From Education Week
By Stephen Sawchuk

UPDATE: Since this item was published, I've confirmed that two additional states, Kentucky and New York, won't voluntarily participate. Continue reading for the latest details.

Public higher education institutions in Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky, and New York—and possibly other states—will not participate voluntarily in a review of education schools now being conducted by the National Council for Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report, according to recent correspondence between state consortia and the two groups.

From AirForceTimes By Karen Jowers

Helping military families is not a new concept — a variety of organizations and communities around the country have worked to support military families for years.

But under a new “Joining Forces” initiative announced by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, more civilian businesses, communities, and organizations will be offering opportunities for families.

The two women stress that gestures big and small can help military families — whether mowing the lawn of a neighbor whose spouse has deployed, or picking up extra car pool duty for a family.

Administration pushing shift through HEA reporting

Published Online: March 8, 2011
Published in Print: March 9, 2011, as New Rules For Ed. Prep Are Mulled

From EducationWeek
By Stephen Sawchuk

Federal officials plan to overhaul the reporting requirements for higher education-based teacher preparation in favor of leaner, outcome-based indicators of program quality, according to plans outlined in the president's fiscal 2012 budget request.

From AirForceTimes
By Karen Jowers

Military spouses and dependents are the inspiration behind an initiative launched Tuesday by first lady Michelle Obama.

The mission of "Joining Forces," launched by Obama and Jill Biden, is to make more Americans aware of the challenges facing military families, and to highlight ways communities, organizations and businesses are helping these families. Obama and Biden also will travel across the country to highlight the service of military families.

From EducationWeek
By Sharon P. Robinson
Published Online: February 16, 2011

It's true – some education master's programs do not add value to teaching quality or student learning. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Bill Gates were right in their recent suggestions that school systems rethink the current practice of granting pay raises automatically to teachers who earn master's degrees. This statement may be surprising coming from an association of education schools but, in fact, it is well known that some programs are essentially a drive-by freeway en route to a higher rung on the pay scale. I believe firmly that such programs should cease to exist.

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