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The Answer Sheet Archive: Community Colleges

High remediation rates cast doubt on reforms

If standardized test-driven school reform is so successful, why are college remediation rates still so high?

By Valerie Strauss  | December 20, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Community Colleges, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  jeb bush, joel klein, new york city remediation rates, new york city schools, remediation rates, school reform  
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Jill Biden, Obama host summit on community colleges

Jill Biden, a longtime community college instructor who happens to be the country's Second Lady, hosts the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges today.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 5, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Community Colleges  | Tags:  community college summit, community colleges, dropout rates, graduation rates, jill biden, obama, president obama, white house summit  
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Former Bush official backs student loan reform

A former Bush administration official whose job it was to implement No Child Left Behind is urging her fellow Republicans to pass student loan reform legislation that also helps community colleges and early childhood education.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 15, 2010; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Costs, Community Colleges, Early Childhood, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  No Child Left Behind, student loans  
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Top 10 education issues for 2010

Here is a list of the 10 most important education policy issues with which we all will wrestle in 2010. It comes courtesy of the non-profit American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The list includes fiscal crises facing the states, student readiness, teacher effectiveness, and education for veterans.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  education policy  
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Should two-year community colleges offer bachelor's degrees?

Community colleges are big news these days. With skyrocketing enrollments, declining state funding and a high profile champion--Second Lady Jill Biden, a professor at Northern Virginia Community College--the schools that educate almost half of the country’s undergraduates are finally getting the attention they deserve. There is another change on the community college landscape that is causing controversy: Whether the two-year schools should be allowed to offer four-year degrees.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 30, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Community Colleges  | Tags:  bachelor's degrees, community colleges  
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Why can't kids eat in class if they are hungry?

Here is the story of one mother whose son attended a D.C. middle school and often got hungry in the late morning before his scheduled lunch, which was close to 1 p.m. He was not, however, allowed to eat. Read what she wrote, and then tell us if your children can eat in school.... "When should our kids be allowed to eat? Is five hours too long for kids to go without any food at all?

By Valerie Strauss  | November 18, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Community Colleges, D.C. Schools, Health  | Tags:  D.C. schools, eating in class  
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Dr. Jill Biden Guest Blogs on Community Colleges , Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2009
WHY IT MATTERS: The Montgomery College Furor, Washington Post editors , September 2, 2009
 
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