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Bridging The Gap
Why is Harvard ditching the puritans? Why is Harvard ditching the puritans?
Harvard University has defended plans to remove a reference to "puritans" from its ceremonial song, as part of a project promoting "inclusion and belonging". The proposal to change the fusty lyrics of a 19th Century song, "Fair Harvard", has started a very contemporary argument about identity and how universities represent their own past. Harvard's "presidential task force on inclusion and belon...
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New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming’ New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming’
What is “lunch shaming?” It happens when a child can’t pay a school lunch bill. In Alabama, a child short on funds was stamped on the arm with “I Need Lunch Money.” In some schools, children are forced to clean cafeteria tables in front of their peers to pay the debt. Other schools require cafeteria workers to take a child’s hot food and throw it in the trash if he doesn’t have the money to pay...
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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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Trump’s Call for School Vouchers Is a Return to a Campaign Pledge Trump’s 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 Trump’s 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 year’s presidential election exposed a much-discussed rift in the electorate along education lines. President Trump won three previously blue states—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—by 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 Trump’s 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 “science fair” 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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