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Penn State Penalizes Fraternity Chapter After Misconduct Inquiry

Published 05/27/2015 06:48 AM

The university withdrew its recognition of Kappa Delta Rho’s chapter for three years, after members posted images of drugs, hazing and nude, unconscious women on a secret Facebook page.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | credulity

Published 05/27/2015 05:02 AM

This word has appeared in 48 New York Times articles in the past year.

MaryEllen Elia Named New York State Education Commissioner

Published 05/26/2015 10:13 PM

Ms. Elia, a former superintendent of schools in Hillsborough County, Fla., will preside over hotly contested issues like the future of the Common Core standards in the state’s classrooms.

The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | May 19-25, 2015

Published 05/26/2015 07:08 PM

Have you been following the news? Take our quiz to see what you know and to learn more, and look for a new edition each week on Tuesday morning.

One Man’s Millions Turn a Community in Florida Around

Published 05/26/2015 05:37 PM

The once-troubled community of Tangelo Park has become an education success story with the financial backing of a hotel executive who grew up in Manhattan.

The Learning Network: If You Had a Fortune to Donate, What Causes or Organizations Would You Support?

Published 05/26/2015 10:03 AM

How would you spend money helping others, if you had it to give?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Ireland, by Popular Vote, Allows Same-Sex Marriage

Published 05/26/2015 09:33 AM

What is significant about this particular vote in Ireland?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Minecraft Stars on YouTube Share Secrets to Their Celebrity

Published 05/26/2015 09:15 AM

Here are several paragraphs from the May 20 article “Minecraft Stars on YouTube Share Secrets to Their Celebrity.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | inarticulate

Published 05/26/2015 05:01 AM

This word has appeared in 32 New York Times articles in the past year.

Young Treasure Hunters Dig Up History Lessons in a Classroom’s Closet

Published 05/26/2015 03:25 AM

A group of fourth graders in the East Village have turned a classroom closet into an unlikely dig site, unearthing old coins, candy wrappers and other ephemera from earlier times.

Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattles the Field

Published 05/26/2015 02:25 AM

The questioned findings, published in December in Science, have shaken not only political scientists but also public trust in the way the scientific establishment vets new findings.

John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86

Published 05/25/2015 01:12 AM

The narrative of Dr. Nash’s brilliant rise, the lost years of severe mental illness, and the eventual awarding of a Nobel Prize captured the public mind.

Side Street: After a Fire, a Pastor Keeps a Harlem School Going From His Brownstone

Published 05/24/2015 06:19 PM

The Rev. Charles Eatman Sr. and his wife, Lorraine, have taken in students from Mount Pleasant Christian Academy, using their ground floor as a schoolhouse.

Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company

Published 05/23/2015 09:13 PM

The defections came hours after the interior minister said that a preliminary investigation conducted last week had uncovered evidence against Axact.

Pakistan Widens Inquiry Into Fake Diplomas

Published 05/23/2015 01:37 AM

Heavy scrutiny has mounted over the past week for Axact, a Karachi-based software company that has made millions selling fake degrees through a sprawling empire of school websites.

U.S. Drug Charges for 2 Former Wesleyan Students Linked to Overdoses

Published 05/22/2015 09:45 PM

Prosecutors said the men had sold a club drug known as Molly on campus for over a year before a February night when several students went to the hospital.

The Learning Network: Honoring Memorial Day and Looking Ahead

Published 05/22/2015 06:02 PM

We’ll be off on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day, which originated after the Civil War to honor the Union soldiers who gave their lives in the conflict.

Economic View: What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers

Published 05/22/2015 05:26 PM

Universities are struggling to figure out how to impart information to students that won’t be overridden in the near future by computers and robots.

Your Money Adviser: What to Do When It’s Time to Pay for All That Knowledge

Published 05/22/2015 03:16 PM

Here are tips for paying off student loans.

The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Talking About Home Countries With English Language Learners

Published 05/22/2015 12:27 PM

E.S.L. students learn new vocabulary words and connect with their home countries by reading articles from The Times’s Travel section.

Build Last-Minute Confidence for MCAT Success

Published 05/26/2015 03:30 PM

Stay away from those who cause you anxiety on the last day before the test.

10 Online Bachelor's Programs With the Most Veterans

Published 05/26/2015 02:00 PM

In these 10 online bachelor's programs, more than 28 percent of students were veterans or active-duty service members in 2013-2014.

4 Myths About Americans Earning Graduate Degrees Abroad

Published 05/26/2015 01:30 PM

A U.S. degree isn't automatically better.

3 Preparation Keys for the June LSAT

Published 05/25/2015 03:00 PM

Try to take a full exam – including an extra section – on a Monday.

5 Steps to Take Before Starting Online Group Work

Published 05/25/2015 02:30 PM

Before starting a group project, online students should discuss group members' schedules and availability.

End-of-Year Mistakes to Avoid for High School Juniors, Seniors

Published 05/25/2015 02:00 PM

Don't fall victim to these devastating academic slip-ups. 

Explore Ways Community Colleges Serve Veterans

Published 05/25/2015 01:30 PM

Student vets can build on their job skills and earn certifications quickly at community colleges. 

High School Teachers Can Help Teens Soar With Aviation, Aerospace

Published 05/25/2015 01:00 PM

These ideas and resources can help educators who want to study flight in their classrooms.

Why New York's Best High Schools Rankings Changed in 2015

Published 05/22/2015 08:23 PM

A different set of assessment results was used compared with previous years, but more schools qualified for the rankings.

Updates to the 2015 Best High Schools Directory Data

Published 05/22/2015 07:07 PM

Inaccurate numbers that did not affect the Best High Schools rankings have been removed from usnews.com.

Research U.S. MBA Programs Without Visiting Campus

Published 05/22/2015 02:30 PM

Prospective international business school students can turn to online information sessions and webinars.

Head Abroad to Asia with Scholarships for U.S. Students

Published 05/21/2015 03:00 PM

Students studying a critical need language can earn up to $8,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Ask 4 Questions to Avoid Being Duped By a Student Loan Service

Published 05/20/2015 03:00 PM

One hint: There is no such thing as the Obama Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Reasons to Earn a Bachelor's Degree Overseas

Published 05/20/2015 01:00 PM

From impressing employers to saving money on tuition, these are nine reasons to consider earning a bachelor's degree overseas. 

Extracurricular Activities Grow at Arab Region Universities

Published 05/20/2015 12:00 PM

Offerings outside the classroom include clubs, sports, cultural events and more at universities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Set a Summer Study Schedule for the MCAT

Published 05/19/2015 02:30 PM

Use this downtime away from class to concentrate on preparing for topics you find most difficult. 

3 Ways to Connect With Fellow Veterans as an Online Student

Published 05/19/2015 02:30 PM

Online bachelor's students with military backgrounds can find peers with similar experiences by joining virtual clubs.

