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Parents pay the price for children’s student debt

Parents who want to provide for their children's college education are being stretched to the brink with student loans.

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California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long speaks at a town hall meeting to discuss the processing of undocumented immigrants in MurrietaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Mayor Alan Long was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a car carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, Murrieta police said in a statement. ...


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San Diego college students get antibiotics after one dies of meningitis

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Free antibiotics have been given out to more than 400 San Diego State University students potentially exposed to bacterial meningitis from a campus sorority member who died of the disease early on Friday, campus and public health officials said. Sara Stelzer, an 18-year-old freshman, was admitted to a San Diego hospital earlier in the week with a high fever and other symptoms and died on Friday morning, according to the university's student affairs vice president, Eric Rivera. ...

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Ex-Los Angeles schools chief says resignation came in polarized atmosphere

Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office. ...


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Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motionsThe union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.


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Are For-Profit Colleges Selling a ‘Bill’ of Goods?

Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class. 

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Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dog

Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dogA Philadelphia school teacher is begging the public to help her find her beloved dog, Louie. But this isn't your typical missing pet story - Louie was stolen.


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10 Colleges With Affordable Out-of-State Tuition

Find a Cheap Out-of-State College

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California school district settles transgender discrimination complaint

(Reuters) - A southern California school district settled a claim with the federal government that alleged the district discriminated against a transgender student, officials said on Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to treat the student as they would any other female pupil, allowing her access to the same sex-designated facilities, programs and events, the U.S. Department of Education said in a statement. ...

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Five Ohio teenagers charged in fake ALS bucket attack

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Five Ohio teenagers were charged on Tuesday with dumping a bucket containing urine, tobacco and spit over the head of a boy with autism who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge," a county prosecutor said. The five unidentified high school students face disorderly conduct charges and three of them also were charged with assault in juvenile court for the Aug. 18 incident, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in statement. ...

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10 Colleges With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

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 matter to you in your college or grad school search.

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Chicago teachers' union head won't run against Mayor Emanuel

(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who had surgery last week for a serious illness, will not run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in city elections next year, her exploratory committee said on Monday. "Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid," the committee said in a statement. "Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community." Lewis, 61, had surgery on Wednesday for a "serious illness," the union said. ...

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New York City Is Ending Its Ban on Cell Phones in Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make good on one of his campaign promises—one that will surely make some Gotham teens his biggest fans. No, not the pledge to lessen wealth inequality in the city. (Poor doors are still in full effect.) Instead, the mayor plans to bring an end to another inequity that has plagued the Big Apple’s public schools in recent years: the ban on cell phones on campus.

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Massachusetts nurse educations program paying off

A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. ...

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What the Worst Colleges Have In Common

I've always felt you can get a decent education just about anywhere -- community colleges, trade schools, the streets of Chicago. But some colleges are better than others in getting you a degree and not ...

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Latin America universities fail to make grade

After increasing investment in higher education over the past two decades, Latin America has more than doubled enrollment and increased its production of scientific papers more than six-fold, to 4.3 percent of world outputRio de Janeiro (AFP) - Nobel prize week can prompt uncomfortable soul-searching at universities in Latin America, which has produced relatively few winners in the sciences -- a symptom, experts say, of the region's struggles in higher education.


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SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's Stefon

SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's StefonOn Saturday night, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks, who died last week at age 57, with a gut-punching clip of Hooks and former scene partner Phil Hartman in their "Love Is a Dream" short film. Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H to host the show, and he wasn't the only familiar face who came back. He and his Skeleton Twins co-star (and fellow former SNL cast member) Kristen Wiig introduced the Hartman/Hooks sketch, and also teamed up for his opening monologue and a Hollywood Game Night parody. Hader also resurrected his popular characters Stefon and newscaster Herb Welch. Unsurprisingly, with Hader and Wiig back, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks. Check out some of the best sketches from the episode below: "Love Is a Dream": Watch this short film with Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman and try not to cry. Opening Monologue: During his run on SNL, Hader never sang on the show—and there's a good reason why. Not even Wiig and Harvey Fierstein could help him. Herb Welch: While this wasn't the funniest Herb Welch sketch SNL has ever done, it was nice to see Hader's curmudgeonly newscaster back on the air. This time, he was interviewing high school students about a virginity rally. Hollywood Game Night : Come for Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch, stay for Cecily Strong as Sofia Vergara, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford (!). 39 Cents: For anyone doubting the SNL's need for a diverse cast—it's so the show can do skits like this one, featuring Hader as an aid worker who's trying to raise 39 cents a day to help starving people in an African village. Their question: Why not more? Weekend Update: Stefon: Stefon is back! And, in addition to tips for people visiting New York, he's got an exciting piece of news to share! Saturday Night Live returns with new episodes on October 25, with host Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea. What did you think of this week's sketches?


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Seven New Jersey students charged over sexual assaults: New York Times

(Reuters) - Seven New Jersey high school students have been charged following a string of sexual assaults in a hazing controversy that prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the school's football season, the New York Times reported on Friday. Six of the seven teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School were arrested on Friday evening in connection with four assaults on four different students last month, the Times reported, citing Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey. Police are still searching for the seventh teen, the Times reported. ...

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Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree

In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walsh says the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. has revoked his master's degree after an investigation into plagiarism allegations. The college launched the probe in August 2014 after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for a research paper he wrote in 2007. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.


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Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters after being named to replace Baucus in Helena(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...


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America’s Teachers Still Don’t Think Black and Latino Kids Are Smart

Students of color are up against difficult odds. They are more likely to be trapped in failing, underfunded schools; more likely to be suspended for minor infractions; less likely to have “expert teachers.” While policy makers, educators, parents, and politicians seem to be scrambling to figure out how to close the achievement gap by demanding more rigorous nationwide standards, a new report by the Center for American Progress found that the very folks tasked with making sure kids of color succeed might be the ones holding them back.

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Updates to 2 Schools' 2015 Best Colleges Rankings Data

Two schools -- Lindenwood University in Missouri and Rollins College in Florida -- recently advised U.S. News that they submitted inflated data that were used in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

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Wyoming Attorney General: Parents Have NO CHOICE But To Submit Kids To Standardized Tests

The Wyoming attorney general has officially advised the Wyoming Department of Education that it is illegal for parents to opt their own children out of statewide standardized assessment tests given in taxpayer-funded public schools.

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Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student Loans

Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student LoansEager to broadcast some good news approaching the midterm elections, the Obama administration recently announced a welcome dip in student loan defaults, from 14.7 percent for the 2010 cohort (loans taken out in that year) to 13.7 percent for 2011. Policymakers, alarmed about how our trillion-dollar student loan burden and soaring default rates are undermining our economic growth, cheered the report. In keeping with a White House that talks a good game on transparency but that is cloaked in secrecy, the Department of Education moved the goalposts at the last minute, changing how the default rates were calculated and thus sparing some colleges from tough penalties. The academic world has been anxiously awaiting the Department of Education’s annual announcement on student loan defaults.


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Bill Clinton rallies college students in Arkansas

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left, takes a selfie with former President Bill Clinton during a rally for Democrats at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Clinton is headlining a series of rallies around the state this week to support Arkansas Democrats. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton returned to his old haunts of northwestern Arkansas on Tuesday and implored college students to support Democrats at risk of losing what's left of the political power they have held since Reconstruction.


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Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'

Mayor Nutter supports cancellation of Philadelphia teacher union contractPhiladelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.


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Paying for College with a Credit Card Could Really Cost You

College is already expensive —$41,000 a year, on average, for tuition, fees, room and board — but if you decide to charge it to your credit card, it could cost a lot more. The average convenience fee that colleges charge you for using your credit card while paying tuition is 2.62 percent, according to a CreditCards.com report out Tuesday.  Over four years, that equals an additional $3,154 to attend the average private college, $2,327 on average for out-of-state public college tuition and $932 on average for in-state tuition at public institutions. “It rarely makes sense to pay for college tuition with a credit card,” Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, said in a press release.

