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Oklahoma Says Its Education Waiver Reinstated

AP | Rebecca Klein | November 24, 2014 | Politics
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has restored Oklahoma's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding, state officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Education had withdrawn Oklahoma's waiver from portions of the No Child Left Behind Act in August, after legislators dropped Common...

Northwestern Scraps Plans To Settle With Professor Accused Of Assaulting Students

Tyler Kingkade | November 24, 2014 | College
Northwestern University agreed Monday to halt mediation efforts that could have resulted in an out-of-court settlement with a professor who was accused of sexually assaulting and harassing students. Northwestern's legal team had quietly been considering mediation with Peter Ludlow, a philosophy professor who the school determined had harassed two students,...

Lauren Hill's High School Retires Her Basketball Number

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 24, 2014 | Good News
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) -- College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number this weekend in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School on Saturday night that she thought she was simply coming to...

School District Near Ferguson Cancels Classes

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 24, 2014 | Black Voices
JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) -- A school district that includes some students from Ferguson, Missouri, is calling off classes Monday and Tuesday, citing potential unrest if a much-anticipated grand jury announcement occurs soon. The Jennings School District had already planned to shut down Wednesday through the end of the week for...

Here Are The 2015 Rhodes Scholars

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 24, 2014 | College
The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes scholars for 2015, listed by geographical region: District 1: Noam Angrist, Brookline, Mass., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Benjamin D. Sprung-Keyser, Los Angeles, Harvard University District 2: Matthew J. Townsend, Chappaqua, N.Y., Yale University Ruth C. Fong, Somerset,...

New Jersey Considers 'Yes Means Yes' Policy

AP | Alexandra Svokos | November 24, 2014 | College
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But if things turn sexual, are you sure that will hold up...

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 24, 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

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

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'

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

Alexandra Svokos | November 24, 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. --...
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