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A Show Of Support: Michelle Obama To Attend Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

February 7th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the people who signed a petition, requesting that President Obama attend Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral services. Though the president won’t attend, a White House official has confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama will.

Unfortunately, just a week after millions of people celebrated President Obama’s inauguration into his second term, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old drum major, who performed in the president’s inaugural parade, was gunned down in a Chicago park.

It’s a tragic story, especially since Hadiya, an honor student, was described by her family, friends and classmates as having so much potential.

As news of her death became a national story, President Obama and the First Lady issued their condolences through White House spokesman Jay Carney. Yet Chicago residents and Hadiya’s friends and family started petitions, one on Change.org requesting that President Obama attend Hadiya’s funeral and the other requesting that he address the gun violence that’s been running rampant in Chicago.

No word on whether the president will speak on the issue; but in solidarity with Hadiya’s family, Michelle Obama, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will attend the funeral. All three, Mrs. Obama, Jarrett and Duncan have strong ties to Chicago as they were raised in various parts of the city.

Illinois governor, Pat Quinn is also expected to speak at Hadiya’s services.

While I’m sure nothing the White House could do will ease the pain Hadiya’s family is feeling right now, it must be nice to know that the White House is showing support for Pendleton’s family and concern for the overall issue of gun violence.

Hadiya’s funeral is scheduled to take place this Saturday, February 9, at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church.

Obama Administration: Clear Up Financial Aid Confusion With the Shopping Sheet

July 24th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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A sample piece of the Shopping Sheet. Photo: CollegeCost.Ed.gov

Hoping to alleviate some of the confusion that comes with financial aid letters, the Obama Administration has introduced the “Shopping Sheet.”

“The Shopping Sheet will standardize award letters, making it easier to comparison shop and provide students with key information…,” reads the U.S. Department of Education blog. The info on the Sheet will include the cost of one year of school and the financial aid options available. We’ve got a sample section of the Shopping Sheet above.

Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, announced the Shopping Sheet today on Twitter, saying that it “helps unravel the mystery of college costs so students can make informed decisions.” He’s also published an open letter to college and university presidents asking them to use the Shopping Sheet, starting with the 2013 school year. Use of the sheet is voluntary.

The introduction comes amid increases in college tuition (“…the average cost of public education rose 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, with two thirds of students owing more than $26,000 in loans upon graduation,” reports ABC News). And Americans are saving less and less for education because of the recession. USA Today says, “48 percent of families with college-bound children are saving for their education, down from 56 percent in 1997.”

A college budget breakdown is a must-have for most everyone enrolling these days, so it will be interesting to see how many schools adopt the Sheet. For tips on how to pay for college, check this out.

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Va., Md. May Ask for No Child Waiver

August 9th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — School leaders in Virginia and Maryland said they are likely to seek exemptions for the most stringent requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law after an announcement Monday that the Obama administration will offer flexibility to states willing to modernize their accountability systems.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan is exercising rarely used executive authority by inviting states to apply for legal waivers. The move comes after efforts to update the federal law stalled in Congress this year, frustrating educators across the country.  “I applaud the secretary for recognizing that relief is necessary” said Patricia L. Wright, Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction.

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Waivers on the Way for Failing Schools

August 8th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn’t answered the call.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break.  The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said.

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Obama Administration Toughens Stance on No Child Left Behind

June 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Christian Science Monitor) — The Obama administration is raising the stakes for Congress to act on reforming No Child Left Behind.  If Congress won’t act to reauthorize and amend the act – officially the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – then the administration will start addressing some of the act’s flaws itself, Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned Monday.  The law, which was up for reauthorization more than three years ago, expects all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, among other things. As that deadline approaches with no sign of the benchmark being met – and as more and more schools are labeled as failing as a result – many states and districts have been clamoring for relief from the sanctions imposed by NCLB for schools that fail to meet their targets.  In March, Secretary Duncan warned that some 80 percent of schools may be labeled failing by this fall, though some education experts believe that figure is inflated. In a conference call with reporters Monday, Duncan called the current form of NCLB a “slow-motion train wreck,” and said that “we must fix No Child Left Behind now, not in Washington time but in real-people time.”

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Arne Duncan vs. The NCAA

March 18th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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By J. Smith

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics are positioning themselves to fight for more stringent academic requirements and a tougher revenue distribution system for NCAA postseason basketball.

The Knight Commission released an analysis on Thursday with findings proving that over the past five years, $179 million was earned for athletic conferences by tournament teams that weren’t on course to graduate at least half their players, The Associated Press reports.

Ten of the 86 teams in the men’s tournament this year didn’t meet the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate goal of being on track to graduate at least half of their team, says the AP. Duncan and officials from the Knight Commission say only teams that meet the requirements should qualify to play.

“If you can’t manage to graduate half of your players, how serious is a coach and the institution about their players’ academic success?” Duncan asked.

It’s hard for an institution to sacrifice that kind of money because their players are not doing well in the classroom, but it is even harder for student athletes to devote their college careers to a basketball team and not have much to show for it — a degree, a shot at the NBA. With as much money the kids are earning for them and as hard as they work in college basketball, coaches and schools have a responsibility to those students to make sure they have a future after they leave the court.

According to the AP, under the NCAA’s revenue distribution plan, each game played in the NCAA basketball tournament earns more than $1.4 million for each team’s conference.

Read more: Education Secretary Calls For Reform Of NCAA Basketball

Spike Lee Pushes for More Black Male Educators at Morehouse

February 1st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Eurweb.com) — Spike Lee and Education Secretary Arne Duncan came together Monday, calling for more Black male educators.  At a town hall meeting at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, the two expressed a genuine concern about the issues ailing the education system, from lack of diversity to the need of male role models. “Everybody can’t be a business major,” Lee told the auditorium packed with male high school and college students. “We have to educate ourselves. We have to educate our young black men.”

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Should Duncan Have Plugged Henderson for D.C. Schools Boss?

January 17th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — If Education Secretary Arne Duncan were sitting with the editorial board of the New York Times and talking about education, do you think he would put in a plug for a specific candidate to be chancellor of the city’s public schools?  I’m guessing the answer would be “no,” but that’s what he did when he visited reporters and editors from The Washington Post last week.  My colleagues Nick Anderson and Bill Turque reported that Duncan said he hoped that Kaya Henderson, appointed on an interim basis to replace Michelle A. Rhee as D.C. schools chancellor, would stay in the position “for the long haul.”

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Speaks Up on D.C. Schools Leadership

January 11th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that he hopes interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson stays in the position “for the long haul,” endorsing her strongly while Mayor Vincent C. Gray deliberates on his permanent choice for a new schools leader.  Duncan’s praise of Henderson, in an interview with The Washington Post, injected the Obama administration into one of the new mayor’s most critical appointments.

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Education Secy. Arne Duncan Interviewed in Chicago School Admission Probe

March 25th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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