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Quick Weekend Links Update

January 16, 2012

Gone this weekend… but luckily there wasn’t much to report! More tomorrow……

Common Dreams headline: It’s Easy to Gut Public Education When You Send Your Kids to Private Schools— The part of this story about the current Denver Superintendent,  a former telecom executive who lives in Boulder Colorado, is especially stunning…

Absenteeism among HS students is a major problem in Boston Schools, according to a study done by the Boston Globe… the article notes that Boston is not as bad as NYC or Baltimore, but offers no real solutions to the problem. Anyhting short of a K-12 overhaul will miss the mark…

A Boston Charter School teacher thinks that extending a teacher’s work year over the summer, reducing the work load during the school year, and providing more support for kids in after school programs would work wonders in terms of recruiting and retaining teachers… it would… but… the numbers won’t work unless people want to pay more for public schools…

Online Private education program boosted by Mitt Romney is owned by one of his major campaign donors… here’s a quote from the article on this for-profit college that Mitt thinks everyone should imitate: “The $81,000 video game art program, for instance, graduated just 14 percent of its 272 students on time and only 38 percent at all, while the students carried a median debt load of nearly $59,000 in federal and private loans in 2008, according to data that the federal Education Department now requires for-profit colleges to disclose in response to criticism of their academic records” This “affordable alternative” to traditional education has an annual tuition of $40,000… THIS is the future of college?

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