Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:14:22 PM CST
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged into an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it's unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection.
Friday, April 24, 2015 7:11:00 PM CST
Friday, April 24, 2015 1:06:35 PM CST
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - All 11th grade students at one Seattle public high school skipped a standardized test tethered to federal education requirements, a protest that has spread to other secondary schools, an official said on Friday. Some Nathan Hale High School students submitted parent-signed refusal forms, while others merely skipped the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests this week, Seattle schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard said. The boycott follows a resolution by Nathan Hale teachers earlier this year against the test, aligned to the Common Core multi-state education standards in English and math. We support the family's choice." The local revolt comes amid an ongoing debate over how best to reinvigorate the nation's estimated $600 billion public school system.
Friday, April 24, 2015 12:23:04 PM CST
High school students across the country are getting ready to break out the formal wear, brush up on the latest dance moves, and overpay for a lush limo to celebrate a teenage rite of passage: prom. While paired-off couples might be worrying about whether their corsage will clash with their outfit, gay student Anthony Martinez was bummed he’d have to attend the event stag—until his best friend, Jacob Lescenski, who is straight, stepped up to the plate. Martinez saw the banner as he headed to class at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas on Thursday and was surprised to find himself at the receiving end of the request.
Friday, April 24, 2015 9:12:43 AM CST
Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:42:44 PM CST
Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:45:00 PM CST
The American Institute for Economic Research recently ranked the country’s top college towns for 2014-2015, based on student life, economic health, culture and opportunity. Ithaca, N.Y., home to Ithaca College and Cornell University tops the list, thanks to entrepreneurial activity and research and development. College towns tend to have stronger local economies than cities of a comparable size, thanks to the stable demand for real estate from students and the relatively recession-proof field of higher education.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:15:25 PM CST
By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami school district, the nation's fourth largest, said on Thursday it was eliminating most end-of-course exams, including all those for elementary school students, the latest blow to standardized testing in the state. "We have taken a responsible and logical approach to assessing students, in order to restore valuable teaching and learning time," Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said in an announcement on Facebook. The move comes amid mounting statewide pressure to roll back standardized testing in Florida public schools, as well as recent computer glitches on computerized tests. It is also puts a dent in the educational legacy of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, who championed standardized testing while in office to grade schools and teachers based on student achievement.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:15:00 AM CST
Completing a college education, people have long presumed, shows that a young adult has not just mastered a particular subject but has broadened his or her intellect by exposure to many different disciplines, philosophies, and diverse approaches to both knowledge and life. Unfortunately, most of our universities and colleges end up promoting ignorance, insularity, fear, and infantilism. Rather than seek out heterodox opinions, the faculties and student bodies of these schools attempt to insulate themselves from opponents through speech codes, demands for “trigger warnings,” demagoguery and shouting down of alternate views. Oberlin College in Ohio and Georgetown University in Washington DC both had groups invite Christina Hoff Sommers, a conservative critic of the current version of feminism, to speak on their campuses.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:55:57 PM CST
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of teachers across Washington state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes on Wednesday to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes, the state's largest teachers' union said. Nearly 3,000 teachers in nine school districts were taking part in the strikes, which forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third, said Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood. Wednesday's walkout was the first in a staggered series of actions by Washington state teachers, with smaller strikes planned for Friday and next week. At issue are cost-of-living raises and funding for benefits being considered by the state Legislature.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:17:00 PM CST
At a time when Americans are shouldering a crippling $1.2 trillion in student debt, it comes as no surprise that paying for higher education is the biggest financial concern for parents with children who are younger than 18 and planning to go to college. It may be more of a surprise that the young adults so often burdened with those loans now feel better about their finances than people in any other age group. In a new Gallup poll released this week, 73 percent of parents with kids below age 18 ranked paying for college as a financial worry — more than said they were concerned about saving enough for retirement and covering medical expenses. Parents “face twin challenges of paying for ever-escalating college expenses for one or more children and saving for their own retirement,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote in a blog post detailing the survey results.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:16:24 PM CST
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who got the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:39:16 AM CST
This March and April, about 200 college students from around the country met in Ferguson, Mo., to participate in an alternative spring break program. The program, which ran in single-week increments spanning five weeks through April 11, connected university students with local residents and activists who together helped clean up the city, run food drives and register voters. The project offered college students from around the U.S. a chance to discuss issues with community members and to address the needs of residents in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:45:33 AM CST
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A "Saturday Night Live" skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy's dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media. The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims' advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students. In U.S. schools last year, almost 800 school employees were prosecuted for sexual assault, nearly a third of them women. The proportion of women facing charges seems to be higher than in years past, when female teachers often got a pass, said Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, who tracked the cases.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:31:31 PM CST
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(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city's teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise spread over two years, investment in class size and counseling, as well as improvements to the evaluation system for teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said on its website. Representatives for the school district could not be immediately reached early on Saturday, but school board member Steve Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times: "This is an important step in restoring trust and partnership between LAUSD and UTLA." "Our message to our teachers is simple: We believe in you. The agreement must be ratified by union membership and the district's Board of Education, the union said.
