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In an appeal, several senior lecturers say the terms of their employment were stealthily changed a year ago. Administrators dispute that contention.
The university's board will vote on whether to extend protections for political philosophy to its systemwide policies against bias.
History Pop Quiz: Do you know who proposed holding the Constitutional Convention?
September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day present an opportunity to learn more about the Constitution and the importance of active citizenship. By law, all Federal agencies must provide educational and training materials about the U.S. Constitution to all of its employees, and educational institutions that receive Federal funds are required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution on September 17 each year.
Visit our Constitution Day resource page for more information and ideas for how Constitution Day could be observed at your school or with your family. Included are examples of some educational resources and online copies of historical documents and primary source materials from the U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress and other agencies.
Pop Quiz Answer Key: James Madison and John Tyler proposed the idea of holding a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation. The convention became known as the Constitutional Convention. The convention’s participants or “framers” accepted the final draft of the Constitution by signing it on September 17, 1787.
Tony Fowler is the Director of Interagency Affairs in the Office of Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education.
It was a beautiful and hot morning in Phoenix last Thursday at the start of day four of Secretary Arne Duncan’s back-to-school Strong Start, Bright Future, bus tour across the Southwest. The heat didn’t deter a day full of excitement and inspiration with stops in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma, Ariz.
Duncan got an early start at the Bret Tarver Education Complex where he visited classrooms—even receiving a daily weather forecast from an early learner—and then participated in a town hall to discuss the President’s Preschool for All proposals and the need for high-quality education.
The town hall focused on the proven benefits of high-quality early education. For every $1 invested in high-quality preschool, taxpayers save an average of $7 in future costs due to reductions in remedial education costs, increased labor productivity, and a reduction in crime. “Education is the best crime prevention tool,” Aaron Carreon-Ainsa, Phoenix’s city prosecutor, said during the panel discussion.
The back-to-school bus kept on rolling and made a stop in Scottsdale for a meeting with tribal leaders to talk about the federal role in strengthening tribal education. Over the last four years, the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps to increase collaboration with tribal government and communities regarding Native students.
The Secretary addressed the negative impact sequestration is having on Native American communities. “They’re feeling it out here. DC let them down,” Duncan tweeted following the event.
The day continued in Yuma, Ariz., with a visit to the Yuma Community Food Bank where Duncan joined more than 400 volunteers who had gathered to fill backpacks with food to be delivered to disadvantaged students for the weekend. Yuma is home to the highest unemployment rate in the nation and Yuma County has the highest food insecurity rate in the state. It was an important reminder that students who show up to school hungry have a difficult time learning.
Following the Food Bank visit, Duncan and team stopped at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma for a town hall and discussion on the importance of supporting military-connected students and their families.
Military-connected students face unique challenges such as parents who deploy often and multiple moves through during their K-12 years. Abagail, a Yuma High School senior who has two parents connected to the military, told the audience that she has moved 11 times during her school years.
Listen to Secretary Duncan wrap up day four of the back-to-school tour below.
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Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy and blogged and tweeted his way from the bus during ED’s annual back-to-school bus tour.
Jake New will receive the $3,000 David W. Miller Award, which honors a reporter killed by a drunken driver in 2002.
Peter Byck, director of "Carbon Nation," is teaching students at Arizona State University how to find and interview characters and make films.
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Valerie Montgomery Rice will become president of the school, along with being dean. She is expected to be the first African-American woman to play such a role.
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Mr. Bartlett, who was on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder, gave his famous lecture on the subject first in 1969 and repeated it 1,700 times.
Mark Burstein, who was executive vice president of Princeton University, is now president of Lawrence University, a liberal-arts institution in Wisconsin.
The program will combine MOOCs with in-person support to help students earn competency-based associate degrees from Southern New Hampshire University.
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There is no lack of sunshine in Arizona, and Secretary Arne Duncan, joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx discovered this first hand early Wednesday morning at the Tucson Unified School District Bus Depot. The early-morning visit kicked off day three of Secretary Duncan’s Strong Start, Bright Future, back-to-school bus tour.
After thanking Tucson bus drivers and mechanics for their hard work, Foxx and Duncan boarded a school bus and rode a full route, picking up students along the way to Dodge Traditional Magnet School. Duncan sat by sixth-grader Simone Ufondu, who shared with the secretary her goals—to become the President of the United States—and what she likes and dislikes about school.
At Dodge, Foxx and Duncan joined students in a service project making “kindness coins.” Students hand out the coins when they see someone perform a random act of kindness. On the playground Duncan joined a pick-up game to shoot some hoops.
The next stop on the tour found Duncan greeted by cheerleaders and marching bands as he arrived at Sunnyside High School in Tucson. Sunnyside provides one-to-one computing for every student. The design allows each participating student access to a wireless laptop. Duncan walked through a student technology expo, speaking with students about their projects and how the technology they use is enhancing their educations.
Following the expo, Arne joined hundreds of high school students for an assembly to talk about education technology. Duncan told Sunnyside that “what you’re doing is not just impacting people here, but has national implications.”
The cost of college is on so many families’ minds, and President Obama brought the affordability of higher education to the forefront in August when he outlined an ambitious plan to demand greater value from colleges and universities and encourage innovations that will help more students access, afford and complete college.
Arizona State University is a natural place to brainstorm ways to make college more affordable. President Michael Crow is a national leader who has led an institution committed to excellence and impact. Few institutions in the country have been more creative, and as a result, ASU is serving more low-income student, raising quality, raising graduation rates, and keeping the cost of college down.
“Our objective is to meet each student where they stand,” Crow said during the town hall in reference to helping students finance their education. “We have a mantra here,” he said, “We will be judged not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include.”
Not far from the ASU campus, Duncan joined local officials and first responders at the Tempe “Healing Field,” where more than 3,000 American flags were displayed representing those who lost their lives due to the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001.
Duncan led the audience in the pledge of allegiance and participated in a candlelight vigil—a fitting close to a day of remembrance across the country.
Day four of the tour took the bus to Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma. Check back for a recap.
Watch the video below to hear Secretary Duncan recap day three:
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Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy and is blogging and tweeting his way from the bus during ED’s annual back-to-school bus tour.
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, an initiative to simplify the process by which distance education providers are authorized to operate in individual states, has begun staffing its central and regional offices. Marshall Hill, former executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, will lead the effort from its Boulder, Colo., office. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/09/13/distance-education-state-reciprocity-initative-begins-staffing#ixzz2emcfArmz Inside Higher Ed
The push is part of a broad new strategy that also seeks to enhance diversity among the ranks of postdoctoral students, faculty, and senior administrators.
At a gathering in Chicago, editors of major journals sought ways to improve the peer-review process.
The office's new director, George E. Cooper, resigned from the presidency of South Carolina State University in 2012 after a tumultuous four years in office.