattering Pace.” By Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. May 29, 2014.

Alums Fund Poets, Libraries and More: New York Donors Give Back to Yale and University of Vermont.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. May 30, 2014.

To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East; Riding Technology Wave, Stanford Rises to Top of Some Measures.” By Richard Perez-Pena. New York Times. May 30, 2014.
Related story:
Stanford tops Harvard as America’s ‘it’ school.” New York Times. May 30, 2014.

“$5 Million to Endow Yale Poetry Chair.” By Allan Kozinn. New York Times. May 31, 2014.


Billionaires Boost Schools In Jersey City; David Tepper, Alan Fournier Set Up Institution to Help Train Principals.” By Leslie Brody. Wall Street Journal. May 27, 2014.

Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to Calif. schools.” USA Today. May 30, 2014.
Related stories:
Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to CA schools.” San Francisco Chronicle. May 30, 2014.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledges $120 million to help struggling Bay Area schools.” San Jose Mercury-News. May 30, 2014.

“Mark Zuckerberg, wife to donate $120 million to Bay Area schools.” Los Angeles Times. May 31, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Friday, May 30th, 2014



Panel’s vote reaffirms charter school formula.” By James Vaznis. Boston Globe. June 24, 2014.

This week in the war on workers: Big profits and little transparency in Michigan’s charter industry.” By Laura Clawson. Daily Kos ( June 28, 2014.

Rocketship Education changes course, slows expansion.” By Sharon Noguchi. San Jose Mercury-News. June 287, 2014.


California lawmakers setting new regulator over for-profit career colleges.” By Katy Murphy. San Jose Mercury-News. June 23, 2014.

College Group Run for Profit Reaches Deal for U.S. Cash.” By Tamar Lewin. New York Times. June 24, 2014.
Related story:
Corinthian Colleges Faltering as Flow of Federal Money Slows.” New York Times. June 27, 2014.


Making the Pitch: Making Harvard’s case in a crowded philanthropy market.” By Amna H. Hashmi and Tyler S. Olkowski. Harvard Crimson. May 29, 2014.

“Labor Conditions at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Campus to Be Investigated by U.S. Firm.’ By Ariel Kaminer. New York Tmes. June 27, 2014.


Brearley School Considers a Move; Independent School for Girls Reviews Sites for Its 700 Students.” By Josh Barbanel. Wall Street Journal. June 27, 2014.


Shift in Law on Disability and Students Shows Lapses.” By Motoko Rich. New York Times. June 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014



Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between.” By Javier C. Fernandez. New York Times. May 12, 2014.

New Haven Cutting Ties With Charter Co.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. May 14, 2014.

Rebuke of Charter Schools Is Seen in Newark Election.” By Kate Zernike. New York Times. May 15, 2014.


An Ivy League education won’t make you happier at work. Here’s why. Graduates of public schools report thriving in all areas of their life as much as Ivy League grads do.” By Abby Phillip. Washington Post. May 12, 2014.

Can MOOCs and Universities Co-Exist? Massive Open Online Courses Make College Degrees More Affordable. Does That Make Them a Threat to Campus Life?” By Douglas Belkin. Wall Street Journal. May 12, 2014.

On Intrepid, Faust Renews Campaign Pitch to New York Alumni, Donors.” By Matthew Q. Clarida and Theodore R. Delwiche, Harvard Crimson. May 16, 2014.

Kennedy School Transitions into Public Phase of $500 Million Campaign.” By Forrest K. Lewis and Tyler S. Olkowski, Harvard Crimson. May 16, 2014.

Harvard president’s 2012 earnings surpassed $1 million.” By Todd Wallack. Boston Globe/Associated Press. May 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 5-11, 2014)

Monday, May 12th, 2014



Maine virtual charter school organization seeks reconsideration of failed application.” By Christopher Cousins. Bangor Daily News. May 6, 2014.

New York City Council Seeks More Scrutiny of Charter Schools; Bill Would Require Reports About Demographics, Academic Performance of Co-Located Schools.” By Mara Gay and Leslie Brody. Wall Street Journal. May 7, 2014.

Union: Keep Charter Reps Off School Board.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. May 9, 2014.

Despite Shocking Reports of Fraud at Charter Schools, Lawmakers Miss Opportunity to Increase Oversight.” By Zoë Carpenter. Nation. May 10, 2014.


After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. May 6, 2014.

Why I’m Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action).” By Evan Mandery. Huffington Post. May 7, 2014.

University Presses Under Fire: How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions.” By Scott Sherman. Nation. May 9, 2014.

At Evangelical Colleges, Leadership Is Often the Family Business.” By Mark Oppenheimer. New York Times. May 10, 2014.

