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  • Smaller share of US high school grads entering college. Why?
    A new annual review finds that 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities as of last October. That compares with a 66.2 percent enrollment rate in 2012 and 68.3 percent in 2011. All those numbers are below the all-time high of 70.1 percent in 2009, according to the Labor Department, which tracks the numbers and released its latest tally Tuesday. The share of high school grads heading for advanced degrees remains high compared with enrollment rates in many prior decades. But today’s enrollment rates are little changed from the late 1990s, despite efforts by President Obama and others to ramp up educational opportunities as a path to economic success – and despite polls showing that Americans view higher education as financially worthwhile.More

  • SERIOUSLY? Texas teachers scare, shame and bully kids about standardized tests
    If, as The Daily Caller speculates, there’s a special place in hell reserved for people who think up ways to make little kids feel horrible about themselves when they disappoint adults, then a bunch of teachers and school officials at Lamar Elementary School in El Paso, Texas should consider praying for mercy. Some parents of Lamar Elementary students believe teachers and school officials bullied their third-grade kids by sending home a bizarro, menacing handout about this week’s state-mandated STAAR standardized tests, reports local FOX affiliate KFOX. The Daily Caller has obtained the full text of the handout, entitled “What if I don’t try on the STAAR?” (See the image below.) However students who don’t do it to the satisfaction of the adults at Lamar Elementary risk flunking for the entire school year – so, no pressure kids! – and being labeled as “lazy.”More

  • California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Kashkari poses after touring the Robinson Helicopter Co. in TorranceBy Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari's proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology, electronics, or math subject in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings after graduation. It came as Kashkari, trailing a distant third in recent polls behind incumbent Jerry Brown and Republican Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly, is struggling to add momentum to his campaign before the June primary.


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  • But Only White People Care About the Environment, Right?
    The narrator forecasts that climate change will significantly limit the choices they are presented with to create that life they might imagine. The colorful cast is computer animated and expressive—moving to the precisely timed narration of a live educator who might be white—not like the cartoony, absence of color type of white, but Caucasian, (or black, or Asian) and tasked with captivating the interest of thousands of students packed into an auditorium for a school assembly on the “environment.” Over 1.7 million high students around the country have seen the Alliance for Climate Education’s (ACE) award-winning climate science assembly. The ACE Assembly is a riveting recount of what science knows to be true about climate change, taken directly from reports by IPCC, NOAA, and NASA and refashioned to appeal to high school students.More

  • U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

    The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities. The 6-2 vote and the four opinions issued by justices in the majority revealed divisions on the court as to the legal rationale in rejecting civil rights groups' challenge to the ban. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the sole dissenting opinion, read excerpts from the bench, calling the decision a blow to "historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights." The court emphasized that it was not deciding the larger and divisive question of whether affirmative action admission policies can be lawful. But the decision made it clear that voter-approved affirmative action bans can withstand legal challenges.


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  • Atheists' new plan of attack against Pledge of Allegiance: state courts
    For the second time in a year, American atheists and humanists are asking a state court to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, saying daily requirements to recite the phrase in public schools discriminates against atheist children. Last month, a nonbelieving New Jersey family sued its local school district in state court, claiming the daily classroom exercise violates the equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey constitution, the American Humanist Association announced on Monday. Last fall, the Massachusetts Supreme Court heard similar arguments from the humanist association, which represents another nonbelieving family that claims laws requiring their children to recite “under God” discriminate against their beliefs. This new focus on state laws and state constitutions represents a change in tactics for American atheists, who have traditionally sued in federal courts, mostly arguing that the First Amendment of the US Constitution forbids religious expressions in civic spaces.More

  • 'Main Line' drug ring in Pennsylvania nets two prep school grads
    (Reuters) - Two graduates of an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school were charged with operating an extensive drug ring that dealt cocaine and marijuana to students at high schools and colleges in an affluent part of Philadelphia, authorities said on Tuesday. Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, led the effort to create a "monopoly" on drug sales in the area and used high school students to deal drugs at their local schools, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts," Ferman said in a statement announcing their arrests. Scott and Brooks were former lacrosse players and graduates of The Haverford School, an all-boys prep school near Philadelphia that charges $35,000 per year in tuition, prosecutors said.More

  • Students Design Radiation Shield for NASA's Orion Spacecraft

    Students Design Radiation Shield for NASA's Orion SpacecraftNASA is developing a new spacecraft to take mankind to deep space, and high-school students will have an important role in designing it.


