Notes in the Margins: Dropouts, ed teachers and laptop assaults

Reducing Dropout Rate Would Pump Billions Into Economy That’s because high school dropouts earn less money, pay fewer taxes, and spend less of the money they earn than those who have received at least a high school diploma. (US News & World Report)

Today’s teacher layoffs threaten tomorrow’s college classrooms As teachers get pink slips, students are growing reluctant to pursue degrees in education. (Los Angeles Times)

Biden launches sexual violence awareness campaign A nation that prides itself on fighting the abuse of power has an obligation to prevent sexual violence in schools and on college campuses, Vice President Joe Biden said as he kicked off a nationwide awareness campaign on schools’ responsibilities and victims’ rights. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

Pay of State University Presidents Holds Steady Despite Cuts In a year in which state universities often absorbed sharp budget cuts and raised tuition, the salaries of the presidents of those institutions largely held steady, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. (The New York Times)

Professor Arrested For Battery After Closing Student’s Laptop Screen Valdosta State University assistant professor Frank Rybicki was arrested for assault after he shut a student’s laptop screen during class, according to the Valdosta State University Spectator. He also gives an interview to Inside Higher Education. (The Huffington Post)