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Reverse Teacher Crisis

You heard it all over the Democratic Convention 2012 last night.  President Obama calling for the hiring of “100,000 new math and science teachers.”  He also said, “I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy, or help us compete with scientist and engineers coming out of China.”  … Continue reading

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Autonomy and Accountability

On Tuesday July 24, 2012 the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, of the U.S. House of Representatives, held a hearing titled, “Education Reforms: Discussing the Value of Alternative Teacher Certification Programs.”  With the deadline for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) looming in the near future, education policy … Continue reading

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Higher Education and Consumerism

According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEF), since 2006, the average enrolment in public higher education institutions has increased by 16.9%, with some states, such as Oregon, seeing spikes in enrolment as high as 33.6%.  However, these rises in enrolment have been coupled with relatively stagnant state and local higher education appropriations.  In … Continue reading