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Education Dept. Fires Law Firm Overseeing Zenith Group
The U.S. Department of Education plans to replace the law firm that has been overseeing Zenith Education Group's operation of the campuses it purchased from the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The decision came after an Associated Press investigation ...

Three things to know about new-ish US Education Secretary John King Jr.
Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, announced he would leave the post in October. Obama chose King, then Duncan's deputy and advisor, to succeed him. At the time, the administration had no plans to seek his confirmation. But amid the outcry ...

Making it easier to fire teachers won't fix American education
But as important as such policies can be, we're wrong to let them monopolize the effort to improve American education. For too long in this country we have done too little to address two universal challenges: how to create teacher training and ...

Every English school to become an academy, ministers to announce
Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, who has been touted as a potential rival to Osborne for the Conservative leadership when the prime minister steps down, is expected to give more details of the plan for the education shakeup when she opens the ...

If Education Is the Cure for Poverty, How Do We Make An Antidote?
The United Nations recently claimed that the Millennium Development Goal that focused on primary education increased global enrollment from 83 to 91 percent. Despite these gains, today it is estimated that 124 million children do not attend school and ...

Voices: SXSW offshoot an education gem
At a press brunch on my first day there, I met Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and author who is currently a visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Sahlberg was leading a panel discussion later that day on what U.S ...

Asa Briggs, historian and higher education pioneer, dies age 94 ...
Asa Briggs, historian and higher education pioneer, dies age 94 ...

State Board of Education to debate new A-F formula - Indianapolis Star
Education officials are finalizing a new formula that the state will use to determine controversial A-to-F ratings for schools, a move that is expected to reduce the ...

Hundreds of parents visit with lawmakers about concerns with education legislation
Parents and children visited their representatives and senators to discuss their opposition to different pieces of education legislation. Dawn Allee is a parent and president of the Putnam City North PTSA. She said she is in opposition of Senate Bill ...

George Osborne to turn all schools into academies in education system shake-up
On education, Mr Osborne will promise an extra £1.5billion of funding over this Parliament, saying: 'It is simply unacceptable that Britain continues to sit too low down the global league tables for education. Now is the time for us to make the big ...

For-profit education has been shortchanging the public for centuries, author says
Over the past few years, lawmakers, consumer advocates and others have been raising questions about whether for-profit colleges provide their students with a quality education. A look at the history books indicates concerns about the schools' role in ...

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education
An artificially intelligent computer system built by Google has just beaten the world's best human, Lee Sedol of South Korea, at an ancient strategy game called Go. Go originated in Asia about 2,500 years ago and is considered many, many times more ...

Michelle Obama Explains Why Global Girls' Education Is a Personal Mission
In the latest Lenny Letter, First Lady Michelle Obama wrote about her commitment to global girls' education, explaining how a sea change will be needed to help put the 62 million girls who aren't currently in school back in the classroom. “So often ...

Ultranet: education official admits secretly funnelling $1m into bidding company
Former Education Minister Bronwyn Pike has again been snared in phone taps, agreeing to secretly "chew the fat" over drinks with two ex department officials accused of corruption. On the final day of a four week anti-corruption hearing, an explosive ...

Education researchers blast Common Core standards, urge ban on ...
Education researchers blast Common Core standards, urge ban on ...

Osborne puts £500m towards national funding formula for schools
The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, will outline the changes in a new education white paper on Thursday. Other plans announced by the chancellor include a £20m investment in a “northern powerhouse schools strategy” to lift standards in northern ...

The 'Walmartization' of public education
The Walton Family Foundation — which says it has given some $1.3 billion in K-12 education across the country over the last two decades — announced early this year that it is committing $1 billion over the next five years to help expand charter and ...

MSU's roots in Flint education run deep | MSUToday | Michigan ...
MSU's roots in Flint education run deep | MSUToday | Michigan ...

Aldermanic Education Committee hearing spotlights ...
Aldermanic Education Committee hearing spotlights ...

How The Language Of Special Education Is Evolving : NPR Ed : NPR
When we're reporting on special education, we inevitably run up against questions of how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities ...

Parent governor role to be scrapped in schools shakeup | Education ...
Parent governor role to be scrapped in schools shakeup | Education ...

Education White Paper calls for ITT 'centres of excellence'
The government wants the “best universities to establish 'centres of excellence'” in initial teacher training (ITT), among other plans laid out in its latest education White Paper. In Educational Excellence Everywhere, the government reaffirms its ...

How Trump Can Get Serious on Education
While much of the GOP education discussion dwells on eliminating Common Core (even though there's not much Washington can do to eliminate these state-based standards), Trump has also talked about improving the results of U.S. students on ...

The Guardian view on the education white paper: too important to rush
Education is rightly regarded as a matter of national importance. But it has strong local significance too. More than a century has elapsed since councils were given the job of rationalising thousands of different voluntary schools, ensuring decent ...

A World at School Education in Emergencies Scorecard, March 2016
The number of children whose education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters has increased to 80 million. The shocking statistic for 2015 is revealed in an education in emergencies "scorecard" published today by A World at School, which ...

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help dropouts in violence-plagued Chicago find jobs
Since Arne Duncan left his job as U.S. secretary of Education in December, a problem has been nagging him: the high numbers of kids dropping out of school, joining gangs and getting killed in his city, Chicago. So he's taken on a new job, he said ...

