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Education News

The Cost of College: The Trouble With Hillary Clinton’s Free Tuition Plan

Published 07/19/2016 03:37 PM

Differences in how states finance higher education mean such a policy could end up being hugely expensive, grossly unfair or both.

Mike Pence’s Record on Education Is One of Turmoil and Mixed Results

Published 07/20/2016 05:36 AM

Mr. Pence ended the Common Core and expanded vouchers and charter schools during a contentious time for public education in Indiana.

Baylor Sexual Assault Report Produces Punishment, but No Paper Trail

Published 07/16/2016 07:43 PM

Outside lawyers investigated sexual violence at Baylor University. But a full accounting of the inquiry was never written down — at the university’s request.

Finances of City College’s President Are Under Federal Investigation

Published 07/15/2016 09:17 PM

After a report that one of the college’s foundations had paid for some personal expenses for President Lisa S. Coico, a United States attorney is taking a closer look.

College at Odds With Students Over Plan to House Police for Cleveland Convention

Published 07/15/2016 07:57 PM

Case Western Reserve University draws criticism for agreeing to accommodate 1,900 officers and National Guardsmen providing added event security.

After Outcry, University of California Increases In-State Admission Offers

Published 07/14/2016 11:17 PM

The growth will probably help defuse a controversy prompted by accusations that the school pursued nonresidents, who pay higher tuition.

Temple University Board Seeks to Dismiss President Over Shortfall

Published 07/13/2016 07:47 AM

A vote of no confidence was connected with a $22 million deficit in the university’s financial aid budget, the chairman of the board of trustees said.

Yale Drops Case Against Worker Who Smashed Window Depicting Slaves

Published 07/18/2016 08:03 PM

The university will not press charges after a black dining hall employee broke a stained-glass panel in Calhoun College, the name of which has been the subject of intense debate on campus.

Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’

Published 07/12/2016 07:27 PM

Even some Republicans are worried that the use of the term portends less support for public education.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 3 | On ‘How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down’

Published 07/20/2016 08:27 PM

This week we crown Alison Oh, who writes about how a Times Op-Ed made her realize that, until societal problems are personal, most of us take little action against them.

5 Tips to Interact Successfully With Professors, Students in Online Courses

Published 07/22/2016 02:30 PM

In the digital age, it's easy to access information on classmates, but it's important to respect their privacy.

Scholarships for Outdoors Lovers

Published 07/21/2016 03:15 PM

Students interested in sustainable, organic agriculture can earn money to pay for their undergrad and graduate studies.

Study: Many Online Students Use Mobile Devices for Coursework

Published 07/21/2016 02:30 PM

Prospective online learners also value access to a physical campus and prioritize cost when choosing a program, one report finds.

Choose a Supply Chain Management Program to Boost Career Prospects

Published 07/21/2016 02:00 PM

Business school applicants should weigh if they prefer in-person classes, online instruction or both, one expert says.

Top College Majors for Finding Full-Time Work

Published 07/21/2016 01:30 PM

Computer science majors are in demand, but students in business and accounting are sought after, too.

Anatomy of a Law School Recommendation Letter

Published 07/20/2016 04:00 PM

Ask those recommending you for law school to provide concrete examples of your notable accomplishments.

Student Loan Relief, Higher Ed Benefits for the Military

Published 07/20/2016 03:00 PM

Federal programs help military service members pay for college, especially during active duty.

See the Average Debt, Starting Salaries for Business School Graduates

Published 07/20/2016 02:30 PM

Among highly ranked b-schools, the University of Texas—Austin offers the best deal for students.

12 Colleges That Have Produced the Most Astronauts

Published 07/20/2016 01:30 PM

A lot of astronauts' careers blasted off at these schools.

5 Tips for Finding Off-Campus Housing Overseas

Published 07/20/2016 12:00 PM

U.S. students who studied internationally share tips and tricks they used to secure accommodations in Ecuador, Germany and the U.K.

10 Law Schools Where Alumni Have the Least Debt

Published 07/19/2016 03:02 PM

At each of these schools, students who borrow graduate with less than $70,000 in debt, on average.

More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at U.S. Universities

Published 07/19/2016 12:00 PM

Research opportunities in the U.S. are drawing students to the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Consider a 'Bridge' Program as an Online Nursing Student

Published 07/18/2016 02:30 PM

Some programs allow registered nurses to earn a master's degree in nursing without holding a bachelor's in the discipline.

4 Ways Students Can Prepare for a Valuable PreACT Experience

Published 07/18/2016 02:00 PM

Some high schools will begin offering students the new PreACT college-readiness exam this fall.

Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts

Published 07/18/2016 01:30 PM

Most freshmen at private, nonprofit schools are receiving some form of grant-based aid, a study finds.

College Scholarships for Lesser-Known Sports

Published 07/15/2016 03:00 PM

From bowling to even video games, these less-popular sports can earn students money for college.

Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

Published 07/15/2016 02:30 PM

Games can make online education more fun and allow students to apply what they learn to real-life situations.

3 Unconventional Steps to Writing Great MBA Essays

Published 07/15/2016 02:00 PM

Keeping a journal of inspirational moments can kick-start the process of writing your MBA essays.

Boost Social Media Skills With Online Courses

Published 07/14/2016 02:30 PM

Whether students pursue a free versus a paid online course in social media depends on their goals and class format preferences, experts say.

3 Important Things to Know About Networking in Law School

Published 07/14/2016 02:00 PM

Building a relationship with alumni is one way law students can expand a network and their job options, experts say.

Turn to the On-Demand Economy to Pay for College

Published 07/14/2016 01:30 PM

Gigs like driving for Uber or delivering for DoorDash lure college students by offering flexible schedules and easy ways to get started.

Tuition is Low (or Free) at These Global Universities

Published 07/14/2016 01:00 PM

How Arbitration Helps, Hurts Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

Published 07/14/2016 12:30 PM

The Department of Education's draft rules could help ensure arbitration isn't forced on defrauded student loan borrowers.

Ask for Help on Your Medical School Applications

Published 07/13/2016 02:30 PM

Asking premed advisers or even family members for help with medical school applications can up your chances of getting admissions interviews.

Set a Budget for College Tours

Published 07/12/2016 02:30 PM

Wealth advisors recommend earmarking at least $1,000 to visit college campuses.

10 Universities Where the Most Freshmen Commute to Campus

Published 07/12/2016 02:00 PM

At each of these schools, at least 63 percent of first-year students lived off campus.

