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Idaho gives students money for AP and other early college experiences.

Retrieved from The Hechinger Report.

Every seventh grader gets $4,125 to spend on early college credits, other extras.

At the beginning of this school year, the state put $4,125 in an online account  every  Idaho seventh- through 12th-grader to spend on any academic boost they think they need to be better prepared for college.

The new money for students comes as part of a 20-point state plan to improve K-12 education, spearheaded by Idaho’s state legislature.

One goal of the program is to encourage more high school students to earn college credits and take AP courses and exams, which can often be cashed in for college credits.  As part of the push to get more kids to attend college, the state hopes to even the playing field for students from lower-income families and to ensure no student is discouraged from taking on advanced coursework because of the cost. Taking college courses in high school could also lower long-term costs for students, advocates of the practice say.

Despite relatively little hard data on how much it helps students, the push to have more students graduate with a few college courses and credits already under their belts has been gaining steam for a decade now in at least a dozen states. More than 1.4 million students took such courses during the 2010-2011 school year, the last period for which federal figures are available.

That number has likely grown since then as more students, not just the highest achievers, have begun to sign up for these courses, said Adam Lowe, executive director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, which pushes for and accredits such programs.

“They are no longer the Doogie Howser programs,” Lowe said, in a reference to the fictional teenage genius played by a young Neil Patrick Harris in the 1990s TV series of the same name. “Those exist, but in many states now they’re seeing students who are college bound, and saying, ‘Let’s give them a chance to take college early.’”

Lowe’s Educational Foundation is Making Grants!



Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2015 Toolbox for Education, an initiative aimed at supporting projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit.

One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community, such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project. Toolbox grants also can be used as part of a larger-scale project as long as the funds are used to complete a phase of the project achievable within twelve months of the award date.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups (PTO, PTA, etc.) applying for a grant must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  The web address is

What About that Free Community College Tuition Plan?

retrieved from Education Dive
President Barack Obama’s free community college plan would help students who have the greatest difficulty repaying their student loans, despite the already-low price of a two-year degree, reports.
The student loan default rate for community college students is more than twice that of four-year college students, even though their average annual tuition is $3,347, compared to more than $9,000 for public four-year schools, in state, and more than $31,000 for private schools.
For community college students who take out student loans, the average debt load is $10,000.

Also check out the Fortune article here

Top 10 Minority Scholarships for College in 2015


Here’s the information about 10 great minority scholarships for 2015.  Now go apply!

#1 – Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship: Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#2 – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (The Bill Gates Scholarship): Awards scholarships each year to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#3 – Burger King Scholars Program: Designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must be graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#4 – Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund For Women: Aims to ease the financial burden to students and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. Also, champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in the nursing and medical industries. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#5 – Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program: Gives high school students who are active it sports and in their communities, as well as outstanding students, an opportunity to win a $20,000 college scholarship. Students must be planning to attend a four-year college. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#6 – Ron Brown Scholar Program: Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#7 – Dell Scholars Program: Recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations, and are now serving as positive role models in their communities. Awards hundreds of scholarships each year annually, and since 2004, has given away more than $31 million in college funding. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#8 – Generation Google Scholarship For Minorities, Women and Disabled Students: Helps minority students who plan to attend college and study computer science and technology. Eligible students must be African American, Hispanic, American Indian, female, or one who has a disability. Deadline is in January 2015.

#9 – United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships: Provides extraordinary amounts of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) and other colleges as well. The deadlines to apply varies.

#10 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships For Minority Students: Gives financial aid awards to Black, Hispanic and Asian eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

These scholarships are available here.

What happened to the parent’s PLUS loans at historically Black Colleges?


via The Chronicle of Higher Education

A tightening of the PLUS  loan program’s eligibility criteria two years ago has hit historically black colleges  especially hard, as they serve many students who rely on the loan, and a considerable share whose families no longer qualify. Seeing enrollment declines, some colleges have formed a coalition to protest the change. Students, meanwhile, have had to drop out or scramble to find other forms of financing.

At Morgan State, students’ families received about $4-million less in PLUS loans this year than they did in 2012, said Tanya Wilkerson, director of financial aid. “We’ve really taken a hit with the new changes,” she said between advising students on reinstatement day. “It’s just been a big ordeal for us with our students not being able to meet the gap,” she said, “especially for those who have been eligible for the parent PLUS loan in the past.”

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized to historically black colleges last month for what he called poor communication by the department on the changes in loan eligibility. Until 2011, applicants were approved for a PLUS loan as long as they were not more than 90 days delinquent on any debt, and did not have any foreclosures, bankruptcies, tax liens, wage garnishments, or student-loan defaults in the past five years. Under the new standards, unpaid debts in collection and student loans written off as unpayable in the previous five years also count against applicants.

Leaders of historically black colleges and in the African-American community are lobbying the Education Department to change the standards back, arguing that there was no evidence of high default rates on parents’ PLUS loans.


