February 10, 2014
60th Anniversary Of Brown v. Board of Education
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme court case that declared racially segregated school unconstitutional, the Delaware Public Archives in Dover hosted a special program on Saturday, February 1 led by Orlando Camp, one of the first African American children that attempted integration in Milford High School in 1954. Dubbed the Milford Eleven by media outlets at that time, Orlando and his classmates were admitted to Milford High School as the nation watched the twenty-eight day journey of eleven school children.
Pakistan trip gives educators new ideas about nation
On her first trip outside the continental U.S., Julie Rumschlag went to Pakistan. When she returned to Wilmington a week ago, she found her perceptions of the country and its people have changed.
Now Rumschlag, dean of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, is on a campaign to spread that understanding to her students and the rest of the community.
DSU offering workshop for teachers
Delaware State University is offering a free professional development workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Ag Annex in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences on the DSU campus.
N.J. law lengthens tenure eligibility to six years
New faculty hires at New Jersey’s state colleges will have more time to build their research portfolios before being reviewed for tenure, and the schools will have more flexibility when hiring faculty from other institutions under a law that takes effect this summer.
The measure, signed by Gov. Christie last month, makes new faculty eligible for tenure after six years, instead of the current five.
Stakes Are High for K-12 Policy in 2014 Elections
State elections involving 36 governors and more than 6,000 legislators this year could have major consequences for a variety of education policies, with the Common Core standards, school choice, collective bargaining and early education among the topics most likely to get time in the spotlight and on the stump. There also are seven state schools superintendent elections, as well as ballot initiatives related to K-12 education in a number of states.
Inside Higher Ed
Is Free Better?
Politicians in Tennessee, Oregon and Mississippi have proposed a tuition-free first two years of community college for their states’ high school graduates. Higher education leaders have welcomed the attention, but urged a cautious, thoughtful approach and warned about unintended consequences — such as driving students from four-year institutions. Some also said state support could be used in more strategic ways.
Rating (and Berating) the Ratings
The Obama administration released formal comments on its proposed college rating system, documents that mostly underscore the reservations that many higher education leaders have but also highlight pockets of support. Higher education associations worry that a ratings system will create improper incentives for institutions, undermine the value of higher education and cut off access to institutions that serve low-income and underprivileged students.