Develop Business Skills Through Online Certificate Programs

Published 07/12/2016 01:30 PM

Instead of graduate degrees, some students pursue online "mini-MBAs" or specialized certificates for immediate learning and career boosts.

Where the 2016 MLB All-Stars Went To College

Published 07/12/2016 01:00 PM

The boys of summer hit the textbooks at these schools before they hit the diamond.

Law School Q&A: September LSAT Preparation

Published 07/11/2016 04:00 PM

Ahead of taking the law school exam, learn whether to choose an LSAT course or tutor for effective preparation.

Map: Where to Find the Newest Medical Schools

Published 07/11/2016 02:30 PM

Of the 17 newest medical schools with full accreditation, half are near the East Coast.

Turn a Bad Experience into a Winning College Admissions Essay

Published 07/11/2016 02:00 PM

Writing a college essay about lessons learned during a negative experience at an internship or job could help applicants stand out.

Colleges That Offer Loan Assistance to Grads

Published 07/11/2016 01:30 PM

Some private colleges and universities will pay your student loan bills.

Map: See U.S. Colleges Where Students Enjoy Warm Weather

Published 07/08/2016 02:00 PM

Students attending these colleges in Southern California, Hawaii, Texas, Florida and more should pack their flip-flops.

Tips on Compiling a Portfolio for Art Scholarships

Published 07/07/2016 03:00 PM

Students may need to submit digital or physical copies of their artwork to win art scholarships for college.

Avoid Falling for These 10 Online Education Myths

Published 07/07/2016 02:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, online classes aren't always easy and many employers accept online degrees, experts say.

Strategies for Students Too Rich for Financial Aid, Too Poor for College

Published 07/07/2016 01:30 PM

There are many schools that offer merit aid or tuition discounting, experts say.

Understand Student Loan Forbearances, Rehabilitation Payments

Published 07/06/2016 03:00 PM

Not knowing how involuntary and voluntary payments differ could cost student loan borrowers.

4 Lessons About Balancing Online Education, Career Needs

Published 07/06/2016 02:00 PM

Online students should be open with their employers, since both can benefit.

Weigh the Pros, Cons of Taking a Gap Year Before Medical School

Published 07/05/2016 03:30 PM

Students taking a gap year before medical school could save more money – but they might lose good study habits.

10 Universities That Attract the Most International Students

Published 07/05/2016 02:00 PM

At each of these schools, at least 19 percent of the undergraduates are international students.

Estimate Living Expenses to Determine College Affordability

Published 07/05/2016 01:30 PM

Living expenses for attending a four-year college can cost several thousand dollars each year.

Law School Q&A: Criminal Record, Gap Year Considerations

Published 07/04/2016 03:00 PM

Learn how to incorporate a criminal record in your law school application as well as how to determine which opportunities to pursue during a gap year.

3 Students Who Can Benefit from Studying Abroad During High School

Published 07/04/2016 02:00 PM

High school study abroad programs allow students to explore long-term international studies before they commit.

6 Ways Online Students Can Save on Textbooks, Learning Materials

Published 07/01/2016 04:52 PM

Although many online programs require students to use traditional textbooks, students may be able to rent rather than buy.

3 Ways to Offset a Low GPA When Applying to Business School

Published 07/01/2016 02:00 PM

High GMAT, GRE scores are a more recent example of an MBA applicant's academic abilities, compensating for a low GPA.

Tips for Conducting a More Selective Scholarship Search

Published 06/30/2016 03:00 PM

As long as you start your search early, both large- and small-dollar college scholarships can be worth your time and effort.

You Can Major in Social Media?

Published 06/30/2016 01:00 PM

Social media degree programs have some people a little baffled.

Discover Ways to Land a Paid Internship

Published 06/29/2016 03:11 PM

A paid internship during college increases a student's likelihood of finding a full-time job, according to studies.

Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers May Soon Have Discharge Options

Published 06/29/2016 03:00 PM

The Department of Education has released a draft rule to help defrauded borrowers seeking student loan relief.

6 Red Flags Medical School Isn't the Right Choice

Published 06/28/2016 02:30 PM

A lack of interest in volunteering is one reason you may not want to pursue a medical degree.

10 Universities With the Most Students in Sororities

Published 06/28/2016 02:00 PM

The majority of schools with the highest sorority participation are in the South. 

Weigh the Benefits, Drawbacks of English-Taught Degree Programs Overseas

Published 06/28/2016 01:00 PM

These programs attract students from many countries and give them a common medium of instruction.

3 Facts About Earning a Degree in Saudi Arabia

Published 06/28/2016 12:00 PM

Arab international students can find scholarships to fund their education at Saudi universities.

Pros, Cons of Retaking the LSAT in September

Published 06/27/2016 03:00 PM

Here are factors law school applicants who took the June LSAT should consider before retaking the test.

Consider the Revised SAT, ACT for Test Success

Published 06/27/2016 02:00 PM

Students who prepared for these tests' previous versions may want to reassess their test-taking strengths and weaknesses.

What to Expect in a Top Online MBA Program

Published 06/27/2016 01:30 PM

Virtual group work and a combination of self-paced and live classes are common, experts and students say.

Colleges Where Top CEOs Earned Their Degrees

Published 06/27/2016 12:00 PM

At least four CEOs from the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500 list graduated from Cornell University.

10 Colleges That Made Them CEOs

Published 06/27/2016 12:00 PM

Most of the CEOs of the top Fortune 500 companies earned degrees in business or engineering fields.

Heat Up a Scholarship Search Over the Summer

Published 06/23/2016 03:00 PM

A summer job or unpaid internship can strengthen scholarship applications, increasing the odds of winning money for college.

What Employers Think About Your Online IT Degree

Published 06/23/2016 02:30 PM

Acceptance is growing, but some employers are still hesitant about certain aspects of online learning, recruiters say.

2 Situations That Don't Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness

Published 06/22/2016 03:00 PM

Borrowers aren't eligible for student loan forgiveness just because they're struggling to make payments.

10 Colleges Where Grads Owe the Most

Published 06/21/2016 02:00 PM

At these schools, 2014 graduates who borrowed owed more than $43,300, U.S. News data show.

10 Colleges and Universities Near the Beach

Published 06/21/2016 01:00 PM

Students can stick their toes in the ocean at some of these college campuses.

Determine Whether to Declare a STEM Major on College Applications

Published 06/20/2016 02:00 PM

Applying to college undeclared may give you an advantage to later declaring a STEM major.

