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(27-04-2011)
  • Defiant Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

    A man holds up a photo of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-Erdogan rally in Taksim square in Istanbul on July 22, 2016Turkey pushed on Saturday with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup, defiantly telling EU critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one month without charge, and announced it would shut down over 1,000 private schools it deems subversive. A week after renegade soldiers tried to oust him with guns, tanks and F16s, Erdogan's government has detained over 13,000 people it suspects are state enemies, mainly soldiers but also police, judges, teachers and civil servants.


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  • Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to the Turkish Parliament in AnkaraBy Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days.


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  • Illinois governor apologizes for calling teachers illiterate
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized Friday for a 2011 email in which he characterized Chicago public school teachers as "virtually illiterate" and principals as "incompetent," but said he was frustrated by the pace of change in the nation's third-largest school system.More

  • Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to issue an apology Thursday for contending in an email sent in 2011 that half of Chicago Public Schools teachers "are virtually illiterate" and half of its principals are "incompetent."More

  • Zimbabwe to pay army next week, teachers in August

    President Mugabe walks past soldiers as he arrives for Zimbabwe's Heroes Day commemorations in HarareBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will pay July salaries for the army on Monday, more than a week late, but teachers will only receive their wages next month, a union official said, as the government grapples with an acute currency shortage. President Robert Mugabe's government is facing its biggest financial squeeze since it dumped its own hyperinflation-hit currency in 2009 and adopted the U.S. dollar. "We have been informed of the new pay dates by the government today," Cecilia Alexander, chairwoman of the Apex Council civil service union, told Reuters.


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  • The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution
    On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.More

  • Choose a Supply Chain Management Program to Boost Career Prospects
    For Tanner Ryan, pursuing a master's degree in supply chain management was a no-brainer. People like Ryan, who have a strong interest and expertise in supply chain management, are a hot commodity in the business community. Among employers who responded to a survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 27 percent are actively seeking graduates from supply chain management master's programs, according to the council's June report.More

  • Turkish President Announces 3-Month State of Emergency After Failed Military Coup

    Turkish President Announces 3-Month State of Emergency After Failed Military CoupTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency, less than a week after a failed military coup attempted to remove his government from power. The Board of Higher Education yesterday demanded the resignation of 1,577 deans from every university in the country, according to state-run Turkish media. The Ministry of Education also fired 15,200 teachers because of suspected ties to organizers of the coup, according to The AP.


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  • Feds investigate Memphis school district over migrant bias
    The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.More

  • Why is Turkey cracking down on its educators?
    Following last week’s military coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is leading a sweeping crackdown on those suspected of involvement in the suppressed insurrection. Arrests, detentions, suspensions, and dismissals have already affected tens of thousands of military and government employees, reaching into the corners of the Turkish bureaucratic structure. The decision comes a day after more than 15,000 Ministry of Education teachers and staff were suspended, and the Higher Education Board called for the resignation of 1,577 university deans.More

  • Iraq PM accepts resignation of another minister: office

    Minister of Higher Education Hussein al-Shahristani, pictured on on April 2, 2016 has resigned from his position in the cabinetIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has accepted the resignation of another minister, his office said on Wednesday, as he seeks to move forward with long-stalled efforts to replace the cabinet. Abadi agreed "to accept the resignation of Minister of Higher Education Hussein al-Shahristani," his office said in a statement, referring to a long-serving official who has also held positions including deputy prime minister and oil minister.


