U.S. Department of Education

In rural schools, online help for bottom, top learners

By HARRY AURORA // Rural schools and schools in low socioeconomic areas face a litany of challenges. Transportation, hiring/retaining staff, distance from students’ homes, budget shortfalls – these are all common obstacles, often by virtue of nothing but location. And oftentimes, sadly, students and their families bear the burden of these disadvantages. And frequently, it’s the students on the extremes of the achievement spectrum who are impacted most. Studies show that rural students have considerably…


For struggling students, recovery where credit is due

By HARRY AURORA // Educators are keenly aware that the underachievement of a student isn’t always a true representation of the student’s capabilities. Poor academic performance, sporadic attendance and antisocial behavior aren’t habits that develop overnight, nor is any student wholly responsible for finding him or herself in that situation. Research has indicated that students develop poor academic and social habits at a young age. Therefore, educators have a profound responsibility to identify, understand and…


As suspensions mount, schools have homework to do

By HARRY AURORA // One of the most extreme ways to discipline a student is the out-of-school suspension – but this punishment only bandages a problem, without actually fixing it. With little to no academic guidance at home, suspended students often suffer long-term negative consequences. Suspensions should only be used as a last resort – and if it’s absolutely necessary, schools should take steps to ensure that students are learning from their mistakes, and learning…


Debtless docs debut at tuition-free LI med school

By GREGORY ZELLER // Future doctors ceremoniously started their medical educations at schools around the world July 26, but the “white coat ceremony” at one Long Island institute held a singular significance. It was the very first for the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, New York University’s newly accredited med-ed mecca. Part of the NYU Langone Health system, the LISOM received preliminary accreditation in February from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the U.S….


To ensure college success, level the HS academic field

By HARRY AURORA // Education is the cornerstone of success, a college degree is paramount and K-12 schools are committed to doing everything possible to help students excel at the college level. It appears to be working: National high school graduation rates are among the highest they’ve ever been. But accommodating for the wide range of variables that exist for every individual student is never easy, and requires significant resources that may not be available…


NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders. Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester. The new award program, announced this week…