Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 24-30, 2014)

Monday, March 31st, 2014



Charter School Decision Wasn’t Clear, Mayor Says.” By Mara Gay. Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2014.

The Charter School Performance Breakout; The oft-heard claim that charters perform no better than conventional schools is out of date and inaccurate.” Opinion. By Karl Zinsmeister. Wall Street Journal. March 29, 2014.


Yale enters joint venture in Shanghai.” By Matthew Lloyd-Thomas. Yale Daily News. March 25, 2014.

Yale to host first-ever Asian alumni reunion.” By Wesley Yiin. Yale Daily News. March 26, 2014.

President’s house renovations spark controversy; The President’s House is undergoing a $17 million renovation — the house’s first major construction project since 1937.” By Matthew Lloyd-Thomas. Yale Daily News. March 28, 2014.

The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz; More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist.” By Marcella Bombardieri. Boston Globe. March 30, 2014.


School says 8-year-old student not feminine enough; Officials at Timberlake Christian School said girl’s dress, behavior were inappropriate.” USA Today. March 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014



Mayor De Blasio’s Full Plate: Charter Schools.” Editorial. New York Times. March 17, 2014.

Illogical hostility toward charter schools.” By Richard Cohen. Washington Post. March 18, 2014.


AltSchool gets $33 million in venture capital.” By Jill Tucker. San Francisco Chronicle. March 18, 2014.


Institutional investors optimistic about 2014.” By Adrian Rodrigues. Yale Daily News. March 17, 2014.

Biz-school courses focus on giving back; Student demand leads to increase in social-enterprise programs.” By Anne Field. Crain’s New York Business. March 18, 2014.

Free Isn’t Easy for Higher Ed; Private Schools Push Back at Tennessee Plan for No-Cost Community College.” By Cameron McWhirter and Caroline Porter. Wall Street Journal. March 20, 2014.

New Princeton President Is Still ‘Listening’; Christopher Eisgruber Faces Issues Such as a Contentious Relationship With Surrounding Township.” By Heather Haddon. Wall Street Journal. March 22, 2014.


NY Schools: New Basis School Arrives in Brooklyn, Loudly; Co-Founder Michael Block Claims His School Can Provide Better Education at Much Lower Price.” By Sophia Hollander. Wall Street Journal. March 18, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

Monday, March 17th, 2014



Review & Outlook: Cuomo Steps Up for Charters; New York’s Governor sides with children, but Obama stays silent.” Wall Street Journal. March 10, 2014.
Related stories:
In Rent Plan for Charters, Mayor Faces a Hard Road.New York Times. March 10, 2014.
Why the New York Charter School Fight Is Way Off-Base; The mayor and the governor should focus on the benefits that education reform is showing in public schools.” Opinion. By Roger Altman and Robert Hughes. Wall Street Journal. March 13, 2014
Gilded Crusade for Charters Rolls Onward.” By Michael Powell. New York Times. March 13, 2014.
Teachers, Students Caught in Charter School Fight, Success Academy Employees Say.” Nation. March 14, 2014.
Were Charter Teachers and Students Pressured to Rally for Charter Schools in Albany?Nation. March 15, 2014.

Jumoke Joins Varick Pastor In Charter Quest.” By Melissa Bailey. New Haven Independent. March 12, 2014.

Parents explain why they’ve spent countless hours to bring a controversial virtual charter school to Maine.” By Nell Gluckman. Bangor Daily News. March 14, 2014.


New Obama administration proposal to regulate for-profit colleges.” By Nick Anderson. Washington Post. March 13, 2014.
Related stories:
Politics and Policy: Administration Plan Would Rein In For-Profit Colleges.” By Josh Mitchell. Wall Street Journal. March 14, 2014.
For-Profit Colleges That Bury Students In Debt Face Second Obama Crackdown.” By Chris Kirkham. Huffington Post. March 14, 2014.
Barack Obama cracks down on for-profit colleges.” By:Stephanie Simon and Caitlin Emma. March 14, 2014.


Podcast: The Winners (and Losers) of College Financial Aid.” By Minhee Cho. March 6, 2014

NY Politics: Three Regents Re-Elected, One Resigns; Move is Seen as a Rebuke to a New Set of Federal Education Guidelines.” By Mike Vilensky. Wall Street Journal. March 12, 2014.

With Campaign Underway, Harvard Has Raised $900 Million Since September.” By Matthew Q. Clarida and Amna H. Hashmi. Harvard Crimson. March 12, 2014.

“Book Review: ‘Degrees of Inequality,’ by Suzanne Mettler; As government subsidizes more buyers of education, universities have every reason to move tuition incrementally upward.” By Barton Swaim. Wall Street Journal. March 14, 2014.

Catholic Group Leader Calls For Liberal Academics To Be ‘Taken Out And Shot’.” By Shadee Ashtari. Huffington Post. March 14, 2014.

Columbia Becomes Fourth Ivy To Join edX.” By Michael V. Rothberg. Harvard Crimson. March 14, 2014.

Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters: The fate of Carole Vance and Kim Hopper should worry everyone who wants academics to play a larger role in public debates.” By Michelle Goldberg. Nation. March 12, 2014.


Status Quo at Elite New York Schools: Few Blacks and Hispanics.” By Al Baker. New York Times. March 12, 2014.

For Boarding Schools, an Evolving Financial Aid Philosophy.” By Paul Sullivan. New York Times. March 15, 2014.