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Lawmakers reviewing bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

Nevada lawmakers are again considering a bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports. The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing ...

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Where to Net Scholarships for Women at All Levels of Higher Education

Since the first International Women's Day in 1911, one of those enduring achievements has been the effort to increase the number of women graduating from college. The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund is the national education fund of the American Business Women's Association, and it offers nearly a dozen annual scholarships and essay contests. Whatever your major or grade level, the SBMEF scholarship listing should be one of the first places you check. Another women-in-business organization, Executive Women International, also sponsors a sizable scholarship.

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Two California teachers plead not guilty in sex with student case

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles-area teachers pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges they provided cocaine and alcohol to underage students on a beach camping trip where one of the instructors had sex with a 17-year-old boy, prosecutors said. Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, joined about five students on camping trips at San Clemente Beach in Orange County during Thanksgiving and winter breaks last year, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic. Prosecutors say the two teachers provided the teens with alcohol, cocaine and marijuana, and that Ghirelli had sex with the 17-year-old boy. The two teachers, who are free on bail, were arrested in January in a case that gained prominence after one of their colleagues, a teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, came to their defense on social media and was suspended by his school district for appearing to blame the students involved.

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California Republicans take on teachers' union in package of education bills

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills to dramatically change the way public school teachers are hired, fired and evaluated, embracing controversial education reforms in the most populous U.S. state. The bills, which put the Assembly's Republican minority on a collision course with the state's powerful teachers union, are the first in a series of policy initiatives planned under the caucus' new leader, Assembly member Kristin Olsen of Modesto. The package would enshrine into law several reforms called for by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, Vergara v California, that last year led a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to declare unconstitutional several laws meant to protect teachers' jobs. The California Teachers Association slammed the package, saying it was a response to a court case that is still under appeal.

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Philadelphia School District rolls out latest Action Plan

Philadelphia School District rolls out latest Action PlanPhiladelphia School District Superintendent William Hite pitched his own plan today for the city's public schools and it included some of the details of Wolf's budget proposal.


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Sweet Briar College to close: Are women's colleges still relevant?

Students and alumni of Virginia's Sweet Briar College were shocked to learn Tuesday that the 114-year-old, all-women's school would close its doors at the end of August. It wasn’t anything that anyone suspected," says Diana Simpson, a constitutional litigator who graduated from Sweet Briar in 2008. Students hugged and cried as they learned that their school’s financial difficulties were too much to overcome. Now Sweet Briar, an all-women, private school near Lynchburg, Va., will hold its final commencement in May and end all operations at the end of the summer session.

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Pennsylvania House passes bill to tweak charter school rules

Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday ...

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New York public schools add two Muslim holidays to calendar

New York public schools, students in class seen here, will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaignNew York public schools will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaign. Two of the most sacred holidays in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, will be observed. Eid al-Adha, or "Festival of Sacrifice," will be a vacation day on September 24, starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The festival of breaking the fast, Eid al-Fitr, which falls over the summer in 2016, will be designated a holiday for summer school students.


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Why NYC students will be getting Islamic holidays off this year

Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City public schools will observe two Islamic holidays, starting this year. Students will be given the day off on two Muslim holy days: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. While the mayor said the policy is being created to reflect diversity in the city, critics of the plan are quick to question whether giving students more days off from school is the best decision. According to The New York Times, there are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Muslims living in New York City, with about 95 percent of Muslim children attending public schools.

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Understand the Consequences of Student Loan Default

Recently, the New York Federal Reserve released some alarming information on student loan defaults that indicated up to a quarter of all borrowers from the last nine years have defaulted on their loans. These numbers are much higher than the three-year cohort default rate measured and published annually by the Department of Education and show a growing trend of borrowers who are in need of information on how to use the lower payment and other options available for federal student loans. If you ask federal student loan borrowers why they defaulted on their loans, nearly all would answer that they were in financial difficulty or couldn't afford their payments. For a defaulted loan, it only gets worse.

