Budget deal allows regulations to move forward on for-profit colleges

Much of Friday’s last-minute budget gridlock centered on policy disputes over funding for Planned Parenthood and environmental regulations. But another largely unnoticed provision at play in last week’s negotiations involved rules that would regulate billions of dollars of federal student loan and grant money allotted to college programs with a track record of poor student outcomes, reports the Huffington Post. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confirmed on Saturday that the final deal will not include a measure that would have prevented the Obama administration from cracking down on certain schools…

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When it comes to teaching, who needs experience?

As I think back over a dozen years in the classroom, I cannot recall the exact moment that I changed from an idealistic beginning teacher at the peak of my game to the space-wasting NEA member who is keeping some good young teacher on the unemployment line, says Randy Turner, English teacher, on the Huffington Post. When did experience turn from an asset to the biggest roadblock to saving American public schools? In Missouri, a bill has been proposed by Republican Rep. Scott Dieckhaus which would eliminate tenure and the due process it guarantees and allow administrators and school boards to fire teachers with or without reason…

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Worst products of CES 2011

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was full of game-changing technology–think Verizon’s 4G LTE network and Motorola’s Atrix smartphone–but there were more than a few tech flops as well, says the Huffington Post. In addition to compiling the best products from CES 2011, we’ve also put together a slideshow of the worst gadgets on display at the world’s largest consumer tech expo. From french fry-shaped phones and sparkly speakers to vibrating weight loss machines and a “smart” washer/dryer duo, these tech products just didn’t do it for us…

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