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Southern California tutor arrested over cheating scandal

(Reuters) - A private Los Angeles-area tutor was arrested and charged on Monday for illegally changing grades for three high school students, police said. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary and four counts of felony fraud after he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the Newport Beach police said in a statement. Lai, who fled the United States after the investigation started, broke into Corona Del Mar High School last year and installed a USB device that recorded keystrokes on a teacher's computer, the police said. ...

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Philadelphia teachers irate after losing contract

Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums of as much as $140 a month. The teachers union, ...

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Group: Fine-tune job programs for disabled Utahans

Utah agencies working with people with disabilities need to fine-tune their programs to help more students transition from high school to meaningful jobs or higher education, according to a new report ...

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Philadelphia teachers to pay for health benefits as contract axed

By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - The state panel that oversees Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools abruptly canceled a contract with teachers on Monday, despite nearly two years of labor negotiations, and said teachers would have to begin paying for healthcare benefits. The move, which a labor expert said was likely unprecedented in the United States, would free up $43.8 million for the district this school year. Next year, it is facing a $71 million budget shortfall. ...

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School Reform Commission cancels contract with Philly teachers' union

Union: Philadelphia teacher contract cancellation a cowardly actThe Philadelphia School Reform Commission announced Monday that it has canceled its contract with the teachers' union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.


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4 Questions for High School Teachers Vetting New Tech Tools

For busy high school teachers, taking the time to properly vet a new educational tech tool can be a challenge.

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Portuguese teachers protest austerity cuts

People shout slogans as they march during a protest by Portuguese teachers in Lisbon, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Seven teachers' trade unions organised the march Sunday to protest the government's education policies. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Several hundred Portuguese schoolteachers demonstrated Sunday in Lisbon to protest the government's education policies, especially spending cuts.


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Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak to college graduates

Mumia Abu-Jamal commencement speech met with local vigil for slain officerA one-time death row inmate now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer is due to speak Sunday at a graduation from Vermont's Goddard College, his alma mater.


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2 teachers accused of group sex with student

This combo of handout images provided by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, LA shows Rachel Respess, 24, left, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, under arrest on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014. Dufresne and Rachel Respess both from Destrehan High School are accused of having group sex with a 16-year-old student. Dufresne is also accused of having sex with the teen at her home in Montz, LA. (AP Photo/St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office)GRETNA, La. (AP) — A teenager's boasts to fellow students about having group sex with two teachers led to two investigations and the arrests of both faculty members of a New Orleans-area school, according to authorities.


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In ancient Israeli city, an Arab-Jewish drive to keep Yom Kippur peace

Facing an auditorium full of fidgeting junior high school students, the odd couple offered the traditional Jewish High Holy Day blessing that the students be “inscribed in the book of life” for the coming year.

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Teachers grade Common Core: C+ and room for improvement

Teachers feel more prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards and are already starting to see students improve their critical thinking skills. But the enthusiasm has dipped since last year, and only half say the new standards will be positive for most students.

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Two female Louisiana teachers accused of group sex with boy

Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respess seen in undated photos released by the Kenner Police Department in Kenner, LouisianaBy David Minsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two female Louisiana high school teachers have been arrested on charges of engaging in group sex with a 16-year-old male student who then bragged to classmates, authorities said on Thursday. Rachel Respess, 24, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, are accused of having sex with the boy in Respess' apartment in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner after a Friday night football game on Sept. 12, Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said. Dufresne also is accused of having sex with the student at her home in Montz, about 20 miles (32 km) west of New Orleans. ...


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U.S. judge upholds for-profit college recruiter bonuses

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled in favor of for-profit colleges and universities on Thursday, overturning a U.S. Department of Education rule that limits how the schools recruit students. Judge Rosemary Collyer of Washington, D.C. District Court said the agency failed to explain why it banned the schools from offering bonuses to recruiters based on the number of students they enroll who graduate. The court asked the Department to amend the rule. ...





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