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Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:37:44 -0400
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:30:42 -0400
As one of the chairs of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education, I'm part of a group focused on just that -- supporting public education. We support superior standards and finding ways to make classrooms challenging and rewarding for both teachers and students. As a proud graduate of Louisiana's public schools, I know the importance of a good public education. Right now, a galling 22 percent of children in America -- the richest country in history -- live in poverty, and nearly half come from low-income families struggling to meet basic needs.


Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:10:45 -0400
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.


NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:31:40 -0400
An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.


5 simple ways to cope with student debt

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:59:08 -0400

One of the rare non-Apple laptops seen in an otherwise cool park full of cool peopleCollege tuition and student debt rates have never been higher. Here's how to keep your college debt levels under control.



Community Colleges Offer Dropouts Path to GED, Career

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:30:00 -0400
Bobby Carmichael Jr., 37, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. Next month, almost 25 years later, the father of two will graduate with his GED diploma, three welding certificates and new career prospects. "So I came to Savannah Tech, met some wonderful, exciting teachers and staff members and it just took off from there." While Carmichael enrolled with the goal of simply earning his GED diploma, he jumped at the chance to join Savannah Tech's Accelerating Opportunity program, which allows students without a high school diploma to simultaneously pursue their GED and professional certificates.


South Korea ferry victim's father ends 45-day hunger strike

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:03:44 -0400

Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the Sewol ferry disaster, at a press conference in Seoul on August 13, 2014The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster on Thursday abandoned a hunger strike aimed at forcing lawmakers to set up a full independent inquiry. The Sewol ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast in April with a loss of more than 300 lives. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the tragedy, went on hunger strike on July 14, demanding legislation setting up full inquiry into the disaster. A spokesman for the victims' relatives said he had decided to end the hunger strike at the urging of his family.



Portland Is Embracing Tiny Houses for the Homeless

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:18:55 -0400
Sure, Portland, Ore., has been the butt of countless Portlandia jokes about handlebar mustaches and hipsters who think they’re living in the 1890s. Josh Alpert, the city’s director of strategic initiatives, told the Portland Mercury that Mayor Charlie Hales has agreed to create a task force that will spearhead the construction of the small structures on unused government land. Alpert told the paper that the city plans to ask entities such as the Portland Public Schools and Multnomah County to locate appropriate property.  The tiny-house project is the brainchild of Portland housing advocate Mike Withey.


Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national curriculum

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:49:35 -0400
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sued the US Department of Education Wednesday, accusing it of violating federal law and the US Constitution by strong-arming states into adopting the Common Core State Standards and assessments. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Governor Jindal said, in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.” A onetime Common Core supporter, Jindal now claims that the federal government has overstepped its role in a whole host of areas, especially in education. 


Is digital curriculum the future of education?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:11:43 -0400

Is digital curriculum the future of education?Former chancellor of New York City's Department of Education Joel Klein shares how data-driven instruction could provide insights in the classroom



Nigeria delays start of school year over Ebola virus

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:42:22 -0400

Passengers, wearing protective face masks and hand gloves push troleys loaded with personal effects upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos on August 11, 2014Nigeria said Tuesday that resumption of classes in all public and private schools will be delayed by a month to put in place "preventive measures" against the Ebola virus, which has claimed five lives in Lagos. "All primary and secondary schools in private and public sectors are to remain closed until Monday, October 13," Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau said while addressing a meeting of senior teachers in the country. The ministry said Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the economic capital Lagos on July 20 and died five days later. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced that the total number discharged is now seven.



Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:53:46 -0400
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.


Former Yale professor takes on elite colleges: They’re 'exacerbating income inequality'

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:57:43 -0400
William Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor and author of the new book 'Excellent Sheep,' argues that admissions standards, especially at the most elite colleges in the country, exacerbate income inequality.


Pursue an Entrepreneurship Major, Minor as an International Student

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0400
Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs meant entrepreneurship is not a new concept for me, but becoming one is a challenge. Students do not have to study entrepreneurship as an academic major or minor in order to be an entrepreneur, but as competition grows, it has become an important major in higher education. Various countries have different rules and regulations on how students can be an entrepreneur, but as an international student in the U.S., an entrepreneurship major at your college could possibly help in starting a business. Here are some other reasons why it's a good path of study for international students.


