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  1. University of Missouri students on the issues that are most on their minds as Election day nears. 

    What would Obama and Romney do about education if they win? Read Issues week coverage here

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  2. Story by John Howell Jr. for The Daily Tar Heel
Public schools, universities and community colleges across North Carolina are investigating ways to reward better performing schools — but administrators say the economy continues to be a roadblock on the path to reform.
All three layers of North Carolina’s education system have looked into models that provide incentives for improved student performance and graduation rates, but no formal proposals have been adopted.
The push for accountability comes at a time of scarce resources for the state. Each school system has absorbed millions in state funding cuts in recent years, including a $414 million reduction for the UNC system in 2011-12.
In this year’s gubernatorial race, both Republican candidate Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton have expressed support for performance-based funding, though their platforms differ on how the programs would be implemented.
Read the full story on dailytarheel.com

    Story by John Howell Jr. for The Daily Tar Heel

    Public schools, universities and community colleges across North Carolina are investigating ways to reward better performing schools — but administrators say the economy continues to be a roadblock on the path to reform.

    All three layers of North Carolina’s education system have looked into models that provide incentives for improved student performance and graduation rates, but no formal proposals have been adopted.

    The push for accountability comes at a time of scarce resources for the state. Each school system has absorbed millions in state funding cuts in recent years, including a $414 million reduction for the UNC system in 2011-12.

    In this year’s gubernatorial race, both Republican candidate Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton have expressed support for performance-based funding, though their platforms differ on how the programs would be implemented.

    Read the full story on dailytarheel.com

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  3. By the year 2020, we are determined that we will once again have the highest percentage of college graduates of any nation in the world,”

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    Vice President Joe Biden, at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Biden’s speech on a college campus was meant to contrast the differences between the Obama administration’s education policies and those of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

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  4. thedailyfeed:

    College life is getting a reality check! A new study finds that students are giving up expensive schools and living at home instead of on campus in order to manage the sprawling cost of a college education. 

    The average amount families are spending on college is down by 5 percent, and more parents and students are choosing a college based on cost, according to the annual report conducted for Sallie Mae, the country’s largest lender to students.

    “This really reflects the economic conditions that we see today,” said Sarah Ducich, a senior vice president at Sallie Mae. “We are seeing families make adjustments, saving more money and being more cost-conscious.”

    (via thedailyfeed)

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  5. Motion graphic by Ariana Rodriguez-Gitler for WhichWayNC

    On July 2, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the budget for 2013 and left the N.C. public school system with $190 million less to spend in the 2012-2013 school year. See what this means for education next year, based on the average amount of money spent by N.C. public schools in the 2011-2012 school year.

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  6. Images by Laura Fong

    President Obama stressed his economic plans and touted his health care bill on Thursday as he concluded day one of his bus tour through the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania in Parma, Ohio. 

    “Mr. Romney and his allies in Congress, they’ve got a particular view,” Obama said in reference to the Republican candidate’s take on the nation’s economy “They believe if we cut taxes, especially for the wealthiest Americans [through reductions in education, Medicaid and other programs], somehow all this is going to benefit you.”

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  7. "In my heart I can’t vote for another increase," Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Woodard said. "My concern is you’re just continuing to push the cost onto our kids."

    — One dissenting voice Friday when the eight-member MSU Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition 3.5 percent. In-state tutition for a typical course load is expected at $12,622 during the upcoming academic year, according to The State News’ Rebecca Ryan.

    MSU followed in lockstep of its in-state rival, the University of Michigan, which also increased its tuition by 2.8 percent Thursday. These actions follow years of state divestment of its public universities and has many Internet commenters up in arms over both sides — the schools and the state government. An overarching solution to college affordability remains elusive.

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  8. thedailyfeed:

Confidence in U.S. public schools plunged to a scary new all-time low — just 29 percent! And schools aren’t alone. Across the board, it looks like Americans are losing faith in institutions. 

Other record lows were recorded for the church or organized religion, 44 percent; banks, 21 percent; and television news, 21 percent.
Congress ranked last — as it has for the last three years — at 13 percent.


— ICYMI

    thedailyfeed:

    Confidence in U.S. public schools plunged to a scary new all-time low — just 29 percent! And schools aren’t alone. Across the board, it looks like Americans are losing faith in institutions

    Other record lows were recorded for the church or organized religion, 44 percent; banks, 21 percent; and television news, 21 percent.

    Congress ranked last — as it has for the last three years — at 13 percent.

    — ICYMI

    (via thedailyfeed)

    thedaily.com »

  9. How should governments and institutions of higher education manage the skyrocketing cost of tuition? No one seems to have found the silver bullet — certainly not Michigan

    The state is home to 15 public universities, and each of those schools saw varying levels of decrease in state appropriations following a 15 percent cut across the board. Michigan State University, for example, saw its share of state aid fall by about $43 million. It typically receives $280 million to $300 million from the state.

    The school and others across the state then made up the loss by increasing tuition. In MSU’s case, that was a 6.9 percent increase from the year prior.

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