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How To Really Fix Our Student Debt Crisis

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0400

How To Really Fix Our Student Debt CrisisOne of my favorite statistics that nobody knows is that the federal government already spends enough on higher education in grants and tax breaks — about $66.7 billion — to cover the cost of tuition at all public colleges and universities.  This wouldn’t make college completely free — students still would have to pay for room and board and supplies (perhaps states, who currently fund much of higher education, could defray those costs for students in need) — but it would create a “public option” at drastically reduced rates, which private colleges would have to keep up with to stay competitive, lowering costs throughout the system.  Germany already does this, abolishing tuition at its public universities.

Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:28:22 -0400
(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...

Arizona school board votes to remove pages from biology textbook

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:56:09 -0400
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contraception methods from a biology textbook after a conservative majority decided it fell afoul of a state law that says materials should give a preference to childbirth or adoption over abortion. The members of the Gilbert Public Schools board, which covers at least 38 schools and 39,000 students mostly in Chandler and Mesa, voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to excise two pages from "Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections. ...

First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:45:53 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:19:31 -0400

An employee of the Department of Education arrives for work in WashingtonBy Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total ...

How U.S. Students Can Find College Scholarships to Study in Europe

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400
For many students, the ideal college is close to home. Others dream of moving out of state or across the country to start their higher education. For some, the perfect school is a little farther away.

Toronto schools reject tie-up with China's Confucius Institute

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:25:34 -0400
By Andrea Hopkins TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest school district ended a planned partnership with China's government-funded Confucius Institute on Wednesday, a move likely to irritate Beijing just days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit. Trustees at the Toronto District School Board, which oversees public schools with 232,000 students, severed its ties to the language and cultural program after parents, teachers and students protested against any involvement of the Chinese government in Canadian schools. ...

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:24:29 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

College Students Around the U.S. Are Carrying Mattresses to Fight Campus Rape

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:29:22 -0400
College students across the country are dragging some baggage behind them today. As part of the Carry That Weight National Day of Action against campus sexual assault, students are taking mattresses, pillows, and blankets with them to class.

NJ students' experiment destroyed in rocket blast

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:20:19 -0400

NJ students' experiment destroyed in rocket blastOcean City High School students watched as a space-supply rocket exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia. An experiment they had designed was on board.

Connecticut school defends keeping girl out over Ebola fears

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:41:01 -0400
By David Ingram (Reuters) - A Connecticut school superintendent on Wednesday defended the decision to keep a 7-year-old girl out of class for three weeks out of concern that the girl might have contracted Ebola while attending a wedding in Nigeria. Elizabeth Feser, superintendent of the Milford public schools, denied allegations that the girl's family made on Tuesday in a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit that asked that she be allowed back into school. ...

Chicago high school evacuated, nine taken to hospital after gas leak

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:45:29 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago high school was evacuated on Wednesday due to a natural gas leak and nine students were taken to local hospitals as a precautionary measure, all in good condition, police said. Harper High School in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side was evacuated shortly after 10 a.m., said Jose Estrada in the Chicago Police Department news affairs office. The school will remain closed the rest of the day, the media relations office at Chicago Public Schools said. (Reporting by Fiona Oritz in Chicago; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Detroit reaches deal on vacant schools, empty lots

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:58:51 -0400

Detroit reaches deal on vacant schools, empty lotsBankrupt Detroit and its public schools announced a deal Tuesday that will swap $11.6 million in district debt for 57 vacant school buildings and 20 empty lots. The agreement comes as Detroit continues ...

Keflezighi to run NYC in 1st marathon since Boston

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:46:52 -0400

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, Meb Keflezighi poses for a photo in San Diego, Calif. Keflezighi already was a big-time marathoner, taking the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and winning the New York City Marathon in 2009. Then came his inspirational victory in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings there, and his life went stratospheric. (AP Photo/Bernie Wilson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's great being Meb these days.

Bus and truck crash in Brazil killing 11

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:20:04 -0400
SAO PAULO (AP) — A truck loaded with vegetable oil collided head-on with a bus full of high school students in southeastern Brazil, killing 11 people, most of them teenagers, police said Tuesday.

10 Colleges Where In-State Students Pay the Most Tuition

Tue, 28 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.

Calculate the Cost of Earning an Overseas Degree

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400
For students sick of the impenetrable financial aid processes and ever-increasing costs of an American college education, earning a degree abroad can look like an attractive alternative.

Review: Boston's colleges skimp on PILOT payments

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:34:41 -0400
Most colleges in Boston have failed to pay the city the full amount agreed upon to help pay for municipal services, a review has found. On the other hand, the review by The Boston Globe ( ...

MOOCs a New Tool for High School Teachers

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400
It sounds almost too good to be true: a way for high school students to learn from others around the world, guided by teachers in their classrooms.

Massachusetts Father Mad Just Because Public School Teaches ‘There Is No God But Allah’

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:16:17 -0400
Millions of students in public schools don’t understand fractions or pronouns at even a basic level but students in the oceanfront Boston suburb of Revere, Mass. are taking the time to learn all about Islam — in the most embarrassingly shallow and cheerleading way imaginable.

Health officials probing death of Tennessee student for possible enterovirus

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:08:44 -0400
(Reuters) - Health officials were investigating the death of a middle school student in Nashville after preliminary tests suggested the pupil had a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide. Specific testing to confirm or rule out the student had Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was pending, according to an email sent to middle school parents on Friday by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Public Health Department. School spokesman Joe Bass said on Saturday that there was no further information about the student, who attended Haynes Middle School. ...

The North Dakota Oil Boom Now Pays for College

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:15:00 -0400

The North Dakota Oil Boom Now Pays for CollegeNow, it turns out, that applies to a college education.   All high school graduates in Williams County, North Dakota, are eligible for a full ride to two-year Williston State College starting in fall of 2015 - including fees and books - the college announced this week. This opportunity is due to several wells of support in oil-rich North Dakota - the Alva J. Field Memorial Trust, which is donating $1 million; “A lot of that is oil revenue,” Terry Olson, director of the foundation and interim president of Williston State College, told AP.

News outlets seek access in football hazing case

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:32:29 -0400
The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation. The AP joined with NJ Advance ...

High school grads to get free ride at ND college

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:24:52 -0400
Petrodollars can buy the finer things in life. And in one North Dakota oil county, they will be used to pay for the higher education of every graduate of area high schools, if students want. Williston ...

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:58:17 -0400
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...

Adult support of bullied LGB youths tied to fewer suicide attempts

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:35:40 -0400
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bullied lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students are less likely to fight and attempt suicide when they feel connected to an adult at school, suggests a new study. Helping these lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) kids develop meaningful connections with adults at school could minimize the negative impacts of cyber and school bullying, researchers say. ...

Homeless and hungry, college students fight rising college tuition costs

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:37 -0400

sduCollege students across the country are still waging their own battles against the rapidly rising cost of higher education.

Pass or Fail? Energy Management Tips for College Students

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0400
Flipping through the television channels one recent Saturday, I landed on a college rugby match and had a wave of nostalgia. With more than a few years between now and my own university time, it's easy to remember the glowing memories and forget how hard it was to juggle my time and keep healthy habits. I had my share of poor sleep schedules and less-than-ideal ­food and beverage choices. Now, I'm older and hopefully wiser and have learned how to manage my energy levels through nutrition, strategic movement and sleep. ...

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.