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Iran supreme leader moves to break impasse over key cabinet post

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:42:25 -0500
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader moved on Saturday to break a factional deadlock over the sensitive Ministry of Higher Education by reinstating President Hassan Rouhani's moderate pick as interim minister, Iranian media reported. On Tuesday, the conservative-dominated parliament rejected his fourth nominee to lead universities, which have been centers of ideological battles between pro-democracy reformers and Islamist hardliners. ...


Asian American Activists Are Refusing to Join the Fight Against Affirmative Action

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:53:48 -0500
It’s been called the “bamboo ceiling”—the perception that highly qualified Asian American high school students face an unspoken quota at the nation’s elite universities. College admissions directors, the argument goes, often pass over Asian American kids for less-qualified African American and Latino students for the sake of manufactured campus diversity.


Two teenagers shot near Miami area high school

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:55:58 -0500
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two youths were shot near a Miami-area high school on Thursday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The two victims were minors and were not students at the school, said John Schuster, spokesman to the school district. The condition of the pair was not immediately known. No suspects have been arrested and police are still searching for the shooter, Schuster said. Three schools were placed on lockdown before students were released to their parents. ...


'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:39:30 -0500
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday. Woodland Public Schools in Fairfax, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said it made the decision so as not to put the nearly 200 students in the district at risk of the contagious disease. "The closure is due to a high infection frequency of mononucleosis in our community," the school board said. ...


IUDs: Is This Kind of Birth Control Right for You?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:45:31 -0500
While earning her master's degree in architecture, Emilie Schmitz barely had time to sleep, let alone remember to take a birth control pill every day. She'd already tried the contraceptive patch -- a thin plastic strip that sticks to the body and delivers hormones through the skin -- but it had given her a rash. She didn't like needles and had no desire to choose Depo-Provera, the pregnancy-preventing shot. ...


Malawi: Children protest over teachers' strike

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:03:40 -0500
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — About 500 schoolchildren broke classroom windows and damaged cars to protest a strike by their teachers in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, on Wednesday.


Scuffles break out as students protest in central London

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:04:10 -0500

Demonstrators pass Downing Street as they participate in a protest against student loans and in favour of free education, in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Scuffles broke out and missiles were thrown at police as thousands of students marched through the center of London on Wednesday to protest against a rise in higher education fees. Some 5,000 demonstrators marched to Parliament Square where a small group broke away and breached temporary barriers to confront police outside the Houses of Parliament. "Various missiles were thrown at the officers," Scotland Yard said in a statement. Three officers suffered minor injuries. By mid-afternoon there had been no arrests, it added. ...



Joel Klein: Education key to ending income inequality

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:51:23 -0500
Joel Klein, a leading voice in the national conversation on education reform says it’s impossible to close the income gap without addressing shortcomings in our public education system. Klein sat down with Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Aaron Task to discuss his thoughts on how to confront the challenges faced in public schools across the United States, which he also outlines in his newly-published memoir “Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.”


6 Answers for Consumers About the New Gainful Employment Rule

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Education has once again issued a final set of gainful employment regulations. If this sounds familiar, it's because the department has issued final gainful employment rules in the past too, only to have most of them dismissed in court as a result of a lawsuit filed by an association that represents for-profit colleges and universities.


Police launch porn probe over Oregon teen sex videos

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:00:51 -0500
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon are investigating reports that high school students videotaped peers engaging in sexual activity and distributed the footage via social media in a case that could lead to child pornography charges, authorities said on Tuesday. Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson said a small group of students were involved in the case, but he declined to say how many or elaborate on the content of the videos. It was also not clear whether the teens depicted in the footage consented to being filmed. ...


University of California wants tuition hike or more funding

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:23:27 -0500

Pedestrians pass Sproul Hall, the University of California at Berkeley's administration building, in BerkeleyBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...



Daughter suing parents for college tuition prompts calls for law change

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:47:40 -0500

Daughter suing parents for college tuition prompts calls for law changeJust days after Action News first broke the story about a 21-year-old New Jersey woman suing her parents to help pay for her college tuition, a judge ruled in her favor, telling the parents to pay up.



University of California wants tuition hike or $100 million funding increase

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:45:25 -0500
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...


Teachers, doctors struggle on without pay in eastern Ukraine

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:49:58 -0500

School children listen to their teacher in Donetsk school number 32 on November 18, 2014With Kiev cutting off their salaries and pro-Moscow rebels struggling to set up their statelets, teachers and doctors in eastern Ukraine are left wondering where their next pay cheque will come from. For English teacher Alla Rusinkevich, stopping work is simply not an option. Maybe someone else will pay," she says, sitting on a school chair in an empty classroom at School Number Nine in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. A colleague sitting with her, Yury Kholyavkin, has also had to dig into his savings to get by.



