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College student loans: Debt hits a new high in 2018, though growth slows, as free tuition plans spread College student loans: Debt hits a new high in 2018, though growth slows, as free tuition plans spread
About 2 in 3 members of the class of 2018 graduated a little deeper in debt than the classes before them. Last year’s graduates with a bachelor’s degree averaged about $29,200 in student loan debt – a record in the USA. That is about a 2% increase from the class of 2017, whose members graduated with an average debt of $28,650, according to a new report by the Institute for College Access and S...
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US News & World Report ranks America's 'best' colleges. But, is there really a way to know? US News & World Report ranks America's 'best' colleges. But, is there really a way to know?
College rankings purport to tell the public which schools are worthwhile, even though many academics view the rankings as worthless. The latest salvo in the battle between the ranked and the rankers comes out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. A statistics professor and a group of students say, based on an statistical analysis, Reed College appears to be under-ranked compared to other school...
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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans
President Trump signed a measure on Wednesday that seeks to remove the bureaucratic barriers for permanently disabled veterans to qualify for student loan forgiveness, which he said would save 25,000 wounded warriors an average of $30,000. The rollout of the executive action came during the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., where Mr. Trump was joined onstage by Betsy DeV...
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Oregon students will be able to take 'mental health days' off, thanks to teen activists Oregon students will be able to take 'mental health days' off, thanks to teen activists
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Haliey Hardcastle and title of Debbie Plotnik. SALEM, Oregon – Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don’t ca...
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No longer rich on oil, Alaska may ax money to universities. Lawmakers are 800 miles apart No longer rich on oil, Alaska may ax money to universities. Lawmakers are 800 miles apart
The University of Alaska could lay off more than 1,000 and cut dozens of programs, thanks to a dramatic slash in money it gets from the state – a 41% cut from a line-item veto by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. University officials say the $130 million cut could prove disastrous for Alaska’s future, endangering local economies, school employees and rural programs for Alaska Native students. They hav...
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‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot ‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot
Allison Driessen is fed up. She’s used to hearing how lucky she is to have her summers off, granting her a supposedly relaxing break from working life. Driessen, a science teacher who just finished her eighth year on the job, had the opposite experience. This summer marks her first summer “off” as a teacher. Before, she studied for her master's degree, taught summer school and even interned at ...
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New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears
A school district in western New York is launching a first-of-its-kind facial recognition system, generating new privacy concerns about the powerful but controversial technology. The Lockport city school district is beginning implementation of the Aegis facial recognition system this week, officials said, with the technology expected to be fully up and running in time for the new school year in...
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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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