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Why some schools don't celebrate Halloween Why some schools don't celebrate Halloween
DES MOINES — In many Iowa schools, Halloween is a holiday that isn't welcome. Schools have been nixing the celebration since the '90s, according to longtime educators and Register news archives. Schools in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Johnston and other communities are opting instead for more neutral "fall parties" — without the controversy and hoopla of Halloween. It's also a policy that...
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Teenagers 'checking mobile phones in night' Teenagers 'checking mobile phones in night'
Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests. A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in 10 admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night. The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The organisations warn night-time usage of mo...
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Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government
Hundreds of extra schools could have to be built in England to cope with the school population bulge, say public sector buildings specialists. Official figures suggest there will be almost 730,000 more school age children by 2020 than there were last year. Scape group, which advises local authorities on new buildings, says this amounts to 24,287 more classrooms. But ministers say there is "sign...
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Brexit: LSE foreign experts 'should not advise ministers' Brexit: LSE foreign experts 'should not advise ministers'
The London School of Economics says some of its academics have been barred from advising the Foreign Office on Brexit because they are not British. The university said the leader of a project had been told only UK passport-holders should be involved in talks on national security and foreign trade. But the Foreign Office said nothing had changed following Brexit. It said it would "continue to ta...
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Narcissism 'short-lived way to popularity' Narcissism 'short-lived way to popularity'
New students, in those first awkward days of making friends at university, are being told that being a narcissist only works in the short term. Researchers at the University of Glasgow were part of an international project looking at personality types and friendships among students. It suggested those with "excessively positive self-regard" were initially the front-runners in making friends. Bu...
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Diamond review: Loans 'should replace' tuition fees grant Diamond review: Loans 'should replace' tuition fees grant
A grant covering Welsh students' tuition fees should be replaced with support for living costs instead, a review of university finance has said. All students would receive £1,000 a year before a means tested grant, according to an expert panel led by Prof Sir Ian Diamond. A student from a family on average income could receive £7,000 a year. But the current £5,100 grant towards tuition fees wou...
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School seeks to block critical Ofsted report School seeks to block critical Ofsted report
A school has gone to the High Court to try to prevent a highly critical Ofsted report from being published. The report is understood to criticise the school for a policy of teaching boys and girls separately and segregating them at mealtimes. Reporting restrictions mean neither the name nor the location of the school can be revealed. The school has the backing of its local education authority i...
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University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law
On the first day of classes at the University of Texas in this city that revels in its own oddball creativity, students protested a law allowing concealed handguns on state college campuses by carrying something they thought was just as ridiculous and out of place: Thousands of sex toys. “These laws won’t protect anyone. The campus doesn’t want them,” said an organizer of the protest, Jessica J...
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2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice 2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice
Last year’s law school graduates landed fewer jobs in private practice than any class in the last two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which tracks developments in the legal profession. “You have to go back to 1996 to find a comparably small number of private practice jobs,” said James G. Leipold, the association’s executive director. Private practice includes f...
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Obama Foundation makes it official: Presidential library will go Obama Foundation makes it official: Presidential library will go
President Barack Obama and the first lady are "thrilled" that his presidential library will go up in Jackson Park, "in the heart of Chicago's South Side, a community we call home and that means the world to us," according to a statement issued Friday. The foundation charged with developing the Obama Presidential Center on Friday made official the choice of Jackson Park for the library, museum a...
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