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  • Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.More

  • 9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint
    A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal ...More

  • Strike calls expected at teacher conferences

    File picture shows General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Christine Blower addressing a rally in London last yearRepresentatives from the country's two biggest teachers' unions are gathering in Brighton and Birmingham for this weekend's annual conferences, which are expected to hear calls for action over pay and pensions. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will meet in Brighton while members of NASUWT will gather in Birmingham. Following last month's NUT action which closed schools in England and Wales, there are expected to be more calls for strikes. NUT general secretary Christine Blower warned that "teacher morale is at a dangerously low ebb" while NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said the government had waged a "relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession".


  • Sallie Mae faces probe for massively ripping off soldiers on federal student loans
    Sallie Mae is in danger of losing lucrative loan servicing contracts with the U.S. Department of Education and some of its high-level employees may face criminal penalties pending the outcome of a probe involving evidence that the student-loan behemoth has cheated active-duty soldiers who have taken out federal student loans. The investigation into how Sallie Mae treats soldiers was initially revealed by the company in August, according to The Huffington Post. However, the inquiry was initially focused on private loans, not the federal student loans that are guaranteed and subsidized by American taxpayers. On Wednesday, a Sallie Mae news release about quarterly earnings addressed the probe.More

  • Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10

    A FedEx truck drives past a makeshift memorial beside Interstate 5 in Orland, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. The California Highway Patrol made the recordings public on Thursday as investigators returned to the scene of the accident, painstakingly driving a pristine white tour bus back and forth over the charred and bubbled surface of Interstate 5 in an effort to reconstruct the April 10 collision. I'm running over to see what it is." Five high school students and five adults, including the two drivers, died when the FedEx tractor trailer swerved across the highway median and slammed head-on into a motor coach filled with about 50 Los Angeles-area teenagers on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. A blast unleashed by the impact was so loud that it was heard throughout nearby Orland, an agricultural community about 90 miles north of Sacramento.


  • 911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

    In This Photo Provided By The University Of La Verne, Trish Arzola, the mother of Arthur "Tury" Arzola, Jr. is hugged by her sons David and James at a candlelight vigil, as family, friends and colleagues gathered for a memorial service on Wed. April 16, 2014 at The University of La Verne. The La Verne graduate student was one of the 10 people killed in the tragic crash when a FedEx truck collided into a busload of students, chaperones and advisors who were heading to Humboldt State University. Arzola was a recruiter for Humboldt State University, and part of the close-knit University of La Verne community. (AP Photo/University Of La Verne, Nancy Newman) Nancy Newman Photography (714) 317-1518 NancyNB@earthlink.netORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.


  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    First lady Michelle Obama cheers as she arrives for a town hall meeting at Howard University in Washington, Thursday April 17, 2014. The first lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.


  • Investigators reconstruct bus crash in California
    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol are reconstructing how fast a bus carrying high school students was going before its fiery collision with a FedEx truck that left 10 people dead.More

  • Study: Obama's College Rating Plan May Not Reach Low-Income Students
    A new study from a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association concludes that it's misplaced for the federal college ratings plan, announced last year by President Barack Obama, to try to enhance consumer access and institutional accountability through one tool. Calling the strategy "well-intentioned but poorly devised," the study's authors, Lorelle L. Espinosa, Jennifer R. Crandall, and Malika Tukibayeva, all from the American Council on Education, presented their findings in an issue brief from the council's Center for Policy, Research and Strategy called " Rankings, Institutional Behavior, and College and University Choice: Framing the National Dialogue on Obama's Ratings Plan." The purpose of the paper, according to a release from the organization, was to provide analysis that could be part of the ongoing discussions and debate about the administration's proposed college ratings. -- That college rankings like the U.S. News Best Colleges have become influential in university decision-making.More

  • Saudi conservatives protest against Westernization
    Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernizing" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported on Thursday. Photographs in the Saudi edition of pan-Arab daily al-Hayat showed dozens of men in traditional garb walking towards the court, the seat of government, and sitting on the grass outside as they demonstrated against social change. Last week the consultative Shoura Council decided to urge the government to look into allowing sports classes for girls in state schools, something that many conservatives have long opposed. Most private schools for girls already offer physical education.More

  • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    South Korean relatives of passengers on board a capsized ferry cry as they wait for news about their loved ones, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media. Another student, 16-year-old Kim Woong-Ki, sent a desperate text for help to his elder brother as the ship listed violently over to one side.


  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    Map path of ferry, location of ship sinking and a diagram the vessel, South Korea.; 2c x 8 inches; 96.3 mm x 203 mm;MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.


  • Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skills

    Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skillsTablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper. What’s more, they say young children who spend all night playing tablet games find it impossible to pay attention in classrooms because they’re seemingly going through withdrawal from being constantly visually stimulated by bright displays. Colin Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, says in The Telegraph’s report that he has “spoken to a number of nursery teachers


  • Grieving S. Korean parents consumed by agony and anger

    South Korean relatives of passengers on board a capsized ferry gather for news at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The pin-drop silence as the student's name was read out was broken by a piercing scream of anguished recognition as her shattered parents clutched each other in the cold, harbour gymnasium. The announcement of the sixth confirmed victim from the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying hundreds of high school students came after a night-long vigil for relatives who had travelled to the southern island of Jindo to be near the rescue effort.


  • Nevada probe detects cheating on standardized test
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — At least one adult altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next, an investigation by the Nevada Department of Education concluded.More

  • 283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    Map locates Jeju Island, South Korea; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.


  • 284 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from a ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.


  • 5 Reasons to Pay Attention During Your Student Loan Exit Interview
    But if you're among the majority of students who borrowed money to pay for college -- more than 65 percent of graduates, in the latest year cited in a recent Department of Education report -- you've got one more chance to learn before you don that cap and gown: your student loan exit interview. All students borrowing federal student loans are required to attend student loan "entrance and exit" counseling when they begin and leave college. Information on t he National Student Loan Data System: The most important take-away from your exit interview is the National Student Loan Data System, or NSLDS. This is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for all federal student aid, including federal student loans.More

  • 292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disasterA ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, ...


  • Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up
    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Only around one in 200 citizens files income tax, leaving the state begging foreign donors to help fund crumbling public schools and hospitals. Anger over poor public services fuels the Taliban insurgency and other militant groups destabilizing the nuclear-armed nation. So far, there's little been political will to improve tax collection, since most legislators and many ministers have been tax evaders too.More

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