6 Things to Know About Earning an Undergraduate Degree in Germany

Published 06/20/2016 12:30 PM

International students need to be self-motivated to succeed in a German bachelor's program, experts say.

Get Set Up to Succeed in an Online Degree Program

Published 06/17/2016 03:00 PM

Understanding the number of credits required for completing your online degree gives you a goal and end date to work toward.

Turn Failure Into a Great Business School Admissions Essay

Published 06/17/2016 02:00 PM

Your response to adversity, such as a recent job layoff, could set you apart from other MBA applicants.

5 Ways Scholarship Searches Benefit From Technology

Published 06/16/2016 03:15 PM

Parents, finding free cash for college has changed since you applied.

Smart Ways to Connect With Business Schools on Social Media

Published 06/16/2016 02:00 PM

Videos on Snapchat can help MBA applicants learn what it's like to attend different schools.

Infographic: Prepare for Your College Campus Visit

Published 06/16/2016 01:30 PM

Schedule a tour at least a month in advance and prepare questions to ask, experts say.

Get Set Up for In-State Tuition as a Grad Student

Published 06/15/2016 04:12 PM

Prospective grad students can qualify as residents for in-state tuition more easily than most undergrads.

Increase a Monthly Student Loan Payment to Save on Interest

Published 06/15/2016 03:00 PM

Paying extra each month – even the cost of a cup of coffee – will save you money and help you pay off student loans faster.

10 MBA Programs With the Most Diversity

Published 06/15/2016 02:30 PM

More than 15 percent of students are underrepresented minorities at these MBA programs.

Community Colleges With the Most International Students

Published 06/15/2016 01:00 PM

More than 1,500 foreign students enrolled at each of these schools during the 2014-2015 academic year.

10 Historically Black Schools With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

Published 06/14/2016 02:00 PM

At each of these schools, more than 27 percent of students graduate in four years, U.S. News data show.

Don't Make These 10 Freshman Mistakes in College

Published 06/14/2016 01:30 PM

Advance preparation and time management can help students have a successful freshman year. 

3 Students Find Their Calling at Arab Region Universities

Published 06/14/2016 01:00 PM

By studying abroad in the region, these students forged their future career paths.

Conquer Logical Reasoning on the LSAT With a Sample Question

Published 06/13/2016 03:00 PM

With only about 90 seconds to complete each logical reasoning question, it is important to master analysis for the LSAT.

Maximize Your Community College Experiences for University Admissions

Published 06/13/2016 02:00 PM

One way to strengthen your college transfer application is by building good rapport with your community college professors.

Where the Forbes 10 Most Powerful Women Went to College

Published 06/13/2016 01:30 PM

Before they made it big, here are where Forbes' most powerful women earned their degrees.

Out-of-State Enrollment Rises at State Flagship Universities

Published 06/13/2016 01:30 PM

Growing out-of-state enrollment at state flagships may make it harder for in-state students to get in.

Aviation Scholarships Help College Degrees Take Flight

Published 06/09/2016 03:00 PM

One organization provides scholarships that can pay for college or advanced flight training.

Medical Schools Rally to Make Classes More Diverse

Published 06/09/2016 02:00 PM

New recruitment strategies are helping medical schools boost diversity in the classroom.

Student Loan Origination Fees Changing Soon

Published 06/08/2016 03:00 PM

Beginning Oct. 1, origination fees on federal student loans will be higher and the amount available of certain federal grants will be lower.

10 Ways Incoming Freshmen Can Save for College

Published 06/08/2016 02:00 PM

Summer is an opportune time to save money for college and reduce college-related expenses.

Prepare for the First Day of Medical School

Published 06/07/2016 03:00 PM

Try to acclimate and adjust before medical school classes begin.

10 MBA Programs With the Highest Acceptance Rates

Published 06/07/2016 02:00 PM

These business schools accepted an average of 85 percent of applicants in fall 2015, U.S. News data show.

Cope With Mental Health Issues as a Community College Student

Published 06/07/2016 01:00 PM

Community colleges are a good resource for students who need help balancing their mental health and education.

4 Tips for Using Support Services as an Online Student

Published 06/06/2016 03:35 PM

Think of online student support services as under one roof, but in separate places.

8 Facts About Direct Student Loan Consolidation

Published 06/06/2016 03:15 PM

Consolidating federal student loans can be a savvy way to manage payments, but comes with a couple caveats.

Weave Specific Law School Details Into a Winning Personal Statement

Published 06/06/2016 03:00 PM

Make your personal statement stand out by showing how a law school fits you – not with a laundry list of its programs.

Students Who Benefit From Test-Optional, Test-Flexible Admissions

Published 06/06/2016 02:00 PM

Many colleges and universities recognize that standardized tests are not the only measure of strong applicants.

College Commencement Speakers Offer Advice to 2016 Graduates

Published 06/06/2016 01:30 PM

Students at some of the top 20 National Universities got these last lessons before receiving their diplomas.

Ways Parents and Counselors Can Help Students Earn Scholarships

Published 06/02/2016 03:12 PM

Securing scholarships can be stressful, but parents and counselors can serve as a resource.

5 Ways to Pay for Community College

Published 06/02/2016 03:00 PM

Most community college students qualify for need-based aid, experts say.

6 Questions to Ask About Flexibility in Online Degree Programs

Published 06/02/2016 02:30 PM

For online students, finding a program that fits well into their already-busy daily schedules is key, experts say.

Consider Business Schools That Offer a Summer Start

Published 06/02/2016 02:00 PM

New MBA students can brush up on finance and accounting before classes begin.

Student Loans May Affect Mortgage Eligibility Less

Published 06/01/2016 03:00 PM

New federal guidelines may mean more first-time homebuyers with deferred student debt will qualify for a mortgage.

Be a Strong Applicant for Graduate Nursing Degree Scholarships

Published 06/01/2016 02:30 PM

Many scholarship committees look for students who are humble but passionate about their field.

LSAT Test Day: What to Expect, How to Deal

Published 05/31/2016 03:00 PM

These tips will help you remain calm and focused during the LSAT.

Protecting Students of All Religious Backgrounds from Unlawful Discrimination

Published 07/22/2016 06:30 PM

All students—regardless of race, national origin, religion, disability, or sex—deserve access to a high-quality education, from preschool through college. Throughout the last seven-and-a-half years, the Obama administration and the Department of Education have worked to safeguard the rights and protections of our students by enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws and implementing regulations that prohibit discrimination and providing additional support to educators to prevent such discrimination.

