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South Africa's 'Boere Buffett' faces classroom revolt in Advtech bid

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:49:54 -0400

School children attend class at Waterstone College in the south of JohannesburgBy TJ Strydom JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A takeover battle to create a $1.5 billion private education giant in South Africa is pitting shareholders against parents and exposing tensions over race, language and ethnicity two decades after the end of apartheid. Although education stirs emotions in any country, it is particularly true in South Africa, where access to schooling and the language of tuition were used for decades as tools of oppression by the white-minority government that ended in 1994. The firm, 52 percent-owned by investment company PSG Group, has seen its share price rise seven-fold since its 2011 float as it has tapped into growing demand for affordable private schools.

Best Value Colleges 2015

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:47:00 -0400
These schools give you quality for a lower price.

One of America's Top Universities Is Ditching the SAT to Boost Student Enrollment

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:46:30 -0400

One of America's Top Universities Is Ditching the SAT to Boost Student EnrollmentIndeed, the change at the Washington, D.C.,-based school indicates a growing understanding within higher education circles that scores on standardized tests don’t necessarily reflect a student’s academic abilities and intellectual capacity.

With hiring of Jen Welter, NFL's Arizona Cardinals make history

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:49:00 -0400
Jen Welter charged her way into the ultimate boys club when she was announced Monday as the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the National Football League. The 14-year veteran of women's professional football leagues around the country – who also holds a master’s degree in sports psychology – was hired as an intern on the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff and tasked with guiding linebackers during the team’s training camp and preseason. For years, women have worked in front office or administrative roles within the NFL, and the percentage of women in those positions has been increasing annually.

Obama administration to allow prisoners access to college grants

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:16:09 -0400
U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants. The program builds on efforts from the White House to provide pathways out of prison by reducing sentences and giving second chances to those who have served time.

Gaza teachers head to Qatar as part of new employment drive

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:59:44 -0400
About 100 Palestinian teachers have departed the impoverished Gaza Strip for potential teaching positions in Qatar. Two buses with banners praising Qatar and its emir dropped off the teachers Tuesday afternoon ...

Debunking 3 Charter School Myths

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:00 -0400
In cities across the country, charter schools make up a significant portion of the school system. To date, much of the prominent research on charter schools has been devoted to trying to determine if charter schools outperform traditional public schools. Charter schools exist in a political context, so backers have had to prove that their schools can do as well or better than traditional public schools on the measures states use to hold schools accountable.

Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black and Latino Kids Aren't Applying to Top Colleges

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:30:01 -0400

Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black and Latino Kids Aren't Applying to Top CollegesAccording to the study, which was produced by the National Bureau of Economic Research, black and Latino students are more likely than white students to apply to colleges that are closer to their home, that enroll large numbers of minority students, and that have a track record of success with students from their high school. “We consistently find that Hispanic students are least likely of all ethnic groups to apply to college overall and to elite flagship universities in particular,” wrote the study’s authors. The gap persists, according to the report, “even when Hispanic students attend high schools where a majority of students move on to college.” The problem also exists in states like Texas—the subject of the study—in which the top 10 percent of all graduating seniors get automatic admission to the state’s best universities.

NYC grade school principal who committed suicide had forged tests

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:16:01 -0400
A successful New York elementary school principal who took her own life had forged standardized English exam scores for her third grade students, the city's Department of Education said on Monday. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, who was the founding principal of the Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a subway train on April 17, the same day the impropriety was reported. Breeden died in a hospital about a week later.

Philanthropists, Lawmakers Behind New Push for College Education in Prison

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:11:00 -0400
Philanthropy groups and lawmakers are giving college education for prisoners a fresh look, as criminal-justice policies around the country place greater emphasis on preparing inmates for life beyond bars. Public funds for college education largely dried up in the 1990s, when Congress rendered prisoners ineligible for federal grants.

Teachers in Chile vote to end 7-week strike

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:45:59 -0400
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of teachers in Chile are ending one of their longest strikes in decades, which protested a bill in Congress that would tie pay to performance.

