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College Sticker Shock, WHY?


Comment by Bob L.
05-20-2013

Sticker Shock for colleges? Ask the GREEDY Professors and Administrators.

I read an article here the other day and it made the comment that they have to raise them to keep their Professors, start there, if you want to stop it, boycott these Colleges, plus you could probably get a better Education by going to local Community college. 

Is it that by going to a Big Name College, you can Party and walk around with your nose up in the air Bragging that you went to Blah Blah  College and not really getting the Education that you deserve, which is, go to a party School, or a go to a  less expensive College and get an Education.

As you read this article you will see a lot of double talk to why the cost is so high, basically it all stems to GREED, Public Schools are having the same problem.

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The Lookout

Sticker shock: New college graduates, here is why your education cost so much money

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News The Lookout
05-20-2013

When high school senior Jenny Bonilla got her college acceptance letter in March, she felt shock and heartbreak rather than joy. That’s because the letter from Goucher College, a private liberal arts school in Baltimore, also brought news that she would owe an unaffordable $20,000 a year in tuition and board, even with a scholarship the college was offering.

Bonilla had been in the running for a full ride to Goucher but eventually lost out because her parents’ combined income of $57,000 a year was deemed too high.

“That was heartbreaking,” she said.

Bonilla’s experience is all too familiar to many students and their parents contemplating college, as higher education price increases have far outpaced the growth in middle-class wages over the past three decades.

The average tuition and fees at a public, four-year university rose to $8,655 in 2012-13, not counting the costs of room and board, according to the College Board. That’s 250 percent more than it would have cost in 1982, when a year of college would have set the average student back just $2,423 in today’s dollars.

The tuition at private colleges has increased at a slightly lower rate over the same period: the average four-year private institution costs $29,056, not counting room and board. It would have cost $10,901 in 2012 dollars back in 1982.

The pricey degree comes with big returns, on average: College educated workers earned 79 percent more than high-school educated workers in 2012, and were much less likely to be unemployed.

The pain of the price hikes has been partially offset by an increase in federal grants and tax breaks for college, as well as by private schools offering deeply discounted tuition rates to lower-income students. But even with that help, some students like Bonilla are finding themselves locked out of the system.

Why is college so much more expensive now than it was 30 years ago? Economists fall into two main schools of thought in explaining the trend.

One theory, referred to as “Bowen’s Rule,” says that the decisions made by many colleges and universities—such as how many administrators to hire and how to spend its cash—primarily drive the cost.

A competing theory, called “Baumol’s cost disease,” posits that higher education is expensive because of outside macroeconomic factors that affect other businesses, like the cost of hiring highly educated workers.

In other words, it’s either the colleges’ fault, or it isn’t.

In their book, “Why Does College Cost So Much?” Robert Archibald and David Feldman, economists at The College of William & Mary, are firmly in the Baumol camp. They argue that a college’s hefty price tag isn’t actually surprising at all, given that it depends on the performance of its workforce—highly educated professors and teachers who provide a face-to-face service, not a material good.

Larger economic trends have jacked up the salaries of highly educated workers across the board in recent decades, while the cost of face-to-face services has also remained high, since technological advances do not necessarily make these services cheaper.

Feldman used the example of the cost of a haircut, which has also outpaced inflation in the past 30 years.

While technology has made factories vastly more efficient at producing goods for less money, technological advances have not been able to make the time a haircut takes shorter or replace the skilled person who has to give the haircut. College is like a haircut on steroids, since the barbers have PhDs.

“Higher education is an industry where there’s not a whole lot of productivity growth and not a whole of scope for productivity growth,” Feldman said.

The vast majority of most colleges’ budgets go to personnel, and that cost is unlikely to come down any time soon.

Benjamin Ginsburg, a political science professor at John Hopkins University, takes the Bowen view.

In his book, “The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters,” Ginsburg argues that a significant increase in administrative employees is in part responsible for college’s runaway pricing.

He writes that between 1975 and 2005, the faculty to student ratio has remained fairly constant at universities, while the student-to-professional staffer (such as an admissions officer) ratio increased from one to 50 to 1 to 24.

“As colleges and universities have had more money to spend, they have not chosen to spend it on expanding their instructional resources—that is, on paying faculty,” Ginsburg writes. “They have chosen, instead, to enhance their administrative and staff resources.”