U.S. Department of Education Takes Actions to Address Religious Discrimination

Published 07/22/2016 05:57 PM

As part of ongoing efforts to encourage respect for students of all faiths and beliefs, the U.S. Department of Education today shared a series of actions that confront discrimination and promote inclusive school environments. The steps include a new website on religious discrimination, an updated civil rights complaint form, an expanded survey of America's public schools on religious-based bullying, technical assistance for schools, and recent outreach on confronting religious harassment in education.

Education Department Proposes Rule on State Authorization of Postsecondary Distance Education, Foreign Locations

Published 07/22/2016 12:42 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today proposed regulations that seek to improve oversight and protect more than 5.5 million distance education students at degree-granting institutions, including nearly 3 million exclusively online students by clarifying the state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education.

Why I Can’t Wait to Get Back to the Green Strides Tour

Published 07/20/2016 11:00 PM

In June 2013, when we launched the first “Education Built to Last” Green Strides Tour, little did I know that I would be embarking on the best component of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award program to date.

Administration Honors U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions; Announces 2016 Green Strides Tour

Published 07/20/2016 07:23 PM

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Christine Harada, and Deputy Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Baldwin-Metzger joined U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today to congratulate the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools’ District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Celebrating Five Years of Incentivizing Sustainable School Practices

Published 07/20/2016 07:00 PM

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) began in 2011-2012, by defining “green school” according to three Pillars and recognizing 78 schools. In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and honored 64 schools and 14 districts.  It also began an annual tour spotlighting the practices of honorees and launched a Green Strides resources portal for all to employ.

Education Department to Implement Improved Customer Service and Enhanced Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

Published 07/20/2016 06:29 PM

As part of a continued effort to implement a new vision for student loan servicing that ensures the more than 40 million Americans with student loan debt get high-quality customer service and fair treatment as they repay their loans, the U.S. Department of Education today outlined a series of enhanced protections and customer service standards that will guide the future of federal student loan servicing practices.

“Advocacy is an Obligation, Not a Choice”: NBCDI Parent Power BootCamp

Published 07/17/2016 07:00 PM

As President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) I have the privilege of speaking before many audiences, but I’ve never been more excited to come before a group — and to hear the immediate feedback about the impact of the day — than I was during National Black Child Development Week. Themed “A Week of Action,” the centerpiece of the week was NBCDI’s first Parent Power BootCamp. Held in partnership with the U.S.

Building a Summer Stride, not a Summer Slide

Published 07/14/2016 07:00 PM

7 Times Jaime Escalante Taught His Students About the Importance of ‘Ganas’

Published 07/13/2016 10:51 PM

  This week, the U.S. Postal Service is unveiling a Forever Stamp in recognition of Jaime Escalante’s life’s work. To celebrate this occasion, we are sharing 7 things this passionate teacher taught us about the importance of will, or in his own words, the importance of ‘Ganas.’ 1. That time he taught his students about the importance of being yourself, and owning it:

Secretary King Announces 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Grant Competition

Published 07/12/2016 10:44 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods grant competition, which will award $30 million to up to five organizations to provide their communities with a coordinated, comprehensive suite of services and school supports aimed at improving the outcomes for students and their families.

Murphy, Fudge Introduce Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016

Published 07/12/2016 09:24 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (Ohio-11), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Tuesday introduced the Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016 to promote diversity in schools.

Investing In Positive School Climates at Yes Prep

Published 07/12/2016 04:59 PM

In a June 28 speech at the annual conference for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in Nashville, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King challenged charter school leaders to rethink how and why they address student behavior in our schools. Dr. King charged all charter school leaders gathered last week to honestly consider our own approaches. That includes YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, where I am the CEO.

U.S. Education Department Settles Sexual Assault Case with Minot State University, N.D.

Published 07/07/2016 08:20 PM

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into a resolution agreement with Minot State University, North Dakota, after finding the university in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Report: Increases in Spending on Corrections Far Outpace Education

Published 07/07/2016 02:35 PM

State and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool through grade P-12 education in the last three decades, a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Education found.

Fact Sheet: Education Department Releases Proposed Regulations to Encourage Better and Fairer Tests, Reduce Burden of Testing

Published 07/06/2016 03:39 PM

New Feedback System Launched for Federal Student Aid Customers

Published 07/01/2016 06:38 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today officially launched the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Feedback System, an online portal that allows federal student aid customers to submit complaints, provide positive feedback, and report allegations of suspicious activity regarding their experience with federal student aid programs.

Virginia's Hampton City Schools, U.S. Education Department Settle Case of Retaliation Against Mom Who Advocated for Daughter

Published 07/01/2016 05:14 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into a resolution agreement with the Hampton, Virginia, City Schools after finding the division in violation of the civil rights laws enforced by OCR that prohibit retaliation for opposing discriminatory practices or for participating in OCR's complaint resolution process.

Obama Administration Announces New Regulations to Strengthen Employment and Training Opportunities for Millions of Americans

Published 06/30/2016 06:22 PM

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education today made publicly available the final rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), an historic expansion of opportunity for the nation's job seekers, workers and employers. The regulations deliver on need to modernize the nation's workforce system and represent a more integrated, job-driven approach to support communities and expand job growth.

Immigrant Heritage Month: In Their Own Words

Published 06/30/2016 06:18 PM

Diversity of all types – race, ethnicity, national origin and economic status, family structure and gender identity, sexual orientation and disability status, religion or native language – benefits all students. Diversity is not a nicety but a necessity. In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, these educators share their personal stories in their own words: Celebrating Our Heritage & Student Diversity

Education Department's Special Master Delivers Fourth Report on Debt Relief Process for Student Borrowers

Published 06/29/2016 08:05 PM

As part of the Obama Administration's continued commitment to ensure that defrauded students have a path to debt relief with minimal burden, Special Master Joseph A. Smith has delivered his fourth and final borrower defense progress report to the U.S. Department of Education.

Settlements Reached in Seven States, One Territory to Ensure Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Published 06/29/2016 07:09 PM

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.

Leading the Way

Published 06/29/2016 02:08 AM

In a speech at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. called for charter schools to become leaders in rethinking student discipline so that more students remain in the classroom and have the opportunity to learn. The charter sector, like traditional public schools, is showing improvement in this area, but there is more work to be done to ensure all students are in the classroom learning every day. King urged charter schools to focus on innovating to lead the way for our children. Remarks are as prepared.

