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A Few Miles From San Bernardino, a Muslim Prom Queen Reigns

Published 04/29/2016 08:17 PM

Zarifeh Shalabi received the ultimate symbol of teenage acceptance when her non-Muslim friends campaigned for her by wearing hijabs in solidarity.

White House Letter: Malia Obama Rebels, Sort of, by Choosing Harvard

Published 05/02/2016 01:25 AM

The president’s older daughter apparently disregarded her parents’ counsel that she need not choose a school with a big name and reputation.

At Small Colleges, Harsh Lessons About Cash Flow

Published 04/29/2016 02:10 PM

In the last few years, small liberal arts colleges struggling under financial siege have been forced to re-examine their missions and justify their existence.

Yale Defies Calls to Rename Calhoun College

Published 04/28/2016 04:39 AM

The residential college, which is named for the white supremacist John C. Calhoun, will keep its name, and the university will open two new residential colleges next year.

At Brigham Young, a Cost in Reporting a Rape

Published 04/26/2016 12:44 PM

The university is caught in a debate over the disparate treatment of sexual assault survivors as it tries to uphold a moral code at the heart of its Mormon identity.

University in Turmoil Over Scalia Tribute and Koch Role

Published 04/29/2016 01:33 AM

The planned renaming of a law school after Justice Antonin Scalia is creating worries among faculty and students that the public university is becoming an ideological outpost.

Test Scores Show a Decline in Math Among High School Seniors

Published 04/27/2016 05:06 AM

Average performance dropped in math from 2013 to 2015 but held steady in reading, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed.

Newtown Conspiracy Theorist Sues University That Fired Him

Published 04/26/2016 11:21 PM

A lawsuit by the professor, James Tracy, argues that Florida Atlantic University violated his right to free speech.

The Learning Network: Taking a Stand: Winners From the Third Annual Student Editorial Contest

Published 05/04/2016 10:11 PM

We chose our favorite student editorials from over 6,300 entries.

The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | April 19-May 2

Published 05/03/2016 12:24 PM

Have you been following the news? Here, a quiz that covers two weeks of events. How many can you get right?

The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | May 2, 2016

Published 05/03/2016 12:25 PM

On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by commenting on what you see and why. A live discussion is offered that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern.

The Learning Network: Teenagers in The Times | April 2016

Published 04/29/2016 01:23 PM

Teenagers in The Times presents all the articles related to young people that have appeared in the past month.

4 States That Offer Generous Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Published 05/04/2016 03:00 PM

Health care professionals in California may be eligible for up to $50,000 a year in loan forgiveness.

'Payback Playbook' Among New Web Tools for Student Loan Borrowers

Published 05/04/2016 02:00 PM

The White House announced new websites to help student loan borrowers select a payment plan.

Map: MBA Programs Popular With Women

Published 05/04/2016 01:30 PM

California is home to five of the schools with the highest percentage of women, according to U.S. News data.

3 Reasons to Consider Osteopathic Medical Schools

Published 05/03/2016 03:39 PM

Graduates of both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools are physicians.

Weigh Attending a U.S. Public or Private University

Published 05/03/2016 03:00 PM

Tuition costs are generally lower at public universities than they are at private schools.

10 Surprising Degrees You Can Earn Online

Published 05/03/2016 02:30 PM

Degrees in athletic training and fine arts may not initially seem suited for online education, but such programs exist.

10 Colleges With the Highest Tuition for In-State Students

Published 05/03/2016 02:00 PM

At these schools, in-state students paid more than $14,500 for the 2015-2016 school year, U.S. News data show.

Drop in LSAT Scores for Law Students Could Affect Applicants

Published 05/03/2016 01:30 PM

A decrease in law school applications may mean a less competitive admissions pool for prospective students.

Use College Goals to Choose High School Senior Year Courses

Published 05/02/2016 02:00 PM

Students may have room for experimentation during their final year of high school.

Declare Yourself Independent for College Financial Aid

Published 05/02/2016 01:30 PM

Most students aged 24 and under are considered dependent for federal student aid purposes, experts say.

3 Red Flags for Parents About Teens’ College Readiness

Published 05/02/2016 01:00 PM

Parents should be concerned if their teen isn't reading enough – a crucial skill for college success, one teacher says.

3 Advantages to Online Bachelor's Degree Programs Outside Classes

Published 04/29/2016 03:00 PM

Enrolling in an undergraduate online program could allow for travel and flexibility in managing deadlines.

3 Reasons for Rejection From a Dream MBA Program

Published 04/29/2016 02:00 PM

Schools aim to build diverse MBA classes, making some candidates a better fit than others.

Plan Ahead for Emergencies Abroad as an International Student

Published 04/29/2016 01:00 PM

Experts recommend researching a host country's laws before studying overseas.

Arab Region MBA Grads Can Bank on Diverse Opportunities

Published 04/29/2016 12:00 PM

Demographics in the Middle East and North Africa are driving demand for MBAs in health care and education.

Find, Keep Money for College as a Transfer Student

Published 04/28/2016 03:00 PM

Research requirements carefully to make sure you're not putting current scholarships in jeopardy.

Obtaining Athletic Scholarships at NCAA Division I Universities

Published 04/28/2016 02:30 PM

Colleges and universities in Divisions I and II provide $2.7 billion in scholarships a year to athletes, the NCAA says.

New Partnership Helps Minority College Students Study Abroad

Published 04/28/2016 02:00 PM

Students will receive scholarships to travel overseas the summer before their sophomore year.

4 Things Borrowers Don't Always Know About Parent PLUS Loans

Published 04/27/2016 03:00 PM

Another option may be to co-sign a private loan for your child – but that carries similar financial risks.

Discharge of Student Debt Possible During Bankruptcy

Published 04/27/2016 01:30 PM

Student loan borrowers have the right to discharge student debt under extreme hardship, lawyers say.

10 Best Global Universities in Australia and New Zealand

Published 04/27/2016 01:00 PM

From Auckland to Melbourne, these schools produce top-notch research and have strong reputations.

Leverage Graduation Gift Money for College Savings

Published 04/27/2016 01:00 PM

Graduation money could go to college expenses like transportation or into a 529 plan.

10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School

Published 04/26/2016 03:00 PM

Prospective medical school students will gain valuable experience that will help them while applying and in the classroom.

What Employers Think of Your Online Master's in Engineering

Published 04/26/2016 02:30 PM

Most engineering employers accept online master's degrees, but make sure the program is accredited, experts say.

