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Education News

‘Access to Literacy’ Is Not a Constitutional Right, Judge in Detroit Rules

Published 07/04/2018 10:00 AM

Students in failing schools said they were denied an adequate education. A judge agreed conditions were “devastating,” but not unconstitutional.

Colleges and State Laws Are Clamping Down on Fraternities

Published 06/05/2018 09:29 PM

A new law in Louisiana makes some hazing actions a felony, and other states are looking to adopt similar measures.

In the Age of Trump, Civics Courses Make a Comeback

Published 06/07/2018 07:18 PM

Schools that traded history and government for more science and technology are rethinking the calculation, hoping to create a new generation of activists.

Colleges Grapple With Where — or Whether — to Draw the Line on Free Speech

Published 06/05/2018 09:57 PM

Higher education is struggling to balance the demand by some students to be protected from offensive speech while guaranteeing freedom of speech to others.

Patricia Schiller, a Sex-Education Pioneer, Dies at 104

Published 07/11/2018 09:12 PM

Switching from a law career, she founded a professional association for sex counselors and therapists.

The New Toll of American Student Debt in 3 Charts

Published 07/14/2018 03:38 AM

The average debt load is flattening out, a new analysis of federal loan data shows, but college isn’t getting cheaper. Many students are hitting their borrowing cap, and parents are filling the gap.

1 Neighborhood. 24 Kindergarten Classes. 40 Languages. (Some Miming Helps.)

Published 06/30/2018 01:52 AM

There are so many children in one Toronto neighborhood that the school board built an entire school just for kindergartners — 24 classes.

Kids Don’t Just See Art at This Show. They Work With the Artists, Too.

Published 06/28/2018 06:58 PM

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has opened “Art, Artists & You,” an exhibition that gives four adult artists residencies and opportunities to mentor visitors.

Beijing Dispatch: Mao 101: Inside a Chinese Classroom Training the Communists of Tomorrow

Published 07/02/2018 07:10 AM

Ideological classes have long been a part of the college curriculum in China. But they are more important than ever to the Communist Party, even if many students say they are numbing propaganda.

Educators Turn to Programs for Top Students to Narrow the ‘Excellence Gap’

Published 06/25/2018 01:49 PM

Instead of just helping disadvantaged students to catch up with peers, educators are looking for ways to give them more chances to shine in advanced classes and selective schools.

Diana King, a Leading Teacher in Overcoming Dyslexia, Dies at 90

Published 06/22/2018 09:46 PM

An author of 15 books, Ms. King founded a summer camp and school to help children with learning disabilities that had often gone undiagnosed.

Rider Reaches Deal to Sell Westminster Choir College to Chinese Firm

Published 06/21/2018 11:17 PM

Under the agreement, Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology would buy the renowned but struggling music school for $40 million. The deal, however, faces legal challenges.

What Is the SHSAT Exam? And Why Does It Matter?

Published 06/22/2018 04:24 AM

The test to get into New York’s elite public schools has led to debate over school segregation. So how much weight does the test have and what are the proposed changes?

A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt

Published 06/21/2018 11:26 PM

Teachers criticized the College Board for encouraging a Eurocentric worldview after it announced the exam material would only cover the period after 1450.

Stanley Cavell, Prominent Harvard Philosopher, Dies at 91

Published 06/21/2018 05:32 PM

Professor Cavell, an expert in so-called ordinary language philosophy, found deep thoughts in popular areas like movies and plays.

For First Time, New York City Teachers Will Get Paid Parental Leave

Published 06/20/2018 10:17 PM

Though they care for other people’s children, members of the United Federation of Teachers had not been given paid time off to care for babies. Now that will change.

New York’s Elite Girls’ Schools Are Starting to Admit Transgender Students

Published 06/19/2018 07:03 PM

The Brearley School in Manhattan announced that all applicants who consider themselves female were welcome to apply, following a similar decision by the Spence School.

A Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Didn’t Want Him to Leave. So She Crushed His Dreams.

Published 06/16/2018 02:22 PM

He had a chance to study with a renowned professor. But his (now ex-) girlfriend intercepted a scholarship offer and turned it down.

Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says

Published 06/16/2018 05:42 PM

Personal ratings brought down Asian-American applicants’ chances of being admitted, according to an analysis filed by a group suing the school for bias.

Wealth Matters: A Guiding Hand From College to Not Just a Job, but a Career

Published 06/15/2018 03:14 PM

New businesses are cropping up to help college graduates find a meaningful job, but the services don’t come cheap.

College Road Trip: Indiana

Published 08/13/2010 07:50 PM

College Road Trip: California

Published 08/13/2010 07:40 PM

College Road Trip: Georgia

Published 08/13/2010 07:11 PM

Improving Instruction on Instruction in Education Grad Schools

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Few schools prepare teachers for life in the classroom, research shows.

The Science Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate programs in the sciences

The Business School Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate business schools

Business School: Teaching More Than Work Ethic

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Tomorrow's corporate leaders are learning business skills and social values at B-schools.

Bitten by the Green Design Bug

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Engineering students flock to sustainable design, and schools aim for green waters.

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

Bringing Better Health to Rural America

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

The nation's small towns need more physicians, and med schools aim to fill the gap.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission Odds

Published 03/23/2010 03:22 PM

See which schools are most likely to admit and you and give you financial aid.

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Colonial Athletic Association

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Colonial Athletic...

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Conference USA

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Conference USA...

Colleges Play the Name Game

Published 09/17/2009 10:11 PM

Many colleges are switching names to attract students, but are some schools profiting from confusion?

Top-Notch Schools for Engineering Talent

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Studying science in college can mean cutting-edge research, and it can put you on the fast track to graduate school. But picking the right place...

Road Trip: MIT

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Think of a number ...

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Loans to be capped at 15 percent of income, and those entering public service may get loans forgiven.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

Medical Schools Fight the War Against Disease

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Epidemiologists go straight to the source, then sift their data one clue at a time.

How Technology Is Changing the Medical Profession

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Clinical practice guidelines, electronic medical records, and population science are revolutionary.

Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

Aerospace Engineering Searches for New Talent

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

As more baby boomers reach retirement, demand for qualified graduates is on the rise.

America's Best Colleges: Most International Students

Published 03/17/2009 04:06 PM

The percent of undergraduates who are international.

America's Best Colleges: Freshman Retention Rates

Published 03/17/2009 04:01 PM

The average proportion of freshmen who return the following fall.

America's Best Colleges: Campus Ethnic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:58 PM

The total proportion of minority students and the overall mix of groups.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Published 03/17/2009 03:52 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants at the Top 25 schools.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:44 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.

America's Best Colleges: Best Values

Published 03/17/2009 03:39 PM

These colleges give the best bang for your buck.

Cheaper, Bigger, and Cooler Student Loans

Published 07/01/2008 05:58 PM

New federal standards ease some of the financial pressure for students and their parents.

Colleges Drop Their Loan Programs

Published 04/17/2008 06:10 PM

Administrators at more than 250 public colleges have opted out of the Stafford loan program.

The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

Published 04/17/2008 05:59 PM

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

Cuts in European-Language Studies

Published 04/17/2008 05:43 PM

As more students study Arabic and Chinese, European-language departments are suffering cutbacks.

Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt...

Hot Tips for Law School Students

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Specialization isn't the only way to gain practical know-how in law school.

New Ways to Get a Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Options include salaried training, condensed course, and flexible schedules.

Getting Business School Skills While in Law School

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Law school students can choose joint programs and special courses.

Changes for the GRE Exam This Fall

Published 09/12/2007 08:44 PM

The fill-in-the-blank questions get trickier, and some questions don't give any choices at all.

Exposing Lenders' Ties to Schools

Published 09/07/2007 05:49 PM

N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has nudged institutions to sign codes of conduct on loans.

Playing Your Cards Right

Published 09/07/2007 05:44 PM

The stakes in the financial aid game are higher than ever.

