SAT Changes May Not Level Playing Field for Low-Income StudentsMon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0400
Major changes are coming to the SAT. Officials from the College Board, the organization behind the test, announced this week that the new SAT will have an optional essay, questions more in line with what high school students learn and will return to a 1600-point scale, among other changes. The changes are an attempt to more fairly assess students and make the test less susceptible to expensive coaching services that give wealthier students an advantage, David Coleman, the president of the College Board, said while announcing the changes in a speech at the South By Southwest Education conference in Austin, Texas. In addition, students from low-income families will receive fee waivers to apply to four colleges for free.
How teachers bring women’s history and women’s rights to lifeSat, 08 Mar 2014 09:43:57 -0500
First, all of Tracy Lally’s sixth-graders stand up. Then she tells the boys to sit. The girls count off in threes, and she tells all the “ones” to sit. “Sorry,” she says to the girls left standing, “You don’t get an education.”
Now is the perfect time for college students to buy a Moto XFri, 07 Mar 2014 23:15:56 -0500
Motorola on Friday announced new customization options for its Moto X flagship handset, including the College Collection that will offer students the option of purchasing a handset that comes in their beloved school colors. “Starting today you can visit our College Collection design gallery and select from pre-configured school color combinations and clear cases with school logos and team names for up to 40 schools and counting,” Motorola wrote. In addition to the preset designs the company also added nine new back colors and three new accents to the Moto Maker palette, so users can create the “ultimate fan phone.” A College Collection Moto X option will cost the same $399 “everyday price,” or $49 with a new two-year contract, although college students
Obama visits Florida ahead of bellwether special electionFri, 07 Mar 2014 18:47:41 -0500
By Roberta Rampton MIAMI (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave a feel-good campaign-style speech at a gymnasium packed with screaming high school students on Friday, sketching out the main points of his populist agenda ahead of a special election in Florida on Tuesday. Obama did not mention the race for the House of Representatives seat that had been held by the late Republican Bill Young in a congressional district that includes St. Petersburg, a city north of Miami. The White House said it was a coincidence that his speech came just before the election. Obama and his family plan to spend the rest of his weekend in Florida, at a lush Key Largo private resort.
Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutionalFri, 07 Mar 2014 18:31:05 -0500
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must spend more money on its public schools, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that could jeopardize Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desire to make his state a tax-cutting template for the nation.
Kansas High Court Says the State's Public School Funding Is UnconstitutionalFri, 07 Mar 2014 16:05:04 -0500
Kansas's public school funding is unconstitutionally disparate between districts, according to a Friday ruling from the state Supreme Court that will require the state to increase public school funding. Although the court didn't tell the state exactly how much more it had to spend to meet the basic education needs of every student in the state, a Department of Education official estimated to the AP that Kansas needs to add at least $129 million in funding to poorer districts to its statewide $3 billion school budget for next year. If the state legislature doesn't fix the gap by July 1st, a lower court will intervene. The ruling pertains to cuts in school funding from 2010 to 2012.
Obama urges students to file financial aid formFri, 07 Mar 2014 15:30:32 -0500
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says education is the best investment in America's future, and he's urging high school students to make sure they file for federal financial aid.
Kansas violating state constitution in school funding, court saysFri, 07 Mar 2014 14:16:13 -0500
Kansas is violating the state constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court has given the Kansas legislature until July 1 to fully fund its obligations for state school funding for the next year. "This is a great win for Kansas kids," said attorney John Robb, who represents the school districts, parents and students who brought the case. "It means that the constitution actually has meaning for kids in Kansas." But while the court upheld part of a lower court finding in favor of a group of public school districts claiming the state should provide more money for education, the court also reversed part of that lower court ruling.
5 things to know about Kansas school funding fightFri, 07 Mar 2014 13:44:37 -0500
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state is not spending enough money on its public schools, ordering an increase in two types of aid by July 1 and more lower-court hearings on how much the ...