10 MBA Programs Where Graduates Leave With the Most Debt

Published 04/26/2016 02:00 PM

The average owed by indebted graduates of eight schools was more than $100,000, according to U.S. News data.

3 Ways a Thesis Strengthens a Law School Essay

Published 04/25/2016 03:00 PM

A thesis helps applicants avoid making their personal statement sound like a cover letter.

New Student Loan Repayment Process May Help End Confusion

Published 04/25/2016 02:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Education plans to create a single Web portal for student loan repayments.

Manage Time Wisely on the ACT Writing Test

Published 04/25/2016 02:00 PM

Here's a guideline for students preparing for the optional, 40-minute ACT writing test.

High School Teachers Tap 'House Hunters,' Tiny Houses for Ideas

Published 04/25/2016 01:00 PM

Students get to use geometry in a real-life setting when building a tiny house in one Texas classroom. 

5 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing an Online Associate Degree

Published 04/22/2016 02:30 PM

Ensure that course credits will easily transfer to and from the online program, experts say.

Harvest College Cash Late in Scholarship Season

Published 04/22/2016 02:00 PM

Check with your school to make sure outside scholarships won't reduce your financial aid.

Map: See the Top 100 High Schools in the Nation

Published 04/21/2016 02:59 PM

More than half of the 50 states have schools among the top 100.

3 Business Skills to Build as a Law Student

Published 04/21/2016 02:00 PM

At some law schools, students can learn the fundamentals of business in a semester or two. 

New Help Available for Disabled Student Loan Borrowers

Published 04/20/2016 03:00 PM

The Department of Education is reaching out to disabled borrowers about their eligibility for a student loan discharge.

Weigh Pros, Cons of Using a Private Parent Loan to Pay for College

Published 04/20/2016 02:00 PM

With rising costs of tuition, more parents are turning to private loans, experts say.

2016 Best High Schools for STEM

Published 04/20/2016 01:00 PM

Students at these 10 public high schools excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

10 Things to Consider When Picking Your Child's High School

Published 04/19/2016 03:00 PM

Take these factors into account to determine the right fit for a soon-to-be high school student.

3 Individuals to Turn to for High School Mentorship

Published 04/19/2016 02:30 PM

Connect with community members and adults in charge of activities to find a mentor while in high school.

Lay the Foundation for Medical School Success in High School

Published 04/19/2016 02:30 PM

High schoolers can start shadowing physicians or volunteer in a health care setting.

Save $90K in High School for College

Published 04/19/2016 02:00 PM

High school students are saving more money for college than in previous years, a recent study finds. 

Best High Schools Breakdown: Who Gets Gold, Silver and Bronze

Published 04/19/2016 02:00 PM

The top public high schools across the U.S. serve a diverse group of students.

21 Liberal Arts Colleges With the Lowest Student-Faculty Ratios

Published 04/19/2016 01:45 PM

Marlboro College in Vermont topped the list with a student-faculty ratio of 5-to-1 in fall 2014.

3 Ways Parents Can Support Teens Ahead of AP, IB Exams

Published 04/19/2016 01:30 PM

Many students take Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams in May.

Weigh On-, Off-Campus Housing at a U.S. College

Published 04/19/2016 12:30 PM

Connecting with other students can make finding housing easier for international students.

Arab Region Education Degrees Spell Multiple Career Routes

Published 04/19/2016 12:00 PM

Teaching isn't the only option for graduates of Arab region education degree programs.

Why Schools Moved Up or Down in the Best High Schools Rankings

Published 04/19/2016 05:01 AM

For the 2016 rankings, U.S. News made changes to the methodology used to evaluate public high schools.

Weigh Taking the June LSAT, Master Logic Games

Published 04/18/2016 03:00 PM

Answering the questions for the easiest logic games first maximizes time.

10 Mistakes That Can Keep You Out of Medical School

Published 04/18/2016 02:30 PM

Applying too soon or failing to prepare for an interview can lead to medical school rejection.

5 Strategies for Appealing a College Financial Aid Package

Published 04/18/2016 01:30 PM

Families can appeal a financial aid offer by asking the financial aid or admissions office, experts say.

Find a Mentor as an Online Bachelor's Student

Published 04/15/2016 03:00 PM

A few schools assign new online students mentors, but many must find a mentor on their own.

Tips for International Students Admitted to U.S. Colleges

Published 04/14/2016 03:30 PM

A summer public speaking course could give international students more confidence before arriving on campus.

Figure Out if You Qualify for a Legacy College Scholarship

Published 04/14/2016 03:00 PM

A parent or guardian may have to be active in an alumni organization for you to qualify for a legacy scholarship.

3 Ways International Students Can Strengthen U.S. MBA Applications

Published 04/14/2016 02:00 PM

Applicants should connect with current students from a similar background, experts say.

5 Careers with Student Loan Forgiveness

Published 04/13/2016 03:30 PM

A career path in the nonprofit or public sector may lead to federal loan forgiveness.

3 Changes That Will Help Student Loan Borrowers

Published 04/13/2016 03:00 PM

The government is making it easier to file for federal financial aid.

5 College Savings Mistakes New Parents Make

Published 04/13/2016 01:30 PM

You don't need a financial advisor to open a 529 plan.

'Stackable' Credential Options Rise in Online Education

Published 04/12/2016 03:00 PM

In some programs, learners can earn several smaller credentials for an immediate career boost and build their way up to a degree.

Are You Too Old for Medical School?

Published 04/12/2016 02:30 PM

Paying off student loans before retirement is one challenge of second-career medical school students.

10 Graduate Engineering Programs With the Most Women

Published 04/12/2016 02:00 PM

At one school, 60.7 percent of graduate engineering students were women in fall 2015.

Evaluate Risks, Benefits of Multiple Law School Seat Deposits

Published 04/11/2016 03:00 PM

Some deposits may demand admitted students forfeit other law school offers.

3 Last-Minute AP Prep Tips to Ace the Exam

Published 04/11/2016 02:00 PM

Study your weak spots, not all the course material, in the last few weeks before the exams.

Do's, Don'ts for Parents to Help Teens Build Math Interest and Success

Published 04/11/2016 01:00 PM

Educators suggest parents don't talk about math negatively with teens.

Future Lawyers, Doctors, MBAs Can Reap Cash for Grad School

Published 04/08/2016 03:45 PM

Scholarships for future professionals can help cut the costs of graduate school.

