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College prep tests go missing for 200 students

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:50:21 -0400

College prep tests go missing for 200 studentsNearly 200 high school students are on edge after their college prep test scores were lost.

Teachers occupy Acapulco city hall over missing students

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:42:40 -0400

People march in protest in Acapulco, Guerrero state, on October 17, 2014Around 100 teachers occupied the city hall of the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco to demand authorities find dozens of students who disappeared nearly a month ago. "We demand to see alive the 43 victims of kidnapping by the authorities," said Walter Anorve, spokesman for the CETEG radical wing of the teachers' union. Anorve told AFP that the authorities were "delaying the process, while families are awaiting anxiously with uncertainty" since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco. Protesters torched the Iguala city hall Wednesday, while nearly 50,000 people marched in Mexico City.

Congressman should have been 'more sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:25:53 -0400
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman should have taken a more "sensitive approach" when talking about teen suicide to a group of Alaska high school students he was addressing after a classmate recently took his own life, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Representative Don Young, a Republican, was answering questions on Monday from an initially friendly crowd of students and teachers at Wasilla High School when the politician said suicide can be attributed to a lack of support from family and friends, principal Amy Spargo said. ...

Cosign of the Times: The Rich Are Borrowing to Pay for College Too

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:39 -0400
Government grants and student loans notwithstanding, paying for college isn’t easy if you’re poor or working-class. When the affluent and the rich struggle with the same issues, however, the problems—spiraling college tuition coupled with the impact of the Great Recession—become a lot more obvious. 

Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan? The Senate's balance of power could hinge on the answer

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:30:59 -0400
The contest between Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley is one of the closest Senate races in the country. And whether Iowans believe her claim that she is a middle-of-the-road Republican conservative who likes to solve problems — rather than a tea party candidate who wants to impeach President Barack Obama and abolish the Department of Education and the IRS — will decide the race and possibly determine which party controls the Senate.

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:44:43 -0400

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High SchoolMore than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.

Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:44:30 -0400
Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.

Put a Lid on Your 5 Biggest Retirement Expenses

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:42:15 -0400
People tend to spend an average of about 20 percent less after they retire. We no longer have to pay Social Security payroll tax. We spend less for clothes, commuting and childcare. And we don't have to save for retirement or our kids' college education.

3 Hidden Costs for International Students at U.S. Colleges

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400
International students preparing to attend college in the U.S. cannot avoid considering their budget. But there's more to consider than your future tuition, room and board or textbook fees.

Newark students face charges following melee

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:33:32 -0400

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High SchoolNearly a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.

Pumpkin Fair riot: Should Keene State College students be expelled?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:55:36 -0400
On Monday morning, Keene State College Student Body President Bobby Graham sat in his econometrics class, one day after he had walked door to door apologizing to area businesses on behalf of the rioters.

Parents pay the price for children’s student debt

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:03:46 -0400
Parents who want to provide for their children's college education are being stretched to the brink with student loans.

California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:02:15 -0400

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long speaks at a town hall meeting to discuss the processing of undocumented immigrants in MurrietaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Mayor Alan Long was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a car carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, Murrieta police said in a statement. ...

San Diego college students get antibiotics after one dies of meningitis

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:50:39 -0400
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Free antibiotics have been given out to more than 400 San Diego State University students potentially exposed to bacterial meningitis from a campus sorority member who died of the disease early on Friday, campus and public health officials said. Sara Stelzer, an 18-year-old freshman, was admitted to a San Diego hospital earlier in the week with a high fever and other symptoms and died on Friday morning, according to the university's student affairs vice president, Eric Rivera. ...

Ex-Los Angeles schools chief says resignation came in polarized atmosphere

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:46:53 -0400

Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office. ...

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:03:10 -0400

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motionsThe union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.

Are For-Profit Colleges Selling a ‘Bill’ of Goods?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:51:53 -0400
Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class. 

Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dog

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:53:00 -0400

Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dogA Philadelphia school teacher is begging the public to help her find her beloved dog, Louie. But this isn't your typical missing pet story - Louie was stolen.