6 Great Jobs You Can Get With an Online DegreeFri, 07 Mar 2014 12:22:06 -0500
For adults juggling jobs and family commitments, earning a degree can seem like a Herculean task. "Online learning can do two things: It can lead to advancement in an existing profession, or it can lead to a completely new profession," says Leah K. Matthews, executive director of the Accrediting Commission of the nonprofit Distance Education and Training Council. The following six jobs were pulled from U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 201 4 rankings. They earned high marks for employment opportunity, salary, work-life balance and job security, among other factors.
India's anti-graft party takes aim at Modi's economic modelFri, 07 Mar 2014 08:07:56 -0500
By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition politician Narendra Modi, who leads opinion polls ahead of next month's general election, faces pressure from a small anti-graft party attacking his economic model on his home turf, the thriving state of Gujarat. The pro-business leader has presided over rapid economic growth during more than 12 years as the chief minister of the coastal state, and slashed red tape to attract companies such as Ford, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors. Now, Modi promises to replicate his state's development model nationwide if he becomes prime minister. But Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, on Friday said small businesses in the state were being shuttered, public schools and health services were in poor shape and claims of regular supplies of electricity were not true.
Parent Trap: Teen Sues Parents for College TuitionFri, 07 Mar 2014 05:30:00 -0500
Beyond the legalities, it has many talking about the moral and ethical obligations parents have (or don’t have) when it comes to paying for their children’s college education. Still, more than 60 percent of young adults (ages 19 to 22) receive some financial help from their parents, with 35 percent receiving tuition assistance, according to a 2012 study from of the University of Michigan.
Lawmaker Accuses Republicans of Secretly Wanting to Abort Biracial BabiesThu, 06 Mar 2014 20:40:48 -0500
After Alabama lawmakers passed four antiabortion bills this week, one African American Democrat turned to an unusual form of race-baiting, telling his white Republican colleagues that they'd feel differently about the procedure if their daughters were pregnant with a black man's baby. “Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” state Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said on the floor, as recorded by AL.com. The topic turned to race soon after Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R–Indiana Springs, the author of one antiabortion bill, compared her legislation to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools by ruling that separate is not equal. The 1954 ruling resulted in social tumult in Alabama and other Southern states and is believed to have helped usher in the civil rights movement. The Alabama Department of Public Health, at the behest of pro-life organizations, issued a closure order in 2012 demanding the closure of the New Women All Women abortion clinic in Birmingham, one of the last clinics in the state.
Georgia cites 'educational sovereignty' in move to abandon Common CoreThu, 06 Mar 2014 16:32:44 -0500
Georgia Republicans, rebelling against what they see as a federal schoolhouse grab, may succeed in a first-in-the-nation bid to derail the so-called Common Core school standards while returning more control of math, social studies, and science curricula to local school districts in the Deep South state. Common Core, the new standard for public schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia, began as a push by state governors and business interests to encourage better-educated public school graduates, and Georgia was among the leaders. But now Georgia is leading a charge to bar federal interference in what students are taught or how they are tested, including the use of federal funds to reward states that adopt the Common Core. Picking up on agitation across the state, they questioned whether Common Core represents a push for higher standards or, rather, a new incursion by the federal government into state affairs.
Survey finds many schools need repairsThu, 06 Mar 2014 15:29:50 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the nation's public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized, a survey released Thursday found.
E-cigarette use linked to higher smoking oddsThu, 06 Mar 2014 13:57:26 -0500
E-cigarette use among US youths doubled in just one year, and those who tried the unregulated devices were more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes as well, a study said Thursday. Just over three percent of US adolescents had ever tried an e-cigarette in 2011, and that more than doubled to 6.5 percent in 2012, said the research in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association. Youths who had tried e-cigarettes were more likely to experiment with conventional cigarettes, and were more likely to be current cigarette smokers than kids who had not tried them, said the study. The research was based on middle and high school students who filled out the National Youth Tobacco Survey, including more than 17,500 in 2011 and some 22,500 in 2012.
