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Texas limiting new AP history course's influence

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Amid uproar in conservative circles about perceived anti-American bias in the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam, Texas on Wednesday moved to require its high school students to learn only state-mandated curriculum — not be taught to the national test.

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Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano

A student looks over at the damage to a lecture hall at the Federal College of Education in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on September 17, 2014Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the region's main city of Kano, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly targeted civilians in the north, is likely to be a prime suspect. A police spokesman added that officers arrived on the scene and killed two of the attackers. ...


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Teachers union calls for boycott of Nigeria school restart

A boy walks through an empty class room at a school in Monrovia, closed by the Liberian government to protect students from Ebola. The head of Nigeria's main teachers union called for a boycott of next week's re-opening of schoolsLagos (AFP) - The head of Nigeria's main teachers union called on Tuesday for a boycott of next week's re-opening of schools, saying there had not been enough training to protect against the Ebola virus.


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U.S. consumer watchdog accuses Corinthian Colleges of predatory loans

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer finance watchdog on Tuesday sued Corinthian Colleges for alleged predatory lending, saying that the for-profit institute lured students into taking out private student loans by touting "bogus" job prospects and using illegal debt-collection methods. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it wants the for-profit college company to pay $500 million in relief for the tens of thousands of students affected. ...

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Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending

FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, a woman walks past the Everest Institute in Silver Spring, Md. Corinthian Colleges, which owns Everest, Heald College and WyoTech schools, is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a “predatory lending scheme,” the agency said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme."


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New history books become latest Texas school fight

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. Much of the criticism is from left-leaning academics who say too much emphasis is placed on America's Christian tradition. The outcome has national implications because, as America's second most-populous state, Texas is such a large textbook market that it could affect books sold elsewhere. Here is some background on its book battle.

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Colleges That Charge the Most for Applying

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 graduate school search.

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College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS … On 9/11[VIDEO]

Multiple college students signed a petition to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week. Media Research Center TV reporter Dan Joseph went to the campus of George Washington University on Thursday, Sept. 11, and collected a dozen signatures from students on a petition to President Barack Obama to not only stop bombing ISIS, but also actively support the terrorist group. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

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Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

To gauge the affordability of a college or university, the sticker price is a good place to start. But savvy students should dig deeper.

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Investigations underway into Ohio prison escape

This combination of undated photos made available by the Lima Police Department shows, Thomas Michael Lane III, aka T.J. Lane, 19, left, and Clifford E. Opperud, 45. Lane, convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school, scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with Opperud and another prisoner, and was captured nearly six hours later hiding by a church early Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lima Police)LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say.


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Teenage killer who escaped Ohio prison captured yards away

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A teenager serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of three Cleveland-area high school students in 2012 was caught about 100 yards from the Ohio prison fence he had scaled to escape just hours earlier, officials said on Friday. T.J. Lane, 19, who was sentenced to life without parole last year in the attack at Chardon High School, escaped on Thursday with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, in northwestern Ohio, warden Kevin Jones said at a news conference outside the facility. "We are going to have to sit down and take a look at it and determine if Allen Oakwood was the place he was supposed to be," Jones said. According to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, an Ohio prison oversight group, eight of the facility's 1,645 inmates require maximum security.

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Downloadable and Free: The Next Generation of College Textbooks Is Here

It’s a hidden cost of higher education, a mandatory expense that can add hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year to a tuition bill and overall student debt.

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10 Highly Ranked Test-Flexible Colleges

Schools With Flexible Test Policies

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Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape.

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Missouri teachers can become armed safety officers under new law

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - More Missouri teachers could carry concealed weapons under a measure state lawmakers approved late Wednesday that also bans local laws against open carry of guns. The Republican-controlled state General Assembly voted to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that included the weapons provisions. The law allows school districts to select teachers or other employees to carry a concealed weapon or pepper spray as "school protection officers" if they pass a training program and meet other requirements. "This is just an option for school districts, it's not mandatory," state Senator Will Kraus, the bill sponsor, said on Thursday.

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Feds end Ohio State inquiry, applaud band inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just weeks after Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band for failing to address a "sexualized culture" within the group, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced it was closing a four-year investigation into the university's handling of sexual abuse allegations.