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  • Turkish state media says authorities to close down 626 private schools and other establishments
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish state media says authorities to close down 626 private schools and other establishments.More

  • 12 Colleges That Have Produced the Most Astronauts
    Before Astronaut School, There Was CollegeMore

  • 5 Tips for Finding Off-Campus Housing Overseas
    Not all global universities offer dorms or other types of student housing like many U.S. schools do. For this and other reasons, students pursuing long-term international studies or international degree programs may have to fend for themselves when it comes to finding a place to live. Eve Binder, a U.S. student, had to find her own housing in the U.K. prior to starting a master's degree program at the University of Oxford.More

  • Melania Trump's speech was run through a plagiarism checker

    Melania Trump's speech was run through a plagiarism checkerCollege students, take note: if you plagiarize, people will notice. Melania Trump spoke during the Republican National Convention on Monday night, leaving some viewers with a sense of déjà vu. SEE ALSO: 11 totally real earlier drafts of Melania Trump's speech Following a tweet from journalist Jarrett Hill, many called out Trump on blatantly plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 speech from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Looking at the speeches side by side, they are shockingly similar. The Washingtonian ran the transcripts of the suspicious paragraphs from Trump's speech through a comparison plagiarism checker, Small SEO Tools. The results, perhaps predictably, showed that nearly half of the speech was taken directly from Obama's speech. "The first half of the excerpt came in at 46 percent non-unique, while the next few sentences registered at 44 percent non-unique," wrote The Washingtonian. Mashable also ran the transcripts through the checker, and came up with similar results. The first excerpt, however, came up as 47 percent non-unique. Image: Small seo tools According to The Washingtonian , citing the plagiarism checker TurnItIn.com, "the likelihood that a 16-word match is ‘just a coincidence’ is less than 1 in a trillion. Melania Trump’s longest match? 23 words." This particular type of plagiarism is known as "clone plagiarism," in which the copier lifts words and phrases verbatim from another source. College professors agree that this kind of copying is not acceptable. Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies and co-chairwoman of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, told USA Today, "if I were reading a student paper and two paragraphs were lifted almost verbatim, I would turn the student into the dean and then he or she would decide the student's fate in terms of the college." Still, Team Trump is denying all accusations about the speech, citing everything from My Little Pony to directly blaming Hillary Clinton for the backlash. Still, let's hope Team Trump doesn't turn in any college papers. BONUS: Find Doc Brown in a Sea of Bernie Sanders


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  • Licenses of 21,000 Turkish teachers have been revoked: ministry official
    Turkey's education ministry has revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions, an official at the ministry told Reuters on Tuesday, part of an expanding government crackdown following a failed coup attempt. The announcement came shortly after a report that the High Education Board had ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities across Turkey. "The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been canceled.More

  • Embattled Portland, Oregon, superintendent steps down
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Embattled in controversy over high lead levels found in water sources at two schools, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said Monday she is stepping down effective immediately.More

  • Salaries for heads of some public colleges now more than $1 million
    An increasing number of public college presidents earned at least $1 million in 2015, as the cost of student tuition and fees continues to climb. Five presidents were paid packages of more than $1 million in the 2015 fiscal year, with Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston system and president of the University of Houston campus, topping the list, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Khator earned $1.3 million for being chancellor and president.More

  • Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts
    Despite the annual sticker price shock, many students and their families are receiving tuition discounts at private colleges. Under tuition discounting, a school offsets its published tuition price with grant aid from the institution to entice students to enroll at their college. It's a practice that began more than three decades ago -- and one that is more commonplace at many private schools, college financial aid administrators say.More

  • 'Working 80 Hours a Week Leaves Very Little Time to Waste Money'
    A doctor of disadvantaged patients details her long and arduous path to financial security: I would like to add my financial story to the numerous responses you have received from other readers. I would like to remain anonymous. I grew up in a lower-middle class setting: My father was an engineer, my mother a teacher’s aide, then a teacher. I never had to worry about food on the table, much less a roof over my head, but there was no room for extras. By the time I was in high school, we were settled very comfortably in middle class. Then the recession of the early 2000s hit, the company my father worked for closed down, and I graduated high school and started college, with my parents living on a single income and my elementary school-aged brother still at home. By nature (and perhaps a little by nurture as well), I was always a frugal person, but knowledge that my parents were borrowing almost $40,000 a year to pay my college tuition kept me on the very straight and narrow. I only ate the two meals a day that were included in my room and board. I walked everywhere. The rare trips into the city were done via public transportation. After I graduated from college, I attended medical school, and this time, the student loans were in my name.More