U.S. News Releases Best Online Programs for Veterans Rankings

Published 05/19/2015 02:30 PM

Discover the top online bachelor's and master's programs for veterans and service members.

See the Most Diverse National Liberal Arts Colleges

Published 05/19/2015 01:30 PM

At these liberal arts colleges students come from a variety of minority groups.

4 Ways International Students Can Weigh Potential Majors

Published 05/19/2015 01:00 PM

If staying in the U.S. after graduation is a goal, factor that into your choice of major.

Advice on Law School Admissions Offers, LSATs on Applications

Published 05/18/2015 03:00 PM

Get insight into how law schools evaluate multiple LSAT scores and how to choose between offers.

Discover 4 Unusual Online Bachelor's Degrees

Published 05/18/2015 02:30 PM

Students can get online bachelor's degrees in fire and emergency services administration, aviation or even horticulture.

3 Questions, Answers From Current Students on Choosing a College Major

Published 05/18/2015 02:00 PM

Get insider tips on what to know about this crucial, sometimes stressful, part of college.

3 Challenges Facing Parents of Teens With Learning Disabilities

Published 05/18/2015 01:00 PM

Helping a child with a learning disability transition to life after high school can be a challenge for parents.

Banking, Finance Industry Greets Arab Region University Grads

Published 05/18/2015 12:00 PM

Growth in conventional and Islamic finance markets bodes well for graduates of Arab region universities.

Make Room for These Scholarships on Your Senior Year To-Do List

Published 05/14/2015 03:00 PM

High schoolers can use the summer before senior year to get a jump on scholarship applications.

Map: See the Top 100 Best High Schools Nationwide

Published 05/14/2015 02:30 PM

Discover where the top-ranked high schools in the nation are located.

What Borrowers Can Expect From the New Income-Driven Repayment Plan

Published 05/13/2015 03:00 PM

Any changes would likely be in addition to the existing Pay As You Earn plan.

2015 Best High Schools for STEM

Published 05/13/2015 01:00 PM

These schools excel in providing science, technology, engineering and math education.

Timeline: Steps to Enroll in an Online Bachelor's Program

Published 05/12/2015 03:30 PM

Before enrolling in the fall, prospective online bachelor's students should apply for financial aid and make sure they have the right tech tools.

Highlight Diversity in Medical School Applications

Published 05/12/2015 03:15 PM

Programs are often eager to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds. 

4 Tips for Selecting Rigorous Courses Without AP, IB

Published 05/12/2015 02:30 PM

Students without access to Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes can still assemble a stellar academic profile.

Infographic: 2015 Best High Schools

Published 05/12/2015 02:30 PM

Check out which states and schools came out on top of the rankings.

How Not to Be a High School Helicopter Parent

Published 05/12/2015 02:00 PM

Experts say parents should never fire off curt emails to teachers or do their teens' homework.

How Earning College Credit in High School Can Slash Undergrad Costs

Published 05/12/2015 02:00 PM

Students save most when they earn enough credit to help them graduate college early – not an easy feat.

AP, IB Diploma Programs Offer High Schoolers a Challenge

Published 05/12/2015 01:30 PM

Students can develop critical thinking, research skills and more in these programs.

College Application Must-Knows for International High School Students

Published 05/12/2015 01:30 PM

Some international students at U.S. high schools may have difficulty adjusting, which can affect college applications.

U.S. News Releases 2015 Best High Schools Rankings

Published 05/12/2015 01:00 PM

The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas is the nation's No. 1 public high school for the fourth consecutive year.

Why Schools Moved Higher or Lower in the Best High Schools Rankings

Published 05/12/2015 01:00 PM

Many high schools ranked in 2014 returned to the 2015 rankings, but there were also new medal winners.

Map: Top-Performing States in the Best High Schools Rankings

Published 05/12/2015 03:50 AM

Click through the map to see differences in states' gold and silver medals between two years of the U.S. News rankings.

See the 2015 Best High Schools

Published 05/12/2015 03:03 AM

Four of the top 10 schools are located in Texas. 

Important Questions to Ask Law School Staff, Alumni

Published 05/11/2015 03:00 PM

Asking these questions early can help prospective law students craft applications.

Plug Into Technology to Find the Best College Match

Published 05/11/2015 01:30 PM

Students can turn to Web sites and apps to find schools that match their academic, cultural and financial needs.

Fit the GMAT Into Overall MBA Application Strategy

Published 05/08/2015 02:00 PM

Aim to get the exam out of the way before finalizing your business school short list.

Consider Mental Health Before Earning a Degree Overseas

Published 05/07/2015 03:30 PM

Prospective international students should be aware of challenges and resources for maintaining mental health before they board a plane.

Aid Your Nursing Degree With These Generous Scholarships

Published 05/07/2015 03:00 PM

Nursing jobs are in high demand​, and these awards help support necessary training, including advanced degrees.

Late College Applicants Can Still Secure a Spot for Fall 2015

Published 05/06/2015 04:04 PM

Hundreds of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. are still accepting applications for the fall semester.

Get Ready for Upcoming Federal Student Aid PIN Changes

Published 05/06/2015 03:00 PM

A new FSA ID feature will be released on May 10.

How to Find a Mentor as an Online MBA Student

Published 05/05/2015 03:00 PM

Prospective online MBA students should connect with mentors as soon as they start researching potential programs.

Prep for Biochemistry on the New MCAT

Published 05/05/2015 02:30 PM

Spend time learning the big-picture terminology and nomenclature, not memorizing specific facts.

See the Most Diverse National Universities

Published 05/05/2015 01:30 PM

These National Universities enroll many students from various minority groups.

5 Answers to Common Designated School Officials Questions

Published 05/05/2015 01:00 PM

Get the facts behind some of the most common issues international students ask about.

Erase 3 Top LSAT Preparation Myths

Published 05/04/2015 03:00 PM

For starters, don't expect to cram for the exam with only a few weeks of preparation.

5 Steps to Mastering AP Free-Response Questions

Published 05/04/2015 02:00 PM

Learn to master this challenging portion of AP exams.

Discover Emerging Trends in Online Higher Education

Published 05/04/2015 01:30 PM

Prospective online students may encounter project-based learning, gamification and live course sessions. 

13th Grade Offers Some Teens an Easier Transition to College

Published 05/04/2015 01:00 PM

Teens can start college in a supportive environment when they stay for a fifth year of high school. 

Learn to Teach With Scholarships for Educators

Published 04/30/2015 03:00 PM

Aspiring teachers can turn to government grants and private scholarships to fund their studies.

4 Things to Think About When Refinancing Student Loans

Published 04/29/2015 03:00 PM

The lure of lower interest rates is just part of the picture.

U.S. Universities Offer International Students a Taste of Home

Published 04/29/2015 12:30 PM

Students and schools are stepping up to offer familiar foods and activities, among other services.