John Urschel's diary: Road to the NFL draftThu, 06 Mar 2014 13:54:39 -0500
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel will routinely provide a look at his journey leading to the NFL draft on May 8 in a series of diary entries. The all-Big Ten, third-team AP All-American has a Master's degree in math and was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy as college football's top scholar-athlete. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound guard's third entry gives a look at his return home to State College, Pa., after almost two months away to prepare for the combine.
College Students See Fewer Credit Card AdsThu, 06 Mar 2014 10:06:00 -0500
Not so many years ago, college freshmen were greeted during orientation week with credit card offers that came with enticing gifts, such as free T-shirts and burritos. The problem with these freebies, according to some consumer advocates, is that they persuaded college students to take out credit cards and take on debt they had no business accumulating. The orientation week burritos, in other words, led to credit card debt indigestion later. In a new report from the Government Accountability Office published last month, the agency concludes that credit card marketing to college students has gone down, and in some cases, disappeared altogether.
Why the SAT had to changeThu, 06 Mar 2014 09:42:45 -0500
Earlier this week, high school students were given a surprise gift — the dreaded essay portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test would be going optional in spring 2016.
U.S. News Talks Arab Region University Rankings in Middle EastThu, 06 Mar 2014 09:30:00 -0500
I recently returned from the Middle East, where I visited Beirut, Lebanon, and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, to attend higher education meetings. First, I went to the American University of Beirut, which held a forum for U.S. News attended by colleges and universities from Lebanon. The director of the university's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment , Karma El Hassan, organized the event. U.S. News plans to collaborate with higher education institutions and education officials in the region.
Argentine teachers' strike delays school yearWed, 05 Mar 2014 14:12:52 -0500
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's teachers are on strike after rejecting a 31 percent pay hike, delaying the first day of school for nearly 6 million children.
Energy drinks linked to risky behaviors among teensWed, 05 Mar 2014 11:13:39 -0500
By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks like Amp, Red Bull or Rockstar could be a telltale sign of other problems for high school students, according to a Canadian study. The more often students reported drinking energy drinks, the more likely they were to also report feeling depressed, seeking out risky experiences, drinking alcohol or smoking. "Young people tend to mix alcohol with energy drinks - and that's also a problem," lead author Sunday Azagba told Reuters Health. In a survey of 8,210 public high school students from the Atlantic Canadian region, 62 percent reported having at least one energy drink in the previous year.
Asbestos poisoning victims want Yale honor revokedWed, 05 Mar 2014 10:47:39 -0500
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy are urging Yale University to rescind an honorary degree given to a Swiss man later convicted of negligence in some 2,000 asbestos-related deaths.
Federal Regulators Eye Parent PLUS Loans, Student Debit CardsWed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0500
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off the latest round of negotiated rule making -- a little-known process that can result in rules and regulations that have big implications for federal student aid recipients. On the docket this time around are several issues of importance to student loan borrowers, including Parent PLUS loan eligibility and debit cards for student loan refunds. The actual regulations result from negotiated rule making, a process in which representatives of federal agencies -- in the case of student loans, it's the U.S. Department of Education -- and affected constituencies work together in a committee to reach consensus on what can ultimately become a proposed rule. After a series of public hearings or "listening sessions" where anyone -- yes, even you -- can propose policy or procedure changes to improve the federal financial aid process, the department develops a tentative agenda of issues for negotiation.
Victims protest Swiss man's honorary Yale degreeWed, 05 Mar 2014 07:32:35 -0500
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy, and some Yale University alumni and faculty, are urging the school to rescind an honorary degree given to a Swiss man later convicted over contamination in Italy.
