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Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Mississippi has long ranked near the bottom of the states in educational performance. In a bid to change that, 21 school districts are suing the state for more than $200 million in education funding.

All Things Considered

Kids Get In On The Action With NaNoWriMo

November is national novel writing month and some schools are participating by having students write long-form fiction.

All Things Considered

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

In a remote village, poor children are on the front line of an education battle. The village's only educated person aims to teach them — and shame teachers who are paid but don't show up for work.

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

Art imitates life for Chris Pearce — English teacher by day, comic artist by night. Inspired by his students, the material practically writes itself.

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Magazine Sheds Light On Allegations Of Rape Culture At UVA

In an issue of Rolling Stone, a female freshman said she was raped by seven men at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012. The University of Virginia's governing board meets Tuesday.

California College Students Walk Out Of Class To Protest Tuition Hikes

The University of California system recently approved a 5 percent tuition hike, annually, for up to five years. Students at UC Berkeley have taken the lead in protesting the measure.

Tools Of The Trade: The Presidential Physical Fitness Test

For many, the now-retired national fitness test evokes dread. A timed mile run, pull-ups, curl-ups, a shuttle run and the V-sit. All for a small blue patch.

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.

BU Asks Judge To Quash Council Subpoena Issued To School’s President

November 28, 2014

Boston University has asked a judge to quash or change a subpoena the Boston City Council issued to the school’s president, demanding that he appear at a hearing on diversity.

UC President Janet Napolitano Says Tuition Must Rise

November 26, 2014
University of California President Janet Napolitano gestures while speaking to a reporter Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Marking her one-year anniversary as leader of the 10-campus public college system, the former Homeland Security secretary said she shares the concerns of Californians who watched the percentage of nonresidents accepted rise sharply during the recession and that UC needs to look at whether it has struck “the right balance” between those higher-paying students and in-state students whose educations are partially funded by the state. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Napolitano defends the planned tuition increases, which some students and lawmakers say are too steep.

Report: Marshfield Renames Christmas Vacation

November 25, 2014

The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break.

Growing Food Insecurity At Mass. Public Colleges, State Says

November 25, 2014
(Salvation Army USA West/Flickr via Compfight; photo edits by Benjamin Swasey/WBUR)

Nineteen of the state’s 29 public college campuses have opened food pantries or are now distributing food to some students.

Report: Boston City Council Subpoenas BU President

November 25, 2014

The Boston City Council has taken the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to the president of Boston University to compel him to appear at a hearing on diversity at city colleges.

New Rhodes Scholars Include 2 From Massachusetts

November 23, 2014

11 others among the 32 new Rhodes scholars named this weekend have ties to universities in New England.

Colleges Hope To Engage Students On Wealth Gap

November 23, 2014

Keene State and Mount Wachuset are leading a national project to engage students on the relationship between economic inequality, public policy, economic opportunity and social mobility. The schools will develop new courses and explore ways to update their current curriculum, with a focus on getting students to become active in their communities.

Students Protest University Of California Tuition Hikes

November 21, 2014
University of California police push student protesters back behind barricades outside a meeting of the university Board of Regents Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in San Francisco. A committee of the Regents approved Janet Napolitano's proposal to raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the system gets more money from Sacramento.(Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

In spite of protests on University of California campuses, the board voted to hike tuitions by about 5 percent every year for the next five years.

For-Profit Colleges Face Big Questions, Regulations, Lawsuits In Mass.

November 20, 2014
Aja Holmes studies for her online college classes at The University of Phoenix in Raleigh, N.C. An Associated Press analysis shows surging proportions of both low-income students and the recently boosted government money that follows them are ending up at for-profit schools. (Jim R. Bounds/AP)

The state attorney general is investigating about 12 for-profit colleges amid charges of low graduation rates and deceptive sales tactics that leave too many students mired in debt.

With Liberian Schools Closed Over Ebola, Mass. Nonprofit Puts Lessons On The Radio

November 20, 2014
Kebbeh Sumo and her facilitator, or “study buddy,” Francis Mulbah, work on reading and writing in the EDC-USAID workbook as the class broadcasts on the radio that sits between them. In Liberia, education leaders refer to out-of-school “youth” as anyone between the ages of 13 and 35 who has never attended school or lost out on schooling, in many cases due to the long civil war. (Courtesy EDC)

Twice a day on 10 community radio stations, which reach half the counties in Liberia, recorded lessons developed by the Waltham-based nonprofit Education Development Center teach literacy and numeracy.

7 Students Sue Harvard Over Push For Fossil Fuel Divestment

November 20, 2014

Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Food Pantry Opening At Church Near UMass Darmouth

November 20, 2014

A church near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus is opening a food pantry to assist an increasing number of students who choose to pay tuition rather than buy food.

Study Looks At Massachusetts School Punishment

November 19, 2014

A new report has found that a disproportionate number of minorities and students with disabilities are being punished by Massachusetts public schools, and in many cases the punishments are for minor infractions.

A Conversation With The Departing Dean Of Harvard’s Kennedy School

November 18, 2014
Dean David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School will step down from his post in June 2015. (Deval Patrick/Flickr)

Ellwood was once instrumental in the “poverty business” — working on welfare reform for the Clinton administration.

You May Now Ask Questions: Vermont Father Explains ‘Unschooling’

November 18, 2014
Ben Hewitt, who "unschools" his children in Cabot, Vermont. (Courtesy Shambhala Publications)

With unschooling, there’s no curriculum, no testing and minimal desk work. Instead, students “learn by living.”

Harvard Sued For Allegedly Limiting Number Of Asian-Americans It Admits

November 18, 2014
Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of HarvardUniversity in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP)

Is Harvard University discriminating against Asian-American students in its admissions policy? That’s the claim being made by a nonprofit legal group.

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