Archive | November, 2014

WVU exploring purchase of Mountain State U. campus

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is hoping to decide whether to purchase of the Mountain State University campus in Beckley by the end of the year.

Earlier this month, officials announced that the schools entered into an exclusive agreement to evaluate the possible purchase of the private school’s campus.

The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, academic programs, student services, learning opportunities and other areas.

How to reframe the education reform debate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy. 

Encore U: It’s Never Too Late To Go To College

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Here is a figure that may stun you: The number of Americans who are 55 and older will grow to 112 million by 2030, according to the United States Census Bureau. That is an increase from 76 million today. Viewed another way, the population of Americans age 55 and older will double in the next 25 years.

Fact-checking claims in the school board race

Monday, November 3, 2014


Many of the same tenets are at the heart of campaigns for the eight candidates seeking seats on the Frederick County Board of Education this year: They want to keep local control, identify where money can best be spent and do what’s best for children.

But there are plenty of numbers involved, many claims about funds and learning in the era of Common Core State Standards, and more than a few ideas on which county executive candidate would best serve schools.

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