Leaving EU would harm status of British universities - lobby group

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:07:55 -0400

Graduates queue to have their photograph taken after a graduation ceremony at Oxford University in EnglandBritain must remain a member of the European Union if its higher education sector is to maintain its status, quality and research capabilities, a university lobby group said on Monday. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU and then, by the end of 2017, hold a referendum on whether the country should stay in the bloc. A decision to leave the EU, known as "Brexit", would harm international academic collaboration, university chiefs and MPs from both Cameron's Conservatives and the Labour Party said at the launch of a university-led campaign to keep Britain in the bloc.

Teachers Save Lives in Another Mass Shooting

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:01:46 -0400

Teachers Save Lives in Another Mass Shooting“Her friend literally jumped over her,” Jindal said from the scene. “When you think about it—two friends together—one jumps in the way of a bullet to save her friend’s life,” Jindal told reporters. “The other, even though she was shot in the leg, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm and in the process saved other people’s lives.” In the aftermath of tragedies like Sandy Hook, learning to respond to such scenarios is now a regular part of staff training.

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:15:00 -0400

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With DisabilitiesA quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services like public education. In public schools today, children with disabilities are far more likely than their classmates to be disciplined, removed from the classroom, suspended, and even expelled. A report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project released earlier this year found that just over 5 percent of elementary-school children with disabilities were suspended during the 2011-12 school year, more than double the overall suspension rate.

The ancient Commodore PC that haunts a Michigan public school system

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:00:03 -0400

The ancient Commodore PC that haunts a Michigan public school systemA 1987 Commodore Amiga runs the heat and AC system for 20 public schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Somehow, it still works, but the system desperately needs replacing.

Toxic coworkers linked to worse mental health for college students

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:19:35 -0400
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Working college students were more likely to have mental health problems if they had toxic relationships with co-workers than if they were on friendly terms with colleagues in a small new U.S. study. “If you think about a typical 24-hour day for a college student, aside from sleeping, students are going to school and studying and also working part-time, four hours a day on average,” lead study author Allison Vaughn, a psychology researcher at San Diego State University, said by email. “It makes sense that the people a college student works with would also have the potential to be health-relevant,” she added.

Iran arrests protesting teachers: activists

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:08:49 -0400

Iranian anti-riot police roamed the streets of Tehran as more than 2,000 teachers demanded the release of political activistsMore than 200 teachers were arrested on Wednesday during a protest outside the parliament in Tehran demanding the release of their colleagues from jail, an activist group in exile said. In Tehran, interior ministry spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri told Iranian media that the gathering had been dispersed and a number of people had been detained. The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said authorities launched a crackdown after more than 2,000 teachers from across Iran gathered outside parliament carrying placards and chanting "Free those arrested".

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Student Loan Costs

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:55:00 -0400
America's higher education system is currently embroiled in a period of extreme flux, with budgetary concerns and an online education revolution fueling widespread change and uncertainty throughout the country. Perhaps the biggest issue facing students, institutions and government officials alike is what to do about the overbearing debt emanating from student loans. Total student debt now surpasses an astounding $1.2 trillion -- roughly equal to the GDP of Mexico -- and nearly 7 in 10 graduates from the class of 2013 left campus owing money.

South Africa's Curro relaunches $485 mln takeover bid for Advtech

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:26:07 -0400

A student leaves Waterstone College, a private school managed by Curro in the south of JohannesburgSouth Africa's biggest private schools operator Curro Holdings Ltd on Thursday relaunched its $485 million bid for rival Advtech Ltd. Advtech's board rejected Curro's offer on Tuesday, saying it was not in the company's interests. Curro, however, has backing of Advtech's two biggest shareholders, who between them hold about 35 percent stake. The offer was resubmitted on similar terms to those in the bid spurned by Advtech's board, Curro said in a statement.

Former employees of Florida high school accused of sex with students

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:52:48 -0400
Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, said on Wednesday they are investigating allegations that three male employees of a local high school were having sex separately with three different female students. Jacksonville police are investigating a former dean of students, a former math teacher and a former part-time football coach at Westside High School over the allegations, according to reports by Duval County Public Schools.