Feldman discounts this argument. He points out that students demand a broader bundle of services from college now than they did 50 years ago, and that the price reflects that. Students want staffers to plan student life activities, career counselors, fancy dorms, nice gyms and up to date technology.

The economy as a whole, not just higher education, has also shifted to include more administrative positions in the past decades, he argues.

Some argue that colleges have had no choice but to hire more administrative staff, in part because they are so thoroughly regulated by both state and federal governments. Colleges are required to report to the government all gifts accepted from foreign governments, supply information about the salaries of coaches, and prove they commemorated Constitution Day every September 17, among other rules. Complying with the regulations requires staff.

“Externally imposed regulations increase the cost of doing business and that cost is passed on to consumers,” Terry Hartle, one of the chief lobbyists for the higher education industry, said.

State budget woes have also hiked the cost of many colleges. Sandy Baum, an economist and independent policy analyst for the College Board, says the price increases at public institutions have been driven by declining support from states, which have cut higher education in order to balance their budgets.

“It’s not actually that the colleges are spending more money on the students, it’s that they’re getting … much less money per student from the state government,” Baum said.

That means students aren’t necessarily getting more for their money, especially at public institutions.

Advances in technology might help colleges cut costs in the future, either by allowing them to have fewer in-person classes as more people take classes online or by streamlining some library costs, among other possibilities. But higher education experts say there’s no silver bullet.

“Colleges are looking at how to save money and they need to look harder because it’s just so expensive,” said Baum. She mentioned increasing technology, streamlining government regulations and cutting back on administrators as some possible things to help costs. “There’s no miracles there,” she said.

Jenny Bonilla didn’t have time to wait for a miracle. Bonilla’s father lost his job just days after she received her letter from Goucher, reducing the family’s annual income to $40,000.

Bonilla’s parents didn’t want her to take on $60,000 in debt, and knew they couldn’t come up with the money to help her on their own. They decided she should enroll in nearby Prince George Community College for two years and then try to transfer to a four-year public school from there.

“I applied to so many schools and then for me to end up at community college is kind of devastating,” Bonilla says.

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Stupid Some Times More Stupid Then Other Times


Comment: I can see discrimination or profilling coming
03-10-2013

I can agree but I can disagree with what Government is trying to do, what if you have a good Teacher in a school with a good showing and the Principal does not like that Teacher because they do not do what the Principal wants, or they might want one of their good bodies there, then what do you have, than you have what is going on now, poor standard of Education, and then you have more strikes which is not good for the students THAT THESE teachers took the oath to teach, not strike, but they are teaching these kids it is alright to break the law to get what you want.

From what I have seen in the last Twenty years is that these Teachers are more worried about them selves then they are for the Students that they are there to teach, just look at the signs that they were carrying, it did not say NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND, it said NO TEACHER LEFT BEHIND, now how much education was done at that time while they were still getting paid, if they go on strike no pay or back pay from going on strike, give them ZERO income for no education, like the old saying NO TICKY NO WASHY period, you don’t work you don’t get paid.

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Peacemaker in Tacoma teachers strike deal could be doomed

Melissa Santos; Staff writer
Published: March 9, 2013

Barely 18 months after teachers in Tacoma went on strike over their district’s proposal to give principals more authority over teacher placement, the Legislature is poised to derail the plan that helped make peace between the union and school system.

Senate Bill 5242, which passed out of the Senate Wednesday on a 27-22 vote, would give principals veto authority over teacher reassignments.

Districts often move teachers between schools based on staffing needs, which are determined by student enrollment.

Under the bill that passed the Senate last Wednesday, principals and teachers would have to come to a “mutual agreement” about a teacher’s placement at a given school — otherwise, the teacher could be put on temporary assignment by the district, and potentially fired after eight months if he or she can’t find a permanent spot.

The bill would apply to all contracts entered into after Aug. 1 of this year. That means the three-year contract the district and the Tacoma Education Association hammered out in 2011 would be allowed to stand through its expiration date of August 2014.

But after that, any new contracts between the district and the union would be have to stripped of language that allows reassignments to be decided by a three-member committee of a principal and two teachers, said John Prosser, a union member who served on a committee to develop Tacoma’s new teacher displacement policy.

