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Day 7 of deliberations in Atlanta schools cheating trial

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors are set to start their seventh day of deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.

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5 Key Benefits of U.S. Community Colleges for International Students

Community college should be familiar to most international students and their parents. Here is some information on what community colleges really are and how they are different from four-year institutions, as well as which types of international students may want to consider community college. Tuition: Tuition is probably one of the biggest concerns that make many students -- and not just international ones -- choose a community college over a four-year institution. For international students, the tuition for a four-year institution can vary widely, up to and more than $40,000 dollars a year, while the tuition for a community college could be closer to $10,000 per year.

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Does wearing American flag incite violence? Supreme Court lets stand ruling

The US Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up a major First Amendment case testing whether school officials in California violated the free speech rights of three high school students who were told they could not wear American flag T-shirts at school because it might upset students of Mexican heritage. The administrators said they took the action out of concern that Hispanic students might assault or otherwise harass the students for wearing shirts displaying the American flag on the same day Hispanic students were celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the school. School officials determined that the threats of violence were credible. Rather than confront those making the threats, the school officials focused on the students displaying the American flag.

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High court rejects church appeal over use of public school

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a small evangelical church in the Bronx seeking to overturn New York City's ban on after-hours religious worship services at public schools.

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Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.

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Perform to Your Potential With These AP Calculus Exam Tips

The Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam is one of the most challenging AP tests that students can take. Despite its difficulty, the AP Calculus AB exam is a golden opportunity for high school students. Here are several tips that can help you ensure that the score you receive is the best possible reflection of your AP Calculus AB knowledge.

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MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings

MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankingsPhoto by Steven Ryan Few would be surprised to see Terrence Phillips (with ball) and No. 1 Oak Hill Academy meet Ben Simmons and No. 2 Montverde Academy once again for the championship at Dick's Nationals. Montverde Academy beat Oak Hill 71-62 in last year's final. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 last week) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 45-0 * The Warriors open Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals on Thursday against Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.). 2. (2) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 28-1 Dick's Nationals participant. The two-time defending champs meet No. 9 Greensboro Day in Thursday's quarterfinals. 3. (3) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 31-2 VISAA Division I state champions. Season complete. 4. (4) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 30-2 GHSA Class AAAAAA state champions. Headed to New York City for Dick's Nationals, where they will meet No. 8 Huntington St. Joseph Prep in the quarterfinal round. 5. (5) Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.), 28-0 FHSAA Class 7A state champions. Meet No. 11 Findlay Prep in the first round at Dick's Nationals. * Record includes forfeit victory Photo by Ken Reabe Jr. Don't sleep on Miles Bridges and No. 8 Huntington St. Joseph Prep this week at Dick's Nationals. 6. (6) Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), 32-1 AIA Division I state champions. Season complete. 7. (7) Jonesboro (Ga.), 32-1 GHSA Class AAAA state champions. Season complete. 8. (8) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 30-2 The Fighting Irish will carry a 13-game win streak into their Dick's Nationals opener with No. 4 Wheeler. 9. (9) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 33-2 NCISAA Class 3A state champions. The Bengals – one of the nation's best defensive teams – will attempt to slow down high-scoring No. 2 Montverde Academy in the opening round at Dick's Nationals. 10. (10) Plano West (Texas), 33-2 UIL Class 6A state champions. Season complete. File photo by Todd Shurtleff Senior guard Paris Austin helped No. 13 Bishop O'Dowd end a streak of six consecutive losses in state championship games over the weekend. The Dragons beat four-time defending state champ Mater Dei for the CIF Open Division crown. 11. (11) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 28-2 The Pilots are headed to Dick's Nationals, where they took home titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012 (known then as National High School Invitational). 12. (12) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 27-5 NCISAA Class 3A runner-up. Season complete. 13. (13) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 28-4 North Coast Section Division III and CIF Open Division state champions. Season complete. 14. (14) Mustang (Okla.), 28-0 OSSAA Class 6A state champions. Season complete. 15. (15) Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 33-1 FHSAA Class 5A state champions. Season complete. Photo by Richard Ta No. 20 Roselle Catholic played well down the stretch en route to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. 16. (16) Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), 31-3 MHSAA Class 5A state champions. Season complete. 17. (17) Garfield (Seattle), 27-2 WIAA Class 3A state champions. Season complete. 18. (18) Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), 29-2 PIAA Class AAAA state champions. Season complete. 19. (21) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 33-4 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season, Maryland private schools tournament and Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions. Season complete. 20. (22) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 28-4 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner. Season complete. Photo by Patrick Gorski Villanova recruit Jalen Brunson helped No. 21 Stevenson go 90-10 over the past three seasons with two trips to the Illinois Class 4A state championship game. 21. (23) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 30-3 IHSA Class 4A state champions. Season complete. 22. (NR) Western International (Detroit), 26-0 MHSAA Class A state champions. Season complete. 23. (24) Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), 31-1 FHSAA Class 3A state champions. Season complete. 24. (NR) Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.), 30-2 PSAL Class AA champions, Class AA Federation Tournament of Champions winner. Meets No. 1 Oak Hill Academy on Thursday at Dick's Nationals. 25. (25) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 16-16 * TSSAA Class AAA state champions. Season complete. * Record includes 15 forfeit losses Dropped out: No. 19 last week Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.); No. 20 La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.). Just missed: Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.); Mater Dei, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia); Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.).