3 Ways to Help Test-Takers Sit for the Longer MCAT

Published 04/28/2015 02:30 PM

Practice maintaining focus ahead of the all-day exam.

2015 Best High Schools Rankings Coming Soon

Published 04/28/2015 01:30 PM

See which U.S. public high schools earned gold, silver and bronze medals on May 12.

5 Upsides to Studying Abroad as an International Student at a U.S. College

Published 04/28/2015 01:00 PM

These experiences can provide opportunities for firsthand research and cultural exchange.

Prepare for Dorm Life at an Arab Region University

Published 04/28/2015 12:00 PM

Studying abroad in the Arab region can be a difficult transition, but schools are stepping up to make students feel at home.

3 Gap Year Jobs That Prepare Students for Law School

Published 04/27/2015 03:00 PM

These experiences can help students develop valuable analysis and research skills.

Consider the Downside of Attending a Reach School

Published 04/27/2015 02:00 PM

Getting accepted is exciting, but it doesn't always mean you'll thrive as a student.

Get a Jump-Start on 3 Careers in High School

Published 04/27/2015 01:00 PM

Teens could leave high school with a part-time technical job that could make college more affordable.

Explore the Best Global Universities by Country

Published 04/24/2015 01:00 PM

From Italy to South Korea, these seven countries offer a number of top-notch schools.  

Nurture a Veterinary Education With These Scholarships

Published 04/23/2015 03:00 PM

Animal lovers can turn to these awards to pay for their vet education.

3 Things International Students Should Know About the IELTS Exam

Published 04/23/2015 02:30 PM

Students looking to study in English-speaking countries may be required to take the test.

4 Factors for Parents to Weigh About Overseas Arab Universities

Published 04/23/2015 12:00 PM

Academic options and costs lead some parents to encourage their children to study overseas in another MENA country.

Know When It's OK to Postpone Your Student Loan Payment

Published 04/22/2015 03:00 PM

Deferments on federal loans are a borrower's right, but they're best saved for emergency situations.

4 Steps to Transfer Online Associate Credits to a 4-Year Online Program

Published 04/22/2015 02:30 PM

Research articulation agreements before transferring online community college courses to a four-year, online program. 

Weigh Medical School Carefully as an Older Applicant

Published 04/21/2015 03:00 PM

Consider the financial and personal implications of spending seven years school.

4 Reasons for International Students to Start at a U.S. Community College

Published 04/21/2015 01:00 PM

The benefits of starting out at a two-year program go beyond saving money. 

Prepare for College as a First-Generation Student

Published 04/20/2015 03:30 PM

Summer bridge programs can help first-gen students prepare for college. 

Anatomy of a Law School Letter of Continued Interest

Published 04/20/2015 03:00 PM

There are four components that wait-listed students should include in these letters.

Explore Resources for Women Undergrads Interested in Science, Engineering

Published 04/20/2015 02:30 PM

The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in science and engineering has decreased, one report states.

Know How to Recover from a High School Sophomore Slump

Published 04/20/2015 02:00 PM

Don't let a less-than-stellar second year of high school negatively affect college applications.

3 Must-Know Facts for Teaching High Schoolers in Military Families

Published 04/20/2015 01:00 PM

Transitioning to civilian life after a parent retires from the military can be a difficult lifestyle change for teens. 

Class of 2019 Shows Off College Acceptances on Social Media

Published 04/17/2015 03:00 PM

Excited students shared their photos on Twitter and Instagram.

3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Online Graduate IT Program

Published 04/17/2015 02:30 PM

Inquire about technical requirements before enrolling in an online computer information technology graduate program.

Decide Whether to Pursue a Pre-MBA Internship

Published 04/17/2015 02:00 PM

Those looking to switch careers may be find value in these summer programs.

Target Scholarship Opportunities for Student Activists, Volunteers

Published 04/16/2015 03:00 PM

Hours of volunteer work might pay off with these financial awards.

4 Reasons for High School Graduates to Turn to Community College

Published 04/16/2015 01:30 PM

Community colleges offer a lot of flexibility for students who need to balance more than academics.

Drug Convictions Can Send Financial Aid Up In Smoke

Published 04/15/2015 03:00 PM

Dude, where's my federal financial aid? 

Understand What to Expect From Faculty in Online Nursing Courses

Published 04/15/2015 02:00 PM

Previous work with patients may be more crucial than teaching experience.

7 Tips for Nailing Medical School Letters of Recommendation

Published 04/14/2015 02:30 PM

Prospective students should nurture their past and current professional and academic relationships. 

Follow 5 Steps to Write a Successful U.S. College Application Essay

Published 04/14/2015 01:00 PM

International students should expect to start the writing process early and work through many drafts.

Address Undergraduate GPA Struggles in Law School Applications

Published 04/13/2015 03:00 PM

Students dogged by bad grades early in college can use an addendum to highlight any positive academic trends.

3 Things Students Must Know About ACT Constructed Response Tests

Published 04/13/2015 02:00 PM

The new, optional subject tests will be available at select schools this spring.

3 Turnaround Tips for High Schools With Low Graduation Rates

Published 04/13/2015 01:00 PM

Setting high expectations for high school students can help shape a culture of success, one educator says.

Weigh the Pros, Cons of Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Europe

Published 04/13/2015 12:30 PM

American undergraduates can save time and money by studying in the U.K. and Continental Europe.

See the Top Global Universities by Subject Area

Published 04/10/2015 01:00 PM

Find out which schools are best in four regions across the globe.

Scholarships for Finance, Accounting Students Can Add Up

Published 04/09/2015 03:00 PM

Earning a degree in finance can open the door to a number of lucrative career paths.

Weigh Online Degrees at Community College, For-Profit Programs

Published 04/08/2015 04:02 PM

Both community colleges and for-profit institutions offer associate degrees, and both have their merits.

Understand Financial Aid, Payment Options for Summer Classes

Published 04/08/2015 03:00 PM

Students may be eligible to allocate unused federal financial aid to pay for summer courses.

Arab Gulf Universities Prep Students for Civil, Common Law Careers

Published 04/08/2015 12:00 PM

Legal careers are on the rise in the Gulf, and Arab region universities are preparing students to meet the demand.

California Community Colleges Create a Path to HBCUs

Published 04/07/2015 03:00 PM

California students can transfer to nine historically black schools if they meet certain requirements. 

4 Last-Minute Tips for MCAT Test Success

Published 04/07/2015 02:30 PM

Developing a strong conceptual understanding of topics is more beneficial than trying to remember every detail.

Map: 10 States That Draw the Most International Students

Published 04/07/2015 01:30 PM

Discover which states welcomed the country's 886,000 international students in 2013-2014.

U.S. Department of Education Completes Review of Major Student Loan Servicers

Published 05/26/2015 10:45 PM

As a part of the Obama Administration's commitment to protect student loan borrowers, the U.S. Department of Education conducted thorough reviews of the four major federal student loan servicers to ensure that the companies followed federal law when it comes to loan interest rates for active-duty servicemembers.

