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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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They’re Leaving Us With Nothing’: Cuts of 150 Teachers Threaten Troubled N.J. City They’re Leaving Us With Nothing’: Cuts of 150 Teachers Threaten Troubled N.J. City
More than 200 education jobs cut, including 150 teachers and 23 vice principals. Class sizes would balloon. Art and music classes would be erased. The budget proposed by the school board in Paterson, the third largest city in New Jersey, offered a staggering package of cuts. Officials said they have no choice but to make the cuts that stand to undo years of gains by the long-struggling school d...
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Number of Homeless Students Soars Number of Homeless Students Soars
THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing. The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the...
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AP exam changes: Helpful for test prep, or more money for the College Board? AP exam changes: Helpful for test prep, or more money for the College Board?
Changes in the Advanced Placement world could help more high school students earn college credit via AP exams – but teenagers will pay new fees if they change their minds about taking the tests. The College Board will soon offer AP teachers new practice questions, instructional videos and automated assessments that can give students feedback online. The testing and college-prep giant has inves...
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Americans Support More High-Skilled Immigrants Americans Support More High-Skilled Immigrants
Anxiety over immigration has been stirring politics across the West for years, from the 2016 Brexit vote results in the United Kingdom, to increasing hard-line policies across Europe to the government impasse in the United States over President Donald Trump's demands for a border wall. Now a new survey suggests strong public support to welcome more immigrants – as long as they are college-educated...
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Kasich Signs Bill Mandating Ohio Students Learn Cursive Kasich Signs Bill Mandating Ohio Students Learn Cursive
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Wednesday that will require students to learn how to write in cursive. The legislation, House Bill 58, passed the state Senate earlier this month and mandates that every student in Ohio be able to write in cursive by the end of fifth grade. It was first introduced in February 2017 and passed the House in June 2018. Teaching students to write in curs...
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White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push
The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads. The administr...
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International Student Enrollment Falls International Student Enrollment Falls
The number of new international students enrolling for the first time at an American college fell by more than 6 percent in fall 2017. According to Open Doors 2018, a report by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, about 271,700 new students enrolled at American institutions in fall 2017, compared to about 290,800 who enrolled the previous year. However, the numb...
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13 Million Good Jobs Available for Those With High School Diplomas 13 Million Good Jobs Available for Those With High School Diplomas
Despite the push among policymakers to steer more people toward a four-year degree, a new report shows that 13 million jobs are still available for those with nothing more than a high school diploma. The figure was among the top-line findings of a report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which shows how the number of jobs available for certain ...
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