What’s Really Behind the Drive to Unionize Charter School Teachers?

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:49 -0400

What’s Really Behind the Drive to Unionize Charter School Teachers?Established as the next frontier in low-bureaucracy education reform, publicly funded charter schools had been off-limits for teachers’ unions, which some politicians and ed-reform activists see as part of the problem with traditional schools. Labor activists from New Jersey to California have begun organizing teachers’ unions in charter schools and systems, pledging to help teachers do what’s best for their students and themselves. “More and more teachers who work in charters want to find a vehicle to exercise their voice” to demand what they need to do their jobs well, said Jim Testerman, director of organizing for the National Education Association.

University of California to raise worker minimum wage to $15

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:04:26 -0400
The University of California said on Wednesday it will raise the minimum wage for its workforce to $15 an hour by 2017, mirroring similar actions in several of the state's biggest cities and becoming the first public system of higher education to do so. UC President Janet Napolitano announced the move, which would apply to all employees on the payroll of the 10-campus system who work at least 20 hours a week, amid a national campaign to elevate the base income for low-wage workers. "How we support our workers and their families impacts Californians who might never set foot on one of our campuses," Napolitano said in a statement.

What About the Math Olympians?

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:30:00 -0400

What About the Math Olympians?For the first time in more than two decades, a team of American high-school students won the International Mathematical Olympiad, a feat that drew comparisons to the U.S. Hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” in 1980. When the individual math scores of the six American teens were combined for the team total, the United States took gold with a score of 185. If you’re wondering how challenging the questions are for the competitors, representing 100 countries and all seven continents, consider this: Over the course of two days each student works on a total of just three math problems.

Top Advtech shareholders back Curro's $485 mln bid

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:18:12 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two top shareholders in South Africa's Advtech said on Wednesday they will accept Curro Holdings' $485 million takeover offer, which could be resubmitted after the target's board rejected it this week. Coronation Asset Management and the Kagiso Asset Management hold a combined more than 35 percent of Advtech, South Africa's second-biggest private schools operator.

Under Kremlin pressure, 'undesirable' U.S. charity pulls out of Russia

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:37:38 -0400
By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A U.S.-based non-governmental organization has become the latest casualty in what campaigners say is a global tightening of restrictions on charitable activity by authoritarian governments, by deciding to close its operations in Russia. The MacArthur Foundation, which has operated in Moscow for more than 20 years - financing higher education, human rights and anti-nuclear proliferation campaigns - said new laws had made it "impossible to continue," by placing the charity on a list of "undesirable" organizations - a criticism it said was baseless. More than 60 countries in the last three years have sought to curb the ability of non-profit groups to receive or use overseas funds, using a variety of justifications, the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed in an article earlier this month.

U.S. charter school default rate up, but sector sound: report

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:57:00 -0400
U.S. charter schools are defaulting on bonds at a rate of 3.3 percent, a level higher than that recorded three years ago but still not one which should concern investors, according to the co-publisher of a report made available on Tuesday. Charter schools, held in a number of municipal bond funds, are public schools that operate independently and are an alternative to schools run by local school districts. Of the $10.4 billion issued by charter schools, $346.9 million, or 3.3 percent, has defaulted, according to the report by community financing organization the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Charter School Advisors.

Jamaica to shutter 18 small public schools by September

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:04 -0400
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica will close 18 small public schools across the island by September.

Lufthansa defends treatment of Germanwings crash bereaved

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:24:46 -0400

Flowers at a memorial commemorating victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash, in the village of Le Vernet on April 4, 2015Lufthansa Tuesday defended its treatment of families of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, saying its compensation offer had gone "well beyond" what was required by law. Relatives of German citizens among the 150 killed in the March 24 disaster, which has been blamed on a suicidal co-pilot, have turned down the parent company's compensation offer and accused it of ignoring their suffering. The parents of 16 high school students killed wrote an open letter to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr to voice "disappointment" at Lufthansa's conduct "since a pilot from your company killed our children".