Working to Protect College Students from Unfair Banking Practices

Published 05/19/2015 09:37 PM

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is cracking down on school-bank partnerships that unfairly target college students receiving federal student aid. Last Friday, ED announced proposed regulations that would ensure students aren’t required to receive their federal student aid on prepaid or debit cards that charge fees for overdrawing the accounts. Other proposed changes would:

Help Us Get the Word Out About Tools and Resources for Student Loan Repayment

Published 05/18/2015 06:00 PM

Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid (including federal student loans) in the country. Once it’s time for borrowers to repay their student loans, we’re also here to help with free tools and resources to make the repayment process easier. Federal Student Aid recently launched a student loan repayment campaign to educate borrowers about affordable repayment options and to provide them with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions. We need your help to spread the campaign’s important messages!

Bullying Rates Drop

Published 05/15/2015 06:00 PM

Bullying remains a serious issue for students and their families, and efforts to reduce bullying concern policy makers, administrators, and educators. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially.

New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

Published 05/15/2015 03:10 PM

New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S.

College Students to Benefit from Proposed Regulations Targeting Troubling Practices in Rapidly Expanding College Debit, Prepaid Card Marketplace

Published 05/15/2015 03:09 PM

The U.S. Department of Education announced proposed regulations, available for public inspection today in the Federal Register, aimed at protecting as many as 9 million college students receiving $25 billion in federal student aid by providing tougher standards and greater transparency surrounding agreements between colleges and companies in the rapidly expanding college debit and prepaid marketplace.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

Published 05/12/2015 05:13 PM

More young people are graduating from high school today than ever before—and gaps in graduation rates are closing—even as standards are rising. The credit for these gains goes to educators, students, parents and community partners. Yet we know that, in today’s knowledge-based economy, a high school diploma isn’t enough. So while we should be encouraged by projections like the one in this year’s Grad Nation report, we know that more hard work remains to truly prepare all—not just some—students for success in college, careers and life.

Goodbye, Federal Student Aid PIN. Hello, FSA ID!

Published 05/11/2015 09:00 PM

It's Your Time to Soar

Published 05/10/2015 01:39 AM

I. Intro Thank you so much, and good morning. I'm so honored to be with you today, and to join in celebrating the class of 2015's success. We're all living in a moment when so many aspects of our society and the world are in the midst of being reimagined, and redefined. Astounding changes have taken place since the year of this great university's founding—1909—from the end of Jim Crow segregation to the election of America's first black president.

Thanking Teachers Personally During Teacher Appreciation Week

Published 05/08/2015 11:01 PM

ED staffers called 380 teachers from across the nation. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Supporting Innovation in Higher Education through First in the World

Published 05/08/2015 06:34 PM

The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to access and complete a postsecondary education. In an era of rapid change and innovation, we have sought to encourage those colleges and universities developing new ways to serve students better, especially low-income and first-generation students.

U.S. Department of Education Announces $60 Million Available for First in the World Grant Competition

Published 05/08/2015 01:40 PM

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to drive innovations in higher education and increase college completion, affordability and quality outcomes, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of $60 million in Fiscal Year 2015 in the First in the World (FITW) program. Click here to learn more about FITW and how to apply.

Selma Invites Students to Discuss Education and Civil Rights

Published 05/06/2015 10:00 PM

President Obama has said, “the story of the Civil Rights Movement was written in our schools.” Secretary Duncan has echoed that, “education is the civil rights issue of our generation.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $24.8 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

Published 05/06/2015 04:32 PM

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $24.8 million to 67 schools districts in 26 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services.

U.S. Educators Leading on the World’s Teacher Leadership Stage

Published 05/05/2015 08:51 PM

The following is compiled from reflections from the six teachers and one principal who attended the International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2015 (ISTP 2015) as representatives of the U.S. Delegation.

#MoveInMay: How Movement Made Me; Celebrating National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Published 05/04/2015 11:00 PM

Cross-posted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition blog.  I can’t imagine growing up without sports and play. Moving my body – whether it was riding my bike with my brother Wes, shooting hoops, or playing tag at recess – seeded a lifelong love of physical fitness and the confidence to pursue my Olympic dreams.

#ThankATeacher During Teacher Appreciation Week!

Published 05/04/2015 06:00 PM

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Great teaching can inspire and affect the lives of students — and we wanted to share a few of those sentiments with you! We asked students of all ages to give us their thoughts about their favorite teachers:  

141 Students from Across the Country Named 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Published 05/04/2015 04:59 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the 51st class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 141 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.

Make the World a Better Place

Published 05/02/2015 04:19 PM

Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for that very kind introduction—and for your unwavering stewardship of this important institution. Both here and throughout your remarkable career, you have brought a visionary approach to an ever-changing educational landscape. It's a real honor to be with you and everyone assembled today as we celebrate this momentous occasion—especially the members of the Georgia Tech Class of 2015! Congratulations to all of you!

Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans)

Published 04/30/2015 11:00 PM

Here’s a question a lot of people may be wondering … Is it really possible to have my federal student loans forgiven or to get help repaying them?

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Helping to Ensure Access to Advanced High School Classes

Published 04/30/2015 11:00 PM

This time each year, millions of students across the country are preparing to complete Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other advanced course exams as part of their high school experience and in preparation for the rigors and opportunities of higher education. However, there are hundreds of thousands of students in our nation’s schools who demonstrate the academic readiness to participate in advanced courses, but aren’t enrolling for a number of reasons.

Why College Signing Day is Important for the Nation

Published 04/30/2015 08:41 PM

Dr. James T. Minor attended Jackson State University

Get Your School Prepared for Disasters With America’s PrepareAthon!

Published 04/30/2015 07:00 PM

How to Qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Published 04/29/2015 05:15 PM

Everyone wants their student loans forgiven. The perception is that very few qualify. But did you know that there is one broad, employment-based forgiveness program for federal student loans? Let me break down some key points of PSLF to help you figure out if you could qualify.

U.S. Department of Education Announces $3 Million In Grants Available to Help Native Youth

Published 04/29/2015 04:40 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of an estimated $3 million in grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready. Funding for the new Native Youth Community Projects is a key step toward implementing President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaskan Native children.

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Published 05/26/2015 10:53 PM

In this Vermont kindergarten, every Monday is "Forest Monday" a day that gets students out of the classroom and into nature.

NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background

Published 05/26/2015 09:27 PM

NYU has announced that when looking at applications, it will initially overlook the criminal record of prospective students.

Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Published 05/26/2015 05:39 PM

The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Published 05/25/2015 09:03 PM

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs! Donate!

Published 05/25/2015 01:03 PM

As college students leave for the summer, many just throw away what they can't fit in the car for the ride home. But some schools are trying to find a new home for those campus castoffs.

