Financial Aid For All Moms and Women – Obama Provides Scholarships to Women Going Back to School

What is holding you back from school? Money is probably the biggest concern. Family, kids and having a day job are too.

Are you aware that Obama has made $10,000 scholarships available for all Moms and women who want to continue their education. You can use this money to continue with your degree, start a new one or start a new career. If you want one of these scholarships they are limited, so not everybody will get one and the sooner you apply the better.

What does a better education mean? More jobs will be open to you, you can earn more money, and you will be able to get further ahead in your job.

A high school education only goes so far. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is getting nearly impossible to get a good job without some college. Some people really stand out and can climb the corporate ladder faster without a better education, but most people can’t.

On top of that, without college, you will spend many more years trying to get successful than if you didn’t return to school. With these scholarships that Obama has made available, there is very little excuse why a mom can’t return to school. Even working a full time job and having kids doesn’t mean you can’t set aside a few hours per week to study and you can even get a scholarship and study on-line.

The important thing is to take a class you really love, that makes it easier. Don’t go for a job because of the job. That makes learning so much easier.

St Louis Schools Implement Mandatory Summer School for All Eighth Graders

For some time within the public schools across the nation, there has been a focus on academic achievement by improving basic skills, decreasing the high school dropout rate, and preparing students to enter both college and the workplace. The schools in St Louis have found that too many ninth graders are unprepared for the crucial years of high school. Many are so far behind in basic skills that they never catch up and eventually drop out of school. Others go on to graduate with only a meager grasp of the core subjects. These St Louis schools students are unprepared to enter college, to merge into the workplace, or even to have a successful life.

The schools believe that the key is to shore up the basic skills of the eighth graders. It is a time in a student’s educational life that can make or break their successful forward progress. The St Louis schools want to ensure eighth graders know the core subjects that are built upon in high school and to motivate these children to learn and to succeed. The St Louis schools intend to put all of their students on the path to success — not failure. This year, the schools implemented what they consider a necessary intervention — it is now mandatory for all eighth graders to attend summer school. Here, students will focus on preparing for success at the high school level. Eighth graders will be expected to achieve proficiency in the communication arts and mathematics, which are crucial to achievement and success in high school, college and the workplace.

Those eighth graders, who do not require remedial work in these subjects, will be enrolled in summer science camp. Is it any wonder that educators were looking forward to summer school with mixed emotions. There were feelings of anticipation, knowing that this move by the St Louis schools would give the students the best boost academically. Yet, there were some concerns that students and parents might rebel against the mandate. Anticipation won out as the first day of summer school arrived. Nearly 80 percent of the eighth graders were enrolled by the week before the start of summer school — that is more than 1,800 students. Many more eighth graders showed up as walk-ins on the first day. St Louis believes that summer school is off to a great start, which is a tribute to both the students and their parents. This is the type of commitment to academic growth that is truly rewarding — for the students, their parents, and the St Louis schools.

Pittsburgh Schools Want Excellence for All

Something exciting is happening in Pittsburgh. The educators and leaders of Pittsburgh Schools have committed themselves to improving not only the quality of education that students receive, but also the excellence at which they perform. But is this just talk, or really some action? Here are the facts.

Representing the 2nd largest school district in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Public Schools
serve 29,447 students in 65 schools. Three- and four-year-olds are served through the Early Childhood program which is held at 95 of Pittsburgh Schools.

In 2006, Superintendent Mark Roosevelt unveiled a new and ambitious plan to improve the success of each student. Called “Excellence For All”, the plan asserts that children, no matter what part of the Pittsburgh community they come from, can achieve excellence.

The Pittsburgh Schools’ mission statement reflects this plan. They want to be one of America’s premier school districts, student-focused, well-managed, and innovative.

The Excellence For All plan calls for leaders to hold themselves accountable for preparing all children to not only achieve academic excellence, but also strength of character. Preparing these Pittsburgh Public Schools children for success will ultimately give them opportunities they need to succeed in all aspects of life; as children- but more importantly as adults.

The Excellence For All plan is founded on some core beliefs: that all children can learn at high levels, that Pittsburgh Schools teachers are integral to student development and deserve plenty of training, support and resources, and that education requires a safe and healthy learning environment. The plan also states that Pittsburgh Schools families are essential to the learning process and that communities need to be committed and involved with the schools and students to assure excellence. At the leadership level of Pittsburgh Schools, the plan calls for improvements in effective and consistent leadership, and the establishment of a central office that exists to serve all students and all of Pittsburgh Schools.

Aiming to take the No Child Left Behind Act one step further, this ambitious Pittsburgh Schools plan comes complete with measurable objective for not only getting each student proficient, but also intends to increase the number of students rat the highest levels of achievement. To this end, the superintendent has set high expectations with measurable objectives for all students attending Pittsburgh Schools.

The Superintendent intends to increase the percentage of students who are proficient in reading by the end of the 3rd grade from 49% to 80% in four years. Another important measure that the reform agenda addresses is the high school graduation. The Pittsburgh schools leader wants to lower the drop out rate by 10%.

One way to check to see how many students are working at the highest levels is to look at the participation in Advanced Placement courses. The goal is to see twice as many students taking AP exams, four times the number of African-American students taking these courses, and the number of students scoring 3-5 on AP exams will increase by 50%.

The truth is that every district creates a lofty set of goals that look good on paper. The real test will be what the Pittsburgh schools can actually make happen in the real world.