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Heads warn parents of 'cash-starved schools' Heads warn parents of 'cash-starved schools'
Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about "cash-starved" schools to almost two million families. As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen's Speech, school leaders across 17 councils are calling for urgent action over a funding gap. Claims over school funding shortages became an election battleground and a doorstep i...
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School places pressure hits secondaries School places pressure hits secondaries
The proportion of 11-year-olds offered a place at their first-choice secondary school in England is the lowest since 2010, official figures show. This year, 83.5% of applicants received offers from their first choice schools, down from 84.1% last year. The last time more than 16% of applicants were not offered their first choice was in 2010. However, the government says the system is "rising to...
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Lib Dems pledge £7bn for England's school budgets Lib Dems pledge £7bn for England's school budgets
The Liberal Democrats will invest an extra £7bn in England's school budgets, the party's manifesto reveals. School budgets and the pupil premium for disadvantaged children would rise to protect them against rising costs. The party also promises 15 hours of free childcare for all two-year-olds and greater access to flexible working. However, while it plans to reintroduce maintenance grants for t...
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8 charged with manslaughter in fraternity hazing death at Penn State 8 charged with manslaughter in fraternity hazing death at Penn State
Eight members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University are being charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the death of Tim Piazza, a Penn State sophomore who died after participating in hazing rituals at the fraternity house in February, according to documents from the Centre County District Attorney’s office. Eighteen men total, all fraternity members...
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University of Texas-Austin stabbing victim identified, murder charge expected University of Texas-Austin stabbing victim identified, murder charge expected
A knife attack Monday afternoon at the University of Texas-Austin near the student recreation center and the campus library left one dead, according to CBS Austin, and three others with injuries. Police identified freshman Harrison Brown as the victim at a press conference Tuesday. Two of the other victims have been released from the hospital, according to a UT President Greg Fenves. Kendrex...
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Burlington students prepare to launch weather balloon Burlington students prepare to launch weather balloon
BURLINGTON, CT (WFSB) - A group of Connecticut middle school students is preparing to be the first in the northeast to launch a weather balloon. The students at Har-Bur Middle School in Burlington designed the balloon themselves. With only a few days to go, the excitement is growing inside 40 Jennifer Michnowicz’s eight-grade science class. These students have been working together to launc...
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Do Preschool Teachers Really Need to Be College Graduates? Do Preschool Teachers Really Need to Be College Graduates?
In Washington, D.C., teachers at child care centers will soon join preschool teachers in needing college degrees — one of a series of policies nationwide requiring higher education for the people who take care of young children. Advocates say it’s a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to nurture children at a crucial phase of development. They cite evidence that high-quality early childho...
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Attacks on Nigerian students shock India Attacks on Nigerian students shock India
India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has promised an "impartial" inquiry into attacks on Nigerian students living in Noida, near Delhi. The attacks were prompted by the death of a local teenager due to a drug overdose. His parents blame Nigerian students for giving him the drugs. Five Nigerian students were attacked on Monday by crowds, while another was beaten by a mob inside a shopping mall....
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Hundreds of jobs at risk as medical plant faces closure Hundreds of jobs at risk as medical plant faces closure
About 400 jobs are under threat after the US pharmaceutical multinational Johnson & Johnson announced plans to close a factory in West Lothian and transfer work overseas. The Ethicon facility in Livingston makes surgical sutures which are used around the world but demand has fallen, leaving the company with spare manufacturing capacity globally. A 45-day consultation has begun with staff at ...
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Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It
As the presidential inauguration drew near in January, something bordering on panic was taking hold among some scientists who rely on the vast oceans of data housed on government servers, which encompass information on everything from social demographics to satellite photographs of polar ice. In a Trump administration that has made clear its disdain for the copious evidence that human activity is...
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