Secretary King Calls for Charter Schools to Lead on Rethinking Student Discipline

Published 06/28/2016 09:46 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today called for charter schools to become leaders in rethinking student discipline so that more students remain the classroom and have the opportunity to learn.

Shattering Stereotypes of Women and Girls in Non-Traditional Career Technology Education

Published 06/28/2016 06:00 PM

Although progress has been made to ensure all girls and women have access to a quality education, I am reminded that forty-four years after the passage of Title IX, there are still lengthy strides to be made; fewer than two percent of plumbers, and three percent of electricians are women. In contrast, women and girls are disproportionately enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs for many traditionally lower-paying jobs.

A History Lesson: When Math Was Taboo

Published 07/23/2016 12:00 PM

When Houman Harouni's students asked why they have to study math, he looked to ancient history for answers.

The U.N.'s Rundown Of Some Of The World's Biggest Problems

Published 07/23/2016 11:06 AM

A new report reveals where the world stands in the fight against extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain

Published 07/22/2016 12:00 PM

A test that can flag struggling readers before they're old enough to read and the power of music to help a child hear language. A literacy two-fer from the NPR Ed Team.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY Culture Moves Into Schools

Published 07/21/2016 02:30 PM

Creative and fun "maker spaces" are popping up in more schools. But administrators and teachers face big hurdles if they want them to be a sustainable part of the curriculum.

Prep School Faces Accusations Of Chronic Mishandling Of Sexual Assault Cases

Published 07/20/2016 09:57 PM

Administrators at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire agree they should not have handled a case by requiring a student accused of sexual assault to bake and deliver bread to his alleged victim.

What Did Mike Pence Do For Indiana Schools As Governor? Here's A Look

Published 07/20/2016 12:15 PM

Donald Trump has said: "Got to get rid of Common Core — fast." And a couple of years ago, it seemed Pence would be a trailblazer in doing that at the state level. It didn't totally turn out that way.

A Harsh Critique Of Federally Funded Pre-K

Published 07/19/2016 11:10 AM

A researcher warns against expanding prekindergarten programs where kids spend a quarter of the day waiting in line.

Summer Isn't Always A Vacation For Families Who Can't Afford It

Published 07/17/2016 04:06 PM

If you've got kids, the summertime costs families who have to look for creative ways to afford it — and not just financially. Research shows lower-income kids typically fall behind over the summer.

'Islands' That Separate Education Haves From Have-Nots

Published 07/16/2016 11:02 AM

A new report maps school district lines that divide rich from poor.

That First Paycheck Is An Exciting Moment ... And A Teachable One

Published 07/15/2016 09:35 PM

Your first job can be a critical moment that sets you on a good financial path or a bad one. One group is trying to make sure low-income young adults get off to the right start.

Forgetting Isn't Healing: Lessons From Elie Wiesel

Published 07/14/2016 01:30 PM

Calls for racial healing often focus on putting the painful past behind us. NPR's Sonari Glinton remembers the man who taught him never to forget: Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

For LGBTQ Students, Author Says, Safety Is 'Not Enough'

Published 07/14/2016 11:00 AM

Safety for LGBTQ students is critical, but inclusive policies shouldn't stop there, author Michael Sadowski argues in his new book.

On Kids And Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear And Hype

Published 07/13/2016 02:50 PM

A researcher argues for better sources of advice for parents and educators. And for greater balance between warnings about the dangers and emphasis on the positive role parents can play.

Beyond Integration: How Teachers Can Encourage Cross-Racial Friendships

Published 07/12/2016 11:00 AM

As kids grow older, they also grow less likely to maintain or build relationships with friends of different races. A new study shows teachers can have a surprising effect on changing that.

'I'm A Student-Debt Slave.' How'd We Get Here?

Published 07/11/2016 12:07 PM

This election season, the student debt crisis has finally gotten the attention it deserves. A look at how we got here, who has profited and just a few of the lives affected.

Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree

Published 07/23/2016 09:55 PM

By Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days.

Defiant Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

Published 07/23/2016 07:15 PM

Turkey pushed on Saturday with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup, defiantly telling EU critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one month without charge, and also announced it would shut down over 1,000 private schools it deems subversive. A week after renegade soldiers tried to oust him with guns, tanks and F16s, Erdogan's government has detained over 12,000 people it suspects are state enemies, including almost 300 officers of the guard shielding his Ankara palace.

Illinois governor apologizes for calling teachers illiterate

Published 07/22/2016 07:28 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized Friday for a 2011 email in which he characterized Chicago public school teachers as "virtually illiterate" and principals as "incompetent," but said he was frustrated by the pace of change in the nation's third-largest school system.

Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'

Published 07/22/2016 02:36 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to issue an apology Thursday for contending in an email sent in 2011 that half of Chicago Public Schools teachers "are virtually illiterate" and half of its principals are "incompetent."

Zimbabwe to pay army next week, teachers in August

Published 07/21/2016 03:07 PM

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will pay July salaries for the army on Monday, more than a week late, but teachers will only receive their wages next month, a union official said, as the government grapples with an acute currency shortage. President Robert Mugabe's government is facing its biggest financial squeeze since it dumped its own hyperinflation-hit currency in 2009 and adopted the U.S. dollar. "We have been informed of the new pay dates by the government today," Cecilia Alexander, chairwoman of the Apex Council civil service union, told Reuters.

The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

Published 07/21/2016 03:00 PM

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.

Choose a Supply Chain Management Program to Boost Career Prospects

Published 07/21/2016 02:00 PM

For Tanner Ryan, pursuing a master's degree in supply chain management was a no-brainer. People like Ryan, who have a strong interest and expertise in supply chain management, are a hot commodity in the business community. Among employers who responded to a survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 27 percent are actively seeking graduates from supply chain management master's programs, according to the council's June report.

Turkish President Announces 3-Month State of Emergency After Failed Military Coup

Published 07/21/2016 04:52 AM

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency, less than a week after a failed military coup attempted to remove his government from power. The Board of Higher Education yesterday demanded the resignation of 1,577 deans from every university in the country, according to state-run Turkish media. The Ministry of Education also fired 15,200 teachers because of suspected ties to organizers of the coup, according to The AP.

Feds investigate Memphis school district over migrant bias

Published 07/21/2016 01:04 AM

The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

Why is Turkey cracking down on its educators?