4 Ways Online Education Programs Teach Real-World Skills

Published 04/08/2016 03:00 PM

Pursuing an online education can teach you about virtual communication skills and the importance of self-discipline.

4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

Published 04/08/2016 02:30 PM

While MOOCs are offered for free, credentials and multicourse​ series might be available for those who choose to spend the money.

4 Key Career Benefits From MBA Programs

Published 04/08/2016 02:00 PM

Students gain several transferable skills through MBA programs.

Calculate the Return on Investment for an MBA

Published 04/07/2016 02:30 PM

Salary-to-debt ratio is one tool to evaluate the return on an MBA, financial experts say. 

Rise in Firm Hiring Offers More Opportunities for Law Students

Published 04/07/2016 02:00 PM

Slightly more than 95 percent of 2015 summer associates received a job offer, one report states.

3 Financial Questions to Answer When Making the Final College Choice

Published 04/06/2016 03:23 PM

Determine if you can pay for college with federal loans alone.

4 Surprising Places to Use 529 Plan College Savings

Published 04/06/2016 01:30 PM

Culinary school can be paid for with college savings.

5 Key Characteristics of Successful Medical School Applicants

Published 04/05/2016 02:30 PM

Start building your communication skills and practice being present while still an undergrad.

14 MBA Programs That Lead to Jobs

Published 04/05/2016 02:00 PM

At least 95.7 percent of job-seeking graduates were employed three months after finishing these programs in 2015.

Graduate Degree Jobs That Can Pay $100K – or More

Published 04/05/2016 01:29 PM

Earning an advanced degree can lead to a bigger paycheck.

2016 Best High Schools Rankings Coming April 19

Published 04/05/2016 01:00 PM

U.S. News will reveal which public high schools earned gold, silver and bronze medals in two weeks.

Follow These Strategies for Tackling Rare LSAT Logic Games

Published 04/04/2016 03:00 PM

Logic games not seen since the 1990s have shown up on recent exams.

Graduate Enrollment Rises at Historically Black Business Schools

Published 04/04/2016 02:30 PM

For some schools, international students have contributed to boosts in enrollment.

3 Reasons Parents, Students Should Attend Admitted Students Days

Published 04/04/2016 02:00 PM

Attending an event for admitted students can help you make a final college choice – even if you’ve already visited campus.

Compare LSAT Scores With Bar Exam Performance for Law Schools

Published 04/04/2016 01:00 PM

Applicants' performance on the LSAT is often an indicator of how well they'll do on the bar exam.

4 Important Facts for Parents, Students About the PreACT

Published 04/04/2016 01:00 PM

Students will soon have a new way to prepare for the popular ACT college admissions exam.

Explore the Do's, Don't's of Interacting With Online Course Instructors

Published 04/01/2016 03:00 PM

Online learners should ask professors the right questions and be polite in emails.

Graduate Engineering Programs Beef Up Efforts for Women, Minorities

Published 04/01/2016 03:00 PM

Schools are looking for ways to boost recruitment and retention of underrepresented students and faculty.

Study Big Data Through Online Learning

Published 04/01/2016 02:00 PM

Prospective online learners have many free and paid options in the increasingly popular and relevant field.

Take Advantage of Junior Year to Find, Win Scholarships

Published 03/31/2016 03:00 PM

Starting the scholarship search early can allow students to find more options and stay on top of year-round deadlines.

Determine the Risks, Rewards of a Master's in Fine Arts

Published 03/31/2016 02:30 PM

Artists should think carefully about going into debt for an advanced degree, experts say.

10 Law Schools With the Most Full-Time Applications

Published 03/31/2016 02:00 PM

The average number of applications at these schools for fall 2015 was more than 5,500.

Connect With a Religious Community as an International Student

Published 03/31/2016 12:00 PM

Students studying overseas can meet people who share their faith background on and off campus.

How U.S. News Accounts for Test-Optional Colleges in Our Rankings

Published 03/30/2016 09:49 PM

A school's standing in the Best Colleges rankings can be affected if its entering students don't all submit test scores.

Update to University of Wisconsin—Madison's Engineering Ranking

Published 03/30/2016 07:45 PM

The school's graduate engineering program has been moved to the 'Unranked' category.

Graduate School Alumni Describe How They Chose Their Path

Published 03/30/2016 03:30 PM

Here's how five professionals decided where to earn their degrees.

Income Sensitive Repayment: the Forgotten Student Loan Plan

Published 03/30/2016 03:00 PM

This student loan repayment program is open to borrowers with federal family education loans.

Law Schools Innovate With Hands-On Learning

Published 03/30/2016 02:30 PM

These five pioneers are among the law schools overhauling programs to build in extensive hands-on practice.

5 Things to Know About Using an IRA to Pay for Tuition

Published 03/30/2016 02:00 PM

A Roth individual retirement account is an alternative way to help pay for higher education expenses. 

Train Future Scientists, Engineers With a Master's in Education

Published 03/30/2016 01:30 PM

A graduate degree in education can also lead to administration or a career as a special education teacher.

10 Ways to Nab a Scholarship to Pay for College

Published 03/29/2016 03:30 PM

With rising college costs, here are some places where students and parents can look for scholarships. ​

10 Most Affordable Private Medical Schools

Published 03/29/2016 02:00 PM

Each of these schools charged less than $50,000 for the 2015-2016 school year, U.S. News data show.

Pursue an Education Career But Stay Out of the Classroom

Published 03/29/2016 01:30 PM

From counseling to health instruction and game design, there are many entries to the education field.

4 Mistakes International Freshmen Make at U.S. Colleges

Published 03/29/2016 01:00 PM

Make sure to speak up about your needs as an international student, whether they're academic or social.

Arab Region Students Creatively Use Arts Degrees

Published 03/29/2016 12:00 PM

One Iraqi national is using his architecture degree to develop ports in his home country.​

Do's, Don'ts for Building a Law School Application List

Published 03/28/2016 03:00 PM

Use an undergraduate GPA and LSAT score to identify reach, target and safety schools.

Find the Right Career Fit as a Future Lawyer

Published 03/28/2016 02:30 PM

If the long hours of the partnership track don't appeal, working as corporate counsel or in other roles is possible.

Enlisting Educators’ Wisdom to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act

Published 05/04/2016 06:00 PM

U.S. Department of Education Releases Report on Office for Civil Rights to Ensure Educational Equity for All Students

Published 05/04/2016 03:22 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released its fiscal year 2015 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide.