Loans Are as Tricky as Ever

Published 09/07/2007 05:39 PM

Colleges break links with lenders but now give less guidance.

The New Rules of Finding Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:28 PM

Codes of conduct and pending legislation are changing loan options for students and parents.

Nickel and Diming Your Kids to College

Published 09/07/2007 05:23 PM

Small rebates from retailers are just another way parents can fund ever expanding 529 plans.

Learning Economics 101

Published 09/07/2007 05:16 PM

Schools expect students to work part time. So do parents.

How to 'Leverage' Your Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:03 PM

You can get more dough by pitting schools against one another.

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Published 09/04/2007 04:56 PM

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SAT Scores Drop for the Second Year in a Row

Published 08/28/2007 04:41 PM

The College Board reports a gender gap in the writing section and a rise in students with disabilities.

The Many Roads to Becoming a Spelling Bee Champion

Published 07/17/2018 11:20 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Approves Utah and California ESSA State Plans

Published 07/12/2018 11:56 PM

WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Utah and California’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "I am pleased to approve Utah and California’s plans, both of which comply with the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states utilize the flexibilities afforded in ESSA to rethink education and to improve outcomes for all students.";

#RethinkSchool: Rural District Embraces the 3 E’s to Advance Student-centered Vision

Published 07/12/2018 06:51 PM

Superintendent Kirk Koennecke smiles as he recounts how his rural school district’s connection with the Lean Six Sigma business process began, as a

Student Chefs Are Cooking Up Change at ED

Published 07/11/2018 12:02 AM

Recently, student chefs from six cities across the country were at the Department of Education to participate in the Cooking up Change National Finals. These talented students earned their way by winning local competitions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orange County and Troy, Alabama. They engaged in a cook-off that saw the team from Orange County win first place and the team from Houston win second.

Secretary DeVos Announces New Federal Disaster Assistance for Georgia

Published 07/06/2018 07:04 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $94,500 in new federal assistance for Georgia under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding, while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.

Overcoming Homelessness and Poverty through Education

Published 07/03/2018 12:29 AM

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U.S. Secretary of Education Approves Oklahoma ESSA State Plan

Published 07/02/2018 09:47 PM

WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Oklahoma’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “I am pleased to approve Oklahoma’s plan, which complies with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. “I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students.”

Puerto Rico to Pilot New Student-Centered Funding System

Published 07/02/2018 07:52 PM

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) will be the first to pilot new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create a student-centered funding system. The model is designed to equitably allocate local, state and federal resources based on student needs.

2018 YoungArts Student Art Exhibit

Published 06/30/2018 01:23 AM

The art exhibit “Total Tolerance,” featuring 2018 YoungArts winners in design, photography, visual arts and writing, recently opened at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The first YoungArts exhibit at ED, it features a collection of work from 21 student artists and celebrates religious, cultural, gender and racial diversity. The works reflect the artists’ personal views on inequality and social justice and, in some cases, are directly rooted in their lived experiences.

Be Safe and Healthy: Tips for a Fun-Filled Summer

Published 06/28/2018 12:50 AM

June is National Safety Month and, with the onset of summer, what better time for tips to help children stay safe and healthy.

Prepared Remarks from Secretary DeVos to the National Leadership and Skills Conference

Published 06/27/2018 07:52 PM

Thank you, Grace, for that introduction. Tim, thank you for putting students at the center of everything you do at SkillsUSA. Governor Bevin, thank you for the warm welcome to Kentucky and to Louisville. I've spent most of my life in the private sector, and I still feel more at home at events like this—with leaders of industry, creative thinkers, and doers — than in the acronym-obsessed halls of Washington, D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Welcomes Frank Brogan as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education

Published 06/26/2018 04:35 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos congratulated Frank Brogan on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. "Frank has spent much of his career tirelessly working on behalf of America’s students,” said Secretary DeVos. “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know he will be vital to our work here at the Department. I am delighted to finally have him on our team.”

