Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every Friday.
With soaring student loan debt there has been a lot of discussion lately about the value of a college degree. A study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center found the wage and employment gap between those with and without college degrees has grown.
2. Spate of GOP bills take aim at Common Core — Education Week
Several states, including Kansas, proposed anti-Common Core legislation this month. Last year a bill to block the implementation of the standards in Kansas was unsuccessful.The Kansas Board of Education adopted the Common Core standards for reading and math in 2010.
3. Snow Day? That’s great. Now log in. Get to class. — The New York Times
Snow days have been piling up in the Midwest and across the country due to recent snowstorms. With more technologically savvy educators and virtual classrooms, snow days filled with sledding and relaxing may be a thing of the past.
NewsHour education correspondent John Merrow examines the state of arts education, comparing two elementary schools in North Carolina. Forty-six states, including Missouri and Kansas, require arts education in elementary school, but as Merrow’s report illustrates, school resources devoted to the arts vary vastly.
A bill was proposed in the Missouri House that its creators hope will reduce costs for unaccredited school districts required to fund student transfers as well as address surrounding districts concerns. The measure would also accredit individual schools in a district and allow students to first transfer to another school in their home district. In addition, the legislation would expand charter schools and in some cases allow for tuition reimbursement for nonsectarian private schools.