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

Published 05/24/2015 03:40 PM

The Nobel Prize winner, who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

Published 05/23/2015 10:00 PM

A discrimination complaint against Harvard has renewed focus on the fairness of admissions decisions. The process must be rational, says counselor and blogger Jim Jump, but it's not often fair.

Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

Published 05/23/2015 12:03 PM

From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.

Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Published 05/23/2015 10:30 AM

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

Published 05/22/2015 01:03 PM

Josephine Brewington, from Indiana, is the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year.

How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

Published 05/22/2015 12:36 PM

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

'Be Guardians, Not Warriors': Training A New Generation Of Police

Published 05/21/2015 10:20 PM

NPR's Robert Siegel reports from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York on how policing is being taught during this year filled with news of tensions between police and civilians.

Energy Companies Step In To Fund STEM Education

Published 05/20/2015 10:26 PM

Many public high schools lack funding for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programs. Energy companies worried about finding future employees are donating to schools.

Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?

Published 05/20/2015 09:37 PM

A coalition of more than 60 organizations says the university has adopted higher expectations for Asian applicants in order to limit enrollment of this minority group.

Biology Professor's Calling: Teach Deaf Students They Can Do Anything

Published 05/20/2015 08:31 AM

From a young age, Caroline Solomon wanted a career in science. She also wanted to help other deaf and hard-of-hearing people defy the odds. Now, she's considered a role model at Gallaudet University.

Former British premier: Refugees overwhelm Lebanese schools

Published 05/26/2015 04:57 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday that Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, asking the world for more support as estimates suggest that more than 400,000 children from neighboring Syria need schooling here — nearly twice the number of Lebanese children in school.

Compensation win for Japanese teachers forced to sing anthem

Published 05/26/2015 10:03 AM

The Tokyo District Court ruled Monday that the capital's municipal government must pay a total of 537 million yen ($4.5 million) to 22 former high school teachers. Some critics say Japan's anthem amounts to a call to sacrifice oneself for the emperor and celebrates militarism. Numerous battles over the years have seen teachers clash with school administrators over the issue, and today nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is accused of trying to play down Japan's war history.

Middle-school players play major roles as stat leaders for some high school softball teams

Published 05/26/2015 06:00 AM

7th-Grader Hits Walk-off Home Run for Varsity High School Softball Team 7,841 views0:56 Video: 7th-grader hits walk-off home run for varsity high school softball teamSee middle-school slugger Johnna Staggs hit a walk-off homer Aspen Wesley has yet to set foot in a classroom at Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.), but she has already pitched the Rockets to a pair of 5A state softball titles and is a two-time All-State Team selectee. She has a chance to be a six-time All-State Team member, as well as a six-time state champion. In the state semifinals, she pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a run-rule shortened 11-0 game, then two-hit West Harrison in the title game. She also no-hit New Hope earlier in the state tournament. With only a few states allowing middle school students to play up, it is a rare opportunity to see such young players leading their teams to state titles. Neshoba Central coach Trae Embry said he's not surprised by anything Wesley accomplishes. He considers the 14-year-old to be the best pitcher in Mississippi. "She might be an eighth-grade hitter, but she certainly is not your usual eighth-grade pitcher," said Embry, referring to her .243 batting average. "She is the No. 1 pitcher in the state at any age. Courtesy photo Aspen Wesley just finished a stellar eighth-gradeseason for Neshoba Central in Mississippi. She'sone of a handful of middle-school players to findsuccess at the varsity level."She is a special player." Wesley isn't alone at making an impact at the high school level though she's yet to be called a prep. A handful of seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout the United States are getting an early opportunity to shine and they're posting numbers worth national recognition. Not all states allow middle-schoolers to play at that level, but representatives from those states that do say guidelines are in place before a student is eligible. Ron Ingram from the Alabama High School Athletic Association says seventh- and eighth-graders can play if it is a grades 7-12 or K-12 school or a feeder school into a high school. And the player must live in the school's geographic zone. "Plus, the (middle and high) schools involved must agree on the player playing up," Ingram said. "There is no distinct advantage to playing up other than the competitive level," he said. "All players in the state are limited to 18 regular season games, not counting tournaments or playoffs. If a player participates in a dozen middle school games, they then can compete in six regular-season games." Ingram noted that seventh-grader Michaela Morad of Huntsville (Ala.) tied a 6A-7A state record in winning the state's large schools golf title. "Many youngsters are ready to compete at a higher level," he said. Ricky Neaves, assistant director for the Mississippi High School Athletic Association, said there are two requirements for youngsters to play at the high school level in Mississippi. One of Wesley's requirements to be eligible to play up is based upon academics. "All seventh- and eighth-graders must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the four core courses (English, math, science and social studies) and they must live in the school district of their high school," said Neaves, who noted that a 2.0 overall GPA is required for high school students. "There is more pressure and more time away from class in high school sports than at lower levels, so we want to make sure students are handling their core classes before allowing them to play up." Wesley's numbers show that she's handling the classes and opposing offenses. In her two varsity seasons, she has lost just once to go along with 37 victories. Her lone loss was 2-0 to Germantown (Madison, Miss.) early in the 2015 season. However, Wesley beat Germantown twice (4-0, 6-2) in the state tournament. This season, she went 18-1 with a 0.80 ERA and struck out 163 batters in 114 innings. She had 16 complete games. As a seventh-grader, Wesley was 19-0 with a 0.69 ERA and struck out 209 batters in 121 innings and earned her first of two all-state honors. Her ERA would be tied for seventh in the nation but she has not pitched enough innings to qualify for the MaxPreps stat leaderboards. "She works hard at being good. She wants to win and works 365 days a year to be successful," said Embry, who noted she has five different pitches in her arsenal. "Her best pitches are her screwball and curveball. It's tough for batters to get the bat on the ball." In addition to movement, Wesley consistently pitches 61-62 mph and displays excellent control, indicative of just 66 walks in 235 high school innings. In two seasons, she is averaging better than 1.5 strikeouts per inning. "Despite her age, her strong point is her mental approach to the game. She is so far ahead of any others at her age ... she never gets rattled. She never changes expression. She understands she has a good defense and that her team will score runs. She is very confident," Embry said. When Embry took over the softball program at Neshoba Central two years ago, he said he had never seen Wesley pitch, but had heard about her. "But you hear that about a lot of kids," he said. "We have 3,000 students and you get told about this kid or that kid ... some you see it, some you don't." With Wesley, Embry certainly "saw it." "No doubt about it," said Embry. "She is my ace." Though Wesley has had an unofficial visit to a Division 1 school, Embry said "she's focusing" on her immediate future, which will include playing slow pitch softball in the fall. "Playing slow pitch will help her defensively," he said. "Right now, when she plays, she only pitches. This will make her all-around game better." Here's a brief look at some other eighth-graders making an impact at the high school level: Photo by Brandon Sumrall Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville- Maddie Webber of King's Academy (Seymour, Tenn.) is hitting over .500 and has already verbally committed to Tennessee. - Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville (Deatsville, Ala.) averaged a strikeout per inning in 194 pitched with a 21-13 record and a 2.63 ERA. She also had team highs in batting (.473), hits (53), RBIs (20) and slugging percentage (.633). She pitched 30 complete games and had a season-high 17 strikeouts against Elmore County. - McKenna Griffin of Wilson Christian Academy (N.C.) only played in 18 games, but made the most of them as she batted .630, scored 36 runs and drove in 33. - Lily Tanski of Tuscaloosa Home Educators (Northport, Ala.) led her team to a 17-9 season by hitting .623 and driving in 38 runs. She also was 13-3 in the circle and recorded a 1.62 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 95 innings. Few players in the nation matched Tanski's two strikeout per inning ratio. - Arianna Burford of Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, Va.) hit a team-high 10 homers and helped lead the Gators to their seventh-straight (and 10th overall) VISAA D2 state title. She batted a team-high .507 and drove in 38 runs. - Maelyn Thompson of Johnsonville (S.C.) led the Flashes to the AA Lower State title game and a 26-5 record by hitting eight home runs, scoring 47 runs and stealing 22 bases without getting caught. - Ali Settlemires of Biggersville (Corinth, Miss.) won a dozen games and struck out 146 in 122 innings. - Chloe Culp of North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the Eagles to a 19-6 record with team-high marks for home runs (seven), RBIs (40), runs scored (47) and hitting (.527). - Kaleigh Caulder starts for Latta (S.C.), which plays in the state A title game this weekend. She is batting .397, has scored 36 runs and stolen 18 bases. - Caroline Clark of Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia, Ala.) led the Wildcats to a 42-7 record and deep into the state 3A playoffs with a team-high 47 RBIs, a .423 batting average and 58 base hits. Teammate Kinsley Milender, a seventh-grader, batted .357 with 31 RBIs and 18 extra base hits. - Daniella Wilson of Indian Land (Fort Mill, S.C.) led to the 2A Warriors to an 18-8 season with a .500 batting average and team highs in hits, homers and RBIs. - Arianna Atchley of Prattville Christian Academy (Ala.) scored a team-leading 52 runs and stole 41 bases to lead the Panthers to a 36-win season. Eighth-grade teammate Melissa Townsend was 11-5 with a 2.66 ERA and batted .324. - Brylie St.Clair of Sand Rock (Leesburg, Ala.) is a two-time all-state player after putting up big numbers for a second-straight season (48 runs, 26 RBIs, .548 batting average and 31 stolen bases). She was the 3A Wildcats' top offensive player and had 26 more base hits than any other teammate in a 19-15 season. - Daja Cowan of Resurrection Catholic (Pascagoula, Miss.) stole 47 bases and batted .479 in 16 games. Not to be outdone by the older eighth-graders, a pair of seventh-graders made headlines. Halle Payne averaged better than a strikeout per inning and had an 0.89 ERA as Hale County (Moundville, Ala.) won Alabama's 3A state title. And Liz Rodebaugh of Dale County (Midland City, Ala.) scored 47 runs and batted .466. Payne picked up two wins at the state tournament, including a four-hit, 10-inning quarterfinal victory. Her only loss on the season was 2-0 to 4A state champion Curry. Her freshman teammate Savanna Holmes batted .407 and won 15 games as an eighth-grader in 2014 to lead Hale County to the state 2A title. Also, seventh-grader Johnna Staggs of Rogers (Florence, Ala.) had a pair of walk-off game winners for the Pirates this season. While some states give the green light for middle-school players to move up, most don't. However, that has not stopped the following Class of 2019 members to verbally commit to play softball for Division 1 universities: - Paloma Usquiano from Downey, Calif. has committed to Arkansas. - Maddison Koepke, who will play at Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.), has committed to Auburn. - Sydney Supple, who will play at Oshkosh North (Wis.), has committed to Northwestern. - Raylee Pogue from Ardmore, Okla. has committed to Oklahoma. - Kinzie Hansen from Anaheim, Calif. has committed to Oklahoma. - Ariel Carlson, who will attend Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.), has committed to Oregon. - Deijah Pangilinan, who will play for St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.), has committed to Oregon. - Kaitlyn Morrison from South Park, Pa. has committed to Penn State. - Vanessa Oatley from Providence, R.I. has committed to Penn State. - Michelle Leone from Jacksonville, Fla. has committed to Penn State. - Caitlyn McCrary from Murfreesboro, Tenn. has committed to Tennessee. - Natalia Reeves from Liberty Hill, Texas has committed to Texas State. - Lexandra Sosa from Los Angeles has committed to UCLA.

