Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Perenchio":

"… om Bloomberg, $500,000 from Broad and $250,000 from former Univision owner Jerry Perenchio, according to city campaign finance records. Other donors included Studen …"

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… who carries a massive debt burden after attending a school owned by DeVry Education Group, one of the biggest for-profit Education companies, according to a g …"

"… Vry students defaulted in their first two years of repayment, according to Education Department data. That’s well above the national average of 14.7 per …"

GI bill covered tuition for nearly a million post-9/11 veterans without tracking their progress

By Meg Wagner, Anthony Cave and Hannah Winston

News21 investigation finds that despite billions spent, no federal agency keeps track of veterans who use the GI Bill.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… — unless we can prove a return on investment.” The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, designed to provide an Education to those who se …"

"… ll money. Led by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2010 launched a two-year investigation into for-pro …"

"… o any better than private schools, or the reverse. The U.S. Department of Education has suggested a system to track student veterans and active service member …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Bush":

"… or the Center’s journalistic work.     …"

New federal statistics reveal harsh discipline for minority students

By Susan Ferriss

New federal statistics reveal blacks, Latinos students face harsher punishments than whites

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern County":

"… ornia school data for the 2010-11 year recently, and found that schools in Kern County — a majority Latino student region — reported an extraordinarily high …"

FACT CHECK: Santorum exaggerates U.S. dropout rate

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidate misquotes education study on 'Face the Nation'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… s, 1980s, 1990s and even early 2000s, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.It’s true that a higher percentage of students in the U.S. fa …"

"… t account for the many who take longer to graduate or who pass the General Educational Development (GED) tests, accepted by nearly all colleges and universitie …"

"… ’m planning on doing which is what the president does."The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics measures dropout rates in a v …"

"… at the president does."The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics measures dropout rates in a variety of ways. The most commonly …"

Chicago: Charter schools collect almost $400,000 in discipline "fees"

By Susan Ferriss

Charter schools lauded by Mayor Emanuel face parent unrest for collecting $5 fines that have added up to almost $400,000 since 2009

Pentagon lacks funding to fix public schools on military bases

By Emma Schwartz

A senior Pentagon official says DOD is a billion short of what's needed to fix troubled public schools on military bases

Many public schools on military bases get poor or failing report card

By Emma Schwartz

Pentagon confirms nearly 40 percent of public schools on bases are in poor or failing condition

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… opportunities for military children," said Maj. Monica Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.Among other schools in poor condition were several elementary schools at F …"

Poor schools didn’t have enough time to plan spending of $3 billion stimulus windfall

By Corbin Hiar

$3 billion stimulus windfall to poorly-performing schools didn’t allow enough planning time

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… sited,” said the GAO’s first broad annual review of SIG. Although the Education Department moved back the application deadline for the program to give sta …"

"… unding in FY2010, $546 million, as it got in 2009. The following year, the Education Department plans to slightly reduce that amount to $535 million. FAST FAC …"

Spotlight on Richard Cordray: CFPB nominee faces stiff opposition in Senate

By Shirley Gao

White House nominee for top CFPB job has history of fighting for consumers

The military children left behind: Decrepit schools, broken promises

By Kristen Lombardi

While parents sacrifice, children endure deterioration and disrepair

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense Education Activity":

"… onse to questions from iWatch News, the Pentagon’s education agency, the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA, acknowledged that it “cannot keep pace with the types of reno …"

Lombardi Named Nieman Fellow

Center Staff Writer Kristen Lombardi has been named a 2011 Neiman fellow. She is one of 24 journalists from the U.S. and abroad who will tak

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… ates and test scores in 10 major urban districts — from New York City to Oakland — which collectively took in almost one-fourth of the total money poured …"

"… the most-improved school district. Despite the money, graduation rates in Oakland actually fell by 6 percentage points, beating the rest of California’s s …"

"… f cheating, a charge former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee denies. Oakland also fared poorly in high school -- with reading scores that tra …"

"… ormer principal who helped manage the Gates-backed small schools effort in Oakland, Calif., before the Microsoft guru dropped that campaign. The Oakland Cas …"

Grading the billionaires on education reform

Billionaires deliver B-minus to C-minus grades on education reform

Teachers' union spends big bucks to defeat Buck

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A reader in Denver alerted us to an ad that went up yesterday in Colorado by the NEA Advocacy Fund, blasting Republican Senate candidate Ken

For-profit schools with Web, health care classes depend more on federal student aid

By Julie Vorman

For-profit schools that specialize in health care, offer web-based classes, and/or are owned by a publicly-traded company depend most heavil

Student loan scandal costs students

By The Center for Public Integrity

Schools steered students toward "preferred lenders," who charged students inflated rates and bribed schools

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… dent loans.” …"

"… nt from a new lender that felt it could not fairly compete. Meanwhile, the Education Department remained conspicuously absent. In testimony before the House Co …"

"… remained conspicuously absent. In testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor, Cuomo accused the department of being “asleep at the switch …"

"… ssional action. Representative George Miller, chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, called on Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to put an end …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dianne Feinstein":

"… sp;Association of Trial Lawyers of America—former chief of staff to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former special counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Wa …"

Starr Struck: Part one

By Florence George Graves

BOSTON, April 1, 1998 — The Kenneth Starr assailed by the Clinton administration as an agent of a vast right-wing conspiracy is the same Ken

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… most recently when he subpoenaed Sidney Blumenthal, the journalist-turned-White House aide suspected by Starr of leaking negative stories about the independent …"