April 10, 2013
Earlier today, Sallie Mae released its 2013 How America Saves for College Report. This report focuses on the many ways in which families plan, save and cobble together the sometimes staggering amount of money it takes to send a child to college. It’s a report College Parents of America always looks forward to reading, as it is a good indicator of how families are approaching collegiate financing.
Conducted via phone survey with Ipsos Research, there were a handful of surprising statistics.
The Stats You Should Know:
- Half of families are not saving for college at all.
- Despite rising college costs, fewer American families with children under age 18 save for college than did just two years ago .
- 38 percent of parents are confident in their ability to meet the future costs of college.
- When asked how they feel about saving for college, parents were twice as likely to say “overwhelmed” than they were to say “confident.”
- Among non-saving families, 29 percent plan to begin saving within the next year and an additional 12 percent plan to begin within the next five years.
- Not all families have set a savings goal for themselves. Among those familie
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April 6, 2013
Gaucho is a Spanish term used in reference to the men who worked with the cattle in Uruguay and Argentina. Gaucho may be roughly translated as Cowboy. At one time, Gauchos made up the majority of the rural population in Uruguay. Although the origin of the word is not known for sure, it is thought that it may have evolved from either of the following South American words: Huachu (orphan) or Cauchu (Vagabond). Either of these words would fit in well with the transient, lonely life of many Gauchos. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Uruguayan Gauchos drifted from one ranch to another, herding cattle, never staying still for long. However, they spent some time in the fertile lowlands of South America known as the Pampas that extend from Patagonia to Uruguay.
April 3, 2013
WASHINGTON — Making college more affordable to more people continues to be elusive, and the recent recession hasn’t made it any easier.
States have cut their support for public colleges and universities — deeply, in some cases — and schools have raised tuition as a result. They’ve also dropped classes, eliminated faculty and reduced other services to compensate.
For high school seniors nervously waiting for admissions decisions this spring from public colleges and universities, the recession’s impact might mean fewer acceptances, in some cases, and higher costs for many who do get in, according to a study on the impact of state education cuts by the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
“A lot of groups are calling for states to figure out a long-term strategy for funding higher ed,” said Julie Bell, the education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Almost nobody
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March 11, 2013
Amerispan is offering you the once in a lifetime opportunity to study Spanish in San Juan, the second oldest city in the Americas and the capital city of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a small Caribbean island (only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide), characterized by sparkling white, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and long coastal plains. Puerto Rico’s four major exports are coffee, sugar, tobacco and tropical fruits. Of all the economies in Latin America, Puerto Rico’s is the most stable. San Juan’s tourism industry is booming as a result of, beautiful beaches, a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices and an average annual temperature of 26°C.
The Spanish School in San Juan is located in the business district of Hato Rey. The school is air-conditioned throughout with a computer room and free Wi-Fi access. There
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March 4, 2013
EVANSVILLE — Indiana school administrators are currently going through an annual staffing process that occurs each spring.
It’s typically in March when officials calculate projected enrollments for the next school year to determine staffing needs at each school.
Conversations between school districts’ central office staffs, principals and teachers are under way to determine whether the faculty at each building in a school district will have open positions available or if it will need to be downsized.
“We don’t wait until the day before school to decide how many kids are there, so we project,” said EVSC spokeswoman Marsha Jackson. “And then we go through a process called staffing, and it’s very long and there’s all kinds of things at different grades where you have to have a certain number of teachers per the number of students to get certain grant funding.”
Teachers, based on seniority, may transfer to a different building or grade level if there is an open position. If an employee is “
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