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First Scholarship for Illegal Immigrants Granted at a Massachusetts College

In Amherst, Massachusetts, Hampshire College has begun a scholarship fund earmarked for a select group of college hopefuls: illegal immigrants. The scholarship plans to give $25,000 to one student each year who lives in the U.S. but does not hold U.S. citizenship so that he or she can earn a degree. The first recipient received the scholarship for 2012-2013 school year.

The fund has $300,000 so far that was donated by alumni, students, parents, and other donors at Hampshire College. Currently, undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts must pay out-of-state tuition to attend college, with Hampshire charging $43,000 in yearly tuition. The federal government does not give any financial aid to illegal immigrants.

A handful of other colleges and universities also offer scholarships specifically for illegal immigrants, but this is the first in Massachusetts. States vary on their handling of the issue of whether to let illegal immigrants attend college and if they should receive discount rates. Most states treat them as international students and charge out-of-state tuition rates, with thirteen offering in-state tuition. Three states allow illegal immigrants to receive state financial aid, but three others – Georgia, Colorado, and South Carolina – ban them from attending state colleges and universities. Read the rest of this entry »



African American Student Initiative Announced by President Obama

President Obama announced that he will be creating a new education initiative targeted to improving the achievement levels of African Americans in education. While in New Orleans giving a speech to the Urban League, the president stated that he would sign an order putting the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans into place.

This new educational initiative “works to make sure that all African American students can receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers,” Obama said.

This initiative will be work with the Executive Office of the President and cabinet agencies to identify evidence-based practices to improve African American students’ achievement in school and coll,ege. The White House stated that this initiative will also work to “develop a national network of individuals, organizations and communities that will share and implement these practices.” The goal of this initiative will be to ensure that African American students have the same opportunities as other students. Read the rest of this entry »



$20,000 Pay Raises for Math and Science Teachers with Obama’s Master Teachers Program

During a rally in San Antonio, President Obama revealed a new proposal to his supporters for elite master teachers, a billon dollar effort to improve education for students in the science, technology, math, and engineering fields. The new proposal was strategically unveiled months before the November elections.

The program will include a pay raise of $20,000 dollars for each master teacher, but they must remain master teachers for several years. Not only are the master teachers educating students, they will be teaching other faculty members as well. The beginning of the program will start up with 2500 qualified teachers divided across the 50 states. If the program is successful there will be an additional 7,500 teachers over a four year course. The Obama administration will partner with groups, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to produce 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years.

However, the federal government has 80 established teacher quality programs implemented already. Why another one billion dollar program? A report found that the U.S. must grow the number of students in science, math, and related fields by 34% to keep up with economic demand. Read the rest of this entry »



Notre Dame Distances Self from Bishop Jenky’s Slanderous Remarks About the President

Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky might be regretting a comment he made recently about President Obama. During a sermon, Bishop Jenky said that Obama’s political policies were on a “similar path” to those of Hilter and Stalin.

“Hilter and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care,” Jenky said in his sermon. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda – now seems intent on following a similar path.”

In addition to being a Catholic Bishop, Jenky is also a member of the Board of Fellows at the University of Notre Dame. In response to the Bishop’s sermon, members of the faculty at Notre Dame have created and signed a petition that asks Bishop Jenky to either “renounce loudly and publicly this destructive analogy” or resign from the Board of Fellows.

Some are arguing that Bishop Jenky’s quote is being taken out of context, but that he was just stating his political and religious belief that Obama should not be re-elected and that Catholics should not vote for him. Read the rest of this entry »



President Obama Visits College Campuses and Jimmy Fallon to Support Higher Education

President Barack Obama is gearing up to visit several university campuses across the U.S., and after his most recent Internet and radio addresses, we can be pretty sure of at least one thing he is going to be telling students. In what could be seen as an attempt to win himself some votes come November, Obama is presenting Republicans as opponents to affordable higher education.

“This is a question of values,” Obama said. “We cannot let America become a country where a shrinking number of people really do well while a growing number of people struggle to get by.”

