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(27-04-2011)
  • Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal complaint accuses public schools in Virginia's capital city of more frequently and more harshly punishing black students and those with disabilities than their classmates.More

  • How Teachers Are Bringing Financial Literacy Lessons to the Classroom
    "When kids know how money works, they are more careful with their spending and take better care of their things that cost money," says Kristi Ekern, a fifth-grade teacher in the Denver metro area. "Children tell me they speak in the evenings with their parents, and parents are listening to the kids when they're evaluating investments," says Neme Alperstein, who recently retired from teaching the fifth grade in Queens, New York. During her 28 years of teaching, she used a program called the Stock Market Game, a virtual investing platform provided by the SIFMA Foundation, to teach students about investing by creating a hypothetical investment portfolio and following real stocks.More

  • Schools Are More Diverse, but America’s Teachers Probably Won’t Be

    Schools Are More Diverse, but America’s Teachers Probably Won’t BeIn the darkest days of racial segregation, it used to be said that a professionally dressed, well-respected African American strolling through the neighborhood wearing a suit and tie, or a dress with pearls, must be a doctor—or a teacher. At a time when blacks and Latinos make up the majority of America’s public school students, however, a new study produced by Brookings’ Brown Center on Education Policy shows teachers of color are vanishing from the nation’s classrooms at an alarming rate, with surprisingly few college students willing to replace them. “Making serious progress toward a teacher workforce which is as diverse as the students it serves will require exceptionally ambitious patches” to fix the brain drain, according to the study, titled High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The Real Challenge to Building a Diverse Workforce.


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  • Graduate students at private colleges can unionize: U.S. labor board
    In a 3-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that graduate students working as academic assistants are employees who get organizing rights under federal labor law. The NLRB's decision allows Columbia University research and teaching assistants to vote on whether they want to join a United Auto Workers affiliate.More

  • Labor board says graduate students can unionize
    Graduate students working as teaching assistants at private universities may unionize following a much-discussed ruling in their favor. The National Labor Relations Board decided Tuesday on a case from Columbia University graduate students who said their status as employees required the right to collective bargaining with the university, The Wall Street Journal reported. Both the cost and economic necessity of higher education and even graduate work have risen in recent years, giving private universities with sought-after names and reputations increasing power.More

  • Texas, four other states sue over U.S. transgender health policy

    Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, MississippiTexas and four other states sued the Obama administration on Tuesday over extending its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals, saying the move "represents a radical invasion of the federal bureaucracy into a doctor’s medical judgment." Texas, along with Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky and Kansas sued on behalf three medical organizations, two of which are affiliated with Christian groups. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named as a defendant in the suit, was not immediately available for comment. On Sunday, a judge for the same district blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 states, led by Texas.


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  • Graduate Students Can Unionize at Private Colleges, U.S. Labor Panel Rules
    A federal labor board ruled that graduate students who teach at private universities are employees with full rights to join unions, a sweeping decision that paves the way for student unionization on campuses nationwide. In a 3-1 decision announced Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board said a group of Columbia University students who sought to join a union deserved employee protections when they get paid for work at the direction of the school. The victory for the Columbia students could deliver tens of thousands of new members to the nation’s beleaguered labor movement, which has seen its ranks decline dramatically.More

  • Turn Your Visit Into a Vacation at These 10 Colleges
    As a new school year soon begins, millions of parents will start planning family weekend trips to college campuses across the country. The annual rite of passage for non-undergrads typically includes attending football games, enjoying homecoming festivities and exploring charming college towns. Instead, why not explore must-see tourist attractions or discover little-known gems with family members?More

  • 10 Low-Cost Online Graduate Education Programs for Out-of-State Students
    The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search. While earning an online master's degree in education can open the door to a higher salary or a new teaching opportunity -- and some school districts even require it after a couple of years in the profession -- it still comes with the price tag of paying for grad school.More

  • Coming Soon: 2017 Best Colleges Rankings
    In just three weeks, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, U.S. News will release the 2017 edition of the Best Colleges rankings. The new edition will include rankings of the four big categories -- National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges -- all available on usnews.com. U.S. News groups colleges into categories, based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, to compare schools with similar missions.More

  • Parents pulling kids out of 2 Livermore charter schools by the hundreds

    Parents pulling kids out of 2 Livermore charter schools by the hundredsParents are pulling their kids out of two Livermore charter schools by the hundreds. The schools are facing several accusations and now public schools in the area are dealing with the sudden influx of students.