Yale caught up in dispute over honorary degreeWed, 05 Mar 2014 07:20:06 -0500
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy, and some Yale University alumni and faculty, are urging the school to rescind an honorary degree given to a Swiss man later convicted over contamination in Italy.
Judge keeps alive suit challenging California teacher tenure lawsTue, 04 Mar 2014 21:10:23 -0500
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a closely watched legal challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, which education reform advocates say inflict public schools that serve poor and minority students with a disproportionate share of the worst teachers. "These five statutes are violating the rights of California public school students each and every day," plaintiffs' attorney Theodore Boutrous said in court on Tuesday. "They inevitably put and keep grossly ineffective teachers in the classroom in front of students." The lawsuit, if successful, is seen by some education reform advocates as opening a new front in the battle over how best to improve a U.S. public school system that critics say is failing too many children, especially in low-income and urban districts. The suit was filed on behalf of nine California students in 2012 by the education advocacy group Students Matter and went to a non-jury trial in January before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
The Benefits of Connecting Kids With Autism to Social MediaTue, 04 Mar 2014 19:55:25 -0500
Michele McKeone studied streaming video before YouTube existed and designed a social network before Facebook became a household name. As an undergrad in digital media at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she immersed herself in the world of digital media. “As a support teacher for children with autism, I realized that while there was no curriculum designed to teach digital literacy that matched the unique needs of my students, these skills were becoming increasingly important in our day-to-day interactions and changing the way we work, communicate, and even socialize,” she says. Last summer McKeone launched Autism Expressed, the first and only online learning program teaching digital literacy to students with autism and other developmental disabilities.
NJ teen loses first legal battle to make parents pay for educationTue, 04 Mar 2014 19:16:46 -0500
By Victoria Cavaliere MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (Reuters) - A New Jersey student who says her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 lost a first round on Tuesday in the lawsuit she filed against them for school costs and living expenses, a case that could set a precedent for a family's obligation to support a child who has left home. A family court judge denied a request by Rachel Canning of Lincoln Park, New Jersey, to have her parents temporarily resume paying her tuition and living expenses. Canning, 18, wants her parents to pay the remaining $5,000 in tuition owed to the Morris Catholic High School, where she is a senior, and she wants access to a college fund that was set up for her. In court, the teen said her parents remain obligated to help her with food, transportation, high school tuition and her college education.
Constitution Check: Can Washington control local public schools’ messages about junk food?Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:15:30 -0500
Lyle Denniston looks at an interesting question: Do public schools have a First Amendment right to allow “unhealthy” food ads on school grounds?
SPOILED BRAT: New Jersey teen sues parents because they won’t pay her college tuitionTue, 04 Mar 2014 10:47:35 -0500
A high school senior at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey’s suburban sprawl is suing her parents because, she claims, they threw her out of the house when she turned 18 and have refused to pay for her college education. The plaintiff in the novel lawsuit is Rachel Canning, reports the Daily Record of Parsippany, N.J. Canning filed her lawsuit in New Jersey family court against her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning. Specifically, Canning and her attorney, Tanya N. Helfand, are asking a New Jersey court to force Canning’s parents to pay a $5,306 Morris Catholic High tuition bill that is currently outstanding.
10 Colleges With the Highest Tuition and Fees for Out-of-State StudentsTue, 04 Mar 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. The average published out-of-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose by 3.1 percent between the 2012-2013 school year and the following year, according to a report from the College Board, a nonprofit organization. This price is the highest cost for out-of-state students, according to data reported by 403 ranked institutions to U.S. News in an annual survey. Other schools that charge non-state residents a high price include University of California--Irvine, with tuition and fees totaling $37,566, and University of Vermont, which costs $36,646.
De Blasio to Charters: Drop DeadTue, 04 Mar 2014 05:45:00 -0500
Success Academy shares space with public schools in the same building, and New York’s mayor is willing to fight his own party to kick them out.