Published 07/20/2016 09:12 PM

Following last week’s military coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is leading a sweeping crackdown on those suspected of involvement in the suppressed insurrection. Arrests, detentions, suspensions, and dismissals have already affected tens of thousands of military and government employees, reaching into the corners of the Turkish bureaucratic structure. The decision comes a day after more than 15,000 Ministry of Education teachers and staff were suspended, and the Higher Education Board called for the resignation of 1,577 university deans.

Iraq PM accepts resignation of another minister: office

Published 07/20/2016 08:52 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has accepted the resignation of another minister, his office said on Wednesday, as he seeks to move forward with long-stalled efforts to replace the cabinet. Abadi agreed "to accept the resignation of Minister of Higher Education Hussein al-Shahristani," his office said in a statement, referring to a long-serving official who has also held positions including deputy prime minister and oil minister.

Turkish state media says authorities to close down 626 private schools and other establishments

Published 07/20/2016 05:53 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish state media says authorities to close down 626 private schools and other establishments.

12 Colleges That Have Produced the Most Astronauts

Published 07/20/2016 01:30 PM

Before Astronaut School, There Was College

5 Tips for Finding Off-Campus Housing Overseas

Published 07/20/2016 12:00 PM

Not all global universities offer dorms or other types of student housing like many U.S. schools do. For this and other reasons, students pursuing long-term international studies or international degree programs may have to fend for themselves when it comes to finding a place to live. Eve Binder, a U.S. student, had to find her own housing in the U.K. prior to starting a master's degree program at the University of Oxford.

Melania Trump's speech was run through a plagiarism checker

Published 07/20/2016 12:07 AM

College students, take note: if you plagiarize, people will notice. Melania Trump spoke during the Republican National Convention on Monday night, leaving some viewers with a sense of déjà vu. SEE ALSO: 11 totally real earlier drafts of Melania Trump's speech Following a tweet from journalist Jarrett Hill, many called out Trump on blatantly plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 speech from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Looking at the speeches side by side, they are shockingly similar. The Washingtonian ran the transcripts of the suspicious paragraphs from Trump's speech through a comparison plagiarism checker, Small SEO Tools. The results, perhaps predictably, showed that nearly half of the speech was taken directly from Obama's speech. "The first half of the excerpt came in at 46 percent non-unique, while the next few sentences registered at 44 percent non-unique," wrote The Washingtonian. Mashable also ran the transcripts through the checker, and came up with similar results. The first excerpt, however, came up as 47 percent non-unique. Image: Small seo tools According to The Washingtonian , citing the plagiarism checker, "the likelihood that a 16-word match is ‘just a coincidence’ is less than 1 in a trillion. Melania Trump’s longest match? 23 words." This particular type of plagiarism is known as "clone plagiarism," in which the copier lifts words and phrases verbatim from another source. College professors agree that this kind of copying is not acceptable. Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies and co-chairwoman of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, told USA Today, "if I were reading a student paper and two paragraphs were lifted almost verbatim, I would turn the student into the dean and then he or she would decide the student's fate in terms of the college." Still, Team Trump is denying all accusations about the speech, citing everything from My Little Pony to directly blaming Hillary Clinton for the backlash. Still, let's hope Team Trump doesn't turn in any college papers. BONUS: Find Doc Brown in a Sea of Bernie Sanders

Licenses of 21,000 Turkish teachers have been revoked: ministry official

Published 07/19/2016 04:25 PM

Turkey's education ministry has revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, an official at the ministry told Reuters on Tuesday, part of an expanding government crackdown following a failed coup attempt. The announcement came shortly after a report that the High Education Board had ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities across Turkey. "The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been canceled.

Embattled Portland, Oregon, superintendent steps down

Published 07/19/2016 03:06 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Embattled in controversy over high lead levels found in water sources at two schools, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said Monday she is stepping down effective immediately.

Salaries for heads of some public colleges now more than $1 million

Published 07/18/2016 09:12 PM

An increasing number of public college presidents earned at least $1 million in 2015, as the cost of student tuition and fees continues to climb. Five presidents were paid packages of more than $1 million in the 2015 fiscal year, with Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston system and president of the University of Houston campus, topping the list, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Khator earned $1.3 million for being chancellor and president.

Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts

Published 07/18/2016 01:30 PM

Despite the annual sticker price shock, many students and their families are receiving tuition discounts at private colleges. Under tuition discounting, a school offsets its published tuition price with grant aid from the institution to entice students to enroll at their college. It's a practice that began more than three decades ago -- and one that is more commonplace at many private schools, college financial aid administrators say.

'Working 80 Hours a Week Leaves Very Little Time to Waste Money'

Published 07/17/2016 09:57 PM

A doctor of disadvantaged patients details her long and arduous path to financial security: I would like to add my financial story to the numerous responses you have received from other readers. I would like to remain anonymous. I grew up in a lower-middle class setting: My father was an engineer, my mother a teacher’s aide, then a teacher. I never had to worry about food on the table, much less a roof over my head, but there was no room for extras. By the time I was in high school, we were settled very comfortably in middle class. Then the recession of the early 2000s hit, the company my father worked for closed down, and I graduated high school and started college, with my parents living on a single income and my elementary school-aged brother still at home. By nature (and perhaps a little by nurture as well), I was always a frugal person, but knowledge that my parents were borrowing almost $40,000 a year to pay my college tuition kept me on the very straight and narrow. I only ate the two meals a day that were included in my room and board. I walked everywhere. The rare trips into the city were done via public transportation. After I graduated from college, I attended medical school, and this time, the student loans were in my name.

The Latest: California adopts school LGBT history lessons

Published 07/14/2016 11:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California's consideration of curriculum guidelines that address LGBT history in public schools (all times local):

Educators Are Fighting College Food Insecurity

Published 07/14/2016 10:34 PM

A starving college student’s diet may spark images of surviving on Cup Noodles, but for nearly half of the 240,000 students at the University of California’s 10 campuses, imagination is reality. A report released Monday on food insecurity concluded that four in 10 students in the statewide system have no consistent access to “high quality and nutritious” foods. Of the nearly 9,000 UC students surveyed, lower-income students were more likely to be food insecure than their higher-income peers, and nearly one in five students experienced “very low food security,” including skipping meals because of limited resources.