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In Kenya, religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity

Her attire speaks to a series of compromises between her Christian-funded school and its Muslim students. This is the trade-off for attending Malindi Central Primary School, one of Kenya’s many church-sponsored public schools. Administrators are struggling to figure out how to accommodate a growing and increasingly devout Muslim population in public schools founded and often funded by churches. “There is this fear that Muslims are stepping on other people’s toes by demanding to practice their faith in places that don’t belong to them,” says Hassan Ole Naado, head of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM).

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Colleges getting out of health insurance business

In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, Stacy Crites, right, a nurse on campus at the University of Washington's Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, takes the temperature of Kandice Joyner, left, a junior studying archeology, during a routine check-up. An unintended side-effect of federal health care reform is leading colleges across the country to transition out of the health insurance business. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.


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University of Oklahoma frat brothers taught racist chant at leadership event

SAE brother apologizes for racist chantThese lyrics from “South Pacific,” the musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, easily come to mind with the latest news about a racist fraternity chant at the University of Oklahoma. An investigation ordered by university President David Boren reveals that the videotaped racist chant by brothers of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity had been taught at a leadership event organized by SAE’s national organization four years ago. Boren said about 25 members of the school's SAE chapter will face punishment ranging from two expulsions the school announced previously to mandatory community service and cultural sensitivity training. Boren said the investigation found alcohol was "readily available" at the fraternity house before the start of the event, and that about a dozen high school students whom he described as "potential recruits" were also on the bus.


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Arkansas budget bill boosts money for schools, prisons

Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid programs are set to receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies will see a 1 percent cut under a nearly $5.2 billion proposed state budget unveiled ...

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Students, staff left scrambling after Bucks Co. school abruptly closes

Students, staff left scrambling after Bucks Co. school abruptly closesDozens of Bucks County high school students and their parents are scrambling to find a place to finish the academic year.


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Charges against Arizona teens in alleged murder plot dropped

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors say there isn't solid evidence that five Arizona high school students who were charged with conspiracy to commit murder actually planned to carry out the killing of a fellow student.

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Debunking Myths About the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Each spring, after college admissions letters have been mailed, U.S. News sees an uptick in visitors to the Best Colleges rankings. High school seniors and their parents turn to our website to research tuition, financial aid resources, academic life and all of the other information we gather on 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide. One parent recently wrote: "After reading through the ("Best Colleges" guidebook), my daughter has seriously started considering a gap year and knows that a small liberal arts college is probably best for her. I also like that there are regional and state rankings since she has very particular ideas about where she wants to live while she studies.

