Obama touts free community college plans

Obama touts free community college plans

President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of college free will get a key test Friday as he travels to Indiana, a red state where making college more affordable and increasing graduation rates are squarely in the spotlight. Obama’s plan is part of a proposed budget that increases taxes on the wealthy and aims […]

Union boss doesn’t care for Obama’s education chief

Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration

Union boss doesn’t care for Obama’s education chief

The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to […]

Michelle Obama to graduates: ‘Stay hungry’

People "scrape and claw" their way to an education

Michelle Obama to graduates: ‘Stay hungry’

A hunger for education should continue beyond graduation and should be used to guide and inspire “the next generation of geniuses,” first lady Michelle Obama said Saturday. In her commencement address at Dillard University, the first lady described the 226 graduates of the historically black college as a “sea of young geniuses” and told them […]

Education debates draw both Bush, Clinton

It is at least the third time in the past year that Bush and Clinton were crossing paths.

Education debates draw both Bush, Clinton

Their presidential plans may be uncertain but one thing is clear: Jeb Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton keep bumping into each other. Bush and Clinton were taking the podium Monday at a higher education conference in suburban Dallas organized by Bush, the former Florida governor who is the brother and son of Republican presidents. The […]

GOP leaders meet to try and resolve education discord

Critics sees the standards as federal takeover of local classrooms

GOP leaders meet to try and resolve education discord

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street. Bush, whose potential presidential aspirations have been the subject of intense speculation, […]

Obama in Miami to promote education agenda

Obama wants $100 million for a fund to support strategies that help make college more affordable.

Obama in Miami to promote education agenda

President Barack Obama is beginning a new effort to help students take the first step toward getting a college education. During a visit to a Miami high school on Friday, Obama was announcing a new initiative to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. The application is required for […]

The election that Democrats lost big time a week ago

The election that Democrats lost big time a week ago

Which is the most important result of Tuesday’s election? A. A Republican governor won a landslide election in a blue state. B. A Democrat was elected governor in a purple state during intense criticism of a new federal government program. C. An outspoken liberal Democrat was elected mayor in a big city — where opposition […]

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according […]

Obama laments technology, shallowness of information age

Obama laments technology, shallowness of information age

President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media. Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of […]