Alberta energy minister inexperience a concern for industry

Published 05/25/2015 11:17 PM

By Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's oil and gas industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta's new energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts and executives said on Monday. Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master's degree in administration and leadership from San Diego State University, was on Sunday appointed as energy minister by new Premier Rachel Notley. Notley's left-wing New Democratic Party toppled a 44-year-old conservative government in a May 5 vote, but only a few of its lawmakers have ever held public office.

Explore Ways Community Colleges Serve Veterans

Published 05/25/2015 01:30 PM

The choice between community college and a four-year university can make a difference in student comfort and success. The structure, cost and demographic of students can make community college a better option for some service members who are interested in earning a degree or job skills. Community colleges tend to offer a large and diverse range of courses and certifications that fall under the GI Bill, many of which match some of the skills that service members built in the military.

High School Teachers Can Help Teens Soar With Aviation, Aerospace

Published 05/25/2015 01:00 PM

"Most kids have had the experience of flying in an aircraft and most people when they fly in an aircraft they feel one of two things," says Rebecca Vieyra, an Albert Einstein distinguished educator fellow at NASA and a former high school physics teacher. Teaching students about how flight occurs is a good way to grow their interest in science, technology, engineering and math topics, she says. In Florida, for example, one high school recently revitalized its aviation and aerospace engineering magnet program.

Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless

Published 05/25/2015 02:18 AM

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford is encouraging college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators with others and the environment to overcome life's daunting difficulties.

Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary RISD degree

Published 05/24/2015 05:36 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Iconic filmmaker John Waters says he was surprised to be offered an honorary degree from a prestigious Rhode Island art school. After all, he was thrown out of every school he ever went to.

10 Commencement Speeches With Real Advice for Grads

Published 05/24/2015 04:43 PM

It’s college graduation season, and as in years past, these kinds of inspirational sentiments are being proclaimed in commencement speeches coast to coast. While encouraging words from some of the nation’s most prominent leaders never hurt, some of this year’s crop of speakers are bringing real talk to grads who are about to leave the bubble of the college campus and step into the real world. The former secretary of state addressed how the American dream “unravels and the social fabric is torn” when we let hate divide us.

Robert Redford Tells Maine College Students: The World Is "Rough" and "Chaotic"

Published 05/24/2015 05:00 AM

"It's kind of a grim story," he told graduates at Colby College. "But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you're the ones to do it."