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Train for a Problem-Solving Career as a Higher Education Consultant

As colleges and universities struggle to cope with shrinking budgets and online competition, they're increasingly tapping experts like Joi Hayes, 27, for advice on keeping costs down. Hayes is a Washington, D.C.-based analyst in the education strategy and operations group of Huron Consulting, a 13-year-old company headquartered in Chicago that boasts one of the largest higher education practices in the country with some 335 employees. Her current project: helping a Midwestern university evaluate different budget models and decide on which one to implement. "I'm just really passionate about learning how to make things better." The job, says Hayes, who studied mechanical engineering as an undergrad at the University of Virginia, is "a perfect marriage" of two things she enjoys: education and the problem-solving aspect of her undergraduate major.

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College students make bracelets to help jailed journalists

College students make bracelets to help jailed journalistsUniversity of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness ...


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Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Donate His Fortune

The longtime tech executive told 'Fortune' magazine that he also will pay for his 10-year-old nephew's college education.

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Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows the new MacBook during an Apple event in San FranciscoFortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. The 54-year-old CEO's revelation in Fortune's lengthy profile of him is an example of the increasingly public philanthropy of the world's richest people.


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College Students to Veteran Educators: Quit Telling Us to Avoid Teaching

We don’t need your protection, we need you to stay strong and stand up for what you know is right,” wrote Rivera. “ ‘Thank you for writing this post! I thought I was the only person who felt that way!’ ” The feedback, she says, led her to realize that aspiring teachers “shouldn’t be working individually, but we should come together” as a unified force to push education reform. A year later, that idea and her blog post have become the blueprint for the Young Teachers Collective, an effort that Rivera and six other aspiring educators launched last week. Blending advocacy and vision with support-group nurturing and old-fashioned union-style organization, YTC calls for a “common vision for the future of education.” The initiative also hopes to “provide young teachers with both a sense of hope and tools on how to fight for a better education system.” That includes helping educators develop “political consciousness” about how systemic problems in the nation’s education system contribute to poverty, crime, and disenfranchisement.

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The states with the most job openings for college graduates

GraduationMassachusetts, Delaware, and Washington state provide college graduates with the best odds of landing a job.


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A Wealth Building Plan for You: Growing Family Edition

College tuition, retirement and caring for a parent head the list of things you need to set money aside for. Although nothing is technically "free," this is a great benefit to have included in your compensation package, as your retirement contribution is essentially doubling. An individual retirement account, or IRA, is a great way to save for retirement if you are either self-employed, or want to simply bolster your savings. Traditional IRA: With a traditional IRA, you contribute pretax dollars, then pay taxes when you withdraw the money later, like a traditional 401(k).

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The Latest: German students return from Spain after crash

The Latest: 2nd black box case found, but not its contents4:50 p.m. (1550 GMT, 11:50 a.m. EDT) A second group of German exchange students visiting the northeastern Spanish town of Llinars del Valles — where 16 high school students that were on the crashed plane ...


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German students, teachers weep for classmates on doomed plane

HALTERN AM SEE, Germany (Reuters) - Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke down in tears once they realized that 16 classmates and two teachers were on board an ill-fated Germanwings airplane that crashed in France on Tuesday on a flight to Duesseldorf. The 10th grade students from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school were on their way home after a week-long Spanish exchange program at the Institut Giola in Llinars del Vallès near Barcelona. It was a reciprocal visit after 12 Spanish students had spent a week at their school in December. "It was a Spanish language exchange program and they were flying home after having what was probably the most wonderful time of their lives," said Sylvia Loehrmann, the education minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Why did teachers in the Phillippines pull the plug on this student's graduation speech?

