Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMTSat, 19 Apr 2014 16:02:42 -0400
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A coast guard official says divers retrieved three bodies from inside a ferry that sunk off South Korea, raising the confirmed death toll to 36 with more than 265 people still missing, most of them high school students on a holiday trip. The official, Kim Kwang-hyun said early Sunday that divers broke a window of the submerged ferry to recover the bodies — apparently the first pulled out of the ferry Sewol since it sank Wednesday.
Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferrySat, 19 Apr 2014 15:46:33 -0400
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A coast guard official says divers retrieved three bodies from inside a ferry that sunk off South Korea, raising the confirmed death toll to 36 with more than 265 people still missing, most of them high school students on a holiday trip.
Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaintsFri, 18 Apr 2014 18:25:56 -0400
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaintFri, 18 Apr 2014 06:45:27 -0400
A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal ...
Strike calls expected at teacher conferencesFri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:16 -0400
Representatives from the country's two biggest teachers' unions are gathering in Brighton and Birmingham for this weekend's annual conferences, which are expected to hear calls for action over pay and pensions. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will meet in Brighton while members of NASUWT will gather in Birmingham. Following last month's NUT action which closed schools in England and Wales, there are expected to be more calls for strikes. NUT general secretary Christine Blower warned that "teacher morale is at a dangerously low ebb" while NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the government had waged a "relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession".
Sallie Mae faces probe for massively ripping off soldiers on federal student loansFri, 18 Apr 2014 00:18:11 -0400
Sallie Mae is in danger of losing lucrative loan servicing contracts with the U.S. Department of Education and some of its high-level employees may face criminal penalties pending the outcome of a probe involving evidence that the student-loan behemoth has cheated active-duty soldiers who have taken out federal student loans. The investigation into how Sallie Mae treats soldiers was initially revealed by the company in August, according to The Huffington Post. However, the inquiry was initially focused on private loans, not the federal student loans that are guaranteed and subsidized by American taxpayers. On Wednesday, a Sallie Mae news release about quarterly earnings addressed the probe.
Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:58:43 -0400
By Sharon Bernstein ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. The California Highway Patrol made the recordings public on Thursday as investigators returned to the scene of the accident, painstakingly driving a pristine white tour bus back and forth over the charred and bubbled surface of Interstate 5 in an effort to reconstruct the April 10 collision. I'm running over to see what it is." Five high school students and five adults, including the two drivers, died when the FedEx tractor trailer swerved across the highway median and slammed head-on into a motor coach filled with about 50 Los Angeles-area teenagers on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. A blast unleashed by the impact was so loud that it was heard throughout nearby Orland, an agricultural community about 90 miles north of Sacramento.
911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crashThu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:26 -0400
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.
Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enoughThu, 17 Apr 2014 16:53:13 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.
Investigators reconstruct bus crash in CaliforniaThu, 17 Apr 2014 16:42:13 -0400
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol are reconstructing how fast a bus carrying high school students was going before its fiery collision with a FedEx truck that left 10 people dead.
Study: Obama's College Rating Plan May Not Reach Low-Income StudentsThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0400
A new study from a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association concludes that it's misplaced for the federal college ratings plan, announced last year by President Barack Obama, to try to enhance consumer access and institutional accountability through one tool. Calling the strategy "well-intentioned but poorly devised," the study's authors, Lorelle L. Espinosa, Jennifer R. Crandall, and Malika Tukibayeva, all from the American Council on Education, presented their findings in an issue brief from the council's Center for Policy, Research and Strategy called " Rankings, Institutional Behavior, and College and University Choice: Framing the National Dialogue on Obama's Ratings Plan." The purpose of the paper, according to a release from the organization, was to provide analysis that could be part of the ongoing discussions and debate about the administration's proposed college ratings. -- That college rankings like the U.S. News Best Colleges have become influential in university decision-making.
Saudi conservatives protest against WesternizationThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:33:53 -0400
Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernizing" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported on Thursday. Photographs in the Saudi edition of pan-Arab daily al-Hayat showed dozens of men in traditional garb walking towards the court, the seat of government, and sitting on the grass outside as they demonstrated against social change. Last week the consultative Shoura Council decided to urge the government to look into allowing sports classes for girls in state schools, something that many conservatives have long opposed. Most private schools for girls already offer physical education.
Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferryThu, 17 Apr 2014 03:40:42 -0400
Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media. Another student, 16-year-old Kim Woong-Ki, sent a desperate text for help to his elder brother as the ship listed violently over to one side.
Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinkingThu, 17 Apr 2014 02:14:39 -0400
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.
Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skillsWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:20 -0400
Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper. What’s more, they say young children who spend all night playing tablet games find it impossible to pay attention in classrooms because they’re seemingly going through withdrawal from being constantly visually stimulated by bright displays. Colin Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, says in The Telegraph’s report that he has “spoken to a number of nursery teachers
Grieving S. Korean parents consumed by agony and angerWed, 16 Apr 2014 22:47:10 -0400
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The pin-drop silence as the student's name was read out was broken by a piercing scream of anguished recognition as her shattered parents clutched each other in the cold, harbour gymnasium. The announcement of the sixth confirmed victim from the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying hundreds of high school students came after a night-long vigil for relatives who had travelled to the southern island of Jindo to be near the rescue effort.
