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Alberta energy minister inexperience a concern for industry

Mon, 25 May 2015 18:17:50 -0400
By Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's oil and gas industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta's new energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts and executives said on Monday. Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master's degree in administration and leadership from San Diego State University, was on Sunday appointed as energy minister by new Premier Rachel Notley. Notley's left-wing New Democratic Party toppled a 44-year-old conservative government in a May 5 vote, but only a few of its lawmakers have ever held public office.

Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless

Sun, 24 May 2015 21:18:36 -0400
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford is encouraging college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators with others and the environment to overcome life's daunting difficulties.

Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary RISD degree

Sun, 24 May 2015 12:36:01 -0400

FILE - In this April 21, 2008 file photo, writer and director John Waters poses for a portrait at his home in New York. Waters will give the commencement address at Rhode Island School of Design on Saturday, May 30, 2015, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the school. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Iconic filmmaker John Waters says he was surprised to be offered an honorary degree from a prestigious Rhode Island art school. After all, he was thrown out of every school he ever went to.

10 Commencement Speeches With Real Advice for Grads

Sun, 24 May 2015 11:43:21 -0400

10 Commencement Speeches With Real Advice for GradsIt’s college graduation season, and as in years past, these kinds of inspirational sentiments are being proclaimed in commencement speeches coast to coast. While encouraging words from some of the nation’s most prominent leaders never hurt, some of this year’s crop of speakers are bringing real talk to grads who are about to leave the bubble of the college campus and step into the real world. The former secretary of state addressed how the American dream “unravels and the social fabric is torn” when we let hate divide us.

Robert Redford Tells Maine College Students: The World Is "Rough" and "Chaotic"

Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:58 -0400
"It's kind of a grim story," he told graduates at Colby College. "But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you're the ones to do it."

Families of 10 killed in California crash get some answers

Sat, 23 May 2015 11:51:49 -0400

CORRECTS DATE OF CRASH TO APRIL 10, 2014-Evelin Jimenez, whose brother Ismael died in the tragic collision of a FedEx tractor trailer combination and a tour bus, speaks at a news conference to release the results of a 13-month investigation into the tragic collision, in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Friday, May 22, 2015. The California Highway Patrol faulted the truck driver for the fiery head-on collision with a bus carrying high school students to a college visit. The April 10, 2014, collision occurred in Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento. The dead were five high school students from the Los Angeles area, three chaperones, and the drivers of the FedEx tractor-trailer and the bus, enroute to a tour of Humboldt State University.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Myvett proposed to his college sweetheart on bended knee in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. Four months later, the pair died in a fiery head-on collision between a FedEx semi-truck and a bus that killed eight others in California, including five promising high school students.

Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash

Fri, 22 May 2015 22:08:24 -0400
By Olga Grigoryants LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of the dead were Los Angeles-area students who had been on their way to tour a university campus when the FedEx truck collided head-on with their bus on Interstate 5 in the agricultural community of Orland, north of Sacramento. The April crash also killed five adults including a 26-year-old college recruiter and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck.

Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:36:26 -0400
By Sebastien Malo NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. The protests are an effort to wrest control of Newark's schools from Superintendent Cami Anderson, whose appointment has met with bitter opposition from students, parents and teachers unions in New Jersey's largest city. Anderson's "One Newark" plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

Top Educators Say Teacher Quality Isn’t the Key to Student Achievement

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:22:13 -0400

Top Educators Say Teacher Quality Isn’t the Key to Student AchievementSeventy-six percent of the teachers said students’ home lives kept them from doing their best in the classroom, while 63 percent identified poverty as the biggest factor. “As teachers, we know those factors present huge barriers to our students’ success,” Jennifer Dorman, Maine’s winner, told The Washington Post. “Helping students cope with those three factors is probably the most important part of my job.

US schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:34:56 -0400

In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Carlee Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., after a gunman killed over two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety drills, parent notification systems, and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jon Bon Jovi breaks out guitar at commencement address

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:13:22 -0400

Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi performs a new song during graduation ceremonies at Rutgers University-Camden Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Camden, N.J. The New Jersey native premiered a new song, "Reunion," which he said was a gift to the graduates. It began, "This isn't how the story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road." Bon Jovi and Bryan Stevenson, public interest lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, received honorary degrees. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus.

11 dead in Mexico crash of double-semi, school van

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:42:53 -0400
MEXICO CITY (AP) — State authorities say a double-trailer freight truck drifted into an oncoming lane and toppled onto a van carrying high school students in north-central Mexico, killing 11 people.

Moroccan king names four new ministers - statement

Thu, 21 May 2015 04:52:37 -0400

Morocco's King Mohammed VI delivers a speech at the Constituent Assembly in TunisMorocco's king named four new ministers from political parties forming the ruling coalition, the royal palace said on Wednesday, replacing figures involved in public scandals or who had stepped down for personal reasons. In 2013, King Mohammed named 19 new ministers after Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane reached a deal to form a new coalition. Three of the new ministers will replace those in charge of parliamentary relations, higher education and vocational training who have resigned.

Survey: US schools beef up safety measures

Thu, 21 May 2015 00:44:11 -0400

In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Carlee Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., after a gunman killed over two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.

6 Chinese nationals accused of stealing US firms' technology

Wed, 20 May 2015 10:28:26 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

UN experts rap S.Korea over AIDS test for expat teachers

Wed, 20 May 2015 09:01:06 -0400

A South Korean Red Cross official hands out information leaflets during World AIDS Day in Seoul, on November 30, 2009UN rights experts on Wednesday rapped South Korea for demanding that a New Zealander undergo an HIV test before renewing her teaching contract, insisting she should be paid compensation. The woman, identified in the media as Lisa Griffin, did not have her contract renewed in 2009 after she refused to undergo the test, which is not required of ethnic Korean teachers. Griffin's employers, the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education, had said that HIV/AIDS tests were "viewed as a means to check the values and morality of foreign English teachers," a UN statement said.

Learn How to Transfer Parent PLUS Loans to a Child

Wed, 20 May 2015 09:00:00 -0400
You, the parent, are responsible for repaying the loan," says the Department of Education's student loan website. With this strategy, the child refinances the parent PLUS loan into a private student loan, transferring the debt into the student's name in the process. The PLUS loan goes away, repaid by the child's new private loan, with new terms and conditions.

4 Ways to Grow a College Savings Account Quickly

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:30:00 -0400
Among families that are actively saving for their children's college education, only 27 percent are using 529 plans and other similar accounts that can provide considerable tax advantages, according to a 2015 study from student lender Sallie Mae. Instead, nearly half of families saving for college are using general savings accounts. Along with missing out on tax benefits, parents who are socking away funds in traditional savings accounts may lose out on potential growth from investing in stocks, bonds and other assets through 529 plans.

Extracurricular Activities Grow at Arab Region Universities

Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:00 -0400
Ala Ahmed Al-Mubarak saw firsthand how student activities at some higher education institutions in the Arab region are lacking. Al-Mubarak, a lab technician in the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia, studied English language and literature at the Arab Open University in Bahrain from 2004 to 2008. "I don't recall there being any activities on campus besides career day," said Al-Mubarak via email.

6 Chinese nationals charged with stealing US trade secrets

Tue, 19 May 2015 21:19:51 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Chinese nationals who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and three others have been charged with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

Thousands of Seattle teachers hold one-day strike over pay, class size

Tue, 19 May 2015 18:31:23 -0400
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of Seattle teachers walked out of class on Tuesday to demand higher pay and smaller class sizes, marking the largest one-day strike in a series of rolling protests by educators in Washington state over public school funding. More than 50,000 students in Seattle, the state's largest school district, were out of class on Tuesday. Dressed in red, teachers and community members marched through downtown Seattle holding signs that read: "Good Schools Require Good Funding," and "On Strike Against Legislature." About 2,500 Seattle teachers took part in the strike, according to the union, the Seattle Education Association.

