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Federal proposal seeks to create summer and youth jobs

The Washington Post – Steven Mufson

“The Obama administration unveiled a $5.5 billion proposal to create summer and first-time jobs for youths over four years and a $2 billion scheme to create apprenticeships over five years, the latest in a series of ideas that will be included in the federal budget plan next week. The proposals — part of a $12.5 billion package of new spending over five years — includes $3 billion to train people to lure firms to the United States from abroad or to keep them from leaving. The administration also plans to ask Congress to approve $2 billion in competitive grants that would be jointly administered by the Labor and Education Departments. The budget, especially in a president’s eighth year, is often more of an aspirational document than a real-life tax and spending plan, but President Obama has vowed to search for additional common ground with Congress during his final year in office.”(more)

The Obama Administration Proposes $2 Billion More In College Aid

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

“President Obama has increased college aid by over $50 billion since coming into office. And he’s trying to do more. Acting Education Secretary John King announced two new proposals today that would expand the Pell Grant program, the biggest pot of federal money for students with financial need…Both of these ideas are examples of a current trend in higher education: financial aid used as a carrot to encourage students to complete their degrees.”(more)

Shrinking Financial Aid Curbs Impact of Slowing College Tuition Increases

The Wall Street Journal – Douglas Belkin

“Tuition increases at U.S. colleges have plateaued after decades of steep growth, but stagnant wages, near-zero inflation and a slight pullback in grants have amplified this year’s relatively modest rise. Published tuition for the 2015-16 academic year rose 2.9% for in-state students at four-year public schools—the same increase as last year. But adjusted for inflation, the gain was 2.7% this year, compared with 0.9% last year, according to a report released Wednesday from the College Board, a New York nonprofit that tracks university costs.”(more)

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4.4 Million in Grants for Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs

U.S. Dept. of Education – Press Release

“The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of 59 new grants—totaling more than $4.4 million—under two Fulbright-Hays international education programs to institutions and organizations in 34 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia…“International collaboration helps students develop global competencies necessary to succeed in the 21st century,” said Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary of education. “These collaborations help strengthen our reform efforts here in the United States as our students, teachers and faculty work with and learn from cultures and societies different from their own.” The GPA short-term projects support overseas training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students and faculty who return to the United States to share their new global learning with their students and fellow educators.”(more)

U.S. Department of Education Announces First Ever Skills for Success Grants and Initiative to Support Learning Mindsets and Skills

Ed.gov – Press Release

“The U.S. Department of Education announced four grant awards today under the new Skills for Success grant competition, totaling $2 million. The Department also announced the launch of the Mentoring Mindsets Initiative…to pilot evidence-based tools that enable mentors to teach learning mindsets and skills to their mentees. Together, these initiatives are promoting new approaches to meeting the Administration’s college and career readiness goals…Learning mindsets and skills encompass a broad array of competencies, and are often referred to as non-cognitive skills, social and emotional learning or character education. Although enhancing these skills is not a standalone strategy for improving schools, there is a growing body of research indicating that learning mindsets play a key role in students’ long-term success.”(more)

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4 Million to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

U.S. Department of Education – Staff Writer

“The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $4 million to 11 states to focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs. Under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program, grantees carry out demonstration projects, innovative strategies and scientifically-based research to enhance the services provided to gifted and talented K-12 students nationwide. The new grants will allow these states to take models that have proven effective on a small scale and expand the programs to multiple schools or districts. The awards are targeted to programs aimed at enrolling students that are economically disadvantaged, limited in English language skills or have disabilities.”(more)