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Bridging The Gap
Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens
Elana Shneyer and Adam Kaufman live a few hundred feet from Public School 165, the Robert E. Simon School, on West 109th Street, at the edge of Morningside Heights in Manhattan. When they started looking for a kindergarten for their son, who will start in the fall, the school was an early stop. That made them unusual. Although their neighborhood is diverse, the children who go to P.S. 165, i...
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Trump Signs Executive Order Reviewing Federal Role in Education Trump Signs Executive Order Reviewing Federal Role in Education
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday aimed at decreasing the role of the federal government in education while giving states and local school districts more power over decision-making. Trump called the called order, which directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study federal overreach in education, "another critical step to restoring local control, which is so import...
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Students Build Hovercrafts to Experience STEM Students Build Hovercrafts to Experience STEM
Some educators say children learn better by doing. That is exactly what inspired a former science and math elementary school teacher, Matthew Chase, to develop "The Hovercraft Project." He was standing in front of his fifth-grade classroom in Illinois when he flipped to page 127 of a science textbook and thought, "Man, this is so boring!" says Chase, now executive director at Chase Educational Con...
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The best grad schools 2018, from 'U.S. News & World Report' The best grad schools 2018, from 'U.S. News & World Report'
Graduate school is a great space to further bury yourself in academic books, write up thesis papers and follow a career path. But, where to go? U.S. News World & Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools Rankings is your resource for finding the #BestGradSchools to tackle your future. Advanced academic studies can help boost a career salary, build needed skills, or even change a career. “A grad...
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Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis
The science fair has been an annual rite of education for generations of students, going back to the 1940s. But even the term “science fair” stirs stereotypical images of three-panel display boards and baking-soda volcanoes. Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware e...
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New York Changes How It Tests for Lead in Schools’ Water, and Finds More Metal New York Changes How It Tests for Lead in Schools’ Water, and Finds More Metal
When experts said last year that New York City’s method of testing water in public schools for lead could hide dangerously high levels of the metal, officials at first dismissed the concerns. They insisted that the city’s practice of running the water for two hours the night before taking samples would not distort results. Still, the city changed its protocol, and the results from a new round o...
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Obama's Legacy on K-12 One of Bold Achievements, Fierce Blowback Obama's Legacy on K-12 One of Bold Achievements, Fierce Blowback
President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009 amid the wreckage of the Great Recession and with education high on his list of domestic priorities. He scored some early game-changing policy victories on teacher quality, academic standards, and school turnarounds during his first term, but faced a big backlash in his second. That reaction threatened the longevity of his signature initiat...
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Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight
The confidential informant had an explosive tip for the University of Kentucky’s campus newspaper: An associate professor of entomology had been accused of groping students, and the college, after an investigation, had permitted him to leave quietly. On the trail of a hot story, the paper, The Kentucky Kernel, requested files from the university. Officials turned over some documents, but they c...
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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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