Nevada probe detects cheating on standardized testWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:18 -0400
LAS VEGAS (AP) — At least one adult altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next, an investigation by the Nevada Department of Education concluded.
283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:39:37 -0400
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
284 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:01:25 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
5 Reasons to Pay Attention During Your Student Loan Exit InterviewWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400
But if you're among the majority of students who borrowed money to pay for college -- more than 65 percent of graduates, in the latest year cited in a recent Department of Education report -- you've got one more chance to learn before you don that cap and gown: your student loan exit interview. All students borrowing federal student loans are required to attend student loan "entrance and exit" counseling when they begin and leave college. Information on t he National Student Loan Data System: The most important take-away from your exit interview is the National Student Loan Data System, or NSLDS. This is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for all federal student aid, including federal student loans.
292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 09:26:08 -0400
A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, ...
Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying upWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:22:45 -0400
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Only around one in 200 citizens files income tax, leaving the state begging foreign donors to help fund crumbling public schools and hospitals. Anger over poor public services fuels the Taliban insurgency and other militant groups destabilizing the nuclear-armed nation. So far, there's little been political will to improve tax collection, since most legislators and many ministers have been tax evaders too.
292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:01:24 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 05:41:43 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.
South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disasterWed, 16 Apr 2014 03:07:27 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.
2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coastWed, 16 Apr 2014 02:55:55 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured.
Ferry Carrying Hundreds of Passengers Sinks Off South Korean CoastWed, 16 Apr 2014 01:25:36 -0400
Original Post (see updates below): At least two people are dead as a rescue effort remains underway after a South Korean passenger ferry began sinking on Wednesday morning. The ship was carrying more than 470 passengers — many of them high school students — when it began to list badly and capsized. The rescue operation involving dozens of rescue boats and helicopters has recovered about 180 passengers so far. At least two passengers are confirmed dead and more than 290 are still missing.
1 dead, after ferry sinks off South Korean coastTue, 15 Apr 2014 23:49:41 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured.
One dead as S. Korea ferry with 476 passengers sinksTue, 15 Apr 2014 23:14:24 -0400
South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only confirm the rescue of 161 people so far. "The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.
Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South KoreaTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:57:23 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.
Ferry with 476 people sinking off SKoreaTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:24:03 -0400
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.
Ferry with 350 passengers sinking off South Korea: YonhapTue, 15 Apr 2014 21:08:13 -0400
Seoul (AFP) - South Korean coastguard vessels were despatched Wednesday to rescue around 350 passengers -- mostly high school students -- on a ferry sinking off the southeastern coast, Yonhap news agency said.
10 Tools for Chipping Away at the Cost of CollegeTue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400
Learn Where to Find College Scholarship Money The cost of a college education continues to grow, leaving students and families turning to scholarships to reduce higher education expenses and lower student loan debt. Scholarships are available in many amounts and span many disciplines, from journalism to fashion design. The following tools and resources can help you find scholarships and reduce the cost of your college degree.
American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woesTue, 15 Apr 2014 09:47:59 -0400
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Public schools in American Samoa fully reopened Monday after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted pink eye, an outbreak that prompted tourism officials to warn cruise passengers heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific.
10 Historically Black Colleges Where Freshmen ReturnTue, 15 Apr 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. At historically black colleges and universities, many students struggle to make it past freshman year. Some HBCUs -- as they're often called -- excel at getting students to enroll again in the fall after their first year. At Spelman College in Atlanta, for example, the average freshman retention rate for first-year students starting in fall 2008 through 2011 was 88 percent.
Aiming HighTue, 15 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0400
There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. Survey data confirm that large numbers of Americans lack even rudimentary knowledge of what used to be called "eighth-grade civics." A survey by Common Core found that 25 percent of American high school students thought Christopher Columbus sailed after the year 1750, and about a third of them did not know the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and religion. In McLean, Va., a suburb of the District of Columbia, Langley High School has for the past 22 years conducted a program called "Case Day." The brainchild of teacher Steven Catlett and former clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court General William Suter, Case Day involves the entire school (but most intensively the seniors in government class) in studying a pending Supreme Court case. Government teachers Allison Cohen and Micah Herzig, both former lawyers, try to choose cases that will engage teenagers.
Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crashMon, 14 Apr 2014 19:58:47 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were also killed.
Teachers, staff return to Pittsburgh-area school where 22 stabbedMon, 14 Apr 2014 15:39:57 -0400
Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. A 16-year-old student at the school, Alex Hribal, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. "As we begin our recovery phase, it is imperative that the district begins to create a normal and calm educational environment for our students who are currently on campus and for those who will be returning to Franklin Regional Senior High School," read a statement on the website. Hribal is scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County Magisterial Court on April 30 before Judge Charles Conway.
Teachers return to school where 22 were stabbedMon, 14 Apr 2014 13:16:36 -0400
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Teachers on Monday attended a counseling session at a church and then returned to a high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week, but they scuttled plans to march the half block between the two to avoid the media.
Colleges seek to improve remedial programsMon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:32 -0400
BALTIMORE (AP) — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.Url: