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DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective
In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proved more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the most optimistic backers could have h...
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UN warns 'no progress' on 260 million missing school places UN warns 'no progress' on 260 million missing school places
Global pledges to provide education for all young people show little chance of being achieved, according to annual figures from the United Nations. There are 264 million young people without access to school, with few signs of progress, says Unesco. Around the world, almost one in 10 children does not even have access to primary level education. The UN agency says wider access to education woul...
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Open University overhaul risks job cuts Open University overhaul risks job cuts
Staff at the Open University are likely to face job losses as the institution launches "a radical overhaul". A "root-and-branch review" aims to save £100m from an annual budget of £420m, said OU management in a statement. The changes would result in "a revitalised and redesigned OU", said vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks. "Changes on this scale will inevitably impact on staff," the university war...
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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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