Parents put kids' education ahead of own retirement
A survey finds that parents with children under age 18 are more concerned about saving for their children's educations than they are about saving for retirement. More than 1,100 parents interviewed said their primary financial concern was:
Saving for college: 37 percent.
Saving for retirement: 34 percent.
Other (saving for house, car or other major purchase): 29 percent
Tuition and fees at four-year private institutions rose nearly 6 percent to $21,235 for the 2005-06 academic year, while costs at four-year public institutions went up more than 7 percent to $5,491, according to the College Board, a nonprofit association in Washington, D.C.
Sources: Associated Press, Vanguard Group mutual fund company of Valley Forge, Pa., and Upromise Investments Inc. of Needham, Mass.,
AROUND THE NATION
With 12 schools opening this year and 88 more to be built over the next few years, Las Vegas has launched a teacher recruitment drive spanning the globe. The Clark County School District, the nation's fifth-largest with nearly 300,000 students, hired 51 teachers this year from the Philippines and 14 from Spain to meet shortages in math, science and bilingual and special education. The area's student population is expected to reach more than half a million by 2018.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, "The Achiever," November/December 2005 issue
JUST FOR TEACHERS
BODY, HEALTH WORKSHOP
What: The Bishop Museum will present a free workshop for teachers on the human body and health. The Body Teacher's Workshop is for preschool to third-grade teachers and will include sample lesson plans, updated health information and brainstorming activities.
The course takes students on an interactive journey through the human body using the popular Sesame Street characters.
When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 11
Where: Bishop Museum
To register: Contact Bishop Museum's Education Department at 848-4168 or email@example.com.