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  • John Oliver unloads on charter schools in latest ‘Last Week Tonight’ episode
    Comedy Central must be kicking themselves for letting John Oliver go because the former Daily Show comedian has been absolutely killing it on HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for some time now. Far from your standard satirical or late night show, John Oliver each week chooses one topic to hone in on and then goes after it with surgical-like precision and wit. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s This past Sunday, Oliver turned his attention to charter schools and highlighted many of the problems associated with them that often get brushed under the rug. While Oliver acknowledges that there are many things to like about charter schools he also isn't afraid to point out their shortcomings. "Charters are basically public schools that are taxpayer-funded but privately run," Oliver explained at the beginning. "The first ones emerged 25 years ago as places to experiment with new educational approaches.” "But critics argue that charters overstate their successes, siphon off talented students and divert precious resources within the school district," Oliver went on to say. "Now for this piece, and I know this is going to make some people on both sides very angry, we're going to set aside whether or not charter schools are a good idea in principle. Because whether they are or not, in 42 states and in D.C. we're doing them. So instead we're going to look at how they operate in practice. One group found on average charters have a slight edge over traditional public schools in reading and about the same in math, but acknowledged charter equality is uneven across the states and across schools and that is putting it mildly." With that contextual backdrop, sit back for a good 18 minutes and enjoy John Oliver at the top of his game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_htSPGAY7IMore

  • Texas ruling adds to transgender students' back-to-school anxiety

    Andrew Morrison his wife Chelsa and their daughter Marilyn in Dallas, TexasBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - When Ashley Nurkin's 7-year-old daughter begins second grade in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week, it will be her first time going to school as a girl. "I am dreading having that conversation." The emotional roller-coaster for U.S. transgender students going back to school in the next few weeks hit a new curve when a federal judge in Texas ruled late on Sunday that states did not have to follow Obama administration guidance that public schools should allow students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The injunction follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier in August to halt a lower court ruling that would have permitted a transgender student who was born a girl to use the boys' bathroom at his Virginia high school.


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  • Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama's transgender rules

    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama returns from vacation rested and ready for a busy fall, including pressing Congress for Zika funding and fending off congressional attacks over the administration's $400 million "leverage" payment to Iran. Obama also plans a dogged effort to help elect Democrat Hillary Clinton as president. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.


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  • U.S. judge blocks Obama transgender school bathroom policy

    A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, IrvineA U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 dissenting states just in time for the new school year. While a setback for transgender advocates, the ruling is only the latest salvo in a larger legal and cultural battle over transgender rights that could be headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Following milestone achievements in gay rights including same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide in 2015, transgender rights have become an increasingly contentious issue in the United States, with advocates saying the law should afford them the same rights extended to racial and religious minorities.


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  • Q&A: Judge blocks Obama directive over transgender students

    FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announces Texas' lawsuit to challenge President Obama's transgender bathroom order during a news conference in Austin, Texas. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. Paxton had argued that halting the law before school began was necessary because districts risked losing federal education dollars if they didn't comply. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Answers to common questions about a ruling by a federal judge who blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools:


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  • Texas judge temporarily blocks Obama's directive on transgender bathroom rights

    Texas judge temporarily blocks Obama's directive on transgender bathroom rightsA federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools.


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  • US judge blocks new transgender school bathroom rules

    A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathroom on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North CarolinaA US judge has blocked federal guidelines instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and other private facilities of their choice. US District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Sunday in favor of Texas and 12 other states, which have sued the federal government over the new rules, meant to create safer environments for transgender students at public school districts and universities. US authorities had issued written guidelines in May, built on existing laws against sexual discrimination, which asked schools to let youths use the bathrooms matching their gender identity rather than the sex on their birth certificate.


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  • Students Are Most Likely to Be Bullied If They Live in These States

    Students Are Most Likely to Be Bullied If They Live in These StatesHollywood movies would have us believe that bullying often resembles a group of popular, athletic boys shoving nerdy classmates against lockers in school hallways—or girls trashing their peers in a Mean Girls–style “burn book.” In reality, bullying takes many forms, including name-calling, physical violence, and anonymous verbal abuse typed from behind the safety of a computer screen—and the problem is worse in some states than others. It crunched data from 45 states and the District of Columbia along 17 metrics that fell into three categories: bullying prevalence, bullying impact and treatment, and prevalence of anti-bullying laws. Thanks to its high percentage of high school students being bullied online and on school property, Michigan was found to be the state with the biggest overall bullying problem in the nation.


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  • Why teachers won Detroit's 'sick-out' case
    After more than a decade of losing enrollment and amassing debt largely under state-appointed emergency managers, the Detroit public school district could be on the verge of writing a new chapter for itself – one in which educators, students, and parents insist on taking back control of their destiny. Teachers closed schools 14 times during the 2016 school year with strikes protesting the state's emergency management of Detroit schools, The Wall Street Journal reported. Leaders at the state and local level criticized them as hurting the already-struggling effort to educate Detroit's children, but the union insisted the strikes brought attention to problems hurting teachers and students alike.More