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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Student loan program

Right-Wing Media Slam Student Loan Assistance Program

Conservative media have labeled higher education as a “privilege” and suggested students ought to choose fictional cheaper colleges.

December 5, 2016
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Billionaire Heir Of Right-Wing Dynasty Picked For Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos is among a handful of billionaires who have created and underwritten the rapid expansion of charter schools since 2000.

November 24, 2016

Capitalism And Education Are Incompatible Partners

The news left tens of thousands of students stunned: Just as the fall semester was starting, ITT Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit colleges, shut down all its campuses, stranding some would-be graduates a few months shy of a diploma.

September 10, 2016
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York in this May 5, 2014 file photo. The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Inside Charles Koch’s Plot To Hijack Universities Across America And Spread His Radical ‘Free-Market’ Propaganda

At Florida State University, the initial memorandum of understanding between the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the school’s economics department gave the foundation control over hiring decisions and the curriculum.

June 28, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida’s Ambassador For Cheap Labor And Mediocrity

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!

May 10, 2016
At least 21 killed in Pakistani university attack

At Least 21 Killed In Pakistani University Attack; Taliban Claims Responsibility

Gunmen broke into a university campus in northwestern Pakistan, fatally shooting students in their dorm rooms in an assault that left at least 21 people dead, police and hospital officials said.

January 20, 2016
Graduates arrive for commencement at the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, United States May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Should You Pick A College Based On Earnings Potential?

As high school seniors across the United States fill out college applications, many will run a cost-benefit analysis of the cost of a school against the lifetime earnings potential of a degree from there. But that is not the only equation to consider.

January 5, 2016
US Capitol Dome and Senate Chamber are seen on election day in Washington

The Hangover Issues For 2016 Elections

Not too long after the New Year’s champagne is popped and the parties have ended and it’s back to the business of the 2016 elections, candidates and voters will wake up to a slate of issues that have hung over from the year before.

December 31, 2015
Colonial High School juniors Cameron Ramola, 16, left, and Valeria Lantigua, 16, check on their chickens at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Agriscience Programs Aren’t Just For Future Farmers

The share of Americans who work in agriculture has shrunk from 41 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

December 22, 2015
arabic calligraphy, quran, koran

One Arabic Sentence Closes Schools, And Ignorance Wins

An entire school system in Virginia was shut down Friday — 10,000 students, all kept at home — after a teacher gave an Arabic calligraphy assignment. Unfortunately, the kids were asked to try writing a Muslim statement of faith. They went home and told their parents. Look out.

December 22, 2015
Jorge Villalba poses for a portrait on Sept. 3, 2015 in Encino, Calif. Villaba is struggling to pay off student loan debt. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers

Although the federal government dominates the student loan market, there’s much states can do to help borrowers who are struggling.

December 15, 2015
Sixth-grade students at Lackamas Elementary School in Yelm, Wash., recently helped researchers measure the way seismic waves move through soil by literally jumping into the work. (Ellen M. Banner/Seattle Times/TNS)

Schools Get Tested On Their Earthquake Safety, With Kids’ Help

California is taking measures to determine the threat of earthquakes on its schools.

December 15, 2015
Though rates drop, ethnic and racial disparities persist among pregnant teens.

CDC Grades American Schools On How Well They Teach Sex Education

American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in need of improvement.

December 10, 2015
University of Texas Banners

Affirmative Action At Universities In Doubt As US Supreme Court Hears Arguments

The future of affirmative action at public universities appeared in some doubt Wednesday as the Supreme Court justices debated for a second time whether to strike down a race-based admissions policy at the University of Texas.

December 10, 2015
UC Berkeley student Ophelia Pedersen peers over finished jars of  raspberry jam during class on fermentation and preservation on Oct. 29, 2015 in Berkeley, Calif. UC campuses and other schools around the country are starting up programs that study food, its production, distribution and cultural significance. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Foodie Culture Is Spurring Degree Programs At U.S. Colleges

There is a widening trend at American colleges and universities to channel students’ foodie passions into classrooms, labs and campus gardens.

December 8, 2015
Fear of white working class people

5 Reasons White Working-Class Voters Are So Scared

Aging white voters — especially those who have no college education — feel an acute loss of status, opportunity, and security. To deflect their angry anxiety, they’re being encouraged to rage against ethnic minorities. Here are five reasons why scared white voters can be tricked into sucking up to a billionaire who thinks they’re overpaid.

December 7, 2015
Students walk around the Princeton University campus in New Jersey

Why The Conversation About Race Can’t Be The Only Conversation

From sea to shining sea, college students seem determined to make us argue about race, pondering the exact color of their navels and compiling lists of fruitless demands, to the exclusion of all else.

December 2, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines

Ted Cruz, Condoms And Bathroom Politics

Cruz argued that Democrats have conflated Republican opposition to abortion rights with opposition to contraception.

December 2, 2015
Jocelyn Lo, 20, left, and Jesse Moore, 20, carry their sleeping bags as they leave the area where students camped out in protests over racial bias at Occidental College in Los Angeles on November 20, 2015. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Sharp Divisions Emerge On Campuses As Some Criticize Activists’ Tactics As Intimidation

Alton Luke II is an African-American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch. For that, he has paid a price.

December 1, 2015
A committee made up of student body presidents from Kansas state universities has invited all students in the system to weigh in on a survey to gauge attitudes toward guns on campus. Results are expected sometime next month. (Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/TNS)

Kansas Colleges Prepare For Gun-Toting Students

As Kansas moves toward a time when guns will be as welcome on university campuses as laptops, students are starting to take notice and talk about how they’ll handle that day when it comes.

November 29, 2015
Tiffani Harper, a nursing student at the University of Central Florida, takes notes as she demonstrates her Personalized Learning web courses at UCF on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

University Offers High-Tech Homework That’s Tailored To Students

Tiffani Harper’s online homework seemed to have a mind of its own. It knew that she learned best by watching videos and detected what topics she struggled to grasp.

November 25, 2015
College Protests Occidental College California

College Students Find New Power In Campus Protests

If the University of Missouri was the spark, then the fire didn’t take long to spread.

November 18, 2015

Transgender Student Rights: Education Department, Courts Not On Same Page

Among the most pressing questions is whether Title IX applies to transgender students.

November 11, 2015
Big Bird

Can Texas Districts Require Proof That Home-Schooled Kids Are Learning?

Home-schooled students in Texas don’t have to take standardized tests, learn a specific curriculum or be instructed by certified teachers. Texas requires only that home-schooling include five subjects: good citizenship, math, reading, spelling and grammar.

November 3, 2015

Corinthian College Students Sort Through Confusion, Bureaucracy After Company’s Fall

Students are caught in an agonizing bind — transfer credits or apply for a federal loan discharge.

November 2, 2015