No Federal Mandate for Gifted Education since 2011

via Education Week

Currently, there is no federal requirement that schools offer gifted services for students and no dollars allocated to states to provide them. The Jacob K. Javits federal grant program, which provided $7.4 million annually in grants for gifted education research and for efforts to serve under-represented populations, was cancelled in 2011.

Sixth grader Raymond Dai works on a robotics computer program at the Challenge School in Denver.
—Nathan W. Armes for Education Week

Program support also varies greatly from state to state and district to district. According to research from the Washington-based National Association for Gifted Children, 14 of the 43 states it surveyed provided no funding for gifted education in 2012-13, and six states cut funding for gifted education between the 2009-10 and 2012-13 school years. While 32 states mandated some level of gifted services, only four fully funded the mandate, while eight were unfunded.

The situation gets even more complicated at the district level, said Nancy Green, the association’s executive director. Most localities decide independently how to determine giftedness and what services to provide for students deemed gifted. Parents often must press education leaders to test their children for giftedness, provide enrichment opportunities and pull-out programs for gifted students, and offer professional development for teachers in gifted education, she added.

“Parents too often find that many schools are not willing to make even the most basic changes in a child’s curriculum that could make a major difference for a gifted and talented student,” Ms. Green said. “Parents can [then] find themselves advocating at many levels—in their child’s school, at the district level, and sometimes even with state legislators, as they make the cases for services.”

‘The Black Eye’

Low-income and minority parents have been pushed to advocacy because of their children’s underrepresentation in gifted education programs, as shown in national enrollment figures.

As of 2012, white and Asian students made up nearly three-fourths of students enrolled in gifted and talented programs in the U.S., disproportionate to their total student enrollment percentage, according to the U.S Department of Education. Latino and black students, by contrast, made up 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, of those enrolled in gifted programs nationally, while they in turn represented 25 percent and 19 percent of the student population, respectively.

What do you think?  Do you have a gifted child that is currently receiving services?  Not receiving services?  Does the outlook look better or worse for gifted education in your district?

Read more here

Grants From Verizon Foundation

When i think of Verizon-I think cell phone but their foundation gives grants to not-for-profits.  Check this info out:


Verizon Foundation Education Grants

Verizon Foundation – December 10, 2012

The Verizon Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and giving back to the community. To that end, they are accepting grant applications for projects that focus on education. Organizations can apply for an Event/Sponsorship Grant or a Competitive Grant.

Eligible Organizations

To be eligible for Verizon Foundation grants, organizations must:

  • Not duplicate or overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state, or local level;
  • Serve the community without any discrimination on the basis of age, color, citizenship, disability, etc.;
  • Keep books available for regular independent outside audits and make the results available to all potential contributors;
  • Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting; and,
  • Be classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are further classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1)-509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations are also invited to take the Verizon Foundation’s Eligibility Quiz (located here: Although the Foundation does not have a range for grant amounts, the average grant size over the past several years ranged between $5,000 and $10,000. At least 85 percent of awarded funds must be comprised of direct costs, and IT-related purchases should total no more than 20 percent of the grant’s total direct costs.

Closing Dates

Applications reviewed year round starting Jan. 1, 2013

More Information

How would a Government Shut Down Affect Education?

by way of The Chronicle of Higher Education September 30,2013

If Congress fails to reach agreement on a stopgap spending bill and the government shuts down on Tuesday, the impact on colleges, students, and university scientists would be minimal, at least at first.

But researchers who depend on government-run archives, libraries, and museums could see their work interrupted, and some university employees whose salaries are paid by the federal government may have to wait for their paychecks.
Student Aid

The shutdown would not disrupt the awarding of student aid or the servicing of student loans, at least in the short term, according to the Education Department’s contingency plan. Commercial student-loan servicers and other contractors could continue to work for “some short period of time,” but they would have to wait to be paid, and no new contracts would be awarded.

Colleges with government grants could continue their work.

But a lapse of longer than a week could “severely curtail the cash flow” to those colleges with federal grants, according to the contingency plan. Colleges rely on federal funds to pay staff members who run programs for disadvantaged students seeking to enter and stay in college.

The furlough of Education Department staff members involved in making grants could also lead to delays in the awarding of grants to colleges later in the year.

In the event of a shutdown, the department will furlough more than 90 percent of its employees immediately, according to the contingency plan.

If the closure drags on for a week or more, up to 6 percent of the agency’s 4,225 employees will be called back to perform “essential” functions, such as providing payments to grantees and administering student aid.
Research Funds

A shutdown would close most operations at the National Institutes of Health, the largest supplier of federal money for basic research at American colleges and universities. Research on the NIH campus, in Bethesda, Md., would be halted, and no new patients would be accepted into the center’s medical trials.

The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives and Records Administration would close, making some of the country’s richest archival, cultural, and scientific collections inaccessible to researchers until Washington reopened for business, the online portal through which people search for and apply for federal grants, including NEH grants, will continue to operate but will have a reduced support staff, according to a notice on the blog.

The Federal Government will shut down just after midnight tonight if a compromise can not be reached.

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