The Answer Sheet: Community Colleges

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010

High remediation rates cast doubt on reforms

If standardized test-driven school reform is so successful, why are college remediation rates still so high?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Jill Biden, Obama host summit on community colleges

Jill Biden, a longtime community college instructor who happens to be the country's Second Lady, hosts the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/30/2009

Should two-year community colleges offer bachelor's degrees?

Community colleges are big news these days. With skyrocketing enrollments, declining state funding and a high profile champion--Second Lady Jill Biden, a professor at Northern Virginia Community College--the schools that educate almost half of the country’s undergraduates are finally getting the attention they deserve. There is another change on the community college landscape that is causing controversy: Whether the two-year schools should be allowed to offer four-year degrees.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:23 AM ET, 11/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 11/18/2009

Why can't kids eat in class if they are hungry?

Here is the story of one mother whose son attended a D.C. middle school and often got hungry in the late morning before his scheduled lunch, which was close to 1 p.m. He was not, however, allowed to eat. Read what she wrote, and then tell us if your children can eat in school.... "When should our kids be allowed to eat? Is five hours too long for kids to go without any food at all?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:27 PM ET, 11/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009

Dr. Jill Biden Guest Blogs on Community Colleges

By Jill Biden I wanted to share some thoughts about a very exciting day I had Monday. In the morning I traveled with President Obama to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. As I told the students and teachers I met there, I felt right at home. I’ve been an English teacher for almost 30 years, and I’ve spent much of my career in the community college system. In fact, yesterday I was right back in my own college classroom teaching English. People often ask me why I choose to teach at a community college. Well—the answer is simple: It’s my students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)