South Carolina reality TV series raises eyebrows in polite societyMon, 03 Mar 2014 08:45:22 -0500
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Bravo TV's new reality show "Southern Charm," set in Charleston's historic downtown among the moss-draped oaks and mansions on the South Carolina coast, promises to reveal "the Neverland of the South, where men don't want to grow up." The show is raising eyebrows in the refined city ahead of its premier on Monday night. It features a cast of six wealthy, single, hard-partying local "aristocrats," including Thomas Ravenel, a polo-playing former South Carolina politician and state treasurer. A member of a prominent family that settled in the Lowcountry around Charleston in the late 1600s, Ravenel, 51, is the son of a former congressman and a self-made millionaire with a master's degree in business administration. Some established Charleston families aren't happy about the show or Ravenel's role in it, and are worried the series will embarrass the city.
How Colleges Create CreationistsSun, 02 Mar 2014 01:24:15 -0500
A course questionnaire for one of the evangelical school's required science courses shows how the decked is stacked against the facts.
New Orleans goes all in on charter schools. Is it showing the way?Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:38:14 -0500
In so doing, New Orleans has become a sort of district-less school district, the first of its kind in the nation, in which the vast majority of students attend charter schools – free public schools that operate independently through a contract with the state or local board. Instead, families here choose among charter schools citywide that – in exchange for their autonomy – have to meet certain benchmarks in order to have their charters renewed. And while there are fewer public school students than before the storm – 43,000, down from 65,000 – the demographics are similar: 90 percent African-American (compared with 94 percent pre-Katrina) and 82 percent low-income (up from 77 percent). A surge of extra resources has helped: In 2010-11, for instance, per-pupil spending in New Orleans was about $13,000, compared with just under $11,000 statewide.
Turkey passes law to shut schools run by Erdogan arch-rivalSat, 01 Mar 2014 12:25:33 -0500
Turkey's parliament has passed a bill to close down thousands of private schools, many of which are run by an influential Muslim cleric locked in a bitter feud with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The move will strike a blow to Erdogan's ally-turned-rival Fethullah Gulen, for whom the schools are a major source of income, as he stands accused of seeking to topple the government with a damaging corruption scandal. "Withdraw your kids from their schools," Erdogan told a boisterous crowd of his party's supporters at an election rally in Turkey's southwest city of Denizli on Saturday. There are around 4,000 private schools in Turkey, including an unknown number of preparatory schools run by the movement of now US-based Gulen.
What Employers Really Think About Your Online Bachelor's DegreeFri, 28 Feb 2014 09:00:00 -0500
When Erik Schnackenberg, 28, decided to get his bachelor's degree at Pace University several years ago, he was confident about his decision to take courses entirely online. If anything was going to get in the way of his job prospects, he figured it would be the lack of a master's degree -- not his choice to pursue distance education. "I've interviewed several places and no one has asked me if I'm going on-campus for classes," says Schnackenberg, a train conductor instructor and full-time student. Only a few years ago, in 2009, a literature review by Cleveland State University found that human resource managers, executives and other gatekeepers had negative perceptions of online degrees.
13 students, 2 teachers killed in Thai bus crashThu, 27 Feb 2014 23:52:56 -0500
BANGKOK (AP) — A double-decker tour bus carrying students on a school trip to the beach crashed Friday into a truck in eastern Thailand, killing 15 people and injuring more than 30 others, police said.
Outrage Alert: American Flag T-Shirt Ban UpheldThu, 27 Feb 2014 22:00:00 -0500
If you're wondering why the Drudge Siren™ is flashing, a federal ruled today that three high school students' rights to freedom of speech were not violated when they were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts. The case began on May 5, 2010, when five Live Oak High School students wore T-shirts with the American flag on them to their school in Northern California. Here's why: It was Cinco de Mayo, and school officials feared a repeat of last year's racially-charged clash between a group of students celebrating the holiday with Mexican flags and a group of students who responded to that with an American flag and pro-America chants.Url: