Mike Bloomberg Pledges to Eliminate Legacy Preference in College Admissions

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged Tuesday to eliminate legacy preferences in college and university admissions if elected president. “I will make the application process fairer, by working to end legacy preference in admissions, so that genes no longer take precedence over grades,” Bloomberg said in a statement. The pitch – though just one line in a much more comprehensive college affordability plan – sets Bloomberg apart from the rest of the Read More

Millennials: A Pro-Union Generation

Younger workers are joining unions at a historic rate. A whopping three-quarters of people who joined labor unions in 2017— the most recent year for which data is available—were under the age of 35, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a significant change. In the past, younger workers have been less likely to join unions than older members, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reports. So what’s causing this seismic shift? “Millennials [those born Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Using Music In Your Podcast

Think about your favorite podcast. Does a certain tune come to mind? Now think about a moment you remember in your favorite podcast. Was it sad and somber or full of hope? Now think about how music helped move that moment forward. For a lot of us, music is emotion. Studies of the brain will tell you that your mind reacts in so many different ways to the sound of music. So it’s only natural that you would want Read More

10 factors that help determine ed tech success or failure

The EdTech Genome Project is the first of its kind. It was partly inspired by Pearson’s Law, which states “that which is measured improves,” and “that which is measured and reported improves exponentially,” according to Bart Epstein, president and CEO of the Jefferson Education Exchange and research associate at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, in a press statement. The idea is that well-implemented technology can make dramatic improvements on student achievement, said Read More

‘They’re Invisible’: Number of Homeless Students Reaches New High

Homeless students in the United States have been called the “invisible million,” but as their ranks have steadily increased, that label has unfortunately become obsolete. They’re still invisible, but, according to new federal data released by the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of enrolled students who have experienced homelessness at some point during the last three school years has increased to more than 1.5 million. As defined by the McKinney-Vento Act, a homeless student is an Read More

SchoolSafety.gov Launches to Help Educators, Administrators, Parents, and Law Enforcement Prepare for Threats

The Trump Administration today launched the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse website: SchoolSafety.gov. This website is a one-stop-shop of resources for K-12 administrators, educators, parents, and law enforcement to use to prepare for and address various threats related to safety, security, and support in schools. President Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. “School safety is the number one Read More

White, Affluent Parents Like the Idea of Integrated Schools – But Not for Their Kids

THE VAST MAJORITY OF parents – regardless of political affiliation, race, class and where they live – strongly favor schools that are racially and economically integrated. But when it comes time to enroll their children, white, affluent parents who actually have a choice often choose schools based on the number of white, affluent students enrolled. “Despite parents’ espoused support for integration, in districts where parents are actually given greater opportunities to choose schools, schools appear to Read More

College Board: AP participation and performance grow ‘in tandem’

More than 1.2 million high school students in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement course in 2019, an increase of 57% over the past decade. And the number scoring high enough to earn college credit on at least one AP exam has increased 60% over that time, College Board officials announced Thursday. The number of high schools offering AP courses has also grown, from 17,374 schools in 2009 to 22,678 in 2019. Higher education systems in Read More

Following Rally, Virginia Educators Push to Restore Collective Bargaining

Thousands of educators from across Virginia stood up on Monday to exercising their choice to join a union. In front of the Capitol building in Richmond, they lobbied their legislators to fund their public schools, fight for increased pay, and support their freedom to collectively bargain. After decades of draconian laws forcing teachers out of the profession, educators in Virginia now enjoy a pro-public education majority in the General Assembly for the first time in Read More

House Oversight Committee Threatens to Subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE Committee on Oversight and Reform threatened to subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday, citing a long-standing failure to provide members of Congress requested documents and her refusal to testify. “Ignoring – or defying – requests for congressional oversight in order to spend your time campaigning for President Trump is an abuse of your position as Secretary of Education,” Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney wrote in a letter to DeVos. “I am not suggesting that you may never Read More