On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the country re-elected Barack Obama President of the United States of America. What was remarkable about this election was the coalition of young people, women, African-Americans, and Latinos who came out in record numbers to ensure the person serving in the White House for the next four years understands their concerns and will fight to protect the interests of all Americans, not just a privileged few. Now, the president embarks on the first order of business in his second term — negotiating with Congress over expiring tax provisions and the automatic spending cuts that will take effect in January 2013 unless the White House and Congress reach an alternative agreement. The president must act on behalf of the coalition that provided his margin of victory, not simply because they supported him in the election; but because this coalition represents the future of our nation.
On Nov. 6, the country re-elected Barack Obama to a second term as president of the United States. With Florida’s 29 electoral college votes ultimately going to the Democratic candidate, President Obama clinched 332 electoral college votes to Governor Romney’s 206.
On Nov. 6, the country re-elected Barack Obama to a second term as president of the United States. With Florida’s 29 electoral college votes yet to be applied to either candidate, President Obama had clinched 303 electoral college votes to Governor Romney’s 206.
Despite little discussion of education issues in the presidential campaign, education was actually quite a hot topic in a number of states, with ballot measures in 38 states. The results were a mixed bag for education reform. It will likely take time to decipher what it all means for low-income students and students of color.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, The Education Trust will present the 10th Annual Dispelling the Myth Awards to three public schools from across the country that are educating low-income students and students of color to high academic levels.
Some schools that are doing the vital work of educating the nation’s children are successfully producing strong academic achievement for large numbers of low-income students and students of color. On Thursday, Nov. 8, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join The Education Trust as it honors several such schools at its annual Dispelling the Myth Awards ceremony and dinner. The event is part of the organization’s 2012 national conference, held Nov. 8-9 in Washington, D.C.
As baby boomer educators retire and new teachers take their place, students across the country are more likely than ever to have a teacher with fewer than 10 years of experience. The difference between the opinions of these newer teachers — whom Teach Plus calls the “New Majority” — and their more seasoned peers emerged in a recent online survey by Teach Plus of more than 1,000 teachers. The results show surprising alignment of attitudes about the practices and standards that boost student learning. But opinions diverge sharply between the two groups on issues of evaluation and tenure, offering encouraging insights about the direction the teaching profession may be heading.
Just as teachers are the most important in-school factor influencing whether students achieve at high levels, so are principals pivotal to the way teachers practice and the level at which they perform their duty to their students. As the nation celebrates National Principals Month this October, it is important to recognize the relationship between effective school leadership and elevating student performance. A new report from The Wallace Foundation considers this relationship and offers suggestions for how best to prepare principals to provide the leadership schools need. The Wallace Foundation is sponsoring several sessions on school leadership at this year’s Ed Trust National Conference, Nov. 8-9, in Washington, D.C.
There’s good news for students looking to make their monthly payments on federal student loans more manageable: The Department of Education announced a new tool this week that will streamline the enrollment and recertification processes for borrowers eligible for income-based repayment (IBR) of their federal student loans.