Thursday, March 3, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 3, 2011

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District partners with Skagit Valley College to prepare students for college level math
Anacortes High School math teacher Lynette Brower and others examined the numbers and concluded they just didn’t add up.  “The numbers,” in this case, reflected math test scores tabulated among AHS seniors in 2009.  Test results showed that out of 29 seniors who took the Compass college placement test used by Skagit Valley College (SVC) and other community college/tech schools, only two qualified to take a college level math course as freshmen at SVC... Anacortes School District and SVC representatives held discussions, and in February of this year, agreed to a pilot program that essentially has Brower teaching the math curriculum used by SVC to prepare students for college level math courses.
Anacortes School District Community Newsletter, February 2011


CPTC selected for Achieving the Dream 2011

The 2011 Achieving the Dream Cohort of Community Colleges (in Washington): Grays Harbor College, Lower Columbia College, Bellingham Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Skagit Valley College, Spokane Falls Community College, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Whatcom Community College .

The Suburban Times, March 2, 2011


Rally and forum bring attention to deep cuts to higher education

In the face of continuing severe budget cuts to higher education facilities, such as Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College, as well as a decrease in grants and available funding for students, concerned citizens expressed their concerns.

KOMO News, March 2, 2011


EdCC joins ‘Achieving the Dream’

Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Edmonds Community College is one of thirty community colleges ... to recently join “Achieving the Dream.”

Edmonds Beacon, March 3, 2011


Senate OKs WSU expansion into Everett
Those working to plant the flag of Washington State University in Everett won support of the state Senate on Wednesday night and may try their luck in the House as early as today.  Senators passed SB 5636 on a 39-9 vote. Five Democrats, including Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, and four Republicans dissented. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, the bill's prime sponsor, said there's been a litany of studies in the last 25 years citing the need for more higher education opportunities in Snohomish County.
"This bill puts in place a process to some day achieving that goal," she said. "If not now, when."
The proposed legislation orders Washington State University to replace Everett Community College as operator of the University Center of North Puget Sound.  ... The only other speaker Wednesday was Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who endorsed the bill with some reservations. Hobbs is concerned the bill rams WSU control down the throat of Everett Community College and wants the two-year school's interests protected in the transfer of power and state funds.

The Herald, March 3, 2011




New Tactic to Kill Faculty Unions

Ohio Senate passes bill against collective bargaining by public employees -- and applies Yeshiva decision to state colleges and universities.

Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2011





House passes bill to create education reform council

The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill 64-32 Wednesday that would create a council to plan how to revamp the state’s school system from pre-kindergarten through college. The measure, introduced by Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, is one of the latest developments as two plans to consolidate Washington’s disjointed education system work their way through the Legislature.

Kitsap Sun, March 3, 2011


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