Erdogan slams ridicule of 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:17:10 -0500

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on November 10, 2014 in AnkaraTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence". In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported "discovery" of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools. "A big responsibility falls on the shoulders of the national education ministry and YOK (higher education board) on this issue," Erdogan said at a ceremony in Ankara. Erdogan, a pious Muslim who has been in power for more than a decade, stirred up controversy on Saturday when he claimed the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus.



10 Colleges Where Most Early Applicants Get In

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500
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 graduate school search.


Iran parliament spurns Rouhani pick for universities minister for 4th time

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:56:46 -0500

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New YorkBy Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Tuesday rejected for the fourth time President Hassan Rouhani's nominee to head the sensitive Ministry of Higher Education in a further setback to his attempts to liberalize universities. The choice of Minister of Science, Research and Higher Education is significant as it sets ideological guidelines for universities, which have been arenas for pro-democracy activities and clashes with conservative hardliners. ...



Polish board game mocks communist rationing system

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:26:34 -0500

High school students play a new board game that ridicules the communist-era food and goods rationing system as the game is launched in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. "Regulation. The Coupons Game" was launched Monday by the state-run National Remembrance Institute, which teaches about Polish history. In the game, players are tasked with duties like cooking a dinner or doing the washing and need to cleverly trade their rationing coupons to be able to buy the necessary products before they run out. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new Polish board game that ridicules the communist-era rationing system was launched Monday, with high school students straining their brains and then laughing at their own wins and losses.



Some Colleges May Use the FAFSA in Unexpected Ways

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:57:23 -0500
College applicants can demonstrate their desire to attend a school by visiting campus, interviewing with admissions counselors and following up on their applications.


The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a 529

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:51:29 -0500
You know you need to save for your child's college education. You have had a general savings account established since her birth, but now you're hearing you need to look into investment options too. Where, or when or how do you start?


College Students: These Soft Skills Lead to Academic Success

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500
The growing importance placed on soft skills both in education and in the workplace is affecting the way students prepare for college. While standardized testing is still competitive and hard study skills certainly remain in play, high school seniors should make sure to also hone the soft skills that can improve the way they approach their work and their interactions with others.


Number of International College Students Continues to Climb

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500
The U.S. enrolled a record-breaking number of international students during the 2013-2014 school year, welcoming 886,052 undergraduate and graduate students to colleges and universities throughout the country, according to a report released today.


Thousands of high school students skip Colorado state tests

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:11:26 -0500
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Thousands of Denver-area high school students skipped state-mandated science and social studies tests this week and some staged street protests in the latest dispute to hit Colorado education since a flare-up over history curricula. Nearly 1,900 high school seniors in Douglas County failed to take the newly introduced Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests, while about 1,500 pupils missed them in each of two other districts, Boulder Valley and Cherry Creek, media reports said. ...


Can the Feds Keep High-Poverty Schools From Being Dumping Grounds for Bad Teachers?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:59:29 -0500
For education activists, it’s exhibit A in the case proving unequal education: a disproportionate number of subpar teachers are working at chronically failing schools in poor, largely minority communities.


Does Stretching Increase Flexibility?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:01:00 -0500
Many people think stretching is essential to improving flexibility. Runners stretch their hamstrings before hitting the pavement, gymnasts do hyper-splits during their warm-ups and yogis wind down their practice with some forward bends. But does stretching really prevent tight hamstrings and stiff shoulders? "Yoga will make you more flexible, but we don't know how," said Jules Mitchell, a yoga instructor and a master's degree candidate in exercise science at California State University, Long Beach.


CDC: E-cigarette use rising in high school kids

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:03:28 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.


Purdue president Mitch Daniels: More college students should have internships

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:22:37 -0500
College graduates who had internships or relevant part-time jobs while in college felt better prepared for success in life, according to the latest findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index.


U.S. youth smoking, increased use of e-cigarettes a worry: CDC

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:47:46 -0500

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York CityBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Fewer U.S. high school students are smoking traditional cigarettes, but youth tobacco use and the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes remain causes for concern, federal health officials said on Thursday. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 22.9 percent of high school students reported using a tobacco product in the previous 30 days in 2013, down from 24.3 percent in 2011. The percentage of high school students who had smoked a traditional cigarette during the prior month dropped to 12.7 percent in 2013 from 15. ...



