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  • Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum
    By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work." The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.More

  • 5 simple ways to cope with student debt

    One of the rare non-Apple laptops seen in an otherwise cool park full of cool peopleCollege tuition and student debt rates have never been higher. Here's how to keep your college debt levels under control.


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  • Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, poses in an exam room in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Extra health checks are part of protocols campuses throughout the United States have in place as they prepare for as many as 10,000 students from Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where more than 1,000 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.


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  • Should You Skip College to Save Money?
    With the average student loan debt in the United States at $33,424 this month, it's no wonder the worth of college has been called into question. These findings suggest that it isn't necessarily the college education that creates talent or success;More

  • In Texas, big school finance questions remain
    Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied ...More

  • Build Better Teachers
    The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice.More

  • Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'
    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.More

  • IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN
    As one of the chairs of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education, I'm part of a group focused on just that -- supporting public education. We support superior standards and finding ways to make classrooms challenging and rewarding for both teachers and students. As a proud graduate of Louisiana's public schools, I know the importance of a good public education. Right now, a galling 22 percent of children in America -- the richest country in history -- live in poverty, and nearly half come from low-income families struggling to meet basic needs.More

  • Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional
    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.More

  • NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades
    An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.More

  • Community Colleges Offer Dropouts Path to GED, Career
    Bobby Carmichael Jr., 37, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. Next month, almost 25 years later, the father of two will graduate with his GED diploma, three welding certificates and new career prospects. "So I came to Savannah Tech, met some wonderful, exciting teachers and staff members and it just took off from there." While Carmichael enrolled with the goal of simply earning his GED diploma, he jumped at the chance to join Savannah Tech's Accelerating Opportunity program, which allows students without a high school diploma to simultaneously pursue their GED and professional certificates.More

  • South Korea ferry victim's father ends 45-day hunger strike

    Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the Sewol ferry disaster, at a press conference in Seoul on August 13, 2014The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster on Thursday abandoned a hunger strike aimed at forcing lawmakers to set up a full independent inquiry. The Sewol ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast in April with a loss of more than 300 lives. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the tragedy, went on hunger strike on July 14, demanding legislation setting up full inquiry into the disaster. A spokesman for the victims' relatives said he had decided to end the hunger strike at the urging of his family.


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  • Portland Is Embracing Tiny Houses for the Homeless
    Sure, Portland, Ore., has been the butt of countless Portlandia jokes about handlebar mustaches and hipsters who think they’re living in the 1890s. Josh Alpert, the city’s director of strategic initiatives, told the Portland Mercury that Mayor Charlie Hales has agreed to create a task force that will spearhead the construction of the small structures on unused government land. Alpert told the paper that the city plans to ask entities such as the Portland Public Schools and Multnomah County to locate appropriate property.  The tiny-house project is the brainchild of Portland housing advocate Mike Withey.More

  • Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national curriculum
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sued the US Department of Education Wednesday, accusing it of violating federal law and the US Constitution by strong-arming states into adopting the Common Core State Standards and assessments. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Governor Jindal said, in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.” A onetime Common Core supporter, Jindal now claims that the federal government has overstepped its role in a whole host of areas, especially in education. More

  • Is digital curriculum the future of education?

    Is digital curriculum the future of education?Former chancellor of New York City's Department of Education Joel Klein shares how data-driven instruction could provide insights in the classroom


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  • Nigeria delays start of school year over Ebola virus

    Passengers, wearing protective face masks and hand gloves push troleys loaded with personal effects upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos on August 11, 2014Nigeria said Tuesday that resumption of classes in all public and private schools will be delayed by a month to put in place "preventive measures" against the Ebola virus, which has claimed five lives in Lagos. "All primary and secondary schools in private and public sectors are to remain closed until Monday, October 13," Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau said while addressing a meeting of senior teachers in the country. The ministry said Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the economic capital Lagos on July 20 and died five days later. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced that the total number discharged is now seven.


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  • Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash
    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.More

  • Former Yale professor takes on elite colleges: They’re 'exacerbating income inequality'
    William Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor and author of the new book 'Excellent Sheep,' argues that admissions standards, especially at the most elite colleges in the country, exacerbate income inequality.More

  • Pursue an Entrepreneurship Major, Minor as an International Student
    Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs meant entrepreneurship is not a new concept for me, but becoming one is a challenge. Students do not have to study entrepreneurship as an academic major or minor in order to be an entrepreneur, but as competition grows, it has become an important major in higher education. Various countries have different rules and regulations on how students can be an entrepreneur, but as an international student in the U.S., an entrepreneurship major at your college could possibly help in starting a business. Here are some other reasons why it's a good path of study for international students.More

  • New Evidence That Sleep-Deprived Teenagers Need to Start School Later
    Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting pressure on schools to adjust the time the morning bell rings. The medical organization wrote that insufficient sleep in adolescents is a “public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.” It recommends that middle and high school students get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Department of Education, roughly 43 percent of public high schools start before 8 a.m., but if a student is in the high school band or on the swim team, he or she may stagger into school as early as 6:30 a.m. for practice.More

 
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