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  • Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind
    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is losing its independence to decide the best way to spend about $40 million in federal dollars to improve how students perform in its public schools, education officials said Thursday.More

  • Feed Your STEM Curiosity With These College Scholarships
    Over the last few years, science, technology, engineering and math scholarships have been on the rise, and that doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The Scholarship Coach has covered the continuing rise of STEM scholarships, and has noticed some interesting things about next year's available scholarships for science-minded students. In addition to traditional essay-based scholarship questions, you'll see more unconventional applications, such as those that require conducting experiments or working in teams to solve a problem. Two competitions in particular, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition, offer middle school and high school students a chance to apply real-world math and science concepts by building their own robots.More

  • Land a Summer Internship as a High School Student
    Summer internships are often sought after by college students, but recently there's been more incentive for high school students to get professional experience. The report also says 70 percent of companies believe high school students who complete their programs are either very or completely likely to eventually land a college internship within their company. "I think having an internship on your resume when you apply for college really shows that you're thinking about your future," says Lauren Berger, author of "All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience." "Those are the students that are going to succeed in the classroom." High school students can start by searching within their networks.More

  • Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

    A mother whose teenage child was onboard the capsized Sewol ferry and is missing, cries as she reads messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers on the ship at a port in JindoBy James Pearson and Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other crew members who abandoned ship have been arrested on negligence charges.


  • Californians overwhelmingly approve new education standards: poll
    Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the common core curriculum, a new poll shows. Nearly three-quarters of Californians also say they support free preschool for all 4-year-olds, a measure that has been proposed by Democrats in the legislature but met with skepticism by Governor Jerry Brown, the poll by the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday night showed. "Public support is solidly behind the significant changes that are being made to school funding and classroom curricula this year," said PPIC President Mark Baldassare. After hearing a brief description of the Common Core, criticized by some conservatives as a federal takeover of local public schools because the Obama administration is pushing for the change, 69 percent of California residents interviewed said they supported the standards, Baldassare said in a news release.More

  • Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony

    Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins, right, comforts British tennis player Andy Murray after he made an emotional speech following his acceptance of the Freedom of Stirling presented to him during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVEDUNBLANE, Scotland (AP) — Andy Murray burst into tears on Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane.


  • Rand Paul Wants Minorities to Embrace the School Vouchers Rural Republicans Are Rejecting

    Rand Paul Wants Minorities to Embrace the School Vouchers Rural Republicans Are RejectingRand Paul went to President Obama's adopted hometown on Tuesday to pitch private school vouchers as the "great equalizer" for inner-city minority students. That message doesn't work as well in mostly-white rural areas, where Republicans don't want to send sparse federal dollars to private schools.  Paul visited Chicago's Josephinum Academy, a Sacred Heart-affiliated school that is 5 percent non-Hispanic white, according to The New York Times. The thing is, Democrats and Republicans in rural areas oppose private school vouchers — which divert money from public schools to private schools — for the same reason: public schools need that money more.


  • Smaller share of US high school grads entering college. Why?
    A new annual review finds that 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities as of last October. That compares with a 66.2 percent enrollment rate in 2012 and 68.3 percent in 2011. All those numbers are below the all-time high of 70.1 percent in 2009, according to the Labor Department, which tracks the numbers and released its latest tally Tuesday. The share of high school grads heading for advanced degrees remains high compared with enrollment rates in many prior decades. But today’s enrollment rates are little changed from the late 1990s, despite efforts by President Obama and others to ramp up educational opportunities as a path to economic success – and despite polls showing that Americans view higher education as financially worthwhile.More

  • SERIOUSLY? Texas teachers scare, shame and bully kids about standardized tests
    If, as The Daily Caller speculates, there’s a special place in hell reserved for people who think up ways to make little kids feel horrible about themselves when they disappoint adults, then a bunch of teachers and school officials at Lamar Elementary School in El Paso, Texas should consider praying for mercy. Some parents of Lamar Elementary students believe teachers and school officials bullied their third-grade kids by sending home a bizarro, menacing handout about this week’s state-mandated STAAR standardized tests, reports local FOX affiliate KFOX. The Daily Caller has obtained the full text of the handout, entitled “What if I don’t try on the STAAR?” (See the image below.) However students who don’t do it to the satisfaction of the adults at Lamar Elementary risk flunking for the entire school year – so, no pressure kids! – and being labeled as “lazy.”More

  • California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Kashkari poses after touring the Robinson Helicopter Co. in TorranceBy Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari's proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology, electronics, or math subject in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings after graduation. It came as Kashkari, trailing a distant third in recent polls behind incumbent Jerry Brown and Republican Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly, is struggling to add momentum to his campaign before the June primary.