New Evidence That Sleep-Deprived Teenagers Need to Start School Later

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:17 -0400
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting pressure on schools to adjust the time the morning bell rings. The medical organization wrote that insufficient sleep in adolescents is a “public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.” It recommends that middle and high school students get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Department of Education, roughly 43 percent of public high schools start before 8 a.m., but if a student is in the high school band or on the swim team, he or she may stagger into school as early as 6:30 a.m. for practice.


The Genius Inventions That Could Prevent Date Rape

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:45:33 -0400
What if you could tell whether someone had slipped a date rape drug into your drink just by the color of your nail polish? In the spring, the idea for Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when the wearer dips a finger into a drink that contains drugs such as Rohypnol or GHB, won a student competition at North Carolina State University.  "All of us have been close to someone who has been through this terrible experience, and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime," Ankesh Madan, a member of the team that came up with the concept, told Higher Education Works. One in five women report having been raped at some point in her life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's not only women who might want to wear the nail polish;


Youths who try e-cigarettes triple since 2011

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:19:23 -0400

The number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities sayThe number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities said Monday. More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, said the findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to data from the National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students, 79,000 tried e-cigarettes in 2011, compared to more than 263,000 in 2013. "The increasing number of young people who use e-cigarettes should be a concern for parents and the public health community," said lead author Rebecca Bunnell, associate director for science in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.



5 Keys to Success in Advanced Placement Courses

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400
As college admissions competition increases, demonstrated success in Advanced Placement courses has become an important component of many high school students' college application portfolios. The material covered in AP classes is more challenging than the content in standard high school courses. As such, AP courses can intimidate even the most confident students. Understand the expectations: AP courses more closely resemble college classes than they do high school offerings.


Jordan students stay home as teachers strike

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:28:38 -0400

School children holding a picture of King Abdullah II watch out a window of the Swaifiyeh Secondary School for Girls in Amman on May 22, 2005Hundreds of thousands of Jordanian students stayed home Sunday on the first day of the new academic year as public school teachers observed a nationwide strike to press for improved salaries. Most of Jordan's 1.4 million public school pupils did not go to school, as the majority of the around 140,000 teachers kept away for a seventh consecutive day.



Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s ‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:16:22 -0400
An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era. Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore. The originator of the Elyria pink cookies, Jean Gawlik, formulated the legendary confection almost 40 years ago using a simple, personal recipe her late mother had given her. This year, though, students in the Elyria must say goodbye to all that because of draconian calorie restrictions.


Phila. company accused of scamming HS teens

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:28:42 -0400

Phila. company accused of scamming HS teensPolice are investigating a Philadelphia company accused of targeting high school students with promises of jobs and money for college but students say the organizers took the money they were owed and disappeared.



Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:15:42 -0400
After watching news reports about the violence, chaos, and heartbreak unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., last weekend, Deray McKesson—a school administrator in Minneapolis—didn’t hesitate. “I needed to bear witness and be a part of it and see it and be a part of this story,” McKesson, a young African American, said in an interview Thursday. Having grown up in a tough Baltimore neighborhood with drug-addicted parents, McKesson saw himself in the young man whose death spurred the unrest. Yet after enduring stinging tear gas and dodging heavily armed police, McKesson is now bearing witness in a different way.


Hunger-striking father of S.Korean ferry victim hospitalised

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:29:42 -0400

Photo taken on August 13, 2014 shows Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the Sewol ferry disaster, during a press conference at Gwanghwamun Square in SeoulThe father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster was hospitalised Friday after mounting a 40-day hunger strike to demand a full independent inquiry. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter when the Sewol ferry capsized in April, was sent to hospital from Seoul's central Gwanghwamun Square, where he had been protesting, Park Yong-Woo, a spokesman for the victims' families, told reporters. The Sewol capsized on April 16 off the country's southern coast with the loss of some 300 lives, most of them high school students on an organised trip. Some relatives of the victims have been camped out in Gwanghwamun for weeks to push parliament to pass legislation setting up a full, independent inquiry.



Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:34:14 -0400

In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some U.S. colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.



Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:23:07 -0400
A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating. School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.


Crowdfunding Your Medical Bills

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:32:03 -0400
Jennifer Anderson, 33, knew her entire life that she would be unable to have kids naturally. Then one day when she was browsing Facebook, Anderson came across a link to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, where people could ask for money from friends, family and strangers to help fund anything from medical bills and college tuition to vacations and weddings.


Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:57:06 -0400

Tourists enjoy the sun on New Year's Day on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HawaiiThe percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011, according to the study by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey and published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease. The study analyzed survey data from high school students collected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. The drop in sunscreen use occurred as melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, increased 1.6 percent annually among men from 2001 to 2010 and 1.4 percent among women, the study said.