Friday, April 17, 2015 5:39:59 PM CST
On Friday, the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, the effort by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwartz to get students in her classroom to share something about themselves, went viral across the Web. Schwartz has been posting poignant photos of her students’ reflections on Twitter since March and encouraging other teachers to do the same. Some Americans have been feeling a bit shocked by the kids’ brief messages, which detail bullying, poverty, and the detrimental impact of incarceration and immigration on the lives of students. 1. Child poverty is on the rise.
Friday, April 17, 2015 5:00:02 PM CST
Plenty of high school students dream of becoming game designers, and a few go ahead and make their own video games. Nathaniel designed the basic rules of the game when he was a small boy, stuck inside on rainy days and unable to play his favorite sport. "They have been very easy to work with and gave great advice when we needed help or when they thought something should be changed," said Nathaniel. Nathaniel and his pals have been selling the game on the streets of their local town.
Friday, April 17, 2015 4:15:18 PM CST
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.
Friday, April 17, 2015 3:47:52 PM CST
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract the district awarded to a company that had previously employed her, officials said on Friday. "In light of the ongoing federal investigation and its impact on her ability to effectively lead Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence from Chicago Public Schools effective immediately," Board of Education President David Vitale said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Byrd-Bennett to head the nation's third-largest public school system in 2012.
Friday, April 17, 2015 2:05:51 PM CST
Students at Harvard University are on the final day of something called Heat Week. It's a week long protest pushing for the University to divest of fossil fuel stocks. It's a movement gaining steam at universities across the country.
Friday, April 17, 2015 11:44:05 AM CST
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract.
Friday, April 17, 2015 11:12:03 AM CST
The use of electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” tripled among high-school students between 2013-2014, according to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, more high-school students are smoking e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes, the survey showed. The number of students who reported smoking traditional cigarettes declined by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014, the fastest decrease seen in years.
Friday, April 17, 2015 10:45:38 AM CST
"Unfriended," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows six high school students gathering on the video conferencing platform Skype on the anniversary of the suicide of a fellow student, who killed herself after an embarrassing video of her was posted online. Filmed entirely as if the events are unfolding on a computer screen, a mysterious entity joins the group's Skype conversation and begins to coerce secrets out of each friend, before exacting gory revenge one by one, as the others watch in horror. It also highlights online trolls, carelessly posting insults from the safety net of being anonymous and behind a computer screen. "We're using horror movie language, but the story is about one of the biggest problems on the Internet." "Unfriended," released by Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures, was an experimental project, made for less than $1 million.
Friday, April 17, 2015 9:52:24 AM CST
In an effort to better understand the complicated home lives of her third graders, one Colorado teacher challenged her students to share one thing that they wished their teacher knew about them. After sharing the sometimes heartbreaking responses on social media with the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew, Kyle Schwartz of Denver started a movement among teachers globally highlighting the importance of connectivity in the classroom, especially with students who may have difficulties at home. Had my students write "I wish my teacher knew___" It's a reality check. Ms. Schwartz, a three-year educator at Doull Elementary in Denver, said the majority of her students come from poverty and rely on the National School Lunch Program for sustenance.