An Unusual College Captures China’s Online Imagination; A Chinese student is dubbed ‘Deep Springs Brother’ for getting into an elite, all-male school in the California desert.” By Te-Ping Chen. Wall Street Journal. May 10, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014



New school ratings bring criticism from charter backers; Change is called limit on growth; Low-income areas may be affected.” By James Vaznis. Boston Globe. April 30, 2014


Tightening rules on for-profit colleges.” Editorial Board. Washington Post. April 28, 2014.


Business School Aims To Raise $1 Billion in Campaign; School Ambition Represents About 15 Percent of the University-Wide Goal.” By Alexander H. Patel. Harvard Crimson. April 28, 2014.

UCLA Rejects $3 Million Gift From Donald Sterling.” No By-line. Huffington Post. April 30, 2014.

Yale to open center in China.” By Matthew Lloyd-Thomas and Lavinia Borzi. Yale Daily News. May 1, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 21-27, 2014)

Monday, April 28th, 2014



Maine’s first virtual charter school needs 200 applications to open next year.” By Nell Gluckman. Bangor Daily News. April 22, 2014.

A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools.” By Motoko Rich. New York Times. April 26, 2014.

New York Finds Space for 3 Charter Schools.” By Daniel E. Slotnik. New York Times. April 27, 2014.


A Catholic High School Abruptly Loses Its Fight to Stay Open; After 52 years, Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn will close in June.” By Kyle Spencer. New York Times. April 21, 2014.


UP CLOSE: Faculty governance: a power within; This academic year, the addition of a Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the faculty vote to create an elected senate will likely change the University’s governance structures.” By Adrian Rodrigues. Yale Daily News. April 22, 2014.

New Christian ministry center to open.” By Larry Milstein. Yale Daily News. April 22, 2014.

Grad students take $25,000 venture prize.” By Vivian Wang. Yale Daily News. April 22, 2014.

Younger Crop of Donors Fueling Capital Campaign, Supporters Say.” By Matthew Q. Clarida and Amna H. Hashmi. Harvard Crimson. April 25, 2014.

Getting Into the Ivies.” By David Leonhardt. New York Times. April 27, 2014.


Parental Opposition Fells inBloom Education-Software Firm; Privacy Concerns Over Use of Student Data Lead Company to Close.” By Elizabeth Dwoskin and Lisa Fleisher. Wall Street Journal. April 22, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Saturday, April 26th, 2014



Calling the Bluff on Charter Schools.” By Scott Leigh. Boston Globe. May 23, 2014.


Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.” By Dale Russakoff. New Yorker. May 19, 2014.


Do Better on Predatory Colleges.” Editorial. New York Times. May 19, 2014.


Workers at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Site Faced Harsh Conditions.” By Ariel Kaminer and Sean O’Driscoll. New York Times. May 19, 2014.
Related story:
N.Y.U. Apologizes to Any Workers Mistreated on Its Abu Dhabi Campus.” By Ariel Kaminer. New York Times. May 20, 2014.
Campus-oriented news, first-person reports from student activists and journalists about their campus; Reports of Worker Abuse Continue at NYU’s Newly Completed Abu Dhabi Campus.” Nation. May 21, 2014.

Vigilance Urged for N.Y.U. After Abuses in Abu Dhabi.” By Ariel Kaminer. New York Times. May 22, 2014.

Faust’s Total Compensation Rose to Over $1 Million in 2012; As in previous years, administrator salaries dwarfed by Harvard’s investors.” By Matthew Q. Clarida. Harvard Crimson. May 16, 2014.

Bryan College Is Torn: Can Darwin and Eden Coexist?” By Alan Blinder. New York Times. May 21, 2014.

Who Are Women’s Colleges For?” By Kiera Feldman. New York Times. May 25, 2014.

Exploring the world of work, from the border to the barricades: Colleges Are Buying Stuff They Can’t Afford and Making Students Pay For It.” By Michelle Chen. Nation. May 25, 2014.

“New mission for National Hispanic University in San Jose.” By Joe Rodriguez. San Jose Mercury-News. May 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 14-20, 2014)

Monday, April 21st, 2014



Reining In Predatory Schools.” Editorial. Harvard Crimson. April 17, 2014.


Pershing Square Foundation Gives $17 Million To Fund Human Behavior Initiative.” By Jessica A. Barzilay. Harvard Crimson. April 15, 2014.

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard’s Beautification Renaissance; In recent years, Harvard has increased its focus on preserving its historic landscapes and buildings.” By David J. Kurlander and Lizbeth Hernandez. Harvard Crimson. April 16, 2014.

Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college; ‘There is a grave disconnect between our culture in the classroom and the behaviors outside of it,’ Dartmouth College’s president, Philip J. Hanlon, said Wednesday.” By Nick Anderson. Washington Post. April 17, 2014.
Related story:
Dartmouth president could give us all a lesson on campus behavior.” By Ruth Marcus. Opinion. Washington Post. April 19, 2014

Small Private Colleges Are in Deep Trouble (as They Should Be).” By Jordan Weissmann. Washington Post/ April 17, 2014.


Better schooling at half the price; Basis Independent Brooklyn will begin offering classes in Red Hook this September, but the school is not a welcome addition to the neighborhood for some residents.” By Bilal Iftikhar. Crain’s New York Business. April 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 7-13, 2014)

Monday, April 14th, 2014



Charter-School Fight Flares Up in Illinois; Protesters Rally at Capitol to Denounce Bills That Would Curb Growth of the Public Schools.” By Stephanie Banchero. Wall Street Journal. April 8, 2014.

NY Schools: New York Mayor: Public Schools Will Be Open for Worship; Reverses Policy That Has Been Subject of Legal Dispute for Nearly 20 Years.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. April 9, 2014.

Report Warns Of “Hyper-Segregated” Charters.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. April 10, 2014.

“Kevin McCarthy sends GOP to school; The whip’s office sent a memo to House Republicans ahead of the recess.
” By Lauren French. April 12, 2014.


Developing engineering clubs.” By Brian Clark. Yale Daily News. April 7, 2014.

Divinity School Launches Capital Campaign, Aims to Raise $50 Million.” By Theodore R. Delwiche. Harvard Crimson. April 7, 2014.

Politics and Policy: Corporate Cash Alters University Curricula.” By Douglas Belkin and Caroline Porter. Wall Street Journal. April 8, 2014.

In SoHo, Columbia Seeks to Jump-Start Entrepreneurs; 63 Alums Selected to Set Up Shop at Columbia Startup Lab.” By Keiko Morris. Wall Street Journal. April 8, 2014.

UP CLOSE: How many (clubs) is too many?” By Wesley Yiin. Yale Daily News. April 9, 2014.

Dartmouth receives anonymous $100M donation.Washington Post/Associated Press. April 10, 2014.

“Tap Night rages.
” By Phoebe Kimmelman and Nicole Ng. Yale Daily News. April 11, 2014.

The Power Broker of N.Y.U.” By Geraldine Fabrikant. New York Times. April 13, 2014.


Catholic Schools in U.S. Court China’s Youth, and Their Cash.” By Kyle Spencer. New York Times. April 7, 2014.

At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity.” By Mark Oppenheimer. New York Times. April 11, 2014.


Ruth Rathblott, of Harlem Educational Activities Fund, on Seeking Opportunities.” By Adam Bryant. New York Times. April 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 31-April 6, 2014)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014



State Protections for Charter Schools Threaten de Blasio’s Education Goals.” B Javier C. Hernandez. New York Times. March 31, 2014.

New York Charts Bold Course for Schools; New York City Charter Schools Get Boost From Albany.” By Mara Gay. Wall Street Journal. April 1, 2014.

What I’ve Learned Teaching Charter Students; One seventh grader asked me, ‘Why are so many people mad at us if we are doing so well?’” By Nicholas Simmons.” Wall Street Journal. April 1, 2014.

State approves new charter schools.” By Pooja Salhotra. Yale Daily News. April 3, 2014.

Cuomo Put His Weight Behind Charter School Protections.” By Javier C. Hernandez and Susanne Craig. New York Times. April 3, 2014.

New York’s Dumb State Budget.” By Diane Ravitch. Huffington Post. April 3, 2014.

NY Schools: Caught in the New York City Charter School Debate; P.S./M.S. 149 and a Charter Run by the Success Academy Charter Schools Lie at Heart of Battle.” By Mara Gay. Wall Street Journal. April 5, 2014.


The Perfect Lobby: How One Industry Captured Washington, DC; Too many for-profit colleges leave their students mired in debt and facing grim job prospects. So why doesn’t the government turn off the tap?” By David Halperin. Nation. April 4, 2014.


Review & Outlook: Oppressed by the Ivy League; What Dartmouth’s president should have told bullying students.Wall Street Journal. April 5, 2014.


Manhattan Country School Outgrows Its Mansion; Upper East Side Institution Puts Its Home on Market for $23.5 Million.” By Josh Barbanel. Wall Street Journal. April 2, 2014.


Continued attack on our public education; Republicans in Arizona aren’t hiding their education agenda to privatize education. Ed Schultz, State Rep. Lydia Hernandez and Jennifer Loredo discuss.” The Ed Show. MSNBC. April 3, 2014.