Prosser wrote a letter to the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee saying that Senate Bill 5242 “will undo the monumental work” Tacoma just completed.

“We’re in that healing phase,” Prosser said Friday. “Anything that undoes that process is just going to open up old wounds. This is the reason we went on strike.”

Republican state Sen. Steve Litzow, who chairs the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, said the logic behind Senate Bill 5242 is that “the principal knows what’s best for his school.” The Mercer Island lawmaker introduced the legislation.

“It’s not about good or bad teachers,” Litzow said on the Senate floor. “It’s about the kind of teacher the principal believes he needs in his school to get the best out of his students.”

As a condition of the fall 2011 contract, Prosser and eight other committee members worked between November 2011 and June 2012 to develop the new rules in Tacoma, which the district just put into effect this year.

Dan Voelpel, spokesman for Tacoma Public Schools, said that district officials don’t want to see their newly developed process change, either.

“We love it,” Voelpel said Wednesday. “We wouldn’t be in favor of having any prescriptive changes.”

The state teachers union opposes the bill, as do the lobbying arms of the state principals association and the state school administrators association. Education reform groups, including Stand for Children, support the proposal.

“Mutual consent policies create strong matches between teachers and schools, which benefits teachers, schools and students,” said Anne Luce of Partnership for Learning, the education foundation of the Washington Roundtable.

Adrienne Dale, the president of the Tacoma Education Association, said that her union plans to fight the bill in the state House, which has a Democratic majority that is more likely to try to block its passage.

Should those efforts fail and the measure pass into law, Dale said that it would be “going backward.”

“We are allowed to bargain our contract language, and that’s one of our basic rights,” Dale said. “I would hate to see that disappear.”

Melissa Santos: 360-357-0209
msantos@theolympian.com

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Where Is All Are Tax Money Going


This for all who vote and pass taxes and not knowing where they are going!

Sept, 12- 2012

Does any one care where ALL YOUR taxes go that are passed every year?

I don’t know about you, but I would like to know just where all this money is going, because I can not see any progress any where around that they were put on the ballot for, take for example, School Maintenance, why is it every time that they ask for money to maintain crumbling Schools, it ends up that they always need to build new ones to replace one that are falling apart, WHERE is all this maintenance bond money being spent?

It seems that every time a maintenance  bond is passed Teachers go on strike for more money, it sounds like it goes to Teachers, Administrators, and Unions, but not to maintain the School that it was suppose to go to.

This also goes for the States, Counties, Cities, and the Federal Government, where is all this Tax Money that they are collecting from the American Citizens going to, they keep saying that our highways are falling apart, but what are they doing about it, nothing but wanting to make make them Bigger and wider Highways, if they keep this up, this country will be nothing but one sheet of Asphalt and Concrete, and at this rate you might just as well for get about Global Warming and water conservation, because Asphalt and Concrete will drain any water right to the Oceans if they are still in existence, because Asphalt and Concrete will be one big radiant heater, and if you want heat you got it.

How much Tax money is Exported every year to rebuild Foreign Countries, then from this we have to borrow money to replace what they have spent, and in the mean time our Country is Crumbling, SO Where is all tax money going, I sure can not see any improvement in this Countries Infrastructure.

I see a lot of money being spent on things for Special Interest Groups and lobbyist like Stadiums, Eyesore land marks that down the road get torn down for progress, Turtle Crossings, and now Over passes for wildlife, but not for where it suppose to go.

And now they want to waste Money on telling schools on what kids are going to eat at school, or lose funding.

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/pb-38-j-worst-weapon-kid-bring-school-215000284.html

http://news.yahoo.com/mixed-grades-healthy-school-lunch-rules-062652346.html

And remember back an article about students were not allowed to bring a lunch from home because they HAD TO buy the school lunch because of Obama’s new policy, school had to follow or lose funding.

And to go along with these articles, WHY are there more medical problems today then there were years back, for one, Doctors were Doctors, today they seem to be more interested in money then being a Doctors, look at how many of them have gone in to Private Practice, more money, then they want to know why Insurance has gotten so expensive, it does not take a brain surgeon to figure that out, or does it, it makes me wonder with the Education and mentality of the people in the last Thirty years, it seems that they are being brain washed from birth. You know that is not far from the truth, just look how much has been removed from school books for testing and not teaching.