One of Obama’s plans to keep education attainable is by extending a current law concerning federal student loans for low- to middle-income undergraduates. The current law is set to expire of July 1, 2012. If it does, interest rates on these popular student loans will double, forcing students to pay 6.8 percent instead of the current 3.4 percent. On average, this will cause an increase of $1,000 that each student will have to pay back on their loans. Read the rest of this entry »



Immigration Law Puts Charlie Brown Play on Hold

One Alabama high school will have to put its production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on hold due to the crack down on immigration.

Pelham High School had to put a stop to its spring musical because a New York licensing house, which owns the rights to the play, didn’t sign a document obligatory under the immigration law.

However, following inquires from the Associated Press, Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc. conceded and signed the necessary document.

As part of the immigration law, all companies working with local or state governments in Alabama must sign sworn documents that maintain employers don’t knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Even though the necessary documents were finally signed by Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., the school will a face another road block. It will still have to purchase the rights to the play, which could cost over $1,200.

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NYU Won’t Remove Anti-Gay Restaurant from Campus

Hillary Dworkoski doesn’t like Chick-fil-A, and it has nothing to do with the food they serve.

The freshman at NYU boycotted the fast food restaurant located on campus after she heard that it financially supports anti-gay groups. She started an online petition, which currently has more than 10,000 signatures, to remove the restaurant from campus.

“NYU prides itself on being a diverse, open and inclusive campus community,” Dworski stated in her petition. “That’s one of the major reasons why I enrolled at NYU as a freshman last fall. Unfortunately, maintaining a contract with an anti-gay vendor like Chick-fil-A undermines what makes this university so great.”

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President Obama to Deliver Commencement Speech at Barnard College

In a suave political move, President Obama recently announced that he will be delivering the commencement speech at Barnard College, a women’s college in New York City. By doing so, Obama is showing his support for women and women’s rights at the same time that the Republican party has been rallying to prevent contraceptives being covered under the new health care law.

Some are calling the Republicans’ acts a “war on women,” and by addressing a group of newly graduated women, Obama is putting himself on the side of the ladies. This makes a lot of sense, politically, because with the 2012 Presidential Election only a few months away, the candidates will want to secure as many votes as they can. By speaking to the women at Barnard College, Obama is probably hoping to secure their votes as well as congratulate and inspire them on their graduation day.

Of course, teachers and students at the school are excited to have Obama deliver their commencement speech, no matter whether it is part of his political agenda or not. Read the rest of this entry »



Mitt Romney Speaks Against Teachers Unions

Members of teachers unions across the nation will probably not be voting for Mitt Romney if it comes down to him and President Obama in November. Romney recently announced plans to push back against these unions if he is elected president later this year.

“But the role I see that ought to remain in the president’s agenda with regards to education is to push back against the federal teachers unions,” Romney said. “Those federal teachers unions have too much power, in some cases, they overwhelm the states, they overwhelm the local school districts. We have got to put the kids first and put these teachers unions behind.”

Romney also hinted at his plan to combine the Department of Education with other governmental agencies.

It might seem that Romney’s plan is a strong contrast to Obama’s policies concerning education, all of which have aimed to improve the quality of education that students in the U.S. receive. However, he doesn’t seem to think so. Read the rest of this entry »



The 5 Most Conservative Colleges in the USA

As Election Day 2012 gets closer and closer, the Republican Party still has not settled down and chosen a candidate. It seems that the Conservative Party is having problems making a decision between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, the two front-runners after recent primaries.

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks and haven’t heard anything he has said, Santorum is the more-Conservative candidate and has been quoted as calling public universities “indoctrination mills” for liberal ideals.

So, if you agree with Santorum and would like to attend a school that is not “liberal” (let’s face it: most colleges are more liberal than conservative), here is a list of the Top 5 Conservative Schools in the USA. The schools were determined to be Conservative based on religious affiliations, policies concerning sex before marriage, political tendencies, and other similar factors. Read the rest of this entry »





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