Friday, April 17, 2015 8:38:22 AM CST
This reinforces the findings of previous reviews, said lead author Kerryann Walsh of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. “The programs increase children’s knowledge of child sexual abuse concepts and their skills in reacting and responding to risky situations,” Walsh told Reuters Health by email. The reviewers analyzed 24 trials of school-based prevention programs, including a total of almost 6,000 elementary and high school students in the U.S., Canada, China, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. Based on questionnaires and vignettes used to test the programs’ effects, kids in the programs demonstrated greater knowledge of protective behaviors and knowledge of sex abuse prevention concepts.
Friday, April 17, 2015 8:21:42 AM CST
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe of the city's public schools chief executive points to a larger pattern of apparent conflicts of interest at the debt-troubled district. Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to SUPES Academy, a training facility for principals that had formerly employed her, local media reports said without naming their sources. CPS, the nation's third-largest school district with about 400,000 students, confirmed on Wednesday that federal authorities were investigating suspected misconduct and had requested interviews with employees, but gave no details. A spokesman for SUPES Academy said investigators had obtained records and that it was cooperating.
Friday, April 17, 2015 3:21:53 AM CST
Some two million US high school students tried e-cigarettes last year, a rate that tripled in just one year, US health authorities said Thursday. The 2014 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 13.4 percent of high school students said they had smoked an e-cigarette in the past month, up from 4.5 percent from 2013. In middle school, some 3.9 percent of kids (about 450,000 students) said they had tried vaping in the past month according to the 2014 findings, up from 1.1 percent in 2013.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:01:00 PM CST
The number of middle and high school students who say they've used e-cigarettes has tripled in just one year, according to new research that underscores health experts' fears about the growing popularity of these nicotine delivery devices among adolescents. About 660,000 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2013, but in 2014, that number increased to about 2 million, according to a study published today as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. And in middle school students, that number went from 120,000 to 450,000, the report said. "This level of increase in such a short time period is alarming and unprecedented," study co-author Dr. Brian King told ABC News.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:54:28 PM CST
“The justice being served is unequal,” said Allie McCullen, Rise Up’s education justice organizer. Although “we recognize that cheating is wrong, the justice being served is unequal,” said McCullen, noting that Rise Up’s petition drive has collected more than 35,000 signatures. Most of the cheating took place at 44 schools and involved nearly 180 educators between 2005 and 2009. In 2013, a grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators after an investigation revealed cheating was behind a remarkable spike in statewide aptitude scores at previously failing schools in the city.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:04:26 PM CST
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, according to provocative new data that is likely to intensify debate over whether e-cigarettes are a boon or bane to public health. Overall, tobacco use among high school students grew to 24.6 percent from 22.9 percent. "Nicotine exposure at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement. Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration's tobacco division, said the data "forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened." But e-cigarette proponents argue that the CDC data could equally suggest that smoking rates fell because young people took up e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:56:04 AM CST
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency says thousands of teachers have staged nationwide protests demanding higher wages.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:43:48 PM CST
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal authorities are investigating allegations of misconduct at the Chicago Public Schools and have requested interviews with several employees, a top school official said on Wednesday. Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale did not give any further details in a statement to the media. The nation's third-largest public school district has more than 600 schools and serves about 400,000 students. "We take any allegation of misconduct seriously, and we are fully cooperating with investigators who requested that we not discuss any specifics regarding the ongoing investigation,” Vitale said.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:42:57 PM CST
There’s a new viral sensation sweeping the Internet. But this time, it has nothing to do with the color of a dress or a superhuman motorcycle rider crashing and landing on top of a car. This time around, a math problem, of all things, has worked the Internet up into a frenzy. The math problem in question was initially given to High School students in Singapore who were taking the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad exam. DON’T MISS: 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t The problem reads as follows: Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates. May
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:42:00 PM CST
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee began debating legislation Tuesday that attempts to fix the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law by giving states more control in determining how to hold public schools accountable for student performance.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:24:15 PM CST
ATLANTA (AP) — All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:21:09 PM CST
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott signed legislation rolling back testing in Florida public schools on Tuesday but said the new law was no rebuke to former governor and possible presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who championed school grading and student testing 16 years ago.