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U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated
Teachers in the U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession. The topline findings of the Teaching and Learning International Survey, an international study published Wednesday by the National Center for E...
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Education Funds for Migrant Children Cut Education Funds for Migrant Children Cut
Under federal law, unaccompanied migrant children are required to receive a "structured education," Monday through Friday, throughout the entire year. That education must cover basic academic areas, including math, reading or English as a second language, science, social studies, writing and physical education. But the Trump administration is set to cancel funding for English classes and recrea...
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Spelling Bee: Record eight children win Scripps National in the US Spelling Bee: Record eight children win Scripps National in the US
A record number of eight children have been crowned co-champions in the US of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. On Thursday night the finalists, aged 12 to 14, correctly spelled their way through 20 tough rounds of the competition. Organisers eventually announced that it was a tie, as they had run out of words that were challenging enough. Officials say this is the first time in the comp...
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New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History
Each year about 4.5 million people shuffle off the ferries that service Liberty Island to see up close the famous torch-wielding Roman goddess towering above them. But security concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks led the National Park Service to restrict the number of people who could go inside the statue’s massive stone pedestal, and up to the crown. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island ...
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Martin Kilson, Scholar and Racial Pathbreaker at Harvard, Dies at 88 Martin Kilson, Scholar and Racial Pathbreaker at Harvard, Dies at 88
Martin Kilson, a leftist scholar, fierce debater and follower of W. E. B. Du Bois who became the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard, died on April 24 in hospice care in Lincoln, Mass. He was 88. His wife, Marion (Dusser de Barenne) Kilson, said the cause was congestive heart failure. A son of a Methodist minister, Professor Kilson was a prolific writer, an expert on ethnic p...
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They’re Leaving Us With Nothing’: Cuts of 150 Teachers Threaten Troubled N.J. City They’re Leaving Us With Nothing’: Cuts of 150 Teachers Threaten Troubled N.J. City
More than 200 education jobs cut, including 150 teachers and 23 vice principals. Class sizes would balloon. Art and music classes would be erased. The budget proposed by the school board in Paterson, the third largest city in New Jersey, offered a staggering package of cuts. Officials said they have no choice but to make the cuts that stand to undo years of gains by the long-struggling school d...
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Number of Homeless Students Soars Number of Homeless Students Soars
THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing. The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the...
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AP exam changes: Helpful for test prep, or more money for the College Board? AP exam changes: Helpful for test prep, or more money for the College Board?
Changes in the Advanced Placement world could help more high school students earn college credit via AP exams – but teenagers will pay new fees if they change their minds about taking the tests. The College Board will soon offer AP teachers new practice questions, instructional videos and automated assessments that can give students feedback online. The testing and college-prep giant has inves...
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Americans Support More High-Skilled Immigrants Americans Support More High-Skilled Immigrants
Anxiety over immigration has been stirring politics across the West for years, from the 2016 Brexit vote results in the United Kingdom, to increasing hard-line policies across Europe to the government impasse in the United States over President Donald Trump's demands for a border wall. Now a new survey suggests strong public support to welcome more immigrants – as long as they are college-educated...
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Kasich Signs Bill Mandating Ohio Students Learn Cursive Kasich Signs Bill Mandating Ohio Students Learn Cursive
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Wednesday that will require students to learn how to write in cursive. The legislation, House Bill 58, passed the state Senate earlier this month and mandates that every student in Ohio be able to write in cursive by the end of fifth grade. It was first introduced in February 2017 and passed the House in June 2018. Teaching students to write in curs...
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