160 Students From Across the Country Named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Published 05/04/2016 03:04 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education John King today announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Reach Voluntary Settlement with Arizona Department of Education to Meet the Needs of English Language Learner Students

Published 05/03/2016 11:02 PM

The U.S. Departments of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division entered into a voluntary settlement agreement late yesterday with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The agreement requires ADE to raise its English proficiency criteria to properly identify English language learner (ELL) students in grades three through 12 and to properly determine when those students no longer need language services.

Everything You Need to Know About Financial Aid Resources for Teachers

Published 05/03/2016 06:00 PM

U.S. Department of Education Collaborates with ASCD and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to Provide Grants that Support Teacher Leadership Projects

Published 05/03/2016 04:28 PM

The U.S. Department of Education is collaborating with ASCD and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to provide direct support to teachers to strengthen professional development and improve student outcomes.

Our Most Popular Resources for Educators

Published 05/02/2016 06:00 PM

Graduating to a Life Filled With Purpose

Published 05/01/2016 02:05 AM

Secretary of Education John King celebrated the achievements of the class of 2016 at the commencement ceremony of Florida A & M University on April 30, 2016. He encouraged the graduates to live a life of purpose, saying that the fight for civil rights continues today. He told them that the nation needs their wisdom and knowledge and commitment to solve its problems and advance its ideals.

5 Must DOs Before Repaying Your Student Loans

Published 04/29/2016 11:34 PM

Departments of Education and Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Announce New Joint Efforts to Protect and Support Student Loan Borrowers

Published 04/28/2016 01:29 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced further action—in coordination with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—to better support the more than 40 million Americans with federal student loans.

8 Student Loan Tips for the Class of 2016

Published 04/28/2016 03:30 AM

Coming OUT for Safe Schools

Published 04/28/2016 12:00 AM

Cross-posted from the Stopbullying Blog.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

Published 04/27/2016 04:36 PM

“Over the past seven years, schools have undergone some of the most significant changes in decades – work that is being led by educators who are retooling their classroom practices to adapt to new and higher standards. We know the results of those changes will not be seen overnight, so we need to be patient - but not passive - in continuing to pursue the goal of preparing all students for success after high school. Indeed, the data show us some opportunities where we can make a difference.

Teachers Advocate for Removal of Barriers and Fear for Undocumented Students

Published 04/27/2016 12:00 AM

U.S. Department of Education Marks the Success of Investing in Innovation (i3), and Launches Seventh and Final i3 Competition

Published 04/26/2016 08:15 PM

This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched the seventh and final Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition. Educators working with school districts, nonprofits and partner organizations can apply for grant awards up to $3 million by May 24, 2016. Later this year, the Department will announce the i3 Validation and Scale-up competitions for applicants with more rigorous evidence supporting their proposed projects.

So You Want to be an Intern at ED

Published 04/25/2016 07:00 PM

Education Department Announces New Tools to Support Successful Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Youth and Adults

Published 04/25/2016 03:37 PM

The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, announced today $5.7 million in new grants aimed at improving outcomes for students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The Department also released a new toolkit providing guidance to educators and others to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults.

Thinking about the Meaning of ‘Green’ as We Recognize Schools, Districts, and Colleges this Earth Day

Published 04/22/2016 11:00 PM

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) began in 2011-2012, recognizing 78 green schools. In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and honored 64 schools and 14 districts. The 2013-2014 cycle had 48 school honorees and 9 district honorees. 2014-2015 brought 58 schools, 14 districts, and nine first-ever Postsecondary Sustainability Award recipients.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

Published 04/22/2016 02:53 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss today to announce the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on the Department's YouTube channel.

Nature-Based Curriculum a Hit with Students and Staff Alike

Published 04/21/2016 04:54 AM

White House Science Fair Presents Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity For First-Generation Students

Published 04/21/2016 04:18 AM

Oklahoma City Public Schools, U.S. Education Department Reach Settlement to Address Disproportionate Discipline of Black Students

Published 04/20/2016 05:08 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today reached a settlement agreement with the Oklahoma City Public Schools to address disproportionate discipline of black students. An investigation revealed black students were significantly overrepresented in disciplinary actions.

AfAmWomenLead Initiative Offers Diverse Cultural Experiences for Women and Girls of Color Nationwide

Published 04/18/2016 08:00 PM

The African American Women Lead (AfAmWomenLead) Initiative was established by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans as a unique opportunity to harness the collective impact of the nation’s largest women civic organizations. AfAmWomenLead partners have committed to meet a monumental goal — one million hours of service with Black women and girls across the nation in 2016.

Obama Administration Takes Action to Ensure Fewer and Better Tests for Students

Published 04/15/2016 05:26 PM

Building on President Obama’s Testing Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Education today released a series of case studies with examples of work states and districts are doing to ensure fewer, better and fairer tests for students. The examples are part of the Department’s continued efforts to lift up promising practices and provide information to states and districts about thoughtful ways to reduce and improve testing.

King Calls for Return to Well-Rounded Education

Published 04/14/2016 08:47 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today called for a renewed focus on well-rounded education for all students, as states work to implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

How Much Does It Cost To Educate A Student In Michigan? (Or, In The U.S.?)

Published 05/04/2016 10:56 PM

Who knows how much it takes to educate a child, and how do you find out? The state of Michigan is trying to answer those questions right now.

'Campus Carry' Gun Bill Is Vetoed In Georgia, With A Lengthy Explanation

Published 05/04/2016 02:29 PM

Explaining his veto, Gov. Nathan Deal cites Antonin Scalia — as well as a college rules meeting attended by Thomas Jefferson back in 1824.

5 Pieces Of Wisdom For Kindergarten Teachers

Published 05/04/2016 12:01 PM

Teaching 5-year-olds how to read and count, while molding them into kind, confident students isn't easy. In kindergarten, every day is a surprise, says Marissa McGee, one of our 50 Great Teachers.

Pushing The Brake On Education Funding In Colorado

Published 05/04/2016 12:14 AM

How is it that the nation's 14th richest state ranks 42nd in how much it spends per student in schools? It all comes down to Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

Educators In Flint Step Up Efforts To Reach Youngest Victims Of Tainted Water

Published 05/03/2016 10:46 PM

Thousands of Michigan kids who have been exposed to high levels of lead are at risk of major behavioral and cognitive problems. But early education intervention can help mitigate these effects.