US agents make record New York heroin bust

Tue, 19 May 2015 17:44:16 -0400

US officials said the $50 million worth of heroin smuggled from Mexico was the largest seizure of heroin by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the state of New York and the fourth largest in the United StatesUS agents in New York seized a record-breaking $50 million worth of heroin smuggled from Mexico in the biggest such haul in state history, officials announced Tuesday. The more than 70 kilos (154 pounds) of heroin was seized from a vehicle parked in an upmarket neighborhood of the Bronx, near Horace Mann, one of America's most prestigious private schools. US officials said it was the largest seizure of heroin by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the state of New York and the fourth largest in the United States.

FTC: Family raised $187M for cancer, spent it on themselves

Tue, 19 May 2015 13:38:29 -0400

In this December, 2009, photo, James T. Reynolds Sr., president of the Cancer Fund of America, speaks in Knoxville, Tenn. Reynolds and his family used much of the $187 million they collected for cancer patients through charities such as the Cancer Fund of America to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, federal officials alleged Tuesday. (Adam Brimer/Knoxville News Sentinel, via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Tue, 19 May 2015 12:47:43 -0400

People demonstrate against proposed reforms of secondary education on May 19, 2015 in ParisTeachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 37, has come under fire for the disputed changes, which concern schools for children aged between 11 and 15. Among the most disputed elements of the reforms is a proposal to reduce the teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek, replacing these languages with a general class on classical culture.

See the Most Diverse National Liberal Arts Colleges

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:30:00 -0400
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Half of college graduates expect to be supported by their families

Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:28 -0400

GraduateParents seem to be more lenient about letting their graduate children come back home.

Bernie Sanders is unveiling a free college tuition bill. Will it work?

Mon, 18 May 2015 17:48:03 -0400
Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) of Vermont is planning to unveil a bill that, if passed, will make tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free. In addition to eliminating college tuition at public colleges, Mr. Sanders' bill would expand work-study programs, and seeks to lower student debt and student loan rates – a system modeled after those of European countries such as Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. Earlier this year, Sanders called for free tuition for college freshman and sophomores, and recently other liberal politicians have also taken up the cause of making college more affordable for American students as well. To fulfill this goal, Sanders had called on state governments to invest $18 billion public higher education each year in order to meet his original goal of free tuition for college freshman and sophomores.

Discover 4 Unusual Online Bachelor's Degrees

Mon, 18 May 2015 09:30:00 -0400
Many people know a college student or a working professional pursuing an online degree in business, health care, information technology or education. "People are stepping away from the thought of, 'You can't learn that online,'" says Cali Morrison, communications manager at WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education. And now in 2015, it's possible to get an online bachelor's degree in fire and emergency services administration, aviation, integrative health or even horticulture. -- Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration: Colorado State University has offered a bachelor's in fire and emergency services administration for nearly 15 years to meet department demands for higher levels of education, says program coordinator Larry Grosse.

Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: "It's Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We've Become"

Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:01 -0400
The former 'Colbert Report' host and incoming 'Late Show' host compared his situation with that of the students embarking on their future, peppering his remarks with a few jokes about the North Carolina university and taking some shots at nearby rivals UNC and Duke.

Sweet Briar's last class: Why all-women colleges are disappearing

Sat, 16 May 2015 11:34:23 -0400
For Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Saturday’s commencement is the beginning of the end. “These institutions can no longer serve their original purpose: providing opportunities for those shut out from the male-dominated world of higher education,” Brian Burton wrote for the Harvard Political Review in 2010. Between 2001 and 2011, female enrollment in all degree-granting institutions rose by more than a third, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In the case of Sweet Briar, the added burdens of a largely restricted endowment and nearly $30 million in debt forced administrators to make a hard decision, the Associated Press reported.