A YouTube video that shows school officials in the Philippines cutting off a high school student’s graduation speech has sparked online debate about school authority and the freedom of speech. Niño Parochial School in Quezon City, salutatorian Krisel Mallari hinted at injustice in the school's grading system, leading school officials to stop her before she finished. Supporters praised Ms. Mallari for speaking out, while critics said a graduation ceremony was hardly the right place for such an outburst. School officials tried stopping Mallari early into her speech after she suggested, without going into detail, that the triumph of her graduation had been marred by unfair treatment.

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The Latest: 16 students, 2 teachers on crashed plane

The Latest: Lufthansa: Plane crash treated as an accident5:15 p.m. (1615 GMT, 12:15 a.m EDT) The German North Rhine-Westphalia state Education Ministry says a group of 16 tenth-graders and their two teachers were on board the Germanwings plane that crashed in ...


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Martin Sheen to receive honorary degree from Ohio college

Martin Sheen to receive honorary degree from Ohio collegeThe University of Dayton will give actor Martin Sheen an honorary degree in recognition of his activism for peace, social justice and human rights. Born Ramon (RAH'-mohn) Estevez (EHS'-tay-vehz), Sheen ...


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Successfully Earn a STEM Associate Degree in Community College

Community college can be a starting point for students who pursue STEM careers that require advanced degrees or an avenue for students to earn an associate degree and other certifications. "Community college is a good first stop because of the price, for one thing, and I feel it gives you a really good quality education," says Andrew Constantine, a 19 year-old freshman at Southern Maine Community College. Money issues, insufficient math and science skills and unfamiliarity with STEM careers and the college process are some of the reasons students don't stick with STEM, according to a report produced last year by Hanover Research, a global marketing firm.

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Video: Steve Nash high school basketball highlights

Video: Steve Nash high school basketball highlightsSteve Nash High School Highlights 6,534 views1:28 Video: Steve Nash high school highlights See the two-time NBA MVP in his high school days in Canada. Every scrawny, under-appreciated, below-the-rim high school player has an idol ... a role model ... a vision. He is Steve Nash. Born in South Africa — now there's a start most NBA hopefuls don't consider — his family settled in Victoria, British Columbia, another professional basketball not-so-hotbed. He played soccer and hockey as a youth but told his mom he would someday play in the NBA. Imagine the laughter. But after he averaged 21.3 points, 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds for St. Michael's University School, a free college education seemed like a nice possibility. Of course, no one bit on at a wiry 6-foot Canadian kid until Santa Clara coach Dick Davey requested a highlight tape. I mean, what the heck, eh? Despite Davey telling Nash he was "the worst defensive player" he'd ever seen, he took a chance on the lad. And we all know what happened from there. Two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Eight-time NBA All-Star. Two-time NBA MVP. C'mon. Sounds like a fairy tale. The final words were written today when Nash officially retired. Lucky for all those scrawny high school kids searching for a dream, his career is always available in books, the internet and television sets everywhere.


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This Tech Flop Is Hurting Our Student Loan Programs

The Department of Education’s massive computer system that stores data for more than 40 million Americans with student loans is so outdated and slow it can’t track how many people are actually enrolled in the government’s loan forgiveness and repayment programs. In January, the Department of Education said the Obama administration’s income-based repayment plans would cost about $22 billion more than originally anticipated. Originally, people could qualify if they took out loans after October 2007 and continued borrowing through 2011 – but President Obama recently expanded the program to borrowers who took out loans even before that. Yet the department’s data system has not been able to keep pace.

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Maryland students accused of using Twitter to cheat on test

(Reuters) - Two Maryland high school students have been accused of using Twitter to cheat on Common Core state standardized tests, officials said on Monday. A security firm hired by the test company to search social media including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook found two instances of cheating by 10th-grade students, said Maryland State Department of Education spokesman William Reinhard. He did not identify the school or the students. The posts included materials from a statewide English test.

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Jury to resume deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors will resume their deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.