3 Transfer Pitfalls for International Community College Students to Avoid

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:30:00 -0400
Beginning undergraduate work at a community college is a gateway towards a bachelor's degree that many international -- and U.S. -- students pursue for many great reasons. Miami Dade offered the flexibility I needed for a smooth and enjoyable transition from the world of ballet to the world of politics. However, there are some quirks about community college that may grow into pitfalls at the end of your community college years, particularly if you are an international student attempting to transfer.

The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:00:59 -0400
On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

Weigh the Pros, Cons of Visiting Colleges in the Summer

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:30:00 -0400
Between his two daughters, Paul Stauffer and his family have visited more than 15 colleges and universities -- some multiple times -- over the last five years. Summer tours are an attractive option for busy families like Stauffer's, but there are disadvantages to visiting schools when they're not in session. Consider the following pros and cons of summer tours before you schedule your next visit.

Meet the 19-year-old who earned $100,000 on Etsy and paid for college

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:43:30 -0400
LeiLei Secor is funding her own college education through an Etsy shop

Signs point to colleges returning to basketball video games (update)

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:30:02 -0400

Signs point to colleges returning to basketball video games (update)2K Sports has current licensing with 11 top college basketball universities, according to records found by Operation Sports, and a leaked set of achievements hints they will make some kind of appearance in NBA 2K16. The Collegiate Licensing Company is a clearinghouse that handles licensing for all sorts of products for most of the universities in the NCAA.

How Marriage Affects Your Student Loan Repayment

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:30:00 -0400
Sorry romantics, but marriage may require a heart-to-heart about those pesky student loan payments. That conversation was necessary for Mary Siders, who married in June, and is repaying student loan debt from a special education master's degree at Arizona's Grand Canyon University. She currently repays her loans on an income-based plan, which ties her monthly bills to her salary.

3 Ideas for High School Math Teachers to Explore This Summer

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0400
The U.S. team won the youth math competition for the first time in more than 20 years, The Washington Post reported last week. But many teens never reach the highest level of math in high school. The usual advanced math course sequence for American students is algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus and ultimately, calculus.

Young women more likely to be 'very light' smokers, say researchers

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:55:32 -0400
While overall smoking levels in the United States are down, “very light” smoking has increased, especially among young women, a new study found. Very light smokers – those who report smoking five or fewer cigarettes a day – made up about a fifth of the study’s sample of more than 9,700 women aged 18 to 25 and were most likely to be between the ages of 18 and 20, to have some college education, and to be from a minority group. The study reported that very light smokers were more aware of the risks of nicotine and less likely to report dependence than heavy smokers, and recommended the group as a target for prevention efforts.

University of Tennessee joins schools under sexual assault investigation

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:49:58 -0400
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is under federal investigation for its handling of sexual violence, The Tennesseean reported. The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights launched its investigation on June 29 following an individual’s complaint about the university’s response to a sexual assault claim. At least six athletes on the university’s football team have been accused of sexual assault, according to the Nashville based paper.

Mass murderer Breivik to study for degree behind bars

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:19:23 -0400

Self confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik (C) as he places a clenched fist on his heart while leaving the court room 250 after being sentenced to 21 years in prison in 2012Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree. Breivik killed 77 people in a rampage in Norway in July 2011, claiming he was fighting against multiculturalism and a "Muslim invasion". Norwegian convicts have the right to higher education if they meet the admission requirements and the course Breivik applied for could in theory lead to a bachelor's degree that would focus heavily on democracy and human rights.

Young North Korean defectors find lifeline in friendly school in South

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:00:01 -0400
As North Korean defectors and their families struggle to assimilate in the South, going to school is both a struggle and an opportunity. Sam Kim, like most high school students in South Korea, is focused on his studies with an eye on his future. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders?

Who killed Heald College?

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:17:30 -0400
Heald College, owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., abruptly closed this spring after a staggering $30 million fine levied by the Department of Education. Yahoo Finance explores the downfall of a 150-year-old institution.