December 10, 2012
The News Journal
Seminar helps widen possibilities for girls
A seminar at Bunker Hill Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District, “W.I.S.E.” women – women in science and engineering, encouraged people to “bring your daughter, niece or neighbor to meet women in science and engineering.” The day gave girls the opportunity to listen to and engage with women who work in jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.
U.S. college degree holders sliding among global competitors
For the U.S. to improve on its No. 5 world ranking in the number of 25- to 64-year-olds possessing some form of college degree, it must boost the number of two-year degree holders by instilling a national focus on enrollment and success in community colleges and trade schools, according to a new report. America ranks 18th when it comes to two-year degree graduates.
Colorado creates master plan for improving higher education
The Colorado higher education department released its expectations for each of the state’s colleges and universities in the form of performance contracts signed by administrators. This master plan will measure areas such as retention and access, and it calls for school’s results to be announced annually. In time, the hope is that schools will be rewarded financially by the state for reaching their benchmarks.
Race to Top-Early Learning Challenge grants announce for five more states
The Department of Education announced that $133 million in early-childhood education grants would be split among Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin in its second round of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge competition. These states had made a strong showing in the initial round of competition that split $500 million among nine winning states.
Indiana teacher licensing rules OK’d over Glenda Ritz’s objections
Indiana’s state board amended and passed changes to teacher licensing rules over the objections of incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. The rules (REPA II) will make it easier for Hoosiers without training in teaching methods to move into the classroom and loosen requirements for teachers moving into administrative roles.