Clinton ad claims Arizona lags in K-12 education
Hillary Clinton's campaign aired a 30-second spot on Arizona airwaves on March 16 specific to K-12 education. "Arizona schools rank 45th in the nation, dead last in funding per student," the ad states. "Hillary knows our kids deserve better, education ...

As federal loan forgiveness jumps, Education Department may require more risky colleges to post letters of credit
The most frequent reason that colleges were required to post a letter of credit is because they earned a failing score on the Education Department's financial responsibility test. Colleges, especially nonprofit institutions, have long complained that ...

UK and China agree deal on 'high-quality' cross-border education
Organisations in the UK and China have developed a statement of principles aimed at enhancing the quality of transnational education (TNE) programmes between the countries. The Beijing Statement, which was announced at the Workshop on Quality ...

What's Wrong With Latin American Early Education
But one study found that 5-year-old children of mothers with low education levels already struggle with a “word gap”: They recognize fewer than half of the words recognized by children of better-educated mothers. Likewise, children who are stuck with a ...

Ahead of the Class: Mapping Education's Next Transformation
To meet society's changing needs, our antique educational system has to change or it will get a failing grade, many argue. At the recent Wharton “Reimagine Education” conference, innovators came together to propose new paradigms and digital solutions ...

EIS calls for more education funding ahead of Holyrood election
The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has published the Standing Up for Scottish Education manifesto calling on political parties to commit to protecting and promoting the country's education. Key demands include a legal entitlement to nursery ...

Education leaders question why virtual school remains open
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The legislature's failure to shut down an academically troubled virtual school run by a for-profit corporation has left some education leaders wondering whether Tennessee lawmakers really want to fix schools or have sold out ...

New report finds proposed state education standards lacking
One of the nation's preeminent authorities on education standards issued a report late Friday criticizing the proposed new Oklahoma Academic Standards as lacking depth and quality. Achieve — the nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization ...

Coos Bay School District mulls changes to alternative education
Shelly McKnight, alternative education administrator and Marshfield assistant principal, is leading the task force of district principals, teachers, and community and school board members to look at all of the programs and decide what needs to be ...

Working together to move Idaho education forward
Idaho State Board of Education research shows that students who participate in Dual Credit, AP, and IB coursework are much more likely to go on to college. In 2015, 71 percent of students taking Dual Credit coursework enrolled in college within a year ...

Education science standards headed for public comment
CHEYENNE – If you've been following development of the new state science standards the past few years and want to have your say, you're about to get your chance. The Wyoming State Board of Education voted Friday to open up the recommended ...

New private universities risk a 'catastrophe'
A government adviser and crossbench peer has warned there could be an “American-style catastrophe” in English higher education if ministers push ahead with plans to expand opportunities for private providers to become universities. Alison Wolf ...

Youth, information perfect with education, says Reid
“It's a novel idea; we can leverage it because in instruction and education instruction it's a lot of information. And one of the things that media is about is information and knowledge is information, so which better ministry to take on information ...

Three things we must do to improve maths education
The case for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education has been won. Not a week passes by that a new report or education program is not being announced to general approval. But even if parents, teachers and schools are persuaded ...

New Education Secretary John B. King Jr. knows the value of a second chance
John B. King Jr. is like no previous U.S. secretary of Education: He's half-black and half-Puerto Rican, and in his (successful) admissions essay to Harvard, he had to explain why he got kicked out of Phillips Academy Andover, the prestigious ...

Protesters confront Hong Kong education chief in car, accuse him of playing with smartphone
The education minister has dismissed allegations he chose to play with his smartphone rather than receive protesters during a stand-off on Saturday, insisting he was working at the time. Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim also warned of possible ...

Emphasis on education drives Sabrie to serve
Sabrie is the executive director of the nonprofit African Family and Education Center, is a founding board member of the Mankato Islamic Center, a member of the Mankato Public Safety Advisory Board, the Blue Earth County Child Protection Advisory Board ...

STEM vs Liberal Education a False Choice
This is college admissions decision season - a time when many young people have traditionally looked forward to an educational experience quite different from what they had (sometimes just endured) in high school. The days of checking off boxes to ...

Students, special education children mix in Peer to Peer program
The weekly, half-hour experience is part of the school's Peer to Peer program, which pairs special education students with children their own age. The program is in several Traverse City Area Public Schools buildings and is growing in other school ...

NC writers tackle education spending, Medicaid expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Well-known authors from across North Carolina say Republican policies are damaging the state on several fronts, including voting rights, health care access and public education. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ...

Michael Rosen on academy schools: 'Local democracy bites the dust'
One popular view of education is that it has been like that since governments first thought it was their job to provide education for all, but that is only half the story. The principle locked into the education system has always been that local people ...

Australian Careers Network co-founder Ivan Brown. Photo: Arsineh Houspian
Embattled vocational education outfit Australian Careers Network is operating on a skeleton staff, after shedding 600 positions in the past six months. Fairfax Media understands about only 20 contractors and some key management personnel remain working ...

Higher Education Can't Wait until 2030
Africa can't wait until 2030 for the next round of United Nations Global Goals to address the urgent need for quality higher education. Despite including higher ed targets within Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4.3, 4.9, and 17, these goals do not ...

eBay founder helps fund Mass. education startup
Tinkergarten, an education technology startup based in Brooklyn and Northampton, Massachusetts, said that it raised $1.6 million in seed funding from investors led by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's Omidyar Network. Other investors include Blue {Seed} ...


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