8-22-17 Education in the News

Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Civil war lessons often depend on where the classroom is

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.

Civil war lessons often depend on where the classroom is

Some schools emphasize states' rights in addition to slavery and stress how economic and cultural differences stoked tensions between North and South. Others highlight the battlefield acumen of Confederate commanders alongside their Union counterparts. At least one suggests that abolition represented the first time the nation lived up to its founding ideals.

The differences don't always break down neatly along geographic lines.

"You don't know, as you speak to folks around the country, what kind of assumptions they have about things like the Civil War," said Dustin Kidd, a sociology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.


WILL WEISSERT, The Associated Press| Updated: August 22, 2017 — 3:01 AM EDT


Education Week--What's at Stake for Schools in the Debt Ceiling Debate

Have you missed fights over whether to increase the U.S. government's borrowing limit? You might be getting a special treat soon. Many education advocates, however, likely aren't so thrilled.

The recurring squabble over raising the debt ceiling has roots in 2011 when, in exchange for increasing the borrowing limit, Congress imposed mandatory spending caps on government spending. The big budget legacy of that 2011 fight, known as sequestration, is still with us. 

Now the issue is back before lawmakers once again. They face a Sept. 30 deadline for increasing the debt ceiling—if they don't, parts of the government would close, including the U.S. Department of Education, and spending would be severely constricted. (Technically, the government broke through the debt ceiling earlier this year, but the Treasury Department has taken "extraordinary measures" to avoid default.) 

"I am more concerned about the debt ceiling than I have been in the past," said Noelle Ellerson, the associate executive director of AASA, the School Administrators Association.


Andrew Ujifusa on August 21, 2017 10:44 AM