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Children dead in China school toilet stampede Children dead in China school toilet stampede
A stampede at a primary school in central China has left two children dead and 20 injured, state media said. Xinhua news agency said students were crowded into a toilet during the morning break in Puyang when others began pushing their way in. Another report in a Chinese newspaper claimed the toilet's wall collapsed from the pressure of the crush. All the injured have been taken to hospital, wh...
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How States Can Lead on Schooling How States Can Lead on Schooling
Since 2008, the political pendulum in Washington has swung from Democratic control, to political gridlock, to Republican control. The period of divided government featured a lot more angry words than lawmaking. Democrats and Republicans did come together, though, on at least one significant piece of legislation: the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bill that President Barack Obama dubbed a "Christm...
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Trumpís Call for School Vouchers Is a Return to a Campaign Pledge Trumpís Call for School Vouchers Is a Return to a Campaign Pledge
President Trump, returning to a promise that won him cheers on the campaign trail, signaled in his first address to Congress on Tuesday that he will move aggressively to allow more public school students to use tax money to pay for tuition at public charter schools, private schools and even religious schools. At rallies last year across the country, Mr. Trump said over and over again that he wo...
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Supreme Court seeks reply of Centre, MCI on plea to conduct NEET in Urdu Supreme Court seeks reply of Centre, MCI on plea to conduct NEET in Urdu
New Delhi: A plea suggesting making Urdu as a medium for NEET 2017, a common entrance test for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses across the country, today led the Supreme Court to seek responses from the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI). "Issue notice," a bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi said while taking note of the petition filed by Student Islamic Organisation ...
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Florida Tax Credit Scholarship In the Spotlight Florida Tax Credit Scholarship In the Spotlight
The guest list for President Donald Trumpís address to Congress Tuesday evening may hint at what school choice proposals are on the horizon from the administration. Denisha Merriweather, who received a school voucher from Florida's tax credit scholarship program to attend a private school and eventually became the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college, will be a gu...
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Want more jobs? Give high school students more exposure to training for a variety of careers Want more jobs? Give high school students more exposure to training for a variety of careers
Last yearís presidential election exposed a much-discussed rift in the electorate along education lines. President Trump won three previously blue statesóMichigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsinóby appealing in part to working-class communities with a largely non-college-educated population left behind in an information economy that rewards workers with a college degree. Despite Trumpís campaign pr...
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Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis
The science fair has been an annual rite of education for generations of students, going back to the 1940s. But even the term ďscience fairĒ stirs stereotypical images of three-panel display boards and baking-soda volcanoes. Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware e...
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Poorer pupils lag by almost two years Poorer pupils lag by almost two years
Poorer pupils in disadvantaged "opportunity areas", designated for extra help by the government, are lagging almost two years behind better off counterparts elsewhere in England. A study for the Ambition School Leadership charity found deprived youngsters in these six areas were 20.1 months behind at GCSE level. Schools minister Nick Gibb said it showed the importance of targeting support at are...
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Grammar school expansion plan' baffling', says MP Grammar school expansion plan' baffling', says MP
Allocating cash for the expansion of grammar schools in England when other parts of the education sector face funding concerns is "baffling", shadow education secretary Angela Rayner says. Leading an opposition day debate on education and social mobility, Ms Rayner urged ministers to drop plans to expand the grammar system. She called for a more wide-ranging approach to improving standards. Edu...
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Kirsty Williams backs Diamond student finance shake-up Kirsty Williams backs Diamond student finance shake-up
The biggest change to student finance in Wales in a generation has been unveiled by the education secretary. All students will get £1,000 a year before a means-tested grant to help with living costs. But it will be less generous to those from better off families than a threshold suggested by an independent review. Students from households earning more than £59,200 now - not £80,000 - will only ...
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