Well they say that Alcohol and Smoking can cause birth defects and health problems, but why are they not talking about the affects of Prescription Drugs on Birth and Health problems that they have today, they do about Illegal Drugs.

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Number of US newborns with drug Induced Health Problems


Comment By It is about time
Tue.05-01-2012

I have said for some time that there are to many DRUGS prescribed to pregnant women, if you do not believe so then why are there more children born every year with health problems, or better known as not having an immune system to fight off all these strains of diseases that come along, then what happens, more drugs are pumped into these children for more deterioration of their health.

You can go on and on, but why are so many children born today with so many illnesses that you did not see years back.

Answer DRUGS, Legal and Illegal.

Today the thing is if you don’t want to work, just through Drugs at it so there is more time to go play Golf.

Look at it this way, what ever you put ON or IN your body says what you will look like as you AGE. Don’t expect a miracle to happen.

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Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples

Associated Press
By LINDSEY TANNER | Associated Press
Mon.04-30-2012 Continue reading

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A Public Offical makes a Boo-Boo, Times Two


By Against todays two party system
Sat.01-14-2012

I have not said whether it was Man, Woman, Child, the people who do this know who they are, and an Educated person should have better sense then to spout off like this unless they really are this type of person that does not care about this Country but themselves and what THEY can get out of it.

Here is a good example of this Country becoming racist, bigots, you name it you will come up with what is wrong with this Country today, and people have gotten so wrapped up in to themselves that they think that they can do or say anything they want and are not accountable. Continue reading

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‘If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day


 By Brain Washing Education
Sun.01-08-2012

This a good example of the education today, it should be brain washing in todays education. This is why education in todays schools is so far behind other Countries, they want to teach every thing but what they are supposed to, and then give them a test every two days, on junk. Continue reading

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The First Amendment embraces video games


Are you Fed Up

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What is wrong with this Country, has it gone CRAZY, This Is An Old Story but when we are under the threat of terrorist, this Country decides that teaching terror is OK under the First Amendment, so does this mean that the First Amendment protects any one who commits a violent crime is allowed a get out of jail free card with no prosecution, BECAUSE IT IS THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, this is BULLSHIT, I think it is time to prosecute judges and lawyers and any one or group who promote violence and who rewrite the laws to protect the few who break the laws.

Come on PEOPLE WHAT is the matter with you, are you that stupid and ignorant to see what is happening in this Country, you have Special interest groups rewriting the laws of this Country, and by this they are promoting violence.

Let see we have a Government that says they are watching for terrorist to make sure we don’t have another 911 mishap, then we have homeland security that has put law-abiding citizens on a terrorist list while terrorists are walking around with no hassle, so who is this Country protecting, it is surly not law-abiding citizens.
These video games are no different then sitting down and watching a training film ON HOW TO and get away with it.

Woman Kills Baby For Interrupting Farmville Session

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The News & Observer

BY ALEXANDER MACRIS AND R. MICHAEL YOUNG
Tue, Oct 05, 2010

California has spent the past five years attempting to establish state laws that restrict the First Amendment rights of video game developers and consumers. Now it has taken the case, Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) v. Schwarzenegger, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s decision will have far-reaching consequences Continue reading

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Zero Tolerance = Zero Common Sense


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Mon./Oct./18/10
I could not agree more on what Ted Nugent is saying, ever since the teachers union took control and administrators State and Federal the school system has become the worst in the world, so how can schools get any better, they can’t, after they dump the unions and all State and Federal bureaucrats and let the local school districts have control.

I have no problem with Unions, but now they no longer protect the working person, they now have become Dictators trying to run every thing, and I do mean EVERY THING.
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Ted NugentBy Ted Nugent
10/16/2010

It was recently reported that a seven-year-old boy had been expelled from school for a year for having a toy gun in his back pack. That’s right, seven years old, a plastic toy gun, expelled from school for a year.

This is yet another example of the counter-productive buffoonery of zero tolerance on parade. Rarely a week goes by that we don’t hear about some other glaring example of such mindless zero tolerance, anti-common sense, frothing at the mouth madness that accomplished zero good for anyone. Continue reading

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