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5th-Grader Begs Microsoft Not To Mess Up Minecraft

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | September 15, 2014 | Technology
Upon hearing that Microsoft would be buying the company behind the wildly popular Minecraft video game, 10-year-old Sabrina Lane had just one request: Don't mess it up, OK? Lane published an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella titled "Dear Microsoft: Don't mess up...

Chemistry Lab Mishap In Denver High School Injures Four Students

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | September 15, 2014 | Science
Four students at a Denver high school were injured today, one seriously, when a classroom chemistry demonstration caught fire, according to the Associated Press. The students suffered burns on their faces and upper bodies, and were brought to Denver hospitals for treatment. The fire started at 7:54 a.m....

Strict Dress Code Nets 200 Detentions At NY School

AP | Alexandra Svokos | September 15, 2014 | Teen
NEW YORK (AP) — A strict new dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in several detentions in the last two weeks. A city Department of Education spokeswoman said Monday that five students received detention and a number of students were spoken to by school administrators following...

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess

AP | Alexandra Svokos | September 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday ( that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the...

Dramatic British PSA Will Make You Want To Go Home And Read To Your Child

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | September 15, 2014 | Parents
A new PSA from Save the Children U.K. makes illiteracy look really, really scary. The video -- which is part of the organization's campaign to promote reading -- features a young boy, named Jack, whose father dreams about the chain of events that would occur if...

8 Mistakes Parents Make When They Help Kids Apply To College

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | September 15, 2014 | Fifty
The 2015 college application season has officially opened. But in our desire to help our kids navigate this land-mine-fraught road, we might actually be doing some things that harm them. Lynn O’Shaughnessy, a nationally recognized college expert, author of "The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right...

Gaza Children Return To School After War

AP | Nick Robins-Early | September 15, 2014 | World
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet said the opening is for 230,000...

California School Cops Received Military Rifles, Grenade Launchers, Armored Vehicles

Matt Ferner | September 12, 2014 | Politics
School police in several California public school districts are ready for anything -- including, apparently, a small invasion. The open news website MuckRock found through a recent Freedom of Information Act request that not only are California state and local police departments receiving military-grade equipment from the Department...

California's Ventura High School Scraps Chick-Fil-A From Fundraiser, Citing Chain's Gay Marriage Stance

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | September 12, 2014 | Gay Voices
A California high school has nixed a student-run booster club's plans to sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches during a back-to-school night because of the restaurant chain's controversial stance on same-sex marriage. Ventura High School Football Principal Val Wyatt said that she wanted to keep outside organizations from...

Koch Foundation Proposal To College: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

Center for Public Integrity | Alexandra Svokos | September 15, 2014 | College
In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller.

Education Department Sends More Student Borrowers To Firm Just Penalized By DOJ

Shahien Nasiripour | September 12, 2014 | Politics
The Education Department has rewarded a former Sallie Mae unit with more taxpayer-provided business even after the loan servicer, now known as Navient Corp., was accused by federal prosecutors in May of intentionally cheating troops on their federal student loans. The official announcement late Thursday, of a decision previously

Child Migrant Crisis Raises Questions For Schools

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | September 12, 2014 | Latino Voices
As the school year opens, the child migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border begs the question -- are the roughly 66,000 children who crossed illegally into the United States this year getting enrolled? And how will they affect schools in areas that might not be used to teaching...

Newsweek Names The 10 Best High Schools Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | September 12, 2014 | Teen
Students at these high schools are apparently being educated at some of the finest public institutions in the country, according to a new list out from Newsweek. Newsweek's annual list of the top high schools in America ranked 500 schools this year, based on indicators like schools' state...

States Seek To Protect Student Athletes From Concussions, Heat Stroke

stateline | Alexandra Svokos | September 12, 2014 | Sports
Athens, Georgia -- When Georgia public high schools were asked several years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high heat and humidity, one school’s proposal stood out: It pledged to scale back workouts when the heat index reached 140. Those who understood the heat...

These Are The Best High Schools For Low-Income Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | September 12, 2014 | Parents
In a country where high-poverty schools typically perform significantly worse than affluent ones, these schools beat the odds. This week, Newsweek released its first list of the top 500 high schools for low-income students. Working with the research corporation Westat, they determined the rankings based on indicators...

California Study: Truancy Data Shows Racial Divide

Alexandra Svokos | September 12, 2014 | Black Voices
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary schoolchildren in California were chronically truant and faced suspension from school at disproportionately high rates compared to other students last year, according to a study Friday that follows similar research from the U.S. Education Department. Taken together the findings show that racial disparities in...

A Step-By-Step Proof That Happiness Depends Partly On Grammar

Maddie Crum | September 15, 2014 | Books
For genuine thinking, we need words.

12 Literary School Supplies for Book Lovers

Claire Fallon | September 12, 2014 | Books
It's finally back-to-school shopping season!

Seniors Forced Into Poverty As Education Department Demands Payment

Shahien Nasiripour | September 12, 2014 | Politics
The Education Department is demanding so much money from seniors with defaulted student loans that it's forcing tens of thousands of them into poverty, according to a government audit. At least 22,000 Americans aged 65 and older had a part of their Social Security benefits garnished last year...

Utah Teacher Shoots Herself In Leg With Concealed Weapon

Reuters | September 12, 2014 | Politics
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A Utah elementary school teacher with a state permit to carry a concealed firearm in class shot herself in the leg when the handgun went off, apparently by accident, while she was in a faculty restroom on Thursday, school...
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