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Marco Rubio Says He Wants To Disband The College 'Cartel' System

Reuters | Reuters | July 9, 2015 | College
By James Oliphant CHICAGO, July 7 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio called for an overhaul of the U.S. higher education system on Tuesday, saying colleges were operating as a "cartel" and not meeting the needs of students or the economy. "We do not need timid tweaks to the...

Senate Passes Bill Letting Schools Give Education Money To Financial Consulting Firms

IBT | Benjamin Hart | July 9, 2015 | Politics
As budget-strapped Chicago follows a mass school closure with a new plan to layoff more than 1,400 teachers, one set of transactions sticks out: the city’s moves to refinance $1 billion in debt through complex financial instruments called swaps.

Michelle Obama To Native Youth: The Obama Administration Has Your Back

Rebecca Klein | July 9, 2015 | Politics
First lady Michelle Obama has a message for Native American youth: You matter. Speaking to the White House’s first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering on Thursday in Washington, D.C., the first lady said their generation has the power to turn around centuries of discrimination and put their communities on a better path....

No Child Revision Barely Passes House, Goes Next To Senate

AP | Rebecca Klein | July 9, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to strike a bipartisan chord, the Senate worked Thursday on a major revision of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, a day after a Republican-led rewrite just barely passed the House. The Senate bill would narrow the federal role in the nation's public schools by...

White House Hosts First-Ever Tribal Youth Gathering

Julian Brave Noisecat | July 9, 2015 | Politics
For centuries, Native American leaders from across the United States have traveled to meet with the “Great White Father” in Washington to plead their case for justice, equality and a greater share of resources and opportunities that were once unequivocally theirs. Despite overwhelming challenges still faced by Native...

States Still Differ Dramatically In Their Academic Expectations, Study Finds

Joy Resmovits | July 9, 2015 | Politics
What does it mean to be passing math class? The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the research arm of the Education Department, the National Center for Education Statistics. These differences are crucial as America's population becomes more mobile, moving...

Troops Can't Trust Student Loan Servicers, Top Regulator Says

Shahien Nasiripour | July 8, 2015 | Politics
U.S. troops can’t rely on student loan companies, including those working for the Department of Education, to give them accurate information about legal protections they are entitled to, a top federal regulator charged. The stark warning from Holly Petraeus, assistant director for service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection...

Fired LSU Professor Teresa Buchanan Says She Still Doesn't Know What She Did Wrong

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | July 8, 2015 | College
An education professor fired from Louisiana State University for creating a "hostile learning environment" by using explicit language told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that she did her job "well" and never harassed any student. Teresa Buchanan was terminated from LSU on June 18. Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate reported that...

Study Shows One-Third Of College Students Transfer

AP | Riley Griffin | July 8, 2015 | College
BOSTON (AP) -- More than a third of college students who started in 2008 transferred to another school, according to a new national study, challenging ideas about the typical college trajectory and stoking a debate about how schools should help transfer students. Out of 3.6 million U.S. students in the...

Gates Foundation Proposes FAFSA Reform

AP | Tyler Kingkade | July 8, 2015 | College
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two million more young people could get the financial aid they need to go to college if the federal government makes it easier to fill out its financial aid forms, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday. The Seattle-based foundation said revising the form...

'Sexting' Added To Los Angeles' School Curriculum

AP | Riley Griffin | July 8, 2015 | Politics
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sext ed will be part of the curriculum for Los Angeles students this fall. The LA Unified School District will roll out a broad plan to educate students on the dangers of sharing sexually explicit photos via texting and the Internet. The Los Angeles Times

Congress Plans To Revisit No Child Left Behind Education Bill

AP | Riley Griffin | July 8, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is trying again to pass a GOP-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, with conservatives aiming to dramatically shift the role of the federal government in education policy away from Washington. The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, would give...

Education Department Dismisses Complaint From Asian Americans' Group Against Harvard

AP | Tyler Kingkade | July 7, 2015 | College
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department on Tuesday dismissed a complaint against Harvard University by some Asian-American groups who say the university uses racial quotas to keep out high-scoring Asians. The complaint was filed in May with the department's civil rights office by more than 60 Chinese, Indian,...

Congress Might Finally Overhaul No Child Left Behind. Here's What That Means For Kids.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | July 7, 2015 | Politics
The No Child Left Behind Act, a George W. Bush-era law that expired in 2007, may finally be on its way to becoming fully defunct. On Tuesday, the Senate debated its version of a No Child Left Behind rewrite, called the Every Child Achieves Act. Later this week, the...

Arizona Law That Banned Mexican-American Studies May Be Discriminatory, Court Rules

Roque Planas | July 8, 2015 | Latino Voices
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a trial to assess whether an Arizona law that was passed to ban a Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tucson's public schools intentionally discriminates against Hispanics. The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Cuomo Signs Affirmative Consent College Sexual Assault Bill Into Law

Reuters | July 8, 2015 | College
NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) - Legislation requiring universities in New York state to adopt a uniform affirmative sexual consent policy was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday. The so-called "yes means yes" standard defines sexual consent between people as an affirmative, conscious and voluntary understanding to engage in...

Someone Vandalized A Clemson Building Named After A Racist Politician

Tyler Kingkade | July 7, 2015 | College
A prominent building on Clemson University's campus in South Carolina, named for a racist 19th century politician named Benjamin Tillman, was vandalized Monday. Spraypaint discovered on Monday at Tillman Hall says "Tillman Was A Violent Racist." Tillman, who was a South Carolina governor and U.S. Senator, was racist and

Lawmakers Ready Bill To Make Obama's Free Community College Plan A Reality

Amanda Terkel | July 8, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will introduce legislation Wednesday to make community college free for low-income students, fulfilling a promise made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address this year. In his February speech, Obama touted his...

Senate And House Look To Update No Child Left Behind Education Law

Riley Griffin | July 7, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on - an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue. This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally...

Obama Administration Says It Won't Support Revised No Child Left Behind Bills

Riley Griffin | July 7, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Monday it cannot support either the Senate or the House versions of bills being considered this week to update the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, says neither bill has sufficient accountability...
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