Iowa-based higher education consultants to merge

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:03 -0400
A Cedar Rapids-based company that provides fundraising and enrollment management services to colleges and universities announced Thursday the acquisition of a company that specializes in higher education ...


5 Must-Download Apps for College Students

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:37:22 -0400
This year's crop of college freshmen was in elementary school when Apple Inc. released its first iPhone and, along with it, the App Store. Keeping up with which apps are the best bets for taking notes, managing schedules and studying for an upcoming exam can be a full-time job, though, with hundreds of new apps released every day. Below are five must-download apps for college students. Campus apps: Colleges have started to jump on the mobile craze, and schools such as Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched apps that allow students to check grades, manage their university accounts and track campus bus lines.


Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:37:00 -0400
Millennials are socking away money for their kids’ college education earlier than their parents did for them.


Starbucks Chases College Students Onto Campuses

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:07:49 -0400

Starbucks Chases College Students Onto CampusesA Starbuck's food truck is coming to three lucky college campuses this semester. 



Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:34:31 -0400
"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.


Parents: Think Hard Before Borrowing for, With Your Student

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0400
Earlier this month, the Department of Education issued new, draft rules that, if adopted, will change the eligibility criteria for both graduate and Parent Direct PLUS loans.


Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:55:20 -0400

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, people stroll along the river walk across from the new McClane Stadium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The on-campus facility is set to open this fall amid great fanfare. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction.



How College Students Can Avoid Getting Sick

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:41:17 -0400
Indeed, bugs like upper-respiratory infections, colds and, on the more serious side, mononucleosis and meningitis, tend to flourish on college campuses. "Fortunately, most of these illnesses aren't life-threatening," says Alan Glass, director of student health at Washington University in St. Louis and former president of the American College Health Association.


How to Be a Good Cybercitizen on a College Campus

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:30:00 -0400
The rules and regulations for technology use evolve, too. High school students may be accustomed to illegally downloading movies or picking on Facebook friends on their own laptop in the basement. Schools don't do surveillance on their students, but freshmen would still be wise to check out those polices before they first log into the university network to know just what is and isn't being monitored, says professor Jibey Asthappan, director of the National Security Program at the University of New Haven. Below are several tips for students who want to use technology wisely and avoid getting in trouble with college or legal authorities.


2015 Edition of Best Colleges Rankings Coming Soon

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:30:00 -0400
Prospective students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs will find the most complete version of the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, as well as other tables and lists, on our website. In addition, the site offers extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. For extended college rankings tables, expanded school profiles with additional data, enhanced college search and other exclusive interactive tools, you can sign up for the U.S. School officials can access more Best Colleges rankings and data -- including historical information about their own school and peer institutions -- via U.S.


5 Questions to Ask the International Students Office at U.S. Colleges

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0400
For international students who don't know where to begin, or for those who have found a handful of places that seem equally good on paper, contacting the international students office at each of your shortlisted colleges is a good way of deciding which is the right place for you. While college websites might boast a course profile that looks perfect for you, it's always worth checking with the international students office to confirm how the applications for classes work. If you are an international student studying aboard on a temporary basis, there is a chance professors will be more likely to favor full-time students. The international students office will be able to advise you on how to maximize the class selection process and arrange the best possible schedule.


It’s Back-to-School Season, and Local Food Is on the Cafeteria Menu This Year

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:29:43 -0400
It’s sweet-corn season in Iowa, and with the school year about to commence, it would seem that the easiest way to get ears on the lunch trays of students would be to truck the harvest straight to the cafeteria. Well, kids who attend Des Moines Public Schools can expect more local corn on the menu this year, but it’s not coming to them straight from the stalk. For Des Moines Public Schools, the plant has helped eliminate two of the biggest hurdles keeping local foods off the lunch line: price and logistics. “Here in the Midwest, our growing season is so short,” explained Chad Taylor, child nutrition management specialist and executive chef for Des Moines Public Schools.


Start the Year Right With 3 Free Tech Tools for High School Teachers

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0400
Below are three tools that seasoned educators recommend for fellow teachers to try to excel this school year. -- Google Classroom: The new tool from Google is designed to help teachers stay organized and streamline their work processes. The product is a part of Google Apps for Education, which includes Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail, among other productivity tools. One of Google Classroom's main features is the ability for teachers to digitally distribute assignments to students, which students can subsequently turn in digitally.


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