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(03-03-2013)
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  • 'Sharing Is Not a Crime': Why a Colombian Student Faces Prison for Posting Research Online
    A South American biologist who found a five-year-old master's degree thesis online, then shared it with fellow graduate students on a Web page, could spend the next eight years in prison for copyright infringement. In a case that pits Internet freedom against intellectual property rights, Diego Gomez is accused of breaking the law even though he used the paper for research, didn't try to sell it, and didn’t claim credit for the work. But the paper’s author claims Gomez, 26, illegally obtained and distributed his work product, violating copyright laws embedded in a 2006 trade deal Colombia signed with the United States.    The case against Gomez, who is studying ways to preserve his country's vast, diverse ecosystem, has become a rallying cry for international activists, including recently formed free-Internet advocacy groups in Colombia. “That’s the thing about copyright law—it sort of pulls in all sorts of uses of work” that typically weren't subject to legal protection, said Maira Sutton, a global policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a free-Internet advocacy group.More

  • Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death

    Jacquelyn Johnson, center left, wipes a tear while speaking with her husband Kenneth, right, at a "Who Killed K.J." rally in memory of their son, Kendrick Johnson, the south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta. Benjamin Crump, rear left, and fellow lawyers for the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson are calling on the governor to order a coroner's inquest. The body of Johnson was found Jan. 11, and sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident. Johnson's parents insist someone must have killed him. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.


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  • Temple University scraps SAT requirement for new students
    (Reuters) - Philadelphia's Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent. Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States' Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students' SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit. A prospective student's high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better predictors of success in higher education, Temple said in its announcement.More

  • Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

    File photo of Marijuana plants displayed for saleBy Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper. Comparing surveys of marijuana use by adolescents conducted annually by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found the probability that a high schooler had used pot in the last 30 days was no more than 0.8 percent higher in legal states compared to states that had not approved medical marijuana. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students," D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon wrote.


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  • Ontario Teachers likely to buy rest of UK's Bristol Airport: source

    Bristol airport: Give us the runway insteadCanada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is likely to buy the rest of Britain's Bristol Airport in a deal worth up to 250 million pounds ($424.6 million), a source closely monitoring the situation said on Monday. The pension fund, which already owns 49 percent of the regional airport, has the right of first offer for the 50 percent owned by Australian asset manager Macquarie Group . Macquarie, the world's largest infrastructure asset manager, was sounding out buyers for its holding, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is eyeing the stake as it seeks to expand its infrastructure holdings from $12 billion to around $18 billion.


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  • Salvage Summer ACT, SAT Prep With a Shortened Timeline
    Some high school students begin their summers with the intent of fully preparing for standardized college admissions tests. They understand that their time to study for the ACT or SAT will be limited once they return to school in the fall and wish to complete as much exam preparation as possible while their schedules permit.More

  • Healthier High School Lunches Get a Mixed Bag of Reviews
    The reviews on healthier school lunches are in, and it seems most high school students think they are tolerable. Many of the new federal requirements aimed at making school lunches healthier took effect in the 2012-2013 school year. Twelve months later, about 63 percent of high school students surveyed reported liking the new school lunches, at least to some extent, according to a report released this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve public health. "High school kids, you know they got their opinions right away," says Susan Birmingham, director of food service for Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, New York.More

  • Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
    WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.More

  • Science on the job: Teachers learn from tech firms
    A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren't spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they're toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. As American ...More

  • TEACHERS' UNIONS STAND IN THE WAY OF SCHOOL REFORM
    EDITORS: Cynthia Tucker is taking a one-week vacation and will not file a column dated for Aug. 2-3. In much of the country, parents are already buying school supplies for the start of the academic year -- a departure from days of yore. The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change if it is to prepare students for global competition.More

  • Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student
    Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master's degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders. Still, she admits technology can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially for online learners who tend to be older and less familiar with newer tools. "And you can find new ways to approach technology." Below are 10 technology mistakes many online students make when starting school.More

  • Land a Spot in a Top Online Master's in Education Program
    "Anybody who is working in education in the 21st century really needs to have an online experience, not just from an instructor side but from a student side," says Kaleb Patrick, director of graduate programs for Central Michigan University's Global Campus, tied for the No. 3 spot among online graduate education programs. Getting into the top online graduate education program isn't impossible -- the top 10 schools have an average acceptance rate of 85 percent, according to U.S. News data -- but online students might want to think twice about what they choose to emphasize in their applications. Admissions committees look for strong work experience, well-written essays and positive letters of recommendations from all of their applicants, however, prospective online students would be wise to focus on why they would be a good fit for a virtual environment, experts say. Students looking to get into the best online graduate education programs should make it clear they understand the unique requirements of online learning, says Patrick Roberts, an associate professor in the Northern Illinois University College of Education, ranked No. 1.More

  • Corinthian faces uphill struggle to sell Everest colleges
    It took a cryptic message on her college login page to alert Stephenie Wickiser to the plight of the company that owns her online university. Corinthian Colleges Inc is the first university operator in the United States to feel the force of a government crackdown on the $28 billion for-profit education sector. As part of an agreement with the Department of Education - the same deal to which Wickiser's login page made reference - Corinthian has six months to sell most of its campuses or close them down. "I am just worried that I am going to be stuck with all these student loans, and my degree means absolutely nothing," said Wickiser, a paralegal student at Corinthian's Everest University Online.More

  • House votes to simplify education tax breaks
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students. The bill would make permanent a tax credit that ...More

  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    FILE - 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, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.


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  • Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

    FILE - 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, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.


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  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    FILE - 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, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.


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  • Paying Teachers to Give Up Tenure: What’s the Right Price?
    Education reformer Michelle Rhee once called teacher tenure the Holy Grail of elementary and secondary school educators. In the latest tenure fight, a California judge last month ruled that the state’s last-hired, first-fired teacher tenure system deprives minority and low-income students of an equal education. Economist Allison Schrager, however, has proposed an alternative view that could help end the fighting: Convince teachers to trade job protection for cold, hard cash. Surveys show that public school teachers are among society’s lowest-paid workers;More

  • Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination
    By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the "One Newark" plan disproportionately affect black students. "We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the 'One Newark' plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race," an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.More

  • Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

    Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol June 3, 2014Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.


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