Families of 10 killed in California crash get some answers

Published 05/23/2015 04:51 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Myvett proposed to his college sweetheart on bended knee in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. Four months later, the pair died in a fiery head-on collision between a FedEx semi-truck and a bus that killed eight others in California, including five promising high school students.

Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash

Published 05/23/2015 03:08 AM

By Olga Grigoryants LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of the dead were Los Angeles-area students who had been on their way to tour a university campus when the FedEx truck collided head-on with their bus on Interstate 5 in the agricultural community of Orland, north of Sacramento. The April crash also killed five adults including a 26-year-old college recruiter and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck.

Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

Published 05/22/2015 10:36 PM

By Sebastien Malo NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. The protests are an effort to wrest control of Newark's schools from Superintendent Cami Anderson, whose appointment has met with bitter opposition from students, parents and teachers unions in New Jersey's largest city. Anderson's "One Newark" plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

Top Educators Say Teacher Quality Isn’t the Key to Student Achievement

Published 05/22/2015 09:22 PM

Seventy-six percent of the teachers said students’ home lives kept them from doing their best in the classroom, while 63 percent identified poverty as the biggest factor. “As teachers, we know those factors present huge barriers to our students’ success,” Jennifer Dorman, Maine’s winner, told The Washington Post. “Helping students cope with those three factors is probably the most important part of my job.

US schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

Published 05/21/2015 07:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety drills, parent notification systems, and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jon Bon Jovi breaks out guitar at commencement address

Published 05/21/2015 05:13 PM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus.

11 dead in Mexico crash of double-semi, school van

Published 05/21/2015 04:42 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — State authorities say a double-trailer freight truck drifted into an oncoming lane and toppled onto a van carrying high school students in north-central Mexico, killing 11 people.

Moroccan king names four new ministers - statement

Published 05/21/2015 09:52 AM

Morocco's king named four new ministers from political parties forming the ruling coalition, the royal palace said on Wednesday, replacing figures involved in public scandals or who had stepped down for personal reasons. In 2013, King Mohammed named 19 new ministers after Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane reached a deal to form a new coalition. Three of the new ministers will replace those in charge of parliamentary relations, higher education and vocational training who have resigned.

Survey: US schools beef up safety measures

Published 05/21/2015 05:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.

6 Chinese nationals accused of stealing US firms' technology

Published 05/20/2015 03:28 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

UN experts rap S.Korea over AIDS test for expat teachers

Published 05/20/2015 02:01 PM

UN rights experts on Wednesday rapped South Korea for demanding that a New Zealander undergo an HIV test before renewing her teaching contract, insisting she should be paid compensation. The woman, identified in the media as Lisa Griffin, did not have her contract renewed in 2009 after she refused to undergo the test, which is not required of ethnic Korean teachers. Griffin's employers, the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education, had said that HIV/AIDS tests were "viewed as a means to check the values and morality of foreign English teachers," a UN statement said.

Learn How to Transfer Parent PLUS Loans to a Child

Published 05/20/2015 02:00 PM

You, the parent, are responsible for repaying the loan," says the Department of Education's student loan website. With this strategy, the child refinances the parent PLUS loan into a private student loan, transferring the debt into the student's name in the process. The PLUS loan goes away, repaid by the child's new private loan, with new terms and conditions.

4 Ways to Grow a College Savings Account Quickly

Published 05/20/2015 01:30 PM

Among families that are actively saving for their children's college education, only 27 percent are using 529 plans and other similar accounts that can provide considerable tax advantages, according to a 2015 study from student lender Sallie Mae. Instead, nearly half of families saving for college are using general savings accounts. Along with missing out on tax benefits, parents who are socking away funds in traditional savings accounts may lose out on potential growth from investing in stocks, bonds and other assets through 529 plans.

Extracurricular Activities Grow at Arab Region Universities

Published 05/20/2015 12:00 PM

Ala Ahmed Al-Mubarak saw firsthand how student activities at some higher education institutions in the Arab region are lacking. Al-Mubarak, a lab technician in the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia, studied English language and literature at the Arab Open University in Bahrain from 2004 to 2008. "I don't recall there being any activities on campus besides career day," said Al-Mubarak via email.

6 Chinese nationals charged with stealing US trade secrets

Published 05/20/2015 02:19 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Chinese nationals who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and three others have been charged with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

Thousands of Seattle teachers hold one-day strike over pay, class size

Published 05/19/2015 11:31 PM

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of Seattle teachers walked out of class on Tuesday to demand higher pay and smaller class sizes, marking the largest one-day strike in a series of rolling protests by educators in Washington state over public school funding. More than 50,000 students in Seattle, the state's largest school district, were out of class on Tuesday. Dressed in red, teachers and community members marched through downtown Seattle holding signs that read: "Good Schools Require Good Funding," and "On Strike Against Legislature." About 2,500 Seattle teachers took part in the strike, according to the union, the Seattle Education Association.

US agents make record New York heroin bust

Published 05/19/2015 10:44 PM

US agents in New York seized a record-breaking $50 million worth of heroin smuggled from Mexico in the biggest such haul in state history, officials announced Tuesday. The more than 70 kilos (154 pounds) of heroin was seized from a vehicle parked in an upmarket neighborhood of the Bronx, near Horace Mann, one of America's most prestigious private schools. US officials said it was the largest seizure of heroin by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the state of New York and the fourth largest in the United States.

FTC: Family raised $187M for cancer, spent it on themselves

Published 05/19/2015 06:38 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Published 05/19/2015 05:47 PM

Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 37, has come under fire for the disputed changes, which concern schools for children aged between 11 and 15. Among the most disputed elements of the reforms is a proposal to reduce the teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek, replacing these languages with a general class on classical culture.

See the Most Diverse National Liberal Arts Colleges

Published 05/19/2015 01:30 PM

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Half of college graduates expect to be supported by their families

Published 05/19/2015 05:01 AM

Parents seem to be more lenient about letting their graduate children come back home.

Bernie Sanders is unveiling a free college tuition bill. Will it work?

Published 05/18/2015 10:48 PM

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) of Vermont is planning to unveil a bill that, if passed, will make tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free. In addition to eliminating college tuition at public colleges, Mr. Sanders' bill would expand work-study programs, and seeks to lower student debt and student loan rates – a system modeled after those of European countries such as Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. Earlier this year, Sanders called for free tuition for college freshman and sophomores, and recently other liberal politicians have also taken up the cause of making college more affordable for American students as well. To fulfill this goal, Sanders had called on state governments to invest $18 billion public higher education each year in order to meet his original goal of free tuition for college freshman and sophomores.