  • But Only White People Care About the Environment, Right?
    The narrator forecasts that climate change will significantly limit the choices they are presented with to create that life they might imagine. The colorful cast is computer animated and expressive—moving to the precisely timed narration of a live educator who might be white—not like the cartoony, absence of color type of white, but Caucasian, (or black, or Asian) and tasked with captivating the interest of thousands of students packed into an auditorium for a school assembly on the “environment.” Over 1.7 million high students around the country have seen the Alliance for Climate Education’s (ACE) award-winning climate science assembly. The ACE Assembly is a riveting recount of what science knows to be true about climate change, taken directly from reports by IPCC, NOAA, and NASA and refashioned to appeal to high school students.More

  • U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

    The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities. The 6-2 vote and the four opinions issued by justices in the majority revealed divisions on the court as to the legal rationale in rejecting civil rights groups' challenge to the ban. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the sole dissenting opinion, read excerpts from the bench, calling the decision a blow to "historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights." The court emphasized that it was not deciding the larger and divisive question of whether affirmative action admission policies can be lawful. But the decision made it clear that voter-approved affirmative action bans can withstand legal challenges.


  • Atheists' new plan of attack against Pledge of Allegiance: state courts
    For the second time in a year, American atheists and humanists are asking a state court to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, saying daily requirements to recite the phrase in public schools discriminates against atheist children. Last month, a nonbelieving New Jersey family sued its local school district in state court, claiming the daily classroom exercise violates the equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey constitution, the American Humanist Association announced on Monday. Last fall, the Massachusetts Supreme Court heard similar arguments from the humanist association, which represents another nonbelieving family that claims laws requiring their children to recite “under God” discriminate against their beliefs. This new focus on state laws and state constitutions represents a change in tactics for American atheists, who have traditionally sued in federal courts, mostly arguing that the First Amendment of the US Constitution forbids religious expressions in civic spaces.More

  • 'Main Line' drug ring in Pennsylvania nets two prep school grads
    (Reuters) - Two graduates of an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school were charged with operating an extensive drug ring that dealt cocaine and marijuana to students at high schools and colleges in an affluent part of Philadelphia, authorities said on Tuesday. Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, led the effort to create a "monopoly" on drug sales in the area and used high school students to deal drugs at their local schools, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts," Ferman said in a statement announcing their arrests. Scott and Brooks were former lacrosse players and graduates of The Haverford School, an all-boys prep school near Philadelphia that charges $35,000 per year in tuition, prosecutors said.More

  • Students Design Radiation Shield for NASA's Orion Spacecraft

    Students Design Radiation Shield for NASA's Orion SpacecraftNASA is developing a new spacecraft to take mankind to deep space, and high-school students will have an important role in designing it.


  • Volunteers find scenes of hope, despair at S. Korea ferry site
    Hundreds of bereaved parents, relatives, and friends mingle with volunteers here in a display of agony and heartbreak, shame and disbelief, over the sinking of a ferry on a holiday cruise packed with high school students on a school excursion.  An atmosphere of stoicism and quiet calm pervades the floor of the spacious gymnasium in this pleasant seaside community as fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, talk in low strained murmurs, lying on mats, wrapped in blankets, a week after the ferry, the Sewol, sank 12 miles south amid rocky islets visible to the horizon.  As investigators look for why and how the ship went down, volunteers have come from across Korea to hand out food and drink, fresh clothing, and toiletries. “When this happened, I realized I was neglecting my country,” says Youn Ji-na, a young woman who came from Seoul, 200 miles to the north. “This tragedy is the result of people not thinking about the country, about other people.”More

  • Learn How High School Classes Can Offer College Benefits
    High school and college are undoubtedly different worlds academically. However, high school students shouldn't totally rule out the relevance their current course work could have in college. Upon reflection, some college students found that some of their toughest high school classes and assignments were exactly what shaped them to be the hardworking university students they are today. Rather than simply viewing high school classes and projects as something to get through until graduation arrives, students should instead recognize the benefits to be gained from these opportunities.More

  • Ask 4 Questions to Choose Your Child's High School
    The number of Advanced Placement or dual-credit courses offered speaks to how much is expected of students and whether the school will challenge their teen. Graduation rates and college placement statistics reveal how successful a school is at seeing students through to the next level. The right culture was top of mind when Jacquie Whitt and her husband selected a school for their two children. Gauging the culture of a school is as important as assessing its academic quality, says Mark Reford, CEO of BASIS Independent Schools, private schools managed by BASIS.ed, which also runs top-rated charter high schools in several states, including BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona.More

  • Liberal Arts Colleges With Low Student-Faculty Ratios
    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 and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.More

  • Demographic Breakdown of the 2014 Best High Schools
    U.S. News evaluated 31,242 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014 Best High Schools rankings, with 19,411 schools eligible to be ranked. Below, we have also conducted a detailed demographic breakdown of the 4,707 medal winners.More