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:44:37 -0400
Minnesota's legislative leaders announced late Friday that they were closing in on a sweeping deal for a new two-year budget that pumps more than $400 million into public schools and preserves a health ...

Common Receives Honorary Degree, Gives Winston-Salem State University Commencement Speech

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:00:50 -0400
"Go out and change the world," Common said to the crowd after being honored with his honorary degree.

The Crisis No One Is Fixing: Our Schools Lose More Teachers Than They Keep

Fri, 15 May 2015 19:20:33 -0400

The Crisis No One Is Fixing: Our Schools Lose More Teachers Than They KeepIn the next decade or so, America’s public schools will lose a million educators—about half of all teachers. Not only are schools losing veteran teachers to retirement, but they are also having trouble keeping new educators in the classroom and attracting students to the profession. Many aspiring educators, such as 21-year old UCLA graduate Rafi Silva, have expressed reluctance to enter the profession at all. Silva is featured in the film The Road to TEACH, a documentary that followed him and two other millennials on a cross-country journey to explore the teaching profession.

When It Comes to Bullying, Mean Girls Still Rule the School

Fri, 15 May 2015 17:27:36 -0400

When It Comes to Bullying, Mean Girls Still Rule the SchoolIf you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, you’ll recall that it didn’t take much for a student to end up in the “Burn Book”—the notebook where the popular clique of high school girls, the Plastics, jotted down horrible comments and gossip about other, mostly female students. The film’s premise of girls being bullied seems to be reflected in data from a new survey from the U.S. Department of Education.

Bullying declines in US schools as more students embrace diversity, tolerance

Fri, 15 May 2015 15:00:55 -0400
The portion of students who experience behaviors used to measure bullying – such as being threatened, pushed, made fun of, or excluded – dropped to 22 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since 2005, the US Department of Education reported Friday. The data come from a survey of 12- to 18-year-olds by the National Center for Education Statistics. Since the start of the measurement in 2005, the percentage had ranged from 28 to 32 percent. “As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Even though we’ve come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation’s children,” he added.

10 Essential Money-Saving Tips for College Graduates

Fri, 15 May 2015 09:10:00 -0400
Establishing -- and sticking to -- a monthly budget is essential for long-term financial health. To avoid late payments, consider scheduling automatic payments, setting calendar reminders before due dates and downloading an app like Mint Bills that aggregates all your bills in one place.

Two Florida students shot, wounded while riding school bus

Fri, 15 May 2015 00:04:33 -0400
(Reuters) - Two teenage girls riding on a Florida school bus full of students were shot and wounded on Thursday when a person opened fire at the vehicle, officials said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office provided limited details about the shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. local time, but said two girls, aged 14 and 15, were struck and authorities were searching for two male suspects. "When I got word of the shooting there was a deep anger that permeated my whole being," said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Pregnancies more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths

Thu, 14 May 2015 16:33:33 -0400

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in BordeauxBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Pregnancies are more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths than among their heterosexual counterparts, suggests a new study of New York City high school students. Overall, sexual-minority students who were sexually active were about twice as likely as other students to report becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant, researchers found. "The message for me is that these populations are often ignored or assumed to not need information or reproductive care or services and they absolutely do," said Lisa Lindley, the study's lead author from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previous studies had found an increased risk of pregnancies among sexual minority youths, but those data were old and mostly collected for girls only.

The 20 Colleges with the Best Food

Thu, 14 May 2015 15:45:00 -0400
High-schoolers and their parents have to weigh dozens of factors when selecting which of America's 4,726 institutions of higher learning they'd like to attend. There are the obvious academic considerations: ...

California governor proposes record $115.3 billion budget

Thu, 14 May 2015 15:16:53 -0400

California governor proposes record $115.3 billion budgetGov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a record $115.3 billion California spending plan that would send billions more to public schools, freeze in-state undergraduate tuition and establish a new state tax ...