Image of Asia: Praying on exam day in South Korea

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:30:55 -0500

Parents light candles for their children' success in the Scholastic Aptitude Test at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2104. About 640,000 high school students and graduates in South Korea are scheduled to take the examination Thursday that will virtually determine their admission to college. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, parents light candles at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, in hopes their children will succeed on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. About 640,000 high school students and graduates in South Korea took the examination Thursday, with their parents visiting temples to pray and teachers and schoolmates wishing them well. The university entrance exam is one of the most important tests for many South Korean students since graduating from prominent universities can often promise better jobs, social status and marriage prospects under Confucian principles that emphasize good education.



New Jersey young woman sues estranged parents for college tuition

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:03:40 -0500

Young New Jersey woman sues estranged parents for college tuitionShould parents be required to pay for their children's college education? A 21-year-old in New Jersey sued her parents for that right and the judge ruled in her favor.



New Jersey teen sues estranged parents for college tuition

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:38:51 -0500

Young New Jersey woman sues estranged parents for college tuitionShould parents be required to pay for their children's college education? A 21-year-old in New Jersey sued her parents for that right and the judge ruled in her favor.



Maryland school district strikes Christmas from calendar after requests for religious equality

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:59:56 -0500

Permanent Christmas Tree TypesMontgomery County Public Schools decided to get rid of all references to religious holidays after Muslim activists asked for their holidays to be acknowledged alongside Jewish and Christian holidays.



How Student Loan Repayment Changes After Graduate School

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500
After Becky Boler graduated from Syracuse University with a master's degree in international relations in 2010, her student loans came due with a vengeance.


Army trauma expert quit after admitting PhD fraud

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:37:18 -0500

This is an undated photo of Amy Apodaca, a statistician at an Army research lab who did not earn the advanced degrees she had been claiming. She quit in January after her bosses confronted her. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army statistician obtained a security clearance and worked for years on sensitive battlefield trauma research while lying about holding advanced degrees, the Army has acknowledged.



Grief, rage at 36-year sentence for ferry captain

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:04:47 -0500

Relatives of the nine missing passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol cry during a news conference at a gym on South Korea's southwestern island of Jindo, where they have been staying at since the April 16 sinking of ferry Sewol, in Jindo, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A South Korean court on Tuesday handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster in April that killed more than 300 people. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Chul-hong) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Enraged parents wept and screamed as a judge sentenced a South Korean ferry captain to 36 years in prison Tuesday for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students.



Portland schools urged to scrap transfers to boost racial diversity

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:11:40 -0500
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A citizen's group in Portland, Oregon, said on Monday the city should drop policies allowing students to transfer public schools, saying it is making the schools less racially diverse and poorer. "It's mostly white, mostly middle-class families, transferring out of schools that have students of color," said Kali Thorne Ladd, a member of the group which had been asked by educators to evaluate Portland Public Schools transfer policies. ...


School districts in Pennsylvania sue state over education funding

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:37:08 -0500
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Six Pennsylvania school districts and a group of parents sued the state on Monday, charging that funding for education discriminates against children based on the wealth of their school districts. The system of funding violates the state constitution because it mandates high standards for school districts but starves them of resources to meet those standards, the lawsuit said. The case was filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court against the governor, state Department of Education and other state officials. ...


Pennsylvania inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal sues over state speech law

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:04:44 -0500

FILE PHOTO OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL.By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving life in prison for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer, and supporters filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging a state law enacted after a college graduation speech the activist inmate gave last month. The state law allows crime victims and prosecutors to take legal action to prevent prisoners from making public statements that cause mental anguish. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the law last month after Abu-Jamal gave a graduation speech for Goddard College in Vermont. ...



Mexico: Burned remains probably 43 missing college students

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 18:37:00 -0500

Mexico: Burned remains probably 43 missing college studentsSuspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday.