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Teacher's 'kissing game' leads to review of New Hampshire school district

By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A school district in southern New Hampshire is overhauling its sexual harassment policies after U.S. The Portsmouth school district had been due this week to unveil a new, more rigorous sexual harassment policy but delayed it while officials respond to requests to modify it by the U.S. "We've conducted training of staff on how to investigate claims of sexual harassment, and we've done training for the incoming freshman class," said Kathleen Dwyer, attorney for the affluent coastal city. The teacher also "made regular jokes about pornography" and "joked about being a sex offender to keep trick-or-treaters away on Halloween," according to the Department of Education.

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10 Colleges and Universities Where Merit Aid Is Most Common

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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How U.S. Colleges Gauge International Students' English Skills

The Test of English as a Foreign Language, commonly referred to as the TOEFL, is a standardized test of English language proficiency for nonnative English language speakers. This and the International English Language Testing System, known as IELTS, are two of the most popular standardized tests for English proficiency that many international students will need to take before applying for a college or university in the U.S. TOEFL and IELTS are different from the SAT and ACT because those are comprehensive tests aimed to measure readiness for college. For the majority of international students, TOEFL is just one piece of the application -- but many institutions are realizing that neither TOEFL nor IELTS or, for that matter, any standardized test, is the end-all predictor of a student's success.

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Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities. .

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Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars: U.S. report

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.

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College Students Unaware Of 9/11 Anniversary [VIDEO]

Dozens of students at George Washington University were unaware of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in recent interviews, while they were able to name celebrities involved in the nude photo scandal last week. Young America’s Foundation spokeswoman Ashley Pratte went to George Washington University last week, and asked 30 students  a series of questions about the Sept. 11 anniversary, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the recent theft of nude photos of various celebrities. Twenty-nine of the students were able to name at least one of the celebrities involved. In the video of the interviews, one of the students was completely unaware that Steven Sotloff and James Foley were beheaded, and seemed very taken aback by the news.

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Severe storms forecast for Detroit, schools close early

(Reuters) - A forecast of severe thunderstorms for the Detroit metro area on Wednesday afternoon prompted Detroit public schools to dismiss students early and city officials to warn residents of possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for parts of southeast Michigan, with thunderstorms, the potential of localized flash flooding and wind gusts of around 60 mph (96 kph). Detroit officials asked residents to help prevent flooding by clearing storm drains of leaves and other trash in front of homes and businesses. Storms could develop through about 8 p.m. in the Detroit area south to the Ohio border, said Bryan Tilley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

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Women's colleges address transgender applicants

In this Sept. 9, 2014, transgender student Calliope Wong poses for a photograph on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Women’s colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)BOSTON (AP) — Women's colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations — demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms.


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Do Prepaid 529 Plans Ever Make Sense?

Prepaid tuition plans allow parents and grandparents to do exactly that: pay for future college tuition at current rates. It sounds like a good deal, especially when you consider that tuition at public four-year colleges more than tripled between 1973 and 2013, according to The College Board.

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Colleges Adopt Programs to Help Freshmen Adapt

Consider this shocking stat as you shop for a college: Fully one-third of freshmen don't return for sophomore year. The goal "is to get students connected," says Martha McCaughey, a sociology professor and faculty coordinator of the required first-year seminar at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. The semesterlong discussion-based class pairs small groups of freshmen with faculty members teaching a topic they are passionate about. The reasons students drop out or transfer run the gamut, of course -- from family issues and money problems to loneliness and academic struggles.

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Colleges revisiting transgender student enrollment

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Public Schools Forcibly Subject Students To ‘Meatless Monday’ Activism

Taking a page from long-standing Christian tradition — particularly Catholic tradition — taxpayer-funded public schools across the United States are now denying children the option of eating meat for lunch one day each week. For American school children, the trendy new day of forswearing carnivorous deliciousness is Monday. “Meatless Monday” bills itself as an international campaign “launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.” It was founded by Sid Lerner, a longtime Madison Avenue advertising executive. The goal is to convince people to choose to give up meat one day each week because, as the Meatless Monday website explains, it’s “fantastic for the planet.”

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Ohio police have identified suspects in fake ALS bucket attack

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - High school students responsible for dumping a bucket containing water, urine and spit on a teenage boy with autism in a fake ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" have been identified, police said on Tuesday. Police did not release the names of the teenagers suspected in the attack that generated offers of rewards for information leading to their identification from comedian Drew Carey, a Cleveland native, and others. The group doused a 14-year-old boy with autism with the fouled water in Bay Village, a suburb west of Cleveland, and posted a video of the incident to Instagram, Bay Village police said in a statement. His mother reported the attack on Sept. 3 "We are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man," police said.