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Decide Between Online, Blended Courses

The approach, typically called blended or hybrid learning, generally refers to an educational program delivered partly online and partly on campus. Regardless, nontraditional students can still benefit from blended learning, says Susan Gautsch, director of online learning at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy. "I think it certainly meets the needs of people's lives," Gautsch says, noting that many students who take blended learning classes at USC's public policy school are professionals with full-time jobs and families. "Blended learning can be a great resource for students who may have been out of school for an extended period of time," says Som Seng, director of marketing for UMassOnline.

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Imam Who Said Ayaana Hirsi Ali Deserved Death Penalty Was Hired By DOJ To Teach Muslim Classes To Federal Prisoners

An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison. According to federal spending records, Fouad ElBayly, the imam at Islamic Center of Johnstown in Pennsylvania, was contracted by the DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons beginning last year to teach the classes to Muslim inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. It was April 2007 when ElBayly, the imam at the Islamic Center of Johnston, protested Ali’s scheduled appearance at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. ElBayly, along with Mahmood Qazi, the Islamic Center of Johnstown’s founder and past president, pressed university officials to block Ali from speaking.

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Virginia's Sweet Briar to close, part of drop in U.S. women's colleges

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's cash-strapped Sweet Briar College will close at the end of the summer, administrators said on Tuesday, part of a sharp decline in the number of U.S. women's schools. The 114-year-old school near Lynchburg is closing because of “insurmountable financial challenges,” President James Jones said. Sweet Briar’s closure is part of a rapid decline in the number of women’s colleges. The Women’s College Coalition website says that in 1960 there were 230 women’s schools, but by 2014 that number had shrunk to 47.

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Computerized school testing off to a rocky start in Florida

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida’s largest public school districts after students across the state struggled with faulty software. The 60-to-90-minute exams are a Florida version of the controversial Common Core standards that set national benchmarks for student performance. About half of Florida’s school districts reported problems with online testing on Monday, according Florida Department of Education Spokeswoman Meghan Collins. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Marie Izquierdo called the Florida State Assessment tests on Monday an “epic fail” on Twitter, blaming the state for hastily rolling out an unproven computerized testing system.

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America's Kids Are Getting More Diverse, but Its Teachers Aren't

After decades of neglect, the lack of diversity in the teaching ranks is on the education agenda thanks to a Colorado grade-school student who was looking for a role model. While the diversity of the nation’s public school student body has exploded in the last few decades, the number of African American, Latino, and Asian teachers hasn’t kept pace—despite state and federal programs designed to draw more minorities into the profession. The issue surfaced last year in the Rocky Mountain State when the Colorado legislature passed Aliyah’s Law, named after Aliyah Cook, an African American middle school student who told lawmakers her school had no minority teachers—and it hurt. Statistics back her up: Last year, a Center for American Progress survey showed 82 percent of all public school teachers nationwide are white.

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How New ABLE Accounts Will Help Americans With Disabilities

Americans with disabilities and their families often face a myriad of financial challenges, but they will soon have a new financial vehicle allowing them to save for expenses and enjoy tax-free growth similar to 529 college savings accounts. Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act on the final hour of the final day of Congress in December, creating a new type of tax-advantaged account called an ABLE account or a 529A. The National Down Syndrome Society estimates that the accounts will benefit roughly 5.8 million individuals and families. "As a country, we've basically said that we value saving for higher education using a 529 plan, but we don't value saving for the basic needs that are connected to a disability," says Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who sponsored the Senate version of the bill.

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Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is upgrading your mom's basement to 16-bit

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is upgrading your mom's basement to 16-bitKnights of Pen & Paper 2 was both announced and given a release date at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. On May 14, senior mobile producer Florian Schwarzer said, players will be able to take up the next campaign of the tongue-in-cheek game on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and PC devices. Players take on the role of a party of high-school students sitting in a basement playing a tabletop role-playing game.