Top 10 toughest high school football schedules for 2014

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Top 10 toughest high school football schedules for 2014Graphic by Social Recluse Graphx The 10 teams on our list have schedules that should have them battle-tested come playoff time.Kickoff for the 2014 high school football season is just a few weeks away in most states. Most teams are just focused on their opponent in Week 1, rather than paying attention to any opponents later in the season. However, MaxPreps has an eye for the entire regular season. Here are 10 teams that won't have many easy weeks in 2014. Top 10 Toughest Football Schedules for 2014 1. Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) Notable opponents: DeSoto (Texas), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) After an Aug. 22 matchup with state title hopeful Spartanburg (S.C.), Eastern Christian Academy hits the road for three consecutive games against bona-fide Dallas area powers. Sprinkle in showdowns with top teams from Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey, and head coach Dwayne Thomas and squad have an insanely challenging schedule in 2014. 2. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) Notable opponents: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) No one will ever accuse the 2014 Servite squad of ducking opponents. It plays Bishop Gorman and De La Salle before league play begins. Throw in Trinity League foe St. John Bosco, and Servite will face three teams ranked in the Top 13. 3. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) Notable opponents: Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), Centennial (Corona, Calif.), St. John Bosco, Servite Tony Sanchez is perhaps the most ambitious coach in the country. His Bishop Gorman squad routinely plays one of the nation's most difficult schedules, and 2014 is no different. The Gaels will open with Arizona power Brophy College Prep before taking on top teams from Utah and California and finishing with state power Palo Verde. 4. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) Notable opponents: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Apopka (Fla.), Miramar (Fla.) American Heritage has put together a loaded schedule without leaving the state of Florida. In addition to large school powers, it will also be tested by Bolles and American Heritage (Delray Beach), both of which have taken home state titles in the past three years. 5. DeSoto (Texas) Notable opponents: Cedar Hill (Texas), Steele (Cibolo, Texas), Martin (Arlington, Texas) DeSoto should be well-tested by the time district play begins, as it opens with the likes of Arlington Martin, Eastern Christian Academy and South Oak Cliff. Games with Cibolo Steele and Cedar Hill will pit DeSoto against two state title contenders. 6. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) Notable opponents: Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.), Bishop Gorman, Crenshaw (Los Angeles) Not only does St. John Bosco's brutal Trinity League schedule feature the likes of Servite and Mater Dei, but Jason Negro's squad loaded up its nonleague schedule once again with a game against Oregon's top team, Central Catholic, and road contests versus Bishop Gorman and Crenshaw. 7. Central (Miami) Notable opponents: Hoover (Ala.), Washington (Miami), Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Central opens with back-to-back road games in different states: first, against nationally ranked Hoover and then against talent-laden Stephenson. It returns to Miami only to play defending national champion Booker T. Washington. Columbus, Norland and Northwestern, with new head coach Eddie Brown, help comprise the balance of the schedule. 8. McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)Notable opponents: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), Buford (Ga.), Lovejoy (Ga.) Despite not leaving the Peach State, McEachern's schedule is not very friendly. It opens with a titantic showdown against North Gwinnett, which ended its season last fall. It also sees Buford, Lovejoy and Hillgrove, all teams that finished 2013 among the state's Top 20 teams according to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings. 9. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) Notable opponents: Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) First-year head coach Augie Hoffmann has augmented his already-brutal Big North lineup with games against St. Joseph's Prep, McDonogh and St. Edward, the latter two being road contests. Northern Valley (Old Tappan), one of two public schools on its schedule, finished 9-2 last year and returns standout junior Jordan Fuller, one of the state's top underclassmen. 10. St. Ignatius (Cleveland) Photo by Scott Seighman St. Ignatius took on a tough Paramus Catholic team last season and is at it again, taking on some of America's best. Notable opponents: St. Edward, St. Xavier (Cincinnati), Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) St. Ignatius faces arguably the top four teams in the state in crosstown rival St. Edward, Jesuit rival St. Xavier, offensive juggernaut Mentor and two-time defending Division I champion Archbishop Moeller. Throw in games against top opponents from Indiana and New Jersey, and it will be another brutal schedule for Chuck Kyle's Wildcats. Honorable mention * Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.): Travels to Bentonville (Ark.), and any Big North United team * Cedar Hill (Texas): An unpleasant quartet of games to start the season: South Oak Cliff (Dallas), Bowie (Arlington, Texas), Skyline (Dallas) and Coppell (Texas). A late October matchup with DeSoto could be the game of the year. * Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.): All face each other, as well as Servite and St. John Bosco * Trinity (Louisville, Ky.): Has a tough game every single week *Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.): Faces San Diego power Helix (La Mesa, Calif.), Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.), as well as three of the best programs in NorCal: De La Salle, Folsom (Calif.) and Granite Bay (Calif.) * Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.): Has a road game against offensive leviathan Aledo (Texas), as well as SoCal showdowns against Serra (Gardena, Calif.), Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.), Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) and Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) * La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.): Taking on the top teams in Pennsylvania in St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) and Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), as well as Maryland in DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) * Warren Central (Indianapolis): Will play most of the big boys on the Indiana football scene, and supplement that challenging slate with a game against St. Xavier (Cincinnati).



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