These High School Girls Have Something To Cheer About

Published 05/03/2016 05:19 PM

Many girls in Maasai culture drop out at 12 and end up caring for cattle or cooking at home. Many are subjected to female genital mutilation. The new Sekenani Girls School is a game changer.

How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

Published 05/03/2016 12:43 PM

Taking a year off before college can be a great idea or a disaster. Follow these tips.

Malia Obama's 'Gap Year' Highlights Growing Trend In U.S.

Published 05/02/2016 09:26 PM

President Obama's daughter, Malia, is taking a year off before starting college in the fall. The so-called "gap year" before college has long been a staple — even a right of passage — in many other countries. NPR reports on the growing trend to defer freshman year to pursue other interests.

Teachers Shut Down Nearly All Detroit Public Schools In Sick-Out Protest

Published 05/02/2016 09:26 PM

Nearly all of Detroit's 97 public schools were closed Monday because too many teachers called in sick. Teachers there have known for months that Detroit Public Schools will run out of money after June, unless lawmakers approve hundreds of millions of additional dollars. But anger boiled over when they found out they might be working for free right now.

Detroit Teachers' 'Sickout' Closes More Than 90 Schools

Published 05/02/2016 08:53 PM

The public school district says it won't be able to pay employees past June under the current funding plan — even for work already done. A longer-term spending bill is stuck in the state Legislature.

How College Students Are Sleeping ... Or Not

Published 05/02/2016 11:00 AM

A new study breaks down 1.4 million nights of sleep on college campuses. The results are surprising.

Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

Published 05/02/2016 10:00 AM

Recently the Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers: Fix our broken school funding system, or public schools could shut down on June 30. Some lawmakers say Kansas already spends too much on education.

Malia Obama Will Attend Harvard, White House Says

Published 05/01/2016 06:02 PM

She's going to take a gap year and begin at Harvard during fall 2017, according to a statement from the first lady's office.

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

Published 05/01/2016 12:00 PM

There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.

Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money

Published 04/30/2016 10:08 PM

In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.

Michigan House votes to pay Detroit school debt without Dems

Published 05/05/2016 10:13 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After 15 hours of mostly private meetings, the Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for the ailing Detroit Public Schools.

Detroit teachers ending 2-day sick-out, fighting legislation

Published 05/05/2016 04:39 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit schools reopened Wednesday after teachers who had called out sick for two days received assurances from the financially struggling district that they would continue to be paid.

Chicago teachers sidestep strike date, tout $502 million funding plan

Published 05/05/2016 04:26 AM

The Chicago Teachers Union withheld the threat on Wednesday of imminent strike action, instead floating a $502 million revenue package as part of a “self-help” plan to stabilize finances in the United State's third largest school system. The revenue plan, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office and school administrators criticized, emerged as the union made clear its members would not walk off their jobs on May 16th over stalled contract negotiations. “We have identified half a billion dollars that can triage the bleeding at CPS,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said in a statement.

Chicago Teachers Union decides against taking strike vote

Published 05/05/2016 02:21 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now.

Families sue Illinois school district over transgender bathroom case

Published 05/04/2016 11:27 PM

Dozens of families on Wednesday sued two federal agencies and a suburban Chicago school district over a policy they said disregards student privacy and safety by allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Fifty-one families in the Palatine, Illinois, area sued the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Justice Department and Township High School District 211 for agreeing last December to provide a changing area in the girls' locker room for transgender students.

Set the date! Google I/O runs from May 18-20 in Mountain View, California

Published 05/04/2016 10:24 PM

The official Google I/O app has been updated to reflect the upcoming developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California from May 18 to May 20. The annual event is a place for Google to unleash all of its software and service announcements, but it also allows developers to get in touch with the creator of the biggest search engine and mobile operating system. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the dates on Twitter in January, and the Web page went live in March. Now with the app updated for the 2016 conference, it makes it easier for attendees to schedule and plan what sessions they want to attend on the go. The schedule has been available on the Google I/O website for a few weeks. The app has an interactive map you can use to help you get around, if you’re lucky enough to be attending. You can also get reminders before events start, and will further be able to live stream the keynote and certain sessions. With just weeks away, the app update will do nothing but fuel the hype for what’s to come at the developer conference. You can download the app from the Google Play Store. Registration ended on March 10, but not just anyone can go to these conferences, as general admission tickets are $900. You could have purchased an academic ticket for $300 if qualified as an “active full-time student, professor, faculty or staff at a high school or higher education institution.” The venue is a change in scenery for Google, which has used the Moscone Center for all of its I/O events since it started the annual conference. The Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue with the capacity for 22,500 attendees, so let’s hope it doesn’t rain. I/O'16 coming to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, May 18-20. More details soon. #io16 — sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) January 12, 2016 The outdoor venue does raise some questions, such as the possibility of a Project Wing or Project Loon demo. The company’s self-driving car division might also be on site to answer questions and give people a driverless tour of the venue, possibly revealing the self-driving taxi that was rumored a few months ago. Related:  Google’s Project Zero chastised Trend Micro over security vulnerability “Shoreline Amphitheatre” by Coolcaesar Coolcaesar/Wikipedia Commons The past year has been exciting for Google, as the company went through a major restructuring. Sundar Pichai went from head of services to head of the entire company, with co-founder and head honcho Larry Page moving to chief executive of Alphabet, the parent holding company. We aren’t sure if Google I/O will be all about Google or all about Alphabet. Google only covers Android, Gmail, Search, and a few other key services now, with most of the Google X operations turned into separate divisions inside the Alphabet umbrella. In the past two years, I/O has become more about software and developers, and less about new hardware and moonshots. Only time will tell what this year holds. Updates: Updated on 05-04-2016 by Julian Chokkattu:  Added news that the Google I/O app has been updated for 2016. Updated on 03-08-2016 by Malarie Gokey:  Added news that registration is open.  Updated on 03/01/2016 by Julian Chokkattu:  Added in more details on registration dates for Google’s event. 

Chicago mayor vows fiscal fix before muni audience

Published 05/04/2016 06:29 PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to reassure municipal credit analysts on Wednesday that the city and its public school district are not falling into a financial abyss. "I will not rest until we fix the fiscal position of both the city and (Chicago Public Schools)," the mayor told the National Federation of Municipal Analysts annual conference. The battle between Illinois' Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, and Democrats who control the legislature has left the state without a fiscal 2016 budget and has stymied Chicago's efforts to seek pension relief.