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Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

In this Nov. 12, 1978 photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Lee Kuan Yew, left, welcomes then-Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping in Singapore. Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore’s founder Lee for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee’s model of “Asian values,” combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China’s own blueprint for modernity. Most significantly, late Chinese leader Deng looked to Singapore, with its ethnic Chinese majority, as he embarked on his country’s economic reforms in the late 1970s. Those changes would spur three decades of rapid growth and lift China from the grinding poverty and political dysfunction that were legacies of Mao Zedong’s centrally planned economy. Lee, who died Monday, March 23, 2105 at age 91, and Deng established a close relationship during their several meetings, sharing a starkly practical approach, hard-headed manner and similarly ruthless bent when their wills were defied. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Guiyu) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore's founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee's model of "Asian values," combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China's own blueprint for modernity.


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Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning

In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, Vivek Shah, right, a sophomore resident advisor at Vanderbilt University, talks with friends Samara Lieberman, left, a senior from Detroit, and Tyler Shull, center, a sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, by a fireplace in the great room in the Warren College and Moore College section of the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt is one of a small but growing number of U.S. colleges and universities that have embraced a "residential college" model where students become part of a close-knit but diverse community that enhances both their academic and social lives. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, environment and enforcement.


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A look at how residential colleges work at some schools

Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior. Dartmouth College appears to be the only school responding by completely overhauling its housing into a system of "residential colleges" — a concept that goes back centuries in England but exists at only about 30 U.S. schools.

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Slain civil rights activist to receive posthumous degree

In this March 26, 1965 file photo, an Alabama state troopers car is parked on the side of the road near Lownsboro, Ala, where Viola Gregg Liuzzo of Detroit, was shot to death while enroute to Montgomery. Wayne State University plans to give an honorary doctor of laws degree to Liuzzo during a ceremony on April 10. It will be the first posthumous honorary degree in the school’s history. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell, File)DETROIT (AP) — For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.


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Readers write: How US schools still fail, beauty of a carbon tax

Regarding the March 9 cover story, “Selma’s long march”: The article states, “Education is critical to economic development....” There are no truer words, but I recently checked the rankings of one of Boston’s public schools, The English High School. Fifty years since Selma and the passage of civil rights laws, and 40 years after the judicially mandated and federally enforced desegregation of Boston’s public schools, The English High School is 97 percent minority. Who will save these kids, in Boston or Selma, or in so many other cities, if no one is even talking about it? The Feb. 17 online article “BP’s two-word fix for global climate change” (CSMonitor.com) underscores how wide and deep (and nonpartisan) the support is for carbon pricing via cap-and-trade or carbon tax.

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Teachers take 1,000 apples to New York governor in protest

Teachers take 1,000 apples to New York governor in protestTeachers from an apple-growing region in New York have delivered 1,000 of them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) to protest education funding levels. The teachers from the Finger Lakes say each of the shiny ...


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600 Indian students expelled for cheating on school exams

CAPTION CORRECTS THE YEAR - FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Indians climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Education authorities in eastern India say 600 high school students have been expelled after they were found to have cheated on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India, File) INDIA OUTPATNA, India (AP) — About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday.


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Five Arizona high schoolers accused of plotting to murder classmate

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Police have arrested five high school students in southern Arizona who are accused of making a detailed plot to murder a classmate off campus, authorities said on Thursday. The five students, one adult and four juveniles, were booked into Pima County Jail on Wednesday on charges of suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the alleged scheme at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson. All five were taken into custody at the school, said a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, Sergeant Pete Dugan. "Thankfully someone stepped forward and did the right thing and told administrative staff what was going on." Police named the adult student as Christopher Gibson, 18, and the four juveniles as two 17-year-old girls, Anastasia Lakin and Jessica Good, and two 15-year-old boys, Gabriel Quiroga and Andrew Totten.

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Jurors begin deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.





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