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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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White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push
The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads. The administr...
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International Student Enrollment Falls International Student Enrollment Falls
The number of new international students enrolling for the first time at an American college fell by more than 6 percent in fall 2017. According to Open Doors 2018, a report by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, about 271,700 new students enrolled at American institutions in fall 2017, compared to about 290,800 who enrolled the previous year. However, the numb...
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13 Million Good Jobs Available for Those With High School Diplomas 13 Million Good Jobs Available for Those With High School Diplomas
Despite the push among policymakers to steer more people toward a four-year degree, a new report shows that 13 million jobs are still available for those with nothing more than a high school diploma. The figure was among the top-line findings of a report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which shows how the number of jobs available for certain ...
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Re-evaluating Laptops in the Classroom Re-evaluating Laptops in the Classroom
the Mooresville, N.C., school district was the toast of the ed tech community acclaimed as a shining example of how laptop computers could improve education. That year, PBS NewsHour broadcast a feature story showing how the district 25 miles north of Charlotte gave every student a laptop from fourth grade on up. A year later, The New York Times heralded the school district's impressive test scor...
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Teachers Crowdfund Millions for Classroom Supplies Teachers Crowdfund Millions for Classroom Supplies
Every school year, teachers in the U.S. fundraise nearly as much money for classroom supplies using crowdfunding websites as the federal government provides them through a tax deduction meant to reimburse them for their own school-related out-of-pocket expenses. There are no official estimates of how much money teachers raise in total through online crowdfunding sites, but an aggregation of the...
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Schools Start Early With Career Counseling Schools Start Early With Career Counseling
GRINNELL, Iowa The bleary-eyed 18-year-olds shuffling into a nondescript classroom wearing flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts glanced enviously out the windows at their classmates tossing Frisbees on the grassy quad. It was the final day of first-year orientation at Grinnell College, with classes scheduled to start the next morning, and these new students were still finding their way around the ...
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