Eyewitness News anchors, reporters remember their favorite teachers

Published 05/04/2016 03:11 PM

To honor Teacher Appreciation Week, our Eyewitness News anchors, reporters remember their favorite teachers

'Payback Playbook' Among New Web Tools for Student Loan Borrowers

Published 05/04/2016 02:00 PM

The move is a part of the Department of Education's initiative to enroll an additional 2 million student loan borrowers into a repayment plan such Pay As You Earn and other income-based repayment plans. Around 70 percent of student borrowers who are in default would qualify for one of the available income-based repayment plans, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. For federal Stafford, PLUS and consolidation loans, collection costs can run as high as 24 percent unless the borrower consolidates out of default and rehabilitates the loans.

Detroit teachers return to classrooms after 2 days out

Published 05/04/2016 01:08 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit school classes resumed Wednesday after teachers received assurances that they will be fully paid for the school year. Two consecutive days of mass teacher sick-outs closed the schools and gave nearly 45,000 schoolchildren unscheduled days off.

Detroit teachers to return to classroom after 2-day sick-out

Published 05/04/2016 03:47 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Teachers who closed Detroit schools for two days by calling out sick announced Tuesday that they would return to the classroom after receiving assurance from the district's manager that they would be paid.

Detroit teachers expected back in class after pay assurances: union

Published 05/04/2016 01:08 AM

Hundreds of teachers in Michigan's largest public school system called in sick beginning on Monday after hearing news the cash-strapped school system would run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The Detroit public school system, or DPS, with nearly 46,000 students, has been under state control since 2009 because of a financial emergency. It will run out of money to pay employees after the fiscal year ends on June 30, the school system's state-appointed transition manager, former federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, has said.

Why Los Angeles Might Be Ground Zero for a New Generation of Youth Activists

Published 05/04/2016 12:57 AM

“Stand up if you live two blocks from a liquor store or fast-food restaurant.”That was the instruction given by a 20-something facilitator to a room of about 25 black and Latino high school students from underserved neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. They were just some of the nearly 200 teens of color who attended “Rise Up for Humanity—Justice for the Forgotten,” a conference hosted last Friday by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. ...

Officers attacked breaking up student fight in Northeast Philadelphia

Published 05/04/2016 12:41 AM

Philadelphia police have released cell phone video of officers being attacked while trying to break up a fight between Northeast High School students.

The Latest: Detroit teachers say they will return to work

Published 05/03/2016 11:34 PM

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the sick-out by teachers that's closed dozens of Detroit schools on Tuesday (all times local):

Cal State teachers OK tentative pact with 10.5 percent hikes

Published 05/03/2016 08:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing nearly 30,000 teachers in the nation's largest public university system said Tuesday that its rank-and-file members have overwhelmingly approved a new, three-year contract that grants raises totaling 10.5 percent over the next 14 months.

Chicago schools to allow transgender students to choose facilities

Published 05/03/2016 08:33 PM

Chicago's public school system said on Tuesday it would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. The move by the third-largest U.S. public school system comes during a national debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom as some states have passed or proposed legislation that supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights say is discriminatory. "Chicago Public Schools, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it’s crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools," Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in an emailed statement.

Chicago: Students can access bathrooms by gender identity

Published 05/03/2016 08:30 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools will allow transgender students and employees to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities, according to guidelines released Tuesday by the nation's third-largest school district.

On Teachers' Day, White House announces STEM training milestone

Published 05/03/2016 06:46 PM

As Americans mark Teachers' Day on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that 30,000 "excellent" new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers have been trained, but their peers in the field worry that without major systemic changes, this crop may soon wither. Five years ago, the president launched the 100Kin10 network of corporations, schools, and nonprofits, which set the ambitious goal of training 100,000 new STEM educators by 2021.

Gigi Hadid's Met Gala manicure cost a whopping $2000

Published 05/03/2016 05:47 PM

The 1% really know how to polish a nail. Model Gigi Hadid has a lot of money. At the May 2 Met Gala, she proved her wealth by sporting a manicure that cost — are you sitting down? — $2000. SEE ALSO: Vanessa Hudgens got a $190 manicure for Coachella, as one does Hadid rocked a Tommy Hilfiger gown that likely cost more than your college tuition. To complement the armored dress, she sported chrome nails with clusters of crystals hiding underneath each tip. The manicure was by celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul, in conjunction with Kiss Products. Unfortunately, these awesome robot nails were barely noticed or appreciated on the red carpet.  Seriously. Hadid herself didn't even Instagram them. [h/t Refinery29]

Trump, Biden to attend University of Pennsylvania graduation

Published 05/03/2016 04:50 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be attending the same University of Pennsylvania graduation ceremony, but not for political reasons.

Why Detroit educators spend Teacher's Day pleading for pay

Published 05/03/2016 03:18 PM

Most of Detroit’s public schools remain closed on Tuesday, as teacher sick-out protests over missing pay enter their second day. Ninety four of Detroit’s public schools closed on Monday due to the protests, causing more than 40,000 students to miss class. Detroit’s teachers, who are legally not allowed to strike, stayed home sick in order to protest the announcement that they will not receive pay for work already completed.

Weigh Attending a U.S. Public or Private University

Published 05/03/2016 03:00 PM

Generally, a public school is predominantly funded by state governments, whereas private schools are funded through private contributions, donations and tuition. Regardless of whether a school is public or private, international students should look at things they value in an institution, like academics, athletics or the social scene. There are a few differences between the two types that students might want to be aware of.

10 U.S Presidents who also worked as teachers

Published 05/03/2016 02:35 PM

On National Teacher Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who were teachers in some capacity before they occupied the White House - including one who later married his own teacher.

10 Surprising Degrees You Can Earn Online

Published 05/03/2016 02:30 PM

Certain disciplines seem better suited to online learning than others, but prospective students might be surprised at some of their degree options. Given the hands-on nature of the job, many online programs include an in-person component on top of online courses. Fresno Pacific University, for instance, offers a Master of Arts in Athletic Training with a clinical requirement.

