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Pre-Sequester Pink Slips? Duncan Stretches Impact on Teachers

Pre-Sequester Pink Slips? Duncan Stretches Impact on Teachers

Paul Morigi/WireImage(WASHINGTON) — At the White House Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan sounded the alarm over looming automatic cuts to the nation’s school system, warning that as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs with som…

Preschool for All: President Obama’s Pipe Dream or Possibility?

Preschool for All: President Obama’s Pipe Dream or Possibility?

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(ATLANTA) — President Obama wants to guarantee preschool education for every American 4-year-old, a sweeping expansion of the nation’s taxpayer-funded public school system.The task would be expensive — by…

Idaho Ed. Board Drops Online Class Requirement

Idaho Ed. Board Drops Online Class Requirement

(BOISE) – The Idaho Board of Education has voted to abandon a state requirement that high school students take two online courses to graduate. In a 7-1 vote Monday, the board consented to the Election Day rejection of Proposition 3, which set aside $180 million for student laptops used for potential online classes. Still, most […]

French President Proposes Banning Homework

French President Proposes Banning Homework

AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK/LIONEL BONAVENTURE(PARIS) — Talk about courting the youth vote. French President François Hollande has proposed banning homework as part of a series of policies designed to reform the French educational system.“E…

French President Proposes Banning Homework

French President Proposes Banning Homework

AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK/LIONEL BONAVENTURE(PARIS) — Talk about courting the youth vote. French President François Hollande has proposed banning homework as part of a series of policies designed to reform the French educational system.“E…

Chinese Women Protest Gender Discrimination in Education

Chinese Women Protest Gender Discrimination in Education

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Seven young women in Beijing have defied authorities to ignite a grassroots confrontation with the Chinese Ministry of Education on gender discrimination.Four of them shaved their heads Aug. 30 in the center of Guangz…

Pakistani Rights Activist, 14, Shot by Taliban

Pakistani Rights Activist, 14, Shot by Taliban

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — In an attack drawing widespread condemnation, a lone Taliban gunman Tuesday approached a crowded school bus in Pakistan’s once-volatile Swat region and opened fire. His target: A 14-year-old girl who’d campaig…

Obama Says He ‘Goofed Off Way Too Much’ in Grade School

Obama Says He ‘Goofed Off Way Too Much’ in Grade School

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — At a forum on education issues in New York City Tuesday, President Obama was asked whether he had ever failed a test in grade school, to which he replied, “Oh, yes.”“Absolutely,&rd…

Immigrants’ Children Likely to do Better in School

Immigrants’ Children Likely to do Better in School

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children who immigrate to the United States with their families are likely to outperform kids with a similar background who were born here. And when they grow up, their own children are also likely to do better than …

Obama Credits Education with Boosting ‘Mixed Kid’ and ‘Little Black Girl’ to White House

Obama Credits Education with Boosting ‘Mixed Kid’ and ‘Little Black Girl’ to White House

Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Image(GOLDEN, Colo.) –  President Obama Thursday credited an affordable college education with helping a “mixed kid from Hawaii” and a “little black girl from the South Side of Chicago” m…

Obama Attacks Romney on Class Size Despite Education Secretary’s Similar View

Obama Attacks Romney on Class Size Despite Education Secretary’s Similar View

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(LAS VEGAS) — On the air and on the stump Wednesday, President Obama attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney for not embracing the idea that smaller class sizes for public school students should be a top education priority.“Whe…

Obama: Romney’s Education Cuts ‘Unfair to Our Kids’

Obama: Romney’s Education Cuts ‘Unfair to Our Kids’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — For the second day in a row President Obama slammed Mitt Romney on education cuts, telling supporters in Nevada his opponent’s budget plan is “unfair to our kids” and “foolish for our fu…

President Obama Shifts Aim to Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Education Plan

President Obama Shifts Aim to Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Education Plan

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — President Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Ohio and Nevada Tuesday by shifting the focus of his attacks from Medicare and taxes to education, slamming the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan plan to cu…

Texas Teacher Convicted of Group Sex With Students

Texas Teacher Convicted of Group Sex With Students

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A jury found a Texas high school teacher and mother of three guilty today of having sex with four male students while being videotaped. Brittni Colleps, 28, a former English teacher, was convicted of 16 counts of having improper r…

Maryland Student Lands Perfect ACT Score

Maryland Student Lands Perfect ACT Score

Handout/Sayyeed Mohammed(CLARKSVILLE, Md.) — Maryland high school student Taariq Mohammed is perfect, at least according to the ACT test.The 16-year-old student at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md., scored a perfect 36 on the college entrance…

Education Department Introduces College Cost ‘Window Stickers’

Education Department Introduces College Cost ‘Window Stickers’

JupiterImages/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Education has released a new tool it says will help consumers understand the costs of higher education before making the choice of whether, and where, to enroll.Dubbed the “Shopping S…

Mom Arrested for Hacking School Computers, Changing Kids’ Grades

Mom Arrested for Hacking School Computers, Changing Kids’ Grades

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW TRIPOLI, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania mom faces six felony charges for allegedly hacking into her children’s school computer to change their grades and read school officials’ emails.Catherine Venusto, 45, of New Tripoli, worked for…

Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday is announcing a plan to create a “Master Teacher Corps” to recognize outstanding math and science teachers and incentivize educators to enter the field. “If Ameri…

Biden Says Teachers ‘Under Full Blown Assault’ from Romney

Biden Says Teachers ‘Under Full Blown Assault’ from Romney

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Seeking to mobilize support for the November election, Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned the nation’s public school teachers that they are “under full blown assault” from Mitt Romney and the Repub…

Pennsylvania High School For Sale on eBay

Pennsylvania High School For Sale on eBay

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(LANGHORNE, Pa.) — For sale: “One Pre-owned, But Extremely Successful, Public High School.”So begins the tongue-in-cheek, but completely serious, eBay listing for The Learning Center, a Langhorne, Pa., school that has found a …

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