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Demand among Black, Latino students fuels college entrepreneurship programs

Increasing numbers of Black and Hispanic Americans are starting their own businesses - and in response, colleges and universities are launching or expanding entrepreneurship programs, which they see as a way of increasing enrollment and attracting more diverse students.... Read more»

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Analysis

College loans to parents linked to greater harm than those to students borrowing for own tuition

Taking out a student loan is associated with a lower financial well-being score for everyone, but research found that it is associated with an even lower score when the loan is for the borrower’s child.... Read more»

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. ... Read more»

Colleges nationwide face rapid decline in male enrollment; U of A down slightly, ASU bucks trend

A generation of men are disappearing from colleges – a trend accelerated by the pandemic - women are enrolling and graduating at slightly higher levels than men at the University of Arizona and ASU bucks the trend, but the gender gap is growing at state community colleges.... Read more»

First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides

Statistics released as part of new federal data on student enrollment in career and technical programs help paint a picture of a system in which Black and Hispanic students benefit less often from classes connected to higher-paying careers and college degrees than their white peers.... Read more»

'504 plan' disability protection favors students at Arizona’s wealthier, whiter schools

Federal civil rights protection currently exist that are designed to give students with disabilities who don’t qualify for special education but have conditions that still interfere with learning equal access to public education, but getting the plans in Arizona isn’t always easy or equitable.... Read more»

As survivors pass on, more Holocaust education could be headed to Arizona classrooms

Arizona students haven’t been properly taught about the Holocaust in recent years, according to a recent poll. Among Arizona millennials surveyed in March 2020, 42% could not name a single concentration camp the Nazis built to detain and exterminate Jews and others deemed undesirable. ... Read more»

Switch to remote learning may leave students with disabilities behind

School leaders are grappling with how to deliver special education services — and stay compliant with state and federal civil rights law — as governors shut down school buildings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. ... Read more»

Az colleges move toward ‘competency-based’ learning

Rio Salado Community College and Arizona State University were cited Thursday as schools that are taking tentative steps toward “competency-based education."... Read more»

Analysis

The federal budget and gay and transgender families

House Republicans last week passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget, which would shred the safety net for gay and transgender families to tatters.... Read more»

Report: Az failing to support preschool education

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»1

Fed contractors complicating help for student borrowers

While the White House has emphasized easing the burden for student borrowers, some contractors with the Department of Education appear to be exacerbating it.... Read more»

Huppenthal: Oudated technology hurting schools

An outdated and inefficient information technology system used to provide data to the state wastes staff time and creates roadblocks for those seeking the information, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Monday.... Read more»

Grijalva urges federal probe into decision on TUSD's MAS program

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, sent a letter Monday to federal education officials asking for an investigation into whether state law violates national standards in targeting TUSD's Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»5

Az. schools' performance now given grades

A new school accountability system based on letter grades and taking into account students’ academic improvement in addition to test scores offers a clearer view of how schools perform.... Read more»1

Obama announces No Child Left Behind waivers

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that states will be allowed to opt out of some provisions in the No Child Left Behind law if they adopt his administration’s education agenda.... Read more»1

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