10 Colleges With the Highest Tuition for In-State Students

Published 05/03/2016 02:00 PM

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search. Among the 316 ranked public colleges that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the average tuition was about $8,893 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Autonomous cars will radically change the auto insurance industry

Published 05/03/2016 06:15 AM

As autonomous driving technology slowly works its way into consumer vehicles, drivers are forming opinions — some positive, some not — about turning control over to a series of computers. But it isn’t just consumers who will be affected by self-driving advances, the multibillion-dollar insurance industry is coming to grips with a very different vehicular landscape. The issue of causality and blame in accidents is the primary concern for these insurance giants. With the number of crushes expected to drop by 80 percent come 2035 and insurance premiums to drop with them, Thatcham Research and Volvo Cars have organized a panel to discuss the impact. Swiss Re and Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) released a report this month that projects autonomous driving technology could pull $20 billion from insurance premiums by 2020, and far more in the following years. A good chunk of that will come out of non-life gross premiums, the biggest category of global premiums. Read More: Volvo Disses Tesla’s Autopilot Technology Volvo’s take on the matter is that insurance companies will be forced to completely restructure their enterprises or lose gobs of business to new, more nimble enterprises. “The medium to long term impact on the insurance industry is likely to be significant. But let’s not forget the real reason for this — fewer accidents, fewer injuries, fewer fatalities. Autonomous driving cars are the single most important advance in automotive safety to be seen in recent years,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president and chief executive. Samuelsson will speak today at a conference in London called “A Future with Autonomous Driving Cars – Implications for the Insurance Industry.” If that title doesn’t scream excitement, I don’t know what does! “Vehicle manufacturers are predicting that highly autonomous vehicles, capable of allowing the driver to drop ‘out of the loop’ for certain sections of their journey, will be available from around 2021,” added Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research. “Without doubt, crash frequency will also dramatically reduce. We’ve already seen this with the adoption of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on many new cars. Additionally, if a crash unfortunately can’t be avoided, then the impact speed will also drop as a result of the system’s performance — reducing the severity of the crash.” For Volvo’s part, it announced a series of tests using self-driving technology to begin in 2017. The “Drive Me” program will include 100 autonomous vehicles, each being overseen by real consumers, and will be staged on roads in the U.K., Sweden, and China. Samuelsson is pushing for regulatory bodies to embrace autonomous technology as soon as possible, and in the U.K. at least, he has some support. “Driverless cars will see our journeys become faster, cleaner, and safer, said Sajid Javid, the U.K.’s secretary of state for business, innovation, and skills. “The U.K. is leading the way in developing the technology needed to make this a reality thanks to our world-class research base and these types of trials will become increasingly common.” The good news, it would appear, is that insurance rates will drop significantly for early adopters of self-driving technology, and perhaps even to those merely on the road with these tech-laden vehicles. There’s still the question of ultimate blame, especially in the case of an accident involving a self-driving car and a human-operated one, but we can expect new legislation on that topic to emerge shortly. Also watch: 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus First Drive Please enable Javascript to watch this video

New Bangladesh hit-list threatens teachers, politicians

Published 05/03/2016 01:28 AM

Bangladesh police were Tuesday investigating a new hit-list that includes the head of a university, journalists and ruling party officials, after a series of gruesome killings. Among those named was the head of Rajshahi University, where a liberal professor was hacked to death by suspected Islamists less than two weeks ago. "The leaflet bears the name of Islami Liberation Front.

Over 90 Detroit Schools Close as Teachers Hold 'Sick Out' in Fight for Paychecks

Published 05/02/2016 11:56 PM

Detroit Public School teachers are fighting for their paychecks by initiating a "sick out" today that has closed 94 of 97 schools, impacting 45,628 students. "We have teachers who are on 26 pay periods," Bailey explained. "When we figured out what was going on and looked at the payments of those teachers, technically Thursday of last week is the last day that they're actually being paid," Bailey said.

Gov. Chris Christie to require lead testing in New Jersey public schools

Published 05/02/2016 09:48 PM

Gov. Chris Christie says he will require all of the state's public schools to test for lead in water starting next school year.

Detroit teachers to consider next move after mass sick-out

Published 05/02/2016 08:53 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Teachers in Detroit are considering their next move after they effectively shut down the financially strapped school district on Monday, giving nearly 45,000 schoolchildren an unscheduled day off. The educators stopped short of calling it a strike, instead saying they called a massive sick-out in response to an announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay teachers who deferred part of their salaries to get checks during the summer months.

Black Students Take on More Debt than Asian, White Low-Income Students

Published 05/02/2016 08:53 PM

The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school years was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents in public universities and colleges and $23,893 for out-of-state students attending public universities, according to College Board. While families across the socio-economic spectrum have been forced to borrow more and more in recent years to keep up with the mounting costs of attending public, private and for-profit colleges and universities, “minorities in the course of financing a college degree can differ substantially from those faced by whites of similar economic and educational standing,” according to Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. Reeves wrote that the so-called “race gap” in higher education loans and debt turned out to be much wider than previously assumed, in light of new research published last week by Children and Youth Services Review.

Sick-out by teachers shuts nearly all Detroit public schools

Published 05/02/2016 08:02 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them won't get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.

The Latest: Hundreds of Detroit teachers picket over pay

Published 05/02/2016 05:21 PM

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sick-out by teachers that's closed dozens of Detroit schools on Monday (all times local):

Why are 100 Detroit schools closed today?

Published 05/02/2016 04:34 PM

Nearly 100 Detroit schools are closed today because of "sick-outs" after teachers received news that the city would not be able to pay them over the summer. Just last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that granted the Detroit Public Schools $48.7 million to pay teacher salaries through the summer.

Watch robots go medieval on one another at the FIRST competition

Published 05/02/2016 04:28 PM

The world’s largest robotics competition took place last week, and as one might expect, when 20,000 robot-crazy high school students and a ton of automatons get together, it made for a pretty rowdy show. The 25th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship was held in St. Louis, and on Saturday night, the entire show culminated in a battle to the death (sort of) among four teams in front of a crowd of over 40,000 spectators. The competition was fierce, with the finalists having been whittled down from 900 teams who hailed from around the world. Each team designed a robot, weighing up to 120 pounds, that was capable of carrying out a series of tasks, including throwing balls and discs through goals, hanging on bars, and balancing on beams. But the real fun came in the championship round, involving four teams from Hermosa Beach, California; Tremont, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; and Glen Allen, Virginia. In the FIRST Stronghold, robot alliances were charged with destroying one another’s forts in an epic combination of brute strength and impressive engineering. Each alliance was comprised of three robots, which worked together to “breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower, and capture the opposing tower.” It was all high tech meets medieval battle tactics, as “robots scored points by breaching opponents’ defenses and tossing boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the match, robots were allowed to surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.” Related : Is Puma’s new robot runner faster than Usain Bolt? “We believe that if you can show kids that the tools of mathematics and engineering empower them to do some really cool, really fun things, they’ll get passionate about it,” said  FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. “Research shows we’re significantly more creative when we’re 5 years old than we are when we’re 25, but you can keep your creativity alive with playful learning experiences like those you get through FIRST,” added Colin Gillespie, president of Lego education North America. “You’re rekindling that awesome creativity and can see the world in ways [we] can only hope to imagine.”

