Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Economics

After Making Tuition Free, New York Is Raising It For People Left to Pay

The question of “how are they going to pay for it?” is starting to be answered.

ALBANY – If you’re not getting free SUNY tuition this fall, you will be paying more.The state University of New York this week quietly voted to raise tuition by $200 on students who are not eligible for the free tuition program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature instituted in April for households who earn less than $100,000 a year.

So for those students whose household income is more than $100,000 and who attend four-year colleges, their tuition will grow from $6,470 to $6,670 this fall, a 3 percent increase. The state’s community colleges set their own tuition.

But then comes the money shot, presented with nary a hint of irony.

SUNY officials said the higher tuition is needed to pay for courses as costs rise.

So in a climate where the cost of offering courses has risen, the best remedy for that was simply making it free?  Think about this for a second; they had to raise tuition on those left to pay it who didn’t qualify for the handout while telling others they had no obligation to pay for their education whatsoever.

How can any one look at this as sane, fair, or at the very least moral?

Source: SUNY tuition to rise $200 – if you don’t get it for free

Aca-dumb-ia, Social Justice

“Respected Peer-Reviewed Journal” Falls For Ridiculous Hoax.

Whenever anyone points out being in a “peer-reviewed journal” as an indicator of an author’s veracity, just remember this story.

A piece on the “conceptual penis” published in the journal Cogent Social Sciences, self described as “a multidisciplinary open access journal offering high quality peer review across the social sciences: from law to sociology, politics to geography, and sport to communication studies. Connect your research with a global audience for maximum readership and impact.”

Source: A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal « Why Evolution Is True

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Education

Massie Proposes Closing Federal Department of Education After Next Election

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date?  Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise.  “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”

If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately.  Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.

As I always ask, what does that tell you?

Source: GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education | TheHill

Aca-dumb-ia, Education

City Makes Specialized High School Test Easier

Because that’s how you ensure quality in admissions: lower the bar.

Major changes are coming to the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) in fall 2017.

The test, which hasn’t changed in two decades, is taken by eighth-graders seeking admission to Staten Island Technical High School, New Dorp; Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School, and six other specialized high schools in the city.

Among the changes announced this week:

  • It will now take three hours for students to complete, instead of two and a half.

  • The verbal section, now renamed the English Language Arts section, will no longer have scrambled paragraph or logical reasoning questions, which were not commonly taught in city high school classes.  Instead, it will focus on editing and revising sentences.

  • The math portion of the test will include five additional non-multiple choice questions where students have to show their work.

Source: City revises test for admission to Staten Island Tech, specialized high schools | SILive.com