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Receive 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award

Published 06/22/2018 05:19 PM

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are pleased to announce that their publication, "Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention," has received a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). The NAGC announced the winners at the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Reception held during the 2018 NAGC Communications School in Fort Myers, Florida.

Statement from Secretary DeVos on the Government Reform Plan

Published 06/21/2018 06:36 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: “President Trump campaigned and won with his promise to reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Today’s bold reform proposal takes a big step toward fulfilling that promise. Artificial barriers between education and workforce programs have existed for far too long. We must reform our 20th century federal agencies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Betsy’s Blog – Combating the Opioid Crisis

Published 06/21/2018 12:22 AM

The opioid crisis has produced broken families, shattered lives and indescribable tragedy throughout the United States. Drug overdoses have claimed more than 300,000 lives since the year 2000 and have become the leading cause of injury death in the country. In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. No community is immune to this “crisis next door.”

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

Published 07/18/2018 10:09 AM

Teen depression and anxiety rates have been rising for years, and two new books offer advice to parents and caregivers.

Scared Of Math? Here's One Way To Fight The Fear

Published 07/16/2018 11:00 AM

Kids and grown-ups can both experience anxiety when it comes to math. One college professor has an assignment to help banish the dread.

Vouchers In Puerto Rico; Secret Service Guides Schools; Special Education And Race

Published 07/14/2018 11:00 AM

A judge rules private school vouchers are against Puerto Rico's constitution; the Secret Service releases a plan to help prevent school shootings; and the Department of Education faces another suit.

Your Turn: When Parents Push Too Hard ... Or Not Enough

Published 07/12/2018 04:41 PM

We asked our readers: Did you feel too much pressure from your parents when you were kids? As parents, how do you motivate your kids to do well?

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

Published 07/12/2018 11:00 AM

Many experts on kids and technology are also parents — and they don't necessarily hold themselves up as paragons for parenting in a time when screens are everywhere.

Parents: Here's How To Pick The Best Kids Apps For Family Vacations

Published 07/11/2018 01:31 PM

A handy guide to choosing fun and educational media for kids this summer.

This Game Show Gives Contestants A Chance To Have Their Student Debt Paid Off

Published 07/10/2018 09:27 PM

A new game show premieres Tuesday on TruTV. It's called Paid Off and it gives contestants a chance to answer trivia questions — and if they win, their student loans are paid off.

U.S. Degree? Check. U.S. Work Visa? Still A Challenge

Published 07/10/2018 11:00 AM

With a recent U.S. degree in hand, many international students are left to navigate the complicated immigration system by themselves.

What Families Need To Know About Screen Time This Summer

Published 07/09/2018 11:00 AM

Here's the most recent research on screens — just in time for summer, when kids are sure to have them out.

What The Affirmative Action Guidelines Change Means

Published 07/07/2018 01:07 PM

The Trump administration has revoked Obama-era affirmative action guidelines. Jon Boeckenstedt of DePaul University talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the effect on college admissions.

Here's What's Going On With Affirmative Action And School Admissions

Published 07/07/2018 11:00 AM

Race and admissions have been in headlines a lot lately, from the federal level on down. Here's a rundown of what is known and what is happening.

New Virginia Law Mandates Mental Health Education In Public Schools

Published 07/05/2018 09:48 PM

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Creigh Deeds (D- Va.), one of the sponsors of the new state law requiring mental health education in schools.

For Teens, Dystopian Fiction Seems Pretty Real — And That's Why They Like It

Published 07/05/2018 03:03 PM

Dystopian novels are all about consequences, choices and gray areas. Psychologists say that plays right into the sweet spot of the developing teenage brain.

This College For Adult Learners Is A Refuge, Not Just A Career Boost

Published 07/04/2018 11:00 AM

Tacoma Program students design their own course of study to address problems in society. They're there to finish degrees they started somewhere else — and based on the numbers, the model is working.

Obama-Era Guidelines Encouraging Affirmative Action Rescinded

Published 07/04/2018 10:03 AM

The departments of Justice and Education announced Tuesday that they have retracted documents that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions.Rescinded