Detroit public schools shut with teachers in 'sickout' protest over pay

Published 05/02/2016 01:27 PM

The shutdown due to "teacher sickouts" was announced on the website for Michigan's largest public school system with 45,786 students, which has been under state control since 2009. Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said in a statement on Sunday that the district was "effectively locking our members out of the classrooms" by failing to guarantee that teachers will be paid once the fiscal year wraps up on June 30. The Michigan legislature approved $48.7 million in supplemental funding but that will allow the district to meet payroll only through the end of June, said Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge who is the schools' emergency manager.

The Sickout in Detroit

Published 05/02/2016 01:01 PM

The overwhelming majority of Detroit Public Schools will be closed Monday after the teachers union in the city called for a sickout over concerns about the finances of Michigan’s largest school district.

Sick-out by Detroit teachers prompts 43 school closures

Published 05/02/2016 04:59 AM

DETROIT (AP) — More than 40 Detroit Public Schools will be closed Monday, the district said, after the teachers union urged members to call in sick in a protest over funding issues.

Latest: Sick-out prompts 43 Detroit school closures

Published 05/02/2016 04:56 AM

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on Detroit Public Schools closures (all times local):

Hiddleston defends war zone children

Published 05/05/2016 08:31 AM

Tom Hiddleston, television and movie star, has called for more support for millions of children caught in armed conflict.

UK universities slip in world rankings

Published 05/05/2016 10:49 AM

The UK has 10 universities in the top 100 of the world's best when it comes to global reputation, but many have slipped down the rankings in the past year.

Primary academies 'mixed results'

Published 05/04/2016 10:16 AM

High-achieving primary schools which become academies show no improvement, but weaker schools make more progress, according to research.

Parents in primary school test protest

Published 05/03/2016 08:28 PM

Numbers of parents have kept their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.

Exam papers replaced after 'leak'

Published 05/03/2016 12:39 PM

Exam papers for this year's Higher English tests have had to be replaced at short notice amid concerns some questions were leaked.

Rich and poor lifespan gap 'widening'

Published 05/03/2016 02:44 AM

The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since the 1870s, research suggests.

End primary school 'chaos', heads say

Published 05/01/2016 02:38 PM

Head teachers cannot and will not endure another year of the "chaos" that has raged in England's primary schools, the National Association of Head Teachers' conference hears.

Industrial action threat over academies

Published 04/30/2016 06:20 PM

Head teachers threaten industrial action over plans to force all state schools in England to become academies, after heckling the education secretary at their conference.

Primary tests in England 'too hard'

Published 04/29/2016 04:19 PM

New national tests to be sat by 11-year-olds in England have been made too hard, say head teachers.

School bans 'abusive' swearing parents

Published 04/29/2016 01:48 AM

Some parents are banned from entering a Kent school without a pre-booked appointment after staff are verbally abused.

Schools could stay closed until August

Published 04/29/2016 06:14 AM

A number of the 17 Edinburgh schools closed on safety grounds are unlikely to reopen until the new school year in August, BBC Scotland learns.

Care children denied mental health help

Published 04/28/2016 12:34 PM

Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.

Warning on subject choice at 16

Published 04/28/2016 01:47 AM

Too many university applicants realise too late they picked the wrong school subjects at 16, says the consumer group Which?

England degree debt 'higher than peers'

Published 04/28/2016 02:58 PM

University graduates in England face higher debts on graduation than their peers in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the Sutton Trust says.

Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London

Published 03/18/2015 12:01 AM

Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

Published 03/11/2015 12:30 AM

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

Published 03/04/2015 12:14 AM

A university in Nigeria is trying to help a rising tide of people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

South Sudan's struggle for schools hit by abductions

Published 02/25/2015 02:02 PM

Pupils preparing for exams are abducted, as South Sudan tries to re-open schools

Can Lithuania turn brain drain into brain gain?

Published 02/18/2015 01:00 AM

Can Lithuania reverse loss of young and talented?

Seven big myths about improving schools

Published 02/04/2015 12:17 AM

Seven big myths about why some countries are good at education

France plans elite mega-university

Published 12/10/2014 12:07 AM

A new university in Paris wants to create a "knowledge hub" competing with Silicon Valley.

Could time travel really take place?

Published 02/11/2015 12:03 AM

Universities examine whether time travel is really possible

Sats protest: Parents speak out over testing

Published 05/03/2016 01:48 PM

Parents explain why they want their children to face fewer tests.

VIDEO: Should all children study RE?

Published 05/01/2016 08:23 AM

Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of "British values".

VIDEO: 'You don't have to test to assess'

Published 04/30/2016 02:30 PM

Sally Bates, head of Wadsworth Fields Primary School and James Bowen, from the NAHT, give their opinions on mass academisation and testing.

VIDEO: Morgan heckled over academy plans

Published 04/30/2016 10:54 AM

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been heckled at the National Association of Head Teachers' conference in Birmingham.

VIDEO: Is primary testing too stressful?

Published 04/29/2016 09:08 AM

The testing regime for primary schools in England is in chaos and distracting to pupils, says the National Association of Head Teachers.

The country planning to privatise education

Published 04/26/2016 01:20 AM

The country planning to privatise its primary schools

Did too much, too soon spell disaster for DfE?

Published 04/22/2016 04:25 PM

Did too much, too soon spell disaster for DfE?

How do you get picked for University Challenge?

Published 04/19/2016 02:12 PM

How do you get picked for University Challenge?

Inside a multi-academy school

Published 04/18/2016 02:45 AM

A look inside a multi-academy school

The Soviet space secret found by pupils

Published 04/16/2016 01:21 AM

The English school that unearthed a Soviet space secret

Tory doubts over academy school plans

Published 04/15/2016 08:47 AM

Will every state school be an academy in six years time?

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