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Labour manifesto pledges £25bn package for education Labour manifesto pledges £25bn package for education
Labour has pledged to inject over £25bn into a "national education service" in England, its manifesto reveals. The Labour Party says it will scrap tuition fees in England, which were increased to more than £9,000 a year under the coalition government. The party also promises to reintroduce maintenance allowances, limit class sizes and extend free childcare to 30 hours for all two-year-olds. The...
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Transgender cadets at military academies can graduate but not serve Transgender cadets at military academies can graduate but not serve
WASHINGTON — Two transgender cadets — one each at the Air Force and Army military academies — will be allowed to graduate this month after passing exams but will not be permitted to join the ranks of the military’s newest officers. The Air Force and Army will not commission the cadets after graduation because the Pentagon has not yet established procedures for accepting new transgender troops i...
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American U investigating bananas found hanging from nooses on campus American U investigating bananas found hanging from nooses on campus
Bananas hung by ropes depicting nooses were found across the American University campus May 1, sparking an investigation. The university president has condemned the act as a “crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry.” “Harambe bait” and “AKA,” referencing the meme around the 2016 killing of a Cincinnati zoo gorilla and campus sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, were written on bananas spotted at t...
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Beyoncé is giving scholarships to 4 'bold, creative' college women Beyoncé is giving scholarships to 4 'bold, creative' college women
She’s marking the one-year anniversary of Lemonade by rolling out the Formation Scholars program, which provides scholarships “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident,” according to the official announcement. The program — which, obviously, shares a name with Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour that launched shor...
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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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