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(27-04-2011)
  • Four-day week for Georgia public school district: Does it work?
    This is the second consecutive year that the school district is operating with this atypical schedule, and metrics indicate the switch has had a positive effect on the students. “It has increased our discipline, our attendance is good, teacher attendance as well," said Jeff Martin, Chattooga High School principal to WSB-TV News in Atlanta. In the state of Georgia, schools are required to have no less than a daily average of five and a half hours of daily “instructional time” based on a 180-school-day calendar, according to guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Education.More

  • How the Media and You Are Misled by False Data

    How the Media and You Are Misled by False DataIt’s worth noting too that this is the government’s own data, which was largely ignored by the White House while portraying access to contraception as a crisis in the United States. Faulty claim #2: That brings us to another crisis declared by the Obama administration – the alleged epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses, and the existence of “rape culture” in higher education. From Barack Obama and Joe Biden on down, the White House has tossed around statistics supposedly from reliable studies of the issue, claiming that 1 in 5 women in college will be the victim of sexual assault.


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  • Virginia college graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story
    Three University of Virginia graduates on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media and a journalist over a now-debunked 2014 article describing a fraternity gang rape. The three men, all 2013 graduates and members of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the center of the story, claim the magazine was negligent in publishing an article entitled "A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rudin Erdely.More

  • 3 Big Differences Between 529 College Savings Plans, UTMA Accounts
    According to the College Board, the average cost for a year of college is $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending a public university, and the tuition jumps to $31,231 for private schools. For those reasons, 529 plans are one of the most popular vehicles for college savings, as they allow for tax-free growth and withdrawals, as long as the funds are used for approved educational expenses. When considering the best method to save for college, parents may consider both 529s and UTMA accounts.More

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

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


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  • Best Value Colleges 2015

    A graduating Air Force Academy cadet straightens his cap during the graduation ceremony for the class of 2015, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)These schools give you quality for a lower price.


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

    One of America’s Top Universities Is Ditching the SAT to Boost Student EnrollmentPreparing for and taking the SAT and ACT tests has become a stress-filled rite of passage for American high school students. But on Monday, one of the nation’s most prestigious and competitive universities, the George Washington University, joined the ranks of colleges that will no longer require the high-stakes tests for admission.The reason for the shift: boosting the enrollment of disadvantaged students. ...


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

  • Obama administration to allow prisoners access to college grants
    U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants. The program builds on efforts from the White House to provide pathways out of prison by reducing sentences and giving second chances to those who have served time.More

  • Gaza teachers head to Qatar as part of new employment drive
    About 100 Palestinian teachers have departed the impoverished Gaza Strip for potential teaching positions in Qatar. Two buses with banners praising Qatar and its emir dropped off the teachers Tuesday afternoon ...More

  • Debunking 3 Charter School Myths
    In cities across the country, charter schools make up a significant portion of the school system. To date, much of the prominent research on charter schools has been devoted to trying to determine if charter schools outperform traditional public schools. Charter schools exist in a political context, so backers have had to prove that their schools can do as well or better than traditional public schools on the measures states use to hold schools accountable.More

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

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


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

  • Philanthropists, Lawmakers Behind New Push for College Education in Prison
    Philanthropy groups and lawmakers are giving college education for prisoners a fresh look, as criminal-justice policies around the country place greater emphasis on preparing inmates for life beyond bars. Public funds for college education largely dried up in the 1990s, when Congress rendered prisoners ineligible for federal grants.More

  • Teachers in Chile vote to end 7-week strike
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of teachers in Chile are ending one of their longest strikes in decades, which protested a bill in Congress that would tie pay to performance.More

  • Leaving EU would harm status of British universities - lobby group

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


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  • Teachers Save Lives in Another Mass Shooting

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


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  • Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

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


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  • The ancient Commodore PC that haunts a Michigan public school system

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


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