Discover 4 Unusual Online Bachelor's Degrees

Published 05/18/2015 02:30 PM

Many people know a college student or a working professional pursuing an online degree in business, health care, information technology or education. "People are stepping away from the thought of, 'You can't learn that online,'" says Cali Morrison, communications manager at WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education. And now in 2015, it's possible to get an online bachelor's degree in fire and emergency services administration, aviation, integrative health or even horticulture. -- Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration: Colorado State University has offered a bachelor's in fire and emergency services administration for nearly 15 years to meet department demands for higher levels of education, says program coordinator Larry Grosse.

Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: "It's Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We've Become"

Published 05/18/2015 05:00 AM

The former 'Colbert Report' host and incoming 'Late Show' host compared his situation with that of the students embarking on their future, peppering his remarks with a few jokes about the North Carolina university and taking some shots at nearby rivals UNC and Duke.

Sweet Briar's last class: Why all-women colleges are disappearing

Published 05/16/2015 04:34 PM

For Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Saturday’s commencement is the beginning of the end. “These institutions can no longer serve their original purpose: providing opportunities for those shut out from the male-dominated world of higher education,” Brian Burton wrote for the Harvard Political Review in 2010. Between 2001 and 2011, female enrollment in all degree-granting institutions rose by more than a third, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In the case of Sweet Briar, the added burdens of a largely restricted endowment and nearly $30 million in debt forced administrators to make a hard decision, the Associated Press reported.

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts

Published 05/16/2015 05:44 AM

Minnesota's legislative leaders announced late Friday that they were closing in on a sweeping deal for a new two-year budget that pumps more than $400 million into public schools and preserves a health ...

Common Receives Honorary Degree, Gives Winston-Salem State University Commencement Speech

Published 05/16/2015 05:00 AM

"Go out and change the world," Common said to the crowd after being honored with his honorary degree.

The Crisis No One Is Fixing: Our Schools Lose More Teachers Than They Keep

Published 05/16/2015 12:20 AM

In the next decade or so, America’s public schools will lose a million educators—about half of all teachers. Not only are schools losing veteran teachers to retirement, but they are also having trouble keeping new educators in the classroom and attracting students to the profession. Many aspiring educators, such as 21-year old UCLA graduate Rafi Silva, have expressed reluctance to enter the profession at all. Silva is featured in the film The Road to TEACH, a documentary that followed him and two other millennials on a cross-country journey to explore the teaching profession.

When It Comes to Bullying, Mean Girls Still Rule the School

Published 05/15/2015 10:27 PM

If you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, you’ll recall that it didn’t take much for a student to end up in the “Burn Book”—the notebook where the popular clique of high school girls, the Plastics, jotted down horrible comments and gossip about other, mostly female students. The film’s premise of girls being bullied seems to be reflected in data from a new survey from the U.S. Department of Education.

Bullying declines in US schools as more students embrace diversity, tolerance

Published 05/15/2015 08:00 PM

The portion of students who experience behaviors used to measure bullying – such as being threatened, pushed, made fun of, or excluded – dropped to 22 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since 2005, the US Department of Education reported Friday. The data come from a survey of 12- to 18-year-olds by the National Center for Education Statistics. Since the start of the measurement in 2005, the percentage had ranged from 28 to 32 percent. “As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Even though we’ve come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation’s children,” he added.

'Coasting' schools improvement plan

Published 05/27/2015 12:01 AM

A more rapid intervention for underperforming schools in England is expected to be announced in the Queen's Speech.

UK nations 'have biggest skills gap'

Published 05/27/2015 01:01 AM

UK nations have some of the biggest skills gaps between young people who are not in education, employment or training and those in work, suggests a study.

Muslims 'dehumanised' says Qatar royal

Published 05/26/2015 08:28 PM

Sheikha Moza warns that Muslims are being "dehumanised" by the coverage of violent extremism in the Middle East.

Uni to divest from three fuel firms

Published 05/26/2015 05:26 PM

Edinburgh University is to fully divest from three of the world's biggest fossil fuel producers within the next six months.

New powers 'should fund education'

Published 05/26/2015 05:02 PM

The Scottish Government is urged to commit to increasing the top rate of tax in Scotland to 50p to fund education.

Poster family warns over stock images

Published 05/25/2015 12:55 PM

A family whose image was used in a poster campaign by the group opposing gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland say they were "naive" about stock photography websites.

Dyslexia 'not linked to eyesight'

Published 05/25/2015 06:20 AM

There are no differences in the eyesight of dyslexics and non-dyslexics, say researchers

Adoption services 'should be merged'

Published 05/23/2015 04:43 PM

Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.

Cash squeeze at children's centres

Published 05/22/2015 01:08 AM

Support for vulnerable children in England is at risk as funding ebbs away, analysis by Barnardo's suggests.

Alternative to adoption on the rise

Published 05/22/2015 11:42 AM

The number of babies subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC - while adoption rates have been falling.

Free school expansion plans launched

Published 05/22/2015 01:07 AM

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan begins the process of creating more free schools, which she describes as "engines of social justice".

New maths GCSEs 'too hard' - Ofqual

Published 05/21/2015 04:26 PM

Last minute changes to new maths GCSEs are ordered after tests reveal they are not pitched at the right level.

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

Dogs help relieve vets' exam stress

Published 05/22/2015 12:31 PM

Stressed trainee vets have taken a break from learning about animal health and invited in a team of dogs to help them cope with exam revision.

Pi and a pint of science experiments

Published 05/19/2015 12:43 PM

UK scientists take science lectures to the pub in the Pint of Science festival in 12 cities across the country.

VIDEO: My cerebral palsy story - in animation

Published 05/26/2015 12:02 AM

Bristol schoolgirl Tegan, 14, creates animation to help her friends understand her differences.

VIDEO: Why campaigners are giving toys disabilities

Published 05/26/2015 10:14 AM

Toy Like Me campaigner Rebecca Atkinson explains why parents of children with disabilities want to see a new generation of toys bringing greater diversity to the playroom.

VIDEO: School intervention plan set out

Published 05/17/2015 09:10 PM

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants to introduce powers to force schools in England out of local authority control if they consistently underperform.

VIDEO: Six-year-old computer whizz passes Microsoft exam

Published 05/17/2015 08:32 AM

A six-year-old British boy has become the youngest person in the world to become a Microsoft Office Specialist.

One school, four catchment areas

Published 05/26/2015 01:47 AM

One school, four catchment areas. Is this a fairer system?

Nicky Morgan: Olive branches or burning bridges?

Published 05/20/2015 01:57 AM

Olive branches or burning bridges for the new term?

Is exam stress eased by small pigs?

Published 05/15/2015 02:42 AM

Micropigs, screaming and ball pools soothe student nerves

Benny Green - boy who reflected changing UK

Published 05/25/2015 03:13 PM

The Grange Hill character who reflected a changing Britain.

The school for children others excluded

Published 05/13/2015 03:35 AM

The school for children others deemed too difficult

Is memory needed in a digital age?

Published 05/13/2015 07:35 AM

Should students be allowed to use search engines in exams?

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