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Governor Bobby Jindal: Education reform the new Republican cause | POLITICO.com

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When asked about a fresh new policy proposal for the Republican party on "Fox News Sunday," Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed education reform, a cause he has championed in his own state.

 

Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was lauding the association's "America Next" program, saying the Republican Party needs to "win the war of ideas."

 

He said the Republican party doesn't have to change its principles, but the party needs fresh new policy positions. Education reform embodies a new cause for Republicans to take on as personal, he said.

 

Vouchers that allow children to transfer out of failing public schools and into private schools on the public's dime, new accountability measures, A-F grading systems for schools, dual enrollment programs and public-private partnerships that allow students to take courses from a host of providers are all new and successful ideas, he said. 

 

But Jindal's implementation of education reform and some of those ideas in his own state has stirred up controversy and backlash. 

 

Louisiana is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the state's school voucher program. DOJ claims the program has harmed the federal desegregation efforts of schools.

 

The state also released its school performance scores last week, showing improvement and earning praise from officials, including state Superintendent John White. About 43 percent of schools received an A or B grade for the 2012-13 school year, compared to 36 percent during the previous school year. About 8 percent of Louisiana schools are currently considered failing, which is down from 12 percent.

 

But that grading system has come under fire from unions, whose members have said that giving letter grades to schools ignores individual school missions and doesn't account for school safety, the condition of the school facilities, the physical and emotional health of students, teacher retention rates and a host of other factors. 

 

Jindal's route to public education reform has also culminated in the rollout of a program that pays for high school students to take classes from a number of providers in the private sector. The classes are for normal high school credit and are taught by nonprofits, for-profit companies, local colleges, unions and industry players like trade associations. The "Course Choice" program has earned scrutiny from legislators in other states and from teachers unions. Union leaders are afraid the program will take funds from traditional public schools and waste tax dollars on classes that might not prove rigorous enough.

 

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Social Impact Bonds Infographic : The Rockefeller Foundation

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"This innovative financial structure is one way public, nonprofit, and private sectors can adapt to the new economic climate and collaborate to provide sustainable solutions with a measurable impact on society."


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Why Is Higher Education So Expensive?

It's no secret that U.S. college tuition costs are rising dramatically, and the high cost of a college education burdens young people and their families. How...
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The 10 Most Useful Graduate Degrees - Business Insider

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Times Higher Education - Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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"Harry, one final question. Why are we pretending to be a TV show in a book review?"

 

"Because we're stuck in a pastiche of Wheelan's frequently used CSI analogy."


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From: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data


By Charles Wheelan

W.W. Norton, 320pp, £18.99

ISBN 9780393071955

Published 7 February 2013

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People Who Don’t Want to Collect Education Data Should Explain Why It’s a Bad Idea

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Earlier in the week Reuters published a story about a $100 million education database being built by inBloom, a non-profit funded by the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation

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Are there problems with state databases being being hacked and releasing sensitive student data? Tell us about them. How do these issues compare to data security problems in general? How many states include Social Security data in their student records, and how does this compare with other public agency databases, which have their own Social Security problems? Once again, some context and comparative data would be more helpful than isolated data points suggestively linked together to convey fear.

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Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K - New York Times

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New York Times Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K New York Times Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated...
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Lumina Foundation has issued a report by two widely respected educators that examines how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Degree Qualification Profile (DQP) can better forge alignment between the nation’s K-12 and postsecondary education...
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The Mess in SF - Inside Higher Ed

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Education for Everyone: Coursera by the Numbers

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"In just two years Coursera has grown from a revolutionary idea to a thriving community of more than 100 partner insitutions, 5 million+ students from 190 countries, and 500+ courses from a diverse range of disciplines"


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Is American Entrepreneurship In Trouble? - Fast Company

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Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

In his weekly address, President Obama notes that while college education has never been more important, it has also never been more expensive, which is why ...
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Poll Finds School Chiefs Lukewarm on School Boards - Education Week News

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Poll Finds School Chiefs Lukewarm on School Boards Education Week News Most of the nation's superintendents do not issue strong approval ratings when it comes to judging the ability of school boards to govern districts, according to new results...
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How Can Data Mining & Analytics Enhance Education?

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Infographic on how can data mining & analytics enhance education.


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Lumina Taps Rich DeMillo Among Inaugural Fellows - Newswise (press release)

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Lumina Taps Rich DeMillo Among Inaugural Fellows Newswise (press release) Newswise — The Lumina Foundation recently appointed Distinguished Professor Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech, as one...
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Opportunities, Obstacles Define Higher Education Innovation Landscape - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio

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Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio Opportunities, Obstacles Define Higher Education Innovation Landscape Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio WASHINGTON – With the advent of new digital technologies, not only is higher education innovation...
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Stubborn Skills Gap in America's Work Force - New York Times

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