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Dear EducationCEO,

Like you, I am up at 2 in the morning!  I checked my phone and saw that I had an e-mail notification alerting me to a new post on your blog.  The title intrigued me, “Let me set the record straight …”  I couldn’t resisit!  However, please forgive my middle-of-the-night, my laptop-battery-is-low-and-I-don’t-feel-like-fetching-my-powercord-in-the-next-room brief response to one thing in particular that you wrote:   

Perhaps they could ‘color’ their respective boards to reflect the communities in which they serve, and simultaneously make millions each year, per school?

If I read correctly (and please correct me if I am wrong), I understood this comment in context to mean that the boards of KIPP and TFA (among others), are not reflective of the communities they serve.  And though not explicitly stated, I understood you to be talking about the organizations’ national boards.  You’re right, names do pop up in more than one place on the national scene.  But at the local, I feel I can speak to this issue of representation from personal experience, having served a 3-year term on the KIPP Baltimore board of directors.  I believe there is real value in pursuing racial and ethnic diversity at the local level.  What does it really matter if the national board is lily white and estrogen deficient?  At the local level is where I believe board members are going to be most impactful – mobilizing local resources, involving the local community and businesses, and really being champions for our kids.     

So, I’d love to chat with you about this!  Thanks for posting your thoughts – these conversations are necessary. 

– Samantha

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Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College), recognized as one of America’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” and “Great Schools, Great Prices” in U. S. News & World Report’s newly released 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” is a small liberal arts university located in northern Baltimore County.  [tweetmeme =”wordpress”]

In the “News” section of its website, Stevenson advertises:

Visit Stevenson’s Campus and Earn Credit Toward Tuition

Prospective students can now earn a $250 credit towards their tuition when they register for and complete a qualifying campus visit. This credit will be awarded to them contingent upon their admission and full-time enrollment to the University for the fall 2010 semester.
I’ve never heard of this type of incentive for incoming freshmen.  And in all honesty, I must state that I don’t immediately disagree with this strategy, while I must also disclose that I do not have any knowledge of the rationale behind it.  Is this incentive part of a larger marketing/recruitment campaign?  I wonder what the – process was that led to offering a $250 credit.  Are the enrollment figures low?  How effective will a $250 incentive be in attracting students who might not otherwise consider Stevenson University? How will the University determine the effectiveness of this program? Will prospective students find that Stevenson is more attractive with a $250 inducement? 
 
Has anyone see an incentive like this one in higher education?  Please share if you have – I’m curious.    
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I love words.  Here are my top 5 from the weekend, in no particular order:  [tweetmeme=”wordpress”]

1. Ennoble

2. Indomitable

3. Virulent

4. Innumerable

5. Basilisk

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Texas school districts are waiting to hear whether the state will provide special relief for low attendance as a result of the swine flu.  School funding in Texas, like other states, is tied to student daily attendance.  Average Daily Attendance (ADA), according to federal legislation, is the aggregate number of days of attendance of all students during the school year divided by the number of days school is in session during that year.

According to The Dallas Morning News, school districts won’t find out until next year whether the state will help. Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has issued a statement that no decision will be made until he sees whether the flu re-emerges next year.  Some districts could lose up to $2 million.

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Students at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education reveal their reasons for wanting to teach.  To the teachers out there:

  1. Why did you want to enter the teaching profession?
  2. Why do you remain in the teaching profession?

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