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North Carolina Charter School Updates Religion Policy After Teacher's Prayer In Class

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | November 21, 2014 | Religion
A North Carolina charter school's board this week banned teachers from instructing students to pray in the classroom after one of the school's educators taught students a prayer and handed out church pamphlets. The new policy at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Forest City, North Carolina, aims to...

School Official Apologizes For 'Good-Natured' Retweet About Mixed-Raced Couples

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 21, 2014 | Black Voices
An assistant principal who has come under fire for a racially insensitive retweet says she has been put on administrative leave and that she does not harbor racial prejudices. Earlier this week, students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, walked out of class to...

Floating School Proves That Even Natural Disasters Shouldn't Deprive Kids Of Education

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | November 21, 2014 | Impact
Across the globe, 57 million children are deprived of education for a host of unrelenting reasons. But a school that floats on water has proven that innovation can combat almost any obstacle that stands in the way of learning. Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of...

These Teens Hate Their School Lunches And They're Blaming Michelle Obama For it

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 21, 2014 | Teen
Students around the country are fighting back against healthy school lunch standards that they say have decreased the quality of food served at schools. Over the past few weeks, the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama has surfaced, with students tweeting pictures of their unappetizing school lunches. In 2010, Congress passed the...

Test Prep Company Uses Pictures Of Kim Kardashian's Derriere To Teach Kids Math

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 21, 2014 | Teen
This is one place we never expected to see pictures of Kim Kardashian's behind: in SAT test-prep questions. Earlier this week, test preparation company Catalyst tweeted a photo of Kim Kardashian's famous photos from Paper magazine with math questions on it. According to Catalyst founder and...

West Virginia University Fraternities Have A Hazing Problem

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | November 21, 2014 | College
On Wednesday, the West Virginia University chapter of Beta Theta Pi was notified that they had "lost all rights and privileges and is no longer a recognized campus group," local news station WOWK reported. The national Beta office revoked their charter, citing "past behavior issues." This is the...

Texas Textbooks Approved Amid Controversy

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 21, 2014 | Politics
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America's second-largest state, after one top publisher withdrew a book. The Republican-controlled State Board of Education voted along party lines 10-5 Friday, sanctioning most proposed books and electronic lessons. It...

LA School District To Pay $139 Million To End Molestation Litigation

AP | David Moye | November 21, 2014 | Crime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday. The deal involving 81 students puts a legal end to...

Publisher Withdraws Controversial Textbook In Texas

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 21, 2014 | Politics
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy...

Hardly Anyone Discussing Education On Cable News Is Actually An Educator

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | November 21, 2014 | Media
Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, published Thursday. "On segments in which there was a substantial discussion of domestic education policy between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31,...

Most Pre-K Seats Added By De Blasio Are In Poorer Communities, City Says

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | November 21, 2014 | Politics
In a reversal of the way income inequality usually works, it's the very wealthy who appear to have less access to New York City's state-funded preschool centers during the program's first year. Last week, the de Blasio administration announced that 53,230 children had successfully enrolled in the city's...

2,000 School Kids Break World Hip Hop Dance Record, Show 'No Dream Is Too Big'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | November 21, 2014 | Good News
For most people, the thought of 2,000 elementary school kids yelling and jumping in unison is enough to trigger nightmares. For Alabama's Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach Program, it's the sound of a world record being broken. On Wednesday, the nonprofit orchestrated the world's...

Bill Cosby Remains Temple University Trustee

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 20, 2014 | College
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him. At least three women have publicly discussed their allegations against Cosby in recent weeks. Through his lawyer, the 77-year-old comedian has strongly denied wrongdoing. Cosby has...

U.S.-Brokered Bailout Of For-Profit Colleges Treats Students 'Like Financial Assets'

Shahien Nasiripour | November 20, 2014 | Politics
Some 39,000 college students will soon stop making tuition payments to a company that state and federal regulators allege advertised bogus job prospects to lure low-income Americans and instead will pay a federal contractor accused of abusing bankruptcy proceedings fighting troubled borrowers. Educational Credit Management Corp. --...

UC-Berkeley Students Protest Tuition Hike With Building Takeover (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | November 20, 2014 | College
On Wednesday night, students and community activists began a major protest in Wheeler Hall at the University Of California-Berkeley. By midnight, more than 200 protestors were occupying the hall, according to student newspaper the Daily Cal. The protesters are fighting the tuition increase which was passed...

Georgetown Students Push For Clarity On RA Rules

Alexandra Svokos | November 20, 2014 | College
Since Georgetown University resident assistant Thomas Lloyd came forward on Nov. 11 to give his account of what he describes as "a pattern of exploitation" by the prestigious Jesuit school, other RAs at the university are speaking out about their own concerns. In his op-ed published...

University Of Virginia Wants Investigation Of Alleged 7-Member Fraternity Gang Rape

Tyler Kingkade | November 20, 2014 | College
The University of Virginia wants local law enforcement to investigate an alleged gang rape at a campus fraternity said to have happened two years ago, now that a national magazine has written about the incident. A Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, published Wednesday, describes a...

What 9-Year-Old Boys Dislike About Masculinity

Caroline Bologna | November 20, 2014 | Parents
In honor of International Men's Day yesterday, Twitter user @MrPooni tweeted a photo of a list of things that 9-year-old boys said they don't like about being male. Masculinity is toxic: a group of 9 year olds list the things they don't like about being a...

New Mother Denied The Right To Breastfeed During Bar Exam

Caroline Bologna | November 20, 2014 | Parents
It’s 2014, and although progress has been made for pregnant women and new mothers on both the federal and state level in terms of accommodating their needs, some businesses are still shockingly behind the curve. Forty-six states now allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, but one...

Bush Seeks Common Ground With Common Core Critics

Alexandra Svokos | November 20, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Responding to a national backlash over Common Core education standards, potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that the set of state benchmarks should be "the new minimum" for America's classrooms. "For those states choosing a path other than Common Core, I say this: Aim even...
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