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(27-04-2011)
  • Ontario Teachers likely to buy rest of UK's Bristol Airport: source

    Bristol airport: Give us the runway insteadCanada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is likely to buy the rest of Britain's Bristol Airport in a deal worth up to 250 million pounds ($424.6 million), a source closely monitoring the situation said on Monday. The pension fund, which already owns 49 percent of the regional airport, has the right of first offer for the 50 percent owned by Australian asset manager Macquarie Group . Macquarie, the world's largest infrastructure asset manager, was sounding out buyers for its holding, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is eyeing the stake as it seeks to expand its infrastructure holdings from $12 billion to around $18 billion.


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  • Salvage Summer ACT, SAT Prep With a Shortened Timeline
    Some high school students begin their summers with the intent of fully preparing for standardized college admissions tests. They understand that their time to study for the ACT or SAT will be limited once they return to school in the fall and wish to complete as much exam preparation as possible while their schedules permit.More

  • Healthier High School Lunches Get a Mixed Bag of Reviews
    The reviews on healthier school lunches are in, and it seems most high school students think they are tolerable. Many of the new federal requirements aimed at making school lunches healthier took effect in the 2012-2013 school year. Twelve months later, about 63 percent of high school students surveyed reported liking the new school lunches, at least to some extent, according to a report released this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve public health. "High school kids, you know they got their opinions right away," says Susan Birmingham, director of food service for Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, New York.More

  • Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
    WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.More

  • Science on the job: Teachers learn from tech firms
    A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren't spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they're toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. As American ...More

  • TEACHERS' UNIONS STAND IN THE WAY OF SCHOOL REFORM
    EDITORS: Cynthia Tucker is taking a one-week vacation and will not file a column dated for Aug. 2-3. In much of the country, parents are already buying school supplies for the start of the academic year -- a departure from days of yore. The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change if it is to prepare students for global competition.More

  • Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student
    Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master's degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders. Still, she admits technology can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially for online learners who tend to be older and less familiar with newer tools. "And you can find new ways to approach technology." Below are 10 technology mistakes many online students make when starting school.More

  • Land a Spot in a Top Online Master's in Education Program
    "Anybody who is working in education in the 21st century really needs to have an online experience, not just from an instructor side but from a student side," says Kaleb Patrick, director of graduate programs for Central Michigan University's Global Campus, tied for the No. 3 spot among online graduate education programs. Getting into the top online graduate education program isn't impossible -- the top 10 schools have an average acceptance rate of 85 percent, according to U.S. News data -- but online students might want to think twice about what they choose to emphasize in their applications. Admissions committees look for strong work experience, well-written essays and positive letters of recommendations from all of their applicants, however, prospective online students would be wise to focus on why they would be a good fit for a virtual environment, experts say. Students looking to get into the best online graduate education programs should make it clear they understand the unique requirements of online learning, says Patrick Roberts, an associate professor in the Northern Illinois University College of Education, ranked No. 1.More

  • Corinthian faces uphill struggle to sell Everest colleges
    It took a cryptic message on her college login page to alert Stephenie Wickiser to the plight of the company that owns her online university. Corinthian Colleges Inc is the first university operator in the United States to feel the force of a government crackdown on the $28 billion for-profit education sector. As part of an agreement with the Department of Education - the same deal to which Wickiser's login page made reference - Corinthian has six months to sell most of its campuses or close them down. "I am just worried that I am going to be stuck with all these student loans, and my degree means absolutely nothing," said Wickiser, a paralegal student at Corinthian's Everest University Online.More

  • House votes to simplify education tax breaks
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students. The bill would make permanent a tax credit that ...More

  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.


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  • Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.


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  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.


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  • Paying Teachers to Give Up Tenure: What’s the Right Price?
    Education reformer Michelle Rhee once called teacher tenure the Holy Grail of elementary and secondary school educators. In the latest tenure fight, a California judge last month ruled that the state’s last-hired, first-fired teacher tenure system deprives minority and low-income students of an equal education. Economist Allison Schrager, however, has proposed an alternative view that could help end the fighting: Convince teachers to trade job protection for cold, hard cash. Surveys show that public school teachers are among society’s lowest-paid workers;More

  • Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination
    By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the "One Newark" plan disproportionately affect black students. "We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the 'One Newark' plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race," an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.More

  • Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

    Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol June 3, 2014Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.


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  • Stray Decimal Points Put Thousands of Students' Financial Aid in Jeopardy

    Stray Decimal Points Put Thousands of Students' Financial Aid in JeopardyA mistake in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application forms could cost tens of thousands of students their financial aid.  The Department of Education told The Associated Press that a change in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, resulted in many students incorrectly entering their personal income levels. They estimate up to 200,000 people were wrongly declared eligible and others were incorrectly denied.  The DOE is trying to identify who was incorrectly selected for the Pell Grants and have since corrected the error on the online form, which stemmed from rogue decimal points.


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  • Montana senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

    FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.(AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.


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  • Lawsuit challenges Louisiana governor's plan to ditch Common Core
    By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. "The governor is acting beyond the scope of his powers under the state constitution," said Stephen Kupperman, attorney for the plaintiffs. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has said the state must use the tests despite the governor's plan. "The Louisiana Department of Education needs to stop delaying, issue an RFP (request for proposal) and follow the law," Jindal said in a statement.More

  • Most victims of fiery California bus crash died of smoke inhalation

    A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, California(Reuters) - Most of the 10 people killed in a fiery crash of a bus full of college hopefuls in Northern California survived the initial impact and died of smoke inhalation from flames that engulfed the vehicle, the county coroner said on Tuesday. Seven of those who died after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus taking high school students to a college recruitment event in April succumbed to asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, while two died of trauma sustained in the crash, the Glenn County Coroner's Office said. The dead in the crash in the city of Orland, an agricultural community north of Sacramento, included five Los Angeles-area students on their way to tour a Northern California university campus, as well as their chaperones and both drivers. While traveling south on Interstate 5, the FedEx truck gradually veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming lanes of traffic, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report published in April.


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