K-12 Education

Obama touts job training, but where’s the money?

President Obama’s “rhetorical support for vocational training” hasn’t been matched with money, writes Avi Yashchin, CEO of CleanEdison, a vocational education company. In 2012 the federal government spent more than $166 billion on aid and $14 billion on tax benefits, but only $1 billion on vocational education. Rejuvenating vocational education and skill-specific certificate programs would do more for students […]

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California faces demand for college, job training

In Educating Julio, California Competes looks at where the state’s community colleges should grow to meet student demand and promote equity. The report looks at two students: Julio is interested in the building trades, but doesn’t know how he can find a training program. Pablo has been admitted to University of California at Merced, but is thinking about […]

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New goal: ‘Community college ready’

(Academic) college isn’t for everyone, wrote Fordham’s Mike Petrilli in Slate. Some students who are failing in college might succeed if they pursued job training, he argued. It sparked a huge response. Many argued that students need college prep and career prep. Others accused Petrilli of “the soft bigotry of low expectations” for low-income and minority students. […]

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Colleges start remediation in high school

When William Penn High graduates go on to Harrisburg Area Community College‘s York (Pennsylvania) campus, 92 percent place into remedial reading and 100 percent require remedial math. “These kids are scoring in the lowest developmental levels that we have,” said Dean Marjorie A. Mattis at the American Association of Community College convention. So, this year, 12th graders are […]

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Remedial ed ban forces readiness push

Connecticut’s ban on no-credit remedial courses goes into effect this fall. Community colleges and school districts are working to prepare students for college-level classes, reports WNPR News. Students who are too far behind to take college-level classes, even with extra support, will go into college-readiness “transitional” programs.  Some community colleges are offering intensive two- to five-week math and […]

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Is college worth it for C students?

When Is College Worth It? asks Robert VerBruggen on RealClear Politics. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, he compares ability, as measured by the IQ-like ASVAB, education and income. Going farther in school usually improves earnings at each ability decile, but ability matters too. There are a few surprises. Why do 30th decile people with a […]

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Stop pretending college is for everyone

College isn’t for everyone, writes Mike Petrilli on Slate. So let’s stop pretending it is. All students — regardless of their academic or “soft skills” — are told that college is the only path to a decent job, he writes. But low-skilled students are set up for “almost certain failure,” Petrilli argues. They need “high-quality […]

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Louisiana Jump Starts career tech ed

Louisiana’s Jump Start plan will revamp career technical education, reports the Baton Rouge Advocate. High schools, community colleges and employers will form regional teams to create courses and orkplace training for 11th and 12th graders. Jump Start students will split their day between traditional courses and vocational training. They will have a chance to earn a ” career diploma” […]

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Not ready for college: Will Common Core help?

Washington state hopes the switch to Common Core standards will cut the college remediation rate, reports the Seattle Times. A majority of community college students fail college placement tests, especially in math. The new standards claim to prepare students for college and careers. The Washington Student Achievement Council, a new state agency, wants to test 11th […]

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Career-tech dual enrollment shows promise

Dual enrollment courses with a career tech focus are drawing more students, according to an Education Commission for the States report. The trend should help states meet college completion and workforce goals, the report said. Studies show CTE dual enrollment students are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in a four-year college or university […]

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