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Students at Cabrillo College, a community college in Aptos, Calif., are struggling with the financial aid process, leaving money on the table at a far higher rate than seen among students at four-year colleges. As the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Tovin Lapan reports, even outside initiatives that place counselors at Cabrillo to walk students through the process are not reaching enough students.

Inside Higher Ed’s David Moltz writes about an uncommon partnership: when a private college teams up with a for-profit institution. Operating since 2008, Ivy Bridge College is an online community college with its academic side run by small private college Tiffin University and its enrollment managed by for-profit company Altius Education. 

Teen unemployment in New York, which has skyrocketed in recent years just as it has across the entire country, is examined in this piece by looking at the reverse fortunes of native New Yorkers struggling to find jobs versus the recent college grads from out of town who move to New York and experience success. Lisa Riordan Seville of Crain’s New York Business has more here.

Two employees at Open Society Institute-Baltimore co-byline this Washington Post opinion article about how reducing student suspensions has led to higher graduation numbers for black males in Baltimore. Jane Sundius and Shawn Dove write that Open Society Institute-Baltimore has partnered with the city’s school system to adopt a new system of consequences and interventions for student misbehavior as an alternative to school suspensions.

A few upcoming events: School data facilitator Schoolnet is hosting a free webinar this Thursday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern time titled, “Achieve Transformative Change with an Instructional Improvement System.” More info at

Those interested can register for the Effective Education Partnerships Conference from Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Austin, Tex at This year’s event is focused on K-12 partnerships with school foundations.

Child Welfare

Members of the Des Moines Register editorial board are fans of the new centralized abuse line.

Norman Eisen, the man who last year told former Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he was being fired, has been given a recess appointment by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. ambassador to Prague.

The Vermont DCF is speeding applications for employee benefits, as reported by the Burlington Free Press’ John Briggs. 

Juvenile Justice

The San Mateo Daily Journal’s Michelle Durand writes that out-going Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last-second clemency of a California juvenile originally sentenced to life without parole for killing her pimp at age 16 could give momentum for the state to abolish life sentences for all juvenile offenders.   


Ed O”Keefe reports in his Federal Eye column in The Washington Post that a three-judge panel of the federal District of Columbia Court of Appeals has turned down Gerald Walpin’s appeal to reclaim the inspector general’s job at the Corporation for National and Community Service, from which President Barack Obama fired him in 2009.


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