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Ex-principal 'sorry' for sex abuse at elite Australian school

Australia opened the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in April 2013, after more than a decade of pressure to investigate claims of paedophilia in religious organisations, schools and state careA former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge. Knox Grammar in Sydney, whose ex-pupils include the late former prime minister Gough Whitlam and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, has been the focus in recent days of a national enquiry into institutional responses to child abuse. The royal commission has heard disturbing claims of abuse at Knox which allegedly happened between the 1970s and 2012, with one ex-student saying the school harboured "a large paedophile cohort". Ian Paterson was the principal for 30 years until 1998 and it is alleged that he failed to tell police about incidents of abuse and provided references for teachers later charged with sex offences.


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New Mexico students join others in nation against new tests

Hundreds of Albuquerque High School students stage a walkout in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, March 2, 2015, to protest a new standardized test they say isn't an accurate measurement of their education. Students frustrated over the new exam walked out of schools across the state Monday in protest as the new exam was being given. The backlash came as millions of U.S. students start taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.


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Ex-superintendent charged in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

FILE - In this Friday, May 3, 2013, file photo, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall stands as her attorney presents a motion at the Fulton County Superior Court hearing for several dozen Atlanta Public Schools educators facing charges alleging a conspiracy of cheating on the CRCT standardized tests in Atlanta. Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died, her attorney said Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that shocked the school system and reverberated nationwide.


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Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, her attorney said on Monday. "To her dying breath she denied any role in directing, ordering, or participating in any cheating at Atlanta Public Schools," he said in a statement. The Atlanta case is being watched nationally amid a string of cheating incidents across the United States in recent years. Hall was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 - the same year prosecutors contend widespread cheating took place.

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Longtime ban on cellphones at NYC public schools is lifted

NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime ban on cellphones at New York City public schools has been lifted.

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5 Alternative Sources for College Financial Aid

The average cost for a year of in-state public college tuition and fees for 2014-2015 is $22,410, according to the College Board. When you see those numbers, it's not surprising the national student loan debt balance has reached $1.32 trillion. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step most families take to help pay for higher education through government loans, but for students and parents looking for additional funds to offset college costs (and graduate with as little student loan debt as possible), efforts shouldn't stop there. Scholarships are a great (and free) way to be awarded for your achievements and get extra money for college, but with scholarship websites and organizations boasting a seemingly endless supply of awards, applying can easily become a daunting and discouraging task.

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Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

In this photo provided by the The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University students celebrate after the Associated Student Government Senate passed a Northwestern Divest-sponsored resolution in Evanston, Ill. just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The resolution asks the university to divest from six corporations the resolution’s sponsors say violate Palestinians' human rights. (AP Photo/The Daily Northwestern, Nathan Richards)NEW YORK (AP) — The ritual has become increasingly commonplace on many American college campuses: A student government body takes up Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and decides whether to demand their school divest from companies that work with the Jewish state.


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Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom wall. Interlake High School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue was put on lockdown and classroom doors were locked with students inside after administrators were told of an anonymous threat of a school shooting on campus, the Bellevue School District said in a statement on its website. "At this time the District and the Bellevue Police Department have made the decision to close Interlake High for the remainder of the school day and to release students," a statement said. In Des Moines, a city south of Seattle, Mount Rainier High school students were evacuated to nearby schools on Friday morning after the school received a bomb threat, an official with the Highline School District said.

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Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

FILE - The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, talks about his experiences over 90 years of life at his desk in the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. The priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years in charge while also serving as an adviser to popes and presidents died Thursday night Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97 according to University spokesman Paul Browne. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches.


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4 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in a For-Profit Online Program

"Don't count on the idea that these schools are going to watch out for you and only enroll students who are going to succeed -- it's not realistic," he says. The good news is the federal regulations, which kick in the summer, will require schools to release the debt-to-income ratios of their students. Before students sign up for an online, for-profit program, they should make sure they know what kind of credential and accreditation they need to enter their job or profession, says William G. Tierney, professor of higher education at University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.