How Educators Are Fighting College Food Insecurity

Published 07/14/2016 10:34 PM

A starving college student’s diet may spark images of surviving on Cup Noodles, but for nearly half of the 240,000 students at the University of California’s 10 campuses, imagination is reality. A report released Monday on food insecurity concluded that four in 10 students in the statewide system have no consistent access to “high quality and nutritious” foods. Of the nearly 9,000 UC students surveyed, lower-income students were more likely to be food insecure than their higher-income peers, and nearly one in five students experienced “very low food security,” including skipping meals due to limited resources.

E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent: study

Published 07/14/2016 10:12 PM

E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network, found that under most plausible scenarios e-cigarettes and other vapor products have a generally positive public health impact. Earlier this year a University of California study of high school students found that those who used e-cigarettes were more than twice as likely to also smoke traditional cigarettes.

New U.S. bill to tax financial trading brings campaign issue to the fore

Published 07/14/2016 07:19 PM

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio on Wednesday unveiled legislation to tax financial trades that will likely wither in Congress but could stoke partisan fires in the presidential election. The Oregon Democrat's bill would levy a 0.03 percent tax on most financial trades, and is intended to discourage "risky trading behaviors." DeFazio expects that will collect more than $417 billion in revenue in the next decade, which he said could be used to fund free higher education or infrastructure repairs. When the Democratic Party gathers in Philadelphia for its national convention at the end of the month, it will adopt a platform that calls for taxing trades.

Triangle Rising Stars sends teens to Broadway

Published 07/14/2016 05:05 PM

In June two Triangle high school students got the chance of a lifetime. They spent a week in New York City working with Broadway professionals. Ainsley Seiger from Apex High School and Jacob Bush from Green Hope High School were the winners of this year's Triangle Rising Stars.

How Arbitration Helps, Hurts Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

Published 07/14/2016 12:30 PM

A few weeks ago, the Student Loan Ranger summarized the Department of Education's recently proposed draft rules that would make it easier for defrauded student loan borrowers to have a portion or all of their federal student loans discharged. Within that same draft rule, the Department of Education also proposed some additional changes that are intended to help protect students and the federal taxpayer by increasing transparency, installing some financial protections and ensuring that consumers have multiple avenues for potential relief if something should go wrong. Arbitration is a process where claimants have agreed to have a third party rule on their dispute.

Chicago Public Schools prepare budget with eye on bond market return

Published 07/13/2016 10:06 PM

Chicago's cash-strapped public schools will be able to raise cash in the capital markets after the nation's third-largest public school system unveils a balanced budget in August, the district's top official said on Wednesday. Forrest Claypool, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public School (CPS) was short on details to achieving a balanced budget but said the full spending plan would be out next month. CPS, which must erase a lingering $300 million deficit for the fiscal year that began July 1, also faces the possibility that a $215 million boost in Illinois funding for teacher pensions may not happen.

Schools Are Broke, but Prison Budgets Are Up 89 Percent

Published 07/13/2016 11:07 AM

A new U.S. Department of Education report says state and local government spending on jails and prisons increased three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education during the last three decades.

What teachers would like parents to know

Published 07/12/2016 02:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Keeping the lines of communication open between parents and teachers can be a challenge, especially in this era of crowded classrooms and time-crunched families. So many questions and issues go unspoken or unanswered.

Sanders to join Clinton on campaign trail in show of party unity

Published 07/12/2016 01:40 PM

Democrat Bernie Sanders will team up with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the first time on Tuesday, joining her in New Hampshire, where he is expected to endorse her White House campaign in a belated show of party unity. Five weeks after Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the U.S. senator from Vermont is scheduled to join her at a rally designed to put their bitter primary campaign behind them and emphasize a shared commitment to beating Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, in the Nov. 8 election. The appearance in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, concludes weeks of negotiations between the two camps and comes after Clinton last week adopted elements of Sanders’ plans for free in-state college tuition and expanded affordable healthcare coverage.

Colleges That Offer Loan Assistance to Grads

Published 07/11/2016 01:30 PM

A growing group of private colleges is providing student loan repayments, helping students gain some financial security after they graduate. "LRAP is just a buffer to help us get on our feet," says Holly Lutton, 24, of Huntington, Indiana, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in youth ministry from Huntington University with $19,000 in student debt. Loan repayment assistance programs, or LRAPs, give college graduates who meet a certain criteria, such as income, funds to help make the monthly payments on their student loans.

More states sue Obama administration over transgender directive

Published 07/08/2016 09:54 PM

Ten states including Nebraska, Michigan and Ohio sued the Obama administration on Friday, saying the federal government does not have the power to tell states that transgender people must be allowed to use public bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, takes issue with a May 13 letter sent by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education to states warning them that they could lose federal funding if they required transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. The lawsuit says the Obama administration's move was an attempt to rewrite federal civil rights laws that do not apply to transgender people.

Should Pre-K Teachers Be Earning Poverty Wages?

Published 07/08/2016 06:38 PM

“Brains are literally shaped by the process of thinking,” said Megan Gunnar, a child development professor at the University of Minnesota, in a press call announcing the study. If the U.S. hopes to compete in a highly educated global workforce, “we need a highly trained, highly educated workforce,” and that starts in preschool and child care, Gunnar said. Given that, “I do not know how I can convince people to get trained, take out loans, get a bachelor’s degree, and then go out and make minimum wage” and struggle to earn a living.

Correction: University-Freshman Profiling story

Published 07/08/2016 04:56 PM

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — In a story July 8 about Mount St. Mary's University, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Richard Pokrass is a spokesman for Mount St. Mary's University. Pokrass is a spokesman for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, not the university.

U.S. spending on prisons grew at three times rate of school spending: report

Published 07/08/2016 12:05 AM

U.S. state and local spending on prisons and jails grew at three times the rate of spending on schools over the last 33 years as the number of Americans behind bars ballooned under a spate of harsh sentencing laws, a government report released Thursday said. U.S. Secretary of Education John King said the report's stark numbers should make state and local governments reevaluate their spending priorities and channel more money toward education. Between 1979 and 2012, state and local government expenditures grew by 107 percent to $534 billion from $258 billion for elementary and secondary education, while corrections spending rose by 324 percent to $71 billion from $17 billion, the U.S. Department of Education report found.

Mexican teachers, opposed to education reform, warn of more protests

Published 07/07/2016 08:18 PM

By Natalie Schachar MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Teacher union leaders in Mexico have called on the government to repeal an education reform they say penalizes teaching staff in rural areas, and say they could step up protests that have caused havoc in the south and culminated in angry clashes with police. Tensions have risen in recent weeks as teachers opposed to President Enrique Pena Nieto's reform, which requires teachers to sit evaluation tests every three years, have closed off a slew of highways throughout the country. The National Security Commission has denied that police used firearms against the protesters.