10 Colleges With Affordable Out-of-State Tuition

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400
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California school district settles transgender discrimination complaint

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:33:56 -0400
(Reuters) - A southern California school district settled a claim with the federal government that alleged the district discriminated against a transgender student, officials said on Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to treat the student as they would any other female pupil, allowing her access to the same sex-designated facilities, programs and events, the U.S. Department of Education said in a statement. ...

Five Ohio teenagers charged in fake ALS bucket attack

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:13:29 -0400
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Five Ohio teenagers were charged on Tuesday with dumping a bucket containing urine, tobacco and spit over the head of a boy with autism who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge," a county prosecutor said. The five unidentified high school students face disorderly conduct charges and three of them also were charged with assault in juvenile court for the Aug. 18 incident, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in statement. ...

10 Colleges With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

Chicago teachers' union head won't run against Mayor Emanuel

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:19:23 -0400
(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who had surgery last week for a serious illness, will not run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in city elections next year, her exploratory committee said on Monday. "Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid," the committee said in a statement. "Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community." Lewis, 61, had surgery on Wednesday for a "serious illness," the union said. ...

New York City Is Ending Its Ban on Cell Phones in Schools

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:59:27 -0400
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make good on one of his campaign promises—one that will surely make some Gotham teens his biggest fans. No, not the pledge to lessen wealth inequality in the city. (Poor doors are still in full effect.) Instead, the mayor plans to bring an end to another inequity that has plagued the Big Apple’s public schools in recent years: the ban on cell phones on campus.

Massachusetts nurse educations program paying off

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:00:41 -0400
A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. ...

What the Worst Colleges Have In Common

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:08:00 -0400
I've always felt you can get a decent education just about anywhere -- community colleges, trade schools, the streets of Chicago. But some colleges are better than others in getting you a degree and not ...

Latin America universities fail to make grade

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:55:21 -0400

After increasing investment in higher education over the past two decades, Latin America has more than doubled enrollment and increased its production of scientific papers more than six-fold, to 4.3 percent of world outputRio de Janeiro (AFP) - Nobel prize week can prompt uncomfortable soul-searching at universities in Latin America, which has produced relatively few winners in the sciences -- a symptom, experts say, of the region's struggles in higher education.

SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's Stefon

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:10:00 -0400

SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's StefonOn Saturday night, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks, who died last week at age 57, with a gut-punching clip of Hooks and former scene partner Phil Hartman in their "Love Is a Dream" short film. Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H to host the show, and he wasn't the only familiar face who came back. He and his Skeleton Twins co-star (and fellow former SNL cast member) Kristen Wiig introduced the Hartman/Hooks sketch, and also teamed up for his opening monologue and a Hollywood Game Night parody. Hader also resurrected his popular characters Stefon and newscaster Herb Welch. Unsurprisingly, with Hader and Wiig back, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks. Check out some of the best sketches from the episode below: "Love Is a Dream": Watch this short film with Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman and try not to cry. Opening Monologue: During his run on SNL, Hader never sang on the show—and there's a good reason why. Not even Wiig and Harvey Fierstein could help him. Herb Welch: While this wasn't the funniest Herb Welch sketch SNL has ever done, it was nice to see Hader's curmudgeonly newscaster back on the air. This time, he was interviewing high school students about a virginity rally. Hollywood Game Night : Come for Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch, stay for Cecily Strong as Sofia Vergara, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford (!). 39 Cents: For anyone doubting the SNL's need for a diverse cast—it's so the show can do skits like this one, featuring Hader as an aid worker who's trying to raise 39 cents a day to help starving people in an African village. Their question: Why not more? Weekend Update: Stefon: Stefon is back! And, in addition to tips for people visiting New York, he's got an exciting piece of news to share! Saturday Night Live returns with new episodes on October 25, with host Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea. What did you think of this week's sketches?