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Reform candidate closes gap in race to be California schools chief: poll

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education chief is in a statistical tie in a race shaping up to be a proxy war between school reform advocates and the state's powerful teachers unions, a poll showed on Tuesday. The poll conducted last month by San Francisco-based Field Research Corp had challenger Marshall Tuck three percentage points ahead of incumbent Tom Torlakson - but was within the survey's margin of error and thus represented a dead heat in the contest.

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Colleges, Employers Team Up to Train, Hire High-Tech Workers

Tom Hubschman adjusts his safety glasses as sparks fly from the computer-controlled plasma torch slicing through a piece of metal. The Boston University mechanical engineering major is working on his senior design project in the school's 9-month-old Engineering Product Innovation Center. These riches are the result of a collaboration with four big partners -- General Electric Aviation, Schlumberger, Procter & Gamble and technology company PTC -- plus a substantial investment by the university.

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10 Most, Least Pricey Private Colleges and Universities

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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Princeton, Williams Take Top Spots in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

The benefits of graduating from college are huge: better job prospects, higher wages and lower unemployment. The drawbacks to dropping out are just as massive: time spent outside the labor market and accrued student debt without better job opportunities to help with repayment.

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Asian parents underwrite weak education spending: OECD

Six-year-old Japanese elemetary student Seishi Nishida (2nd row L blue shirt) raises his hand along with classmates at school in Tokyo on June 11, 2013. Asian parents increasingly pick up tab for childrens' educationWeak public spending on education in East Asia is leaving families to pick up the tab, heaping huge burdens on parents who want to get children through college, a new global report has found. Improving academic results, particularly in maths, are being underwritten by pricey private tutoring despite the society-wide benefits of a better-educated population, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said. A common challenge for the region's governments is "to build better systems of public support to enable talented people from all sorts of backgrounds to take part in higher education", said Andreas Schleicher, director of education at the OECD. "East Asian countries spend relatively limited public budgets for education," he said during a video conferencing for Tokyo-based journalists.


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2015 Best Colleges: Top 20 National Liberal Arts Colleges

National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

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2015 Best Colleges: Top 20 National Universities

National Universities Rankings

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Here’s What Happens When Three Young People Share What They’re Learning About Becoming Teachers

TEACH Roadtrip, inspired by Davis Guggenheim’s documentary TEACH and organized by the nonprofit Roadtrip Nation, began filming in San Francisco in August and stopped in locations nationwide, such as Yosemite National Park; By day they set up interviews with influential educators and education professionals, such as National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb and DonorsChoose founder Charles Best. After traveling through 15 states interviewing educators and change makers to find out more about how they came to be in their profession, TEACH Roadtrip participants Rafael Silva, Nadia Bercovich, and Grace Worm made one last pit stop. The three aspiring educators joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday Sept. 5 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to answer questions from a packed audience about education and share what they learned on their cross-country expedition.

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2015 Best Colleges Preview: Top 25 National Universities

Applying to college is a journey that involves finding the right school, submitting applications and then -- if you're lucky -- choosing among the acceptance letters and financial aid awards to find that place you'll call home for the next few years.

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Lay the Groundwork for College From Freshman Year of High School

Although it is still a few years away, many ninth-grade high school students are already thinking about the college admissions process. "We survey our freshmen every year," says Shari Sevier, a counselor at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. While it may be too early to take college admissions exams or write college essays, experts say there are some things that ninth-grade students can do to make sure they are on the right track to college. "I think a lot of kids come into high school thinking that they can get away with doing minimal amounts of work and it's not that way," says Sevier, who is also the board chairwoman of the American School Counselor Association.

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Harvard receives largest-ever gift, $350 million for public health

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harvard University has received the largest donation in its history, the school announced on Monday: $350 million from the Morningside Foundation to the School of Public Health. The donation is unrestricted, and will support efforts including increased financial aid for students, loan forgiveness for graduates who work in underserved areas, new classrooms and seed money for pathbreaking research too novel to win support from other funders. In particular, said the school's dean, Julio Frenk, the Morningside gift will support research and training in four areas: pandemics ranging from malaria and Ebola to obesity and cancer; The Morningside Foundation was established in 1996 by Drs. Ronnie and Gerald Chan to support higher education in North America and Asia.





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