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Seven-year-olds get strict new rules on use of exclamation marks. Seven-year-olds get strict new rules on use of exclamation marks.
The excitable, text speaking youth of today are being told to curb their exclamation by the Government. New Department for Education instructions to moderators assessing the writing of seven-year-olds has decreed that an exclamation mark will be deemed to have been correctly used only if the child has begun the sentence with ‘How’ or ‘What’ and used “the syntax of an exclamation.” The guidan...
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Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program. Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program.
It's a financial nightmare for public school teachers across the country: Federal grants they received to work in low-income schools were converted to thousands of dollars in loans that they now must pay back. NPR revealed these problems in a series of recent stories. The Department of Education now tells NPR that it has launched a new "top-to-bottom" internal review of all aspects of the Teach...
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Teachers Launch First Strike at Charter School Network. Teachers Launch First Strike at Charter School Network.
TEACHERS LAUNCHED THE first strike at a network of charter schools in Chicago on Tuesday. About 500 teachers walked out of 15 schools that serve more than 7,000 students, demanding better pay, smaller class sizes and more resources for special education students. The educators are employed at Acero Schools network, where they earn approximately $13,000 less than teachers at traditional public s...
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Va. high school apologizes for Pledge of Allegiance plan to promote 'other voices and languages'. Va. high school apologizes for Pledge of Allegiance plan to promote 'other voices and languages'.
Administrators at a Virginia high school have apologized for a plan to have the Pledge of Allegiance said in different languages by students. Westfield High School in Fairfax came under fire before Thanksgiving by upset parents when they found out that their children were being asked to recite the Pledge in Spanish. The original plan was to have native speakers of various languages, such as ...
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14-year-old brought handguns, ammunition to Wyoming school. 14-year-old brought handguns, ammunition to Wyoming school.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northeast Wyoming say a 14-year-old junior high student brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to school and threatened to shoot a student and staff members because he was unhappy with them. The Gillette News Record reports the student, who got the guns from his parents, was taken into custody Tuesday without incident and was detained at the Campbell Co...
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‘A long, arduous task’: Inside the U-Md. leadership crisis. ‘A long, arduous task’: Inside the U-Md. leadership crisis.
The board gathered in downtown Baltimore one Friday in late October to grill three University of Maryland officials one last time behind closed doors before voting on a plan to resolve the football scandal roiling College Park. First came U-Md. President Wallace D. Loh. Then Athletic Director Damon Evans. Last up was football coach DJ Durkin. Now the 17 members of the University System of Ma...
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SAT reclaims title of most widely used college admission test. SAT reclaims title of most widely used college admission test.
The SAT has vaulted past the rival ACT to reclaim its long-held position as the nation’s most widely used college admission test, according to data provided Tuesday to The Washington Post. Nearly 2 million U.S. students in the class of 2018 took the SAT during high school, compared with 1.91 million who took the ACT. A surge in delivery of the SAT on school days helped fuel the switch. Count...
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College admission test scores raise warning signs about math achievement. College admission test scores raise warning signs about math achievement.
Scores on college admission tests for the Class of 2018 are sending warning signs about math achievement in the nation’s high schools. Forty-nine percent of students in this year’s graduating class who took the SAT received a math score indicating they had a strong chance of earning at least a C in a college-level math class, according to data made public Thursday. That was significantly lower ...
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UNC board emergency meeting on Margaret Spellings’ future. UNC board emergency meeting on Margaret Spellings’ future.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Margaret Spellings – a former education secretary to President George W. Bush – has resigned as president of the University of North Carolina. The public university’s Board of Governors voted Friday to approve a separation package for Spellings, who has served as president of the state’s 17-campus system since March 2016. Details of the package were not immediately availabl...
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The surprising rise of high school teams that never cut anybody. The surprising rise of high school teams that never cut anybody.
High school senior Elizabeth Budin used a term I had never heard before: “allied sports.” “What’s that?” I asked. She said students like her — who don’t have disabilities — play on school teams with students with disabilities. It’s for fun and friendship. Nobody is ever cut. “Allied sports are the best and most rewarding extracurricular activity I have ever done,” she said. I was skeptica...
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