Higher Ed


Wed February 11, 2015
Higher Ed

GED switch deters some test-takers

New York replaced the GED with the TASC test last year. Both exams give students the equivalent of a high school diploma.
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Results are in for the first year of New York’s new replacement for the GED. The new test aims to lower costs and gradually phases in national Common Core standards.

New York replaced the GED because the test’s price tag was set to double this year. The new test gives students the same credentials – the equivalent of a high school diploma. Statewide pass rates are down by four percent after the switch, compared to 2012. The number of test-takers also fell by half.

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Mon January 19, 2015
Higher Ed

More details of Obama community college plan expected in SOTU

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Earlier this month, President Obama said he wants to give all students, regardless of income, two free years of community college.

“Right here, right now, I’m going to announce one of my most important State of the Union proposals,” he said in a speech at Pellissippi State Community College on January 9, “And that’s helping every American afford a higher education.”

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Mon January 12, 2015
Higher Ed

Rally to fund schools and obey court order draws hundreds to Capitol

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Hundreds of school children, parents and union organizers and leaders came to the Capitol to rally for more money for New York’s schools. The event was part of what’s become known as the Moral Monday movement.

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Mon January 12, 2015
Higher Ed

Groups to rally at Capitol for more school funding

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 7:01 am

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Up to 1,000 people, including the president of New York’s NAACP, Hazel Dukes, will hold a rally at the Capitol today to try to convince state  lawmakers to fulfill a 2006 court order to spend billions more dollars on New York’s schools each year.

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Fri January 9, 2015
Higher Ed

Price tag for Obama's community college plan: $60 billion over 10 years

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  President Barack Obama on Friday announced an ambitious, multibillion-dollar proposal to pay for two years of community college for any American, saying education "should not be a privilege that is reserved for a few."

Obama said the plan, which the White House estimates would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years, would help the U.S. compete with other countries with a 21st century workforce. The White House says details on how the president proposes to pay for the plan will come next month.

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