Seven New Jersey students charged over sexual assaults: New York Times

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:08:19 -0400
(Reuters) - Seven New Jersey high school students have been charged following a string of sexual assaults in a hazing controversy that prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the school's football season, the New York Times reported on Friday. Six of the seven teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School were arrested on Friday evening in connection with four assaults on four different students last month, the Times reported, citing Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey. Police are still searching for the seventh teen, the Times reported. ...

Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:45 -0400

In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walsh says the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. has revoked his master's degree after an investigation into plagiarism allegations. The college launched the probe in August 2014 after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for a research paper he wrote in 2007. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.

Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:49:27 -0400

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters after being named to replace Baucus in Helena(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...

America’s Teachers Still Don’t Think Black and Latino Kids Are Smart

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:50:54 -0400
Students of color are up against difficult odds. They are more likely to be trapped in failing, underfunded schools; more likely to be suspended for minor infractions; less likely to have “expert teachers.” While policy makers, educators, parents, and politicians seem to be scrambling to figure out how to close the achievement gap by demanding more rigorous nationwide standards, a new report by the Center for American Progress found that the very folks tasked with making sure kids of color succeed might be the ones holding them back.

Updates to 2 Schools' 2015 Best Colleges Rankings Data

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0400
Two schools -- Lindenwood University in Missouri and Rollins College in Florida -- recently advised U.S. News that they submitted inflated data that were used in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

Wyoming Attorney General: Parents Have NO CHOICE But To Submit Kids To Standardized Tests

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:18:14 -0400
The Wyoming attorney general has officially advised the Wyoming Department of Education that it is illegal for parents to opt their own children out of statewide standardized assessment tests given in taxpayer-funded public schools.

Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student Loans

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0400

Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student LoansEager to broadcast some good news approaching the midterm elections, the Obama administration recently announced a welcome dip in student loan defaults, from 14.7 percent for the 2010 cohort (loans taken out in that year) to 13.7 percent for 2011. Policymakers, alarmed about how our trillion-dollar student loan burden and soaring default rates are undermining our economic growth, cheered the report. In keeping with a White House that talks a good game on transparency but that is cloaked in secrecy, the Department of Education moved the goalposts at the last minute, changing how the default rates were calculated and thus sparing some colleges from tough penalties. The academic world has been anxiously awaiting the Department of Education’s annual announcement on student loan defaults.

Bill Clinton rallies college students in Arkansas

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:20:35 -0400

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left, takes a selfie with former President Bill Clinton during a rally for Democrats at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Clinton is headlining a series of rallies around the state this week to support Arkansas Democrats. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton returned to his old haunts of northwestern Arkansas on Tuesday and implored college students to support Democrats at risk of losing what's left of the political power they have held since Reconstruction.

Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:22:28 -0400

Mayor Nutter supports cancellation of Philadelphia teacher union contractPhiladelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.

Paying for College with a Credit Card Could Really Cost You

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0400
College is already expensive —$41,000 a year, on average, for tuition, fees, room and board — but if you decide to charge it to your credit card, it could cost a lot more. The average convenience fee that colleges charge you for using your credit card while paying tuition is 2.62 percent, according to a report out Tuesday.  Over four years, that equals an additional $3,154 to attend the average private college, $2,327 on average for out-of-state public college tuition and $932 on average for in-state tuition at public institutions. “It rarely makes sense to pay for college tuition with a credit card,” Matt Schulz,’s senior industry analyst, said in a press release.

Southern California tutor arrested over cheating scandal

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:07:53 -0400
(Reuters) - A private Los Angeles-area tutor was arrested and charged on Monday for illegally changing grades for three high school students, police said. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary and four counts of felony fraud after he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the Newport Beach police said in a statement. Lai, who fled the United States after the investigation started, broke into Corona Del Mar High School last year and installed a USB device that recorded keystrokes on a teacher's computer, the police said. ...

Philadelphia teachers irate after losing contract

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:11:33 -0400
Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums of as much as $140 a month. The teachers union, ...