Avoid Falling for These 10 Online Education Myths

Published 07/07/2016 02:00 PM

Some people are skeptical about online education, but experts say prospective online students shouldn't trust everything they hear. Find out what to believe when it comes to online education on topics ranging from perceptions among employers to transferring credits to and from programs. Online learning requires professors to communicate differently than they would in a traditional classroom, but that doesn't mean the overall quality of instruction is lower, Ramin Sedehi, then director of the higher education consulting division at the Berkeley Research Group, told U.S. News in 2015.

Chilean President Bachelet's approval rating hits record low

Published 07/06/2016 10:25 PM

By Anthony Esposito and Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's approval rating fell to an all-time low in June amid widening student unrest, the resignation of her cabinet chief and a sluggish economy, a survey by pollster GfK Adimark showed on Wednesday. "In the short term, that will mean that conflict and a lack of confidence in the political system will make it very difficult to bring about the current reforms in a reasonable fashion." Bachelet is attempting to ease a total abortion ban, reform the nation's dictatorship-era constitution, and make higher education more affordable. In June, Interior Minister Jorge Burgos, who also led the cabinet, resigned after policy disputes, while a student protest that ended with violent confrontations with police and the sacking of a Catholic church also sapped the president's popularity, Adimark said.

Clinton’s new debt-free education proposal could draw Millennials

Published 07/06/2016 09:02 PM

Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign took a page from that of Bernie Sanders with her revised education plan, which promises free public higher education for most families. Mrs. Clinton had previously been opposed to Senator Sanders's proposal for free tuition. Released Wednesday, Clinton's revised plan promises free tuition at in-state, four-year, public colleges and universities to families with annual incomes under $125,000.

Deal fairly with students, universities told

Published 07/23/2016 12:07 PM

Universities must "deal fairly with students", says the competition watchdog.

The 100 things to do before leaving primary school

Published 07/22/2016 08:51 AM

The 100 things children think they should do before they leave primary school are revealed by the Times Educational Supplement.

Sprinting quickens the mind, researchers find

Published 07/22/2016 11:55 AM

A study says bursts of intense exercise during the school day improves pupils' focus and concentration in class.

Perry Beeches Academy Trust: Critical EFA report delayed

Published 07/22/2016 12:55 AM

A flagship academy trust had "special" treatment when a watchdog delayed a critical report, the BBC learns.

University tuition fees rise to £9,250 for current students

Published 07/21/2016 04:49 PM

University tuition fees in England will rise to £9,250 and the increase applies to students who have already started courses.

New schools funding scheme to be delayed by a year

Published 07/21/2016 03:31 PM

Implementation of a national funding formula for schools will be delayed by a year, Education Secretary Justine Greening says.

Early university ambitions pay off, survey suggests

Published 07/21/2016 01:10 AM

A survey suggests the younger children decide on going to university the more likely they are to attend a selective one.

Universities announce fees above £9,000 limit

Published 07/20/2016 07:09 PM

Universities in England are already announcing tuition fees of £9,250, before Parliament has even finished debating plans to allow them to raise fees.

NSPCC issues warning over leaving children home alone

Published 07/20/2016 12:00 AM

The NSPCC is urging parents to think carefully before leaving children home alone over the summer holidays.

Working parents face summer childcare struggle

Published 07/20/2016 01:08 AM

Working parents face a struggle to find holiday childcare as councils across Britain report a lack of places.

Academy trust hands over running of primary schools

Published 07/20/2016 01:06 PM

An academy chain that operates nine primary schools in Sussex and Kent is handing over the responsibility of running them.

Labour warns of rising tuition fees

Published 07/19/2016 06:36 PM

University tuition fees in England would face "significant rises" under plans being put forward by the government, says Labour.

Turkey coup: Purge widens to education sector

Published 07/19/2016 07:46 PM

A purge of top officials following a failed coup in Turkey broadens even further with the suspension of 15,200 education staff.

Employers warn of widening skills shortage

Published 07/19/2016 11:22 AM

A CBI survey suggests rising numbers of employers are struggling to recruit skilled staff and says it could get harder after the UK withdraws from the EU.

Young suffer as pensioners continue to prosper, says IFS

Published 07/19/2016 09:03 AM

Young people have suffered a drop in income since the financial crisis, but pensioners have enjoyed a significant rise, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Academies warn Brexit 'damaging science'

Published 07/19/2016 10:12 AM

An open letter to the government from UK academies representing science, medicine and engineering warns that Brexit is already harming science.

Social media harms moral development, parents say

Published 07/18/2016 12:11 PM

A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development, a survey suggests.

Boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls' in early years

Published 07/18/2016 12:08 AM

A report says boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school.

Justine Greening 'open minded' about new grammar schools in England

Published 07/17/2016 03:17 PM

Education Secretary Justine Greening says she is "open minded" about allowing new grammar schools to open in England.

Brighton and Hove half-term change to help family holidays

Published 07/15/2016 01:42 PM

Schools in Brighton and Hove are set to have a new two-week break to allow parents to buy cheaper holidays.

Pre-school boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls'

Published 07/18/2016 01:05 PM

Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says.

Benefits of Asian-style maths teaching

Published 07/12/2016 09:34 PM

The government is to provide funding to encourage a high-performing method of teaching maths in English primary schools.

Over 40s 'have more babies' than under 20s

Published 07/13/2016 03:44 PM

Women in their forties are having more babies than women two decades younger for the first time in nearly 70 years, official figures for England and Wales show.

Beijing 'alley homes' used to secure school places

Published 06/23/2016 03:24 PM

Competition for Beijing's schools means some parents buy uninhabitable nearby spaces to register as residences.

South Africa exports online courses back to the West

Published 07/20/2016 01:24 PM

A lower cost base and partnerships with western universities is helping South Africa to develop online courses for students around the world.

Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees

Published 07/19/2016 11:08 AM

An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria's civil war free places on its degree courses.

'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years'

Published 07/06/2016 03:21 PM

Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says the founder of a leading US online university network.

The new Sats

Published 07/05/2016 11:38 AM

As results of national primary school tests in England are published, we ask what is new and different about this year's Sats.

Sweatshop risk

Published 06/30/2016 02:55 AM

Tim Whewell visits the special schools springing up in Turkey to help the refugee children of Syria's "lost generation".

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