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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans
President Trump signed a measure on Wednesday that seeks to remove the bureaucratic barriers for permanently disabled veterans to qualify for student loan forgiveness, which he said would save 25,000 wounded warriors an average of $30,000. The rollout of the executive action came during the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., where Mr. Trump was joined onstage by Betsy DeV...
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Oregon students will be able to take 'mental health days' off, thanks to teen activists Oregon students will be able to take 'mental health days' off, thanks to teen activists
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Haliey Hardcastle and title of Debbie Plotnik. SALEM, Oregon – Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don’t ca...
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No longer rich on oil, Alaska may ax money to universities. Lawmakers are 800 miles apart No longer rich on oil, Alaska may ax money to universities. Lawmakers are 800 miles apart
The University of Alaska could lay off more than 1,000 and cut dozens of programs, thanks to a dramatic slash in money it gets from the state – a 41% cut from a line-item veto by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. University officials say the $130 million cut could prove disastrous for Alaska’s future, endangering local economies, school employees and rural programs for Alaska Native students. They hav...
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‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot ‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot
Allison Driessen is fed up. She’s used to hearing how lucky she is to have her summers off, granting her a supposedly relaxing break from working life. Driessen, a science teacher who just finished her eighth year on the job, had the opposite experience. This summer marks her first summer “off” as a teacher. Before, she studied for her master's degree, taught summer school and even interned at ...
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New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears
A school district in western New York is launching a first-of-its-kind facial recognition system, generating new privacy concerns about the powerful but controversial technology. The Lockport city school district is beginning implementation of the Aegis facial recognition system this week, officials said, with the technology expected to be fully up and running in time for the new school year in...
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U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated
Teachers in the U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession. The topline findings of the Teaching and Learning International Survey, an international study published Wednesday by the National Center for E...
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Education Funds for Migrant Children Cut Education Funds for Migrant Children Cut
Under federal law, unaccompanied migrant children are required to receive a "structured education," Monday through Friday, throughout the entire year. That education must cover basic academic areas, including math, reading or English as a second language, science, social studies, writing and physical education. But the Trump administration is set to cancel funding for English classes and recrea...
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Spelling Bee: Record eight children win Scripps National in the US Spelling Bee: Record eight children win Scripps National in the US
A record number of eight children have been crowned co-champions in the US of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. On Thursday night the finalists, aged 12 to 14, correctly spelled their way through 20 tough rounds of the competition. Organisers eventually announced that it was a tie, as they had run out of words that were challenging enough. Officials say this is the first time in the comp...
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New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History
Each year about 4.5 million people shuffle off the ferries that service Liberty Island to see up close the famous torch-wielding Roman goddess towering above them. But security concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks led the National Park Service to restrict the number of people who could go inside the statue’s massive stone pedestal, and up to the crown. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island ...
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Martin Kilson, Scholar and Racial Pathbreaker at Harvard, Dies at 88 Martin Kilson, Scholar and Racial Pathbreaker at Harvard, Dies at 88
Martin Kilson, a leftist scholar, fierce debater and follower of W. E. B. Du Bois who became the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard, died on April 24 in hospice care in Lincoln, Mass. He was 88. His wife, Marion (Dusser de Barenne) Kilson, said the cause was congestive heart failure. A son of a Methodist minister, Professor Kilson was a prolific writer, an expert on ethnic p...
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