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  • Volunteers find scenes of hope, despair at S. Korea ferry site
    Hundreds of bereaved parents, relatives, and friends mingle with volunteers here in a display of agony and heartbreak, shame and disbelief, over the sinking of a ferry on a holiday cruise packed with high school students on a school excursion.  An atmosphere of stoicism and quiet calm pervades the floor of the spacious gymnasium in this pleasant seaside community as fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, talk in low strained murmurs, lying on mats, wrapped in blankets, a week after the ferry, the Sewol, sank 12 miles south amid rocky islets visible to the horizon.  As investigators look for why and how the ship went down, volunteers have come from across Korea to hand out food and drink, fresh clothing, and toiletries. “When this happened, I realized I was neglecting my country,” says Youn Ji-na, a young woman who came from Seoul, 200 miles to the north. “This tragedy is the result of people not thinking about the country, about other people.”More

  • Learn How High School Classes Can Offer College Benefits
    High school and college are undoubtedly different worlds academically. However, high school students shouldn't totally rule out the relevance their current course work could have in college. Upon reflection, some college students found that some of their toughest high school classes and assignments were exactly what shaped them to be the hardworking university students they are today. Rather than simply viewing high school classes and projects as something to get through until graduation arrives, students should instead recognize the benefits to be gained from these opportunities.More

  • Ask 4 Questions to Choose Your Child's High School
    The number of Advanced Placement or dual-credit courses offered speaks to how much is expected of students and whether the school will challenge their teen. Graduation rates and college placement statistics reveal how successful a school is at seeing students through to the next level. The right culture was top of mind when Jacquie Whitt and her husband selected a school for their two children. Gauging the culture of a school is as important as assessing its academic quality, says Mark Reford, CEO of BASIS Independent Schools, private schools managed by BASIS.ed, which also runs top-rated charter high schools in several states, including BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona.More

  • Liberal Arts Colleges With Low Student-Faculty Ratios
    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 matters to you in your college or grad school search.More

  • Demographic Breakdown of the 2014 Best High Schools
    U.S. News evaluated 31,242 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014 Best High Schools rankings, with 19,411 schools eligible to be ranked. Below, we have also conducted a detailed demographic breakdown of the 4,707 medal winners.More

  • Frequently Asked Questions: 2014 Best High Schools Rankings
    The Best High Schools project identifies the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students -- from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving -- in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. The first list of the U.S. News Best High Schools was posted online on Nov. 30, 2007. The current 2014 edition of Best High Schools was published online on April 22, 2014.More

  • 2014 Best High Schools Rankings: Information for High School Officials
    The basic 2011-2012 academic year data on high school and school district names, enrollment, ethnicity, magnet or charter school status and other profile information came directly from the Common Core of Data on the U.S. Department of Education's website. College Board was the source of the Advanced Placement test data for each public high school, when applicable, which were used to create calculated values used in the rankings. International Baccalaureate was the source of the International Baccalaureate test data for each public high school, when applicable, which were used to create calculated values used in the rankings. Each high school's statewide accountability test results were collected directly from official sources in that state.More

  • Prosecutors: Prep school graduates ran drug ring

    This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney shows 18-year-old Timothy Brooks. Montgomery County prosecutors identified Brooks as one of the leaders of a drug ring they say supplied marijuana and cocaine to three colleges and a number of high schools in Philadelphia's affluent Main Line suburbs. Brooks and the other suspect, Neil Scott, are both graduates of The Haverford School. The two college dropouts are scheduled to be arraigned Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Montgomery County District Attorney)ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Two prep school graduates sought to use their sports connections and business acumen to establish a monopoly on drug sales to high school students in the affluent Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.


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  • Glitches prompt suspension of Oklahoma tests again
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's public schools superintendent suspended online testing across the state on Monday after middle and high school students systemwide experienced disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for the second consecutive year.More

  • US sends salvage ship to help with S.Korea ferry disaster

    Boats and cranes surround the site of the submerged 'Sewol' ferry off the coast of Jindo on April 21, 2014The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. South Korea has not formally requested the ship, but the USNS Safeguard was being moved from Thailand toward South Korea in case it does, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said. An amphibious assault ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, is already taking part in rescue operations off the southwestern coast where the Sewol sank on Wednesday with 476 people aboard, including 352 high school students on a holiday trip.


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  • The Most Costly College Financing Mistakes: How To Avoid Them

    student loan debtWhile I highly value a college education -- I have two degrees -- I despise the idea of college debt.  I graduated without this onerous burden, but few can do it today. That's why there's more than $1 ...


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  • South Korean President Calls Ferry Crew's Actions Murderous

    South Korean President Calls Ferry Crew's Actions MurderousSouth Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday that the actions of the crew members of a ferry that sank last week with 476 people on board were "like an act of murder." Five days after the boat capsized, divers continue to search for the 238 missing passengers, most of them high-school students, who are now presumed dead. So far, seven members of the crew — including captain Captain Lee Joon-seok — have been arrested for their role in the disaster.


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