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Lesbian kiss on Korean drama sparks debate

Two women kiss during a scene from the tv drama 'Seonam Girls High School Investigators', February 27, 2015 in this image from South Korean cable TV network and broadcasting company JTBCAn unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative roots. Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but carries a significant social stigma, with few openly gay public figures.


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LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Susana Mercado, left, and Linda Cardwell chant slogans as they join thousands of fellow teachers for a rally to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. United Teachers Los Angeles is asking for an 8.5 percent pay increase, a demand the Los Angeles Unified district says cannot be met without significant layoffs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.


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Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talksDressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. "Everybody ...


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LeBron not happy colleges recruiting 10-year-old son

As an Ohio teenage hoops sensation, LeBron James went through the craziness of being recruited by colleges across the country. Now, he's living it as a dad.

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2 arrested in connection with alleged job scam targeting students

Philadelphia police have arrested two women in connection with an alleged job scam that targeted high school students.

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Use Federal Financial Aid to Pay for College Abroad

In today's global environment, more and more American students choose to complete at least part of their higher education credentials at a school outside the U.S.

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Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College

Though experts say the way employers view community college learning is improving, it can vary by industry. Still, with the flexibility to enroll in a single course or even a specialized industry certification program, the benefits of online community college classes may outweigh the risk. Instead, online community college students need to have strong internal motivation, she adds. Industries with quickly evolving practices may actually prioritize it, says Judy Baker, the dean of online learning at Foothill College just outside of San Jose, California.

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Christie sets out teachers' pension reform

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 78th annual "Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner"By Luciana Lopez TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he had struck a deal with the state's teachers on a road map for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The governor's office later acknowledged that more work remained to be done on pension reform. The agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a 2016 bid for the White House, and the New Jersey Education Association came despite a long-bitter relationship and continuing uncertainty over many details. "If we do not reform, next year we would be asked to spend nearly $8 billion on pension and health benefits," said Christie in his annual budget address on Tuesday afternoon in the state capital.


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NJ's Christie strikes tentative teachers' pension deal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 78th annual "Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner"By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's teachers on a "road map" for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The tentative agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, and the New Jersey Education Association marked a dramatic turn in a long-bitter relationship.


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Legislature asked to boost funding for UNLV medical school

Nevada higher education officials on Tuesday asked legislators for three times more money than the governor has proposed to ramp up construction of a medical school in Las Vegas. Nevada System of Higher ...

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Taylor Swift gives $50,000 in song proceeds to NYC schools

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special in New York. Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public schools.The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's official booster Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the city's public schools.


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Adopting Through Foster Care: a Less Expensive Alternative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau reports that nearly 400,000 American children were in foster care in 2012, and about a quarter of those were waiting to be adopted. Many potential adoptive parents don't realize that "because these children are in the custody of the county or the state, that county or state covers all those court costs that an individual would pay for a private agency," explains Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the nonprofit Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Parents may need to pay upfront for a home study (when a social worker interviews the family in their home), she adds, but typically those costs can be reimbursed through workplace adoption benefits, military adoption benefits or adoption tax credits. The majority of children adopted through foster care receive a financial or medical subsidy from their state until they reach the age of majority in that state, and many states offer college tuition waivers for adopted youth, which can further reduce a family's costs, Soronen adds.

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S.C. State struggles to stay afloat: Can historically black colleges survive?

A financial crisis plaguing the South Carolina State University has pushed a larger issue into the spotlight: the fate of historically black colleges and universities across the United States. Earlier this month, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for a two-year period. The announcement came the same week President Obama met with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the future of the nation's historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. To the chagrin of many attending the meeting, Mr. Obama reportedly said that the lowest performing institutions "should fall by the wayside." The discussion raised questions about the future of HBCUs in America, institutions that have received flak in recent years for being financially unsustainable and leaving graduates poorly prepared and crippled with debt.





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