In 2011, Florida legislators made historic changes to education. Tenure for new teachers was eliminated. Instructor evaluations were revamped and linked to student test scores. And a new compensation system was passed to reward those whose students achieve the highest gains.
A public school career initiative in North Carolina appears to be taking off now that advocates have raised $1.5 million in outside money so the program can get 10 times that amount from the federal government.
Around lunchtime on a Tuesday, a spectacled barber named James Hargrove invited a regular client, Anthony Hardwrich, into his shop for a haircut. With an already close-shaven look, Hardwrich only wanted a trim, something to tidy himself up before going home for Thanksgiving. So Hargrove picked up the clippers and a brush and buzzed over the contours of Hardwrich’s head. Later, he shaved the edges of Hardwrich’s thin goatee.
Consolidating several college credit programs for North Carolina’s high school students and raising academic standards to participate should help make tens of thousands of young people more prepared for college or a career, Gov. Beverly Perdue said.
Brandon Smith wants to study finance at the University of Nevada, Reno and maybe become an accountant someday. But college is expensive, so one day last month, he and his mother, Carolyn Evans, dropped in on military recruiters in Las Vegas, in hopes of signing up.
A federal judge has blocked a mandatory drug testing program for students at a Missouri technical college after the American Civil Liberties Union went to court challenging the tests’ constitutionality.
In her senior year at Collierville High School, Lauren Poole, 18, got only about halfway through her application to the University of Memphis before she stopped, realizing, she said, that she was doing it only to please her mother, who wanted Poole to stay close to home.
Misha Manuchehri slowly picks her way through plots of barley, wheat and peas. Every so often, the graduate student in crop science at Washington State University stoops to pluck an errant weed at a farm just off campus.
After returning home to Utah from the Iraq war and a year-long hospital stay to recover from major injuries, Brad Chidester sat in college classrooms surrounded by other young people and felt utterly alone. His combat experience made it impossible to relate to the seeming frivolity of undergraduate life at Dixie State College.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will let students who entered the country illegally receive private financial aid at California’s public colleges, even as debate continues over a more contentious bill that would allow access to public funding.