Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

The across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan.

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'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.

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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes

Edward Gerson is a 100-year-old alumnus of Dartmouth's class of 1935. He's turned his class notes into a column.

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Football As A Tool In The Hands Of A Master Craftsman

Our 50 Great Teachers series profiles a football coach who's made academics ... and a sense of family ... part of his winning strategy.

A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

On Sunday, this Massachusetts teacher will be up close with her favorite team — as a cheerleader on the New England Patriots squad.

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Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

President Obama has proposed changing the tax treatment of college savings accounts known as 529 plans. Some are calling this a tax increase on the middle class.

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

A new report says 52 colleges offer, or plan to offer, some credits based on learning, not just seat time.

'Walking The Walk' With Students ... And Screaming Fans

When their students are asleep, these teachers are onstage in LA's punk rock scene.

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By Dimming Its Lights, Museum Opens Doors For Kids With Autism

Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle's Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.

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U.S. Once Had Universal Child Care, But Rebuilding It Won't Be Easy

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.

Ski Jumping Is A High School Sport In N.H.

January 29, 2015
Ethan Winter, of Hanover, N.H., competes in a ski jumping event at Storrs Hill, in Lebanon, N.H. He is a member of Hanover High School's ski jump team. New Hampshire is the only state in the nation to include ski jumping as a high school sport. (Herb Swanson/

When it comes to winter sports in high school, New Hampshire athletes stand alone — in some high places.

UMass Bars Dorm Guests During Super Bowl

January 29, 2015

University officials say the measures are based on recommendations in a 65-page report released in September on how the school can better handle large-scale gatherings.

Harvard Professor Says Focus On Admissions Testing Damages Higher Education Mission

January 28, 2015
Harvard University in Cambridge in 2012. (AP)

For years, SAT critics have argued the test disadvantages poor students, but now, Lani Guinier is saying the test has hurt the mission of higher education. She outlines that position in her new book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America.”

What 'Free Community College' Means — And What It Could Cost

January 28, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP)

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

Building A Smarter Team

January 27, 2015
As any ant knows, building a reliable team can be hard. (Flickr / Guildmn20)

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better – and smarter – than others. We’ll look at the surprising reasons why.

To Rebuild The Middle Class, Don’t Stop With Free Community College

January 27, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, about the themes in his State of the Union address. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Northeastern University’s Joseph Aoun says President Obama’s plan to offer two years of free community college tuition for students doesn’t go far enough.

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

January 22, 2015
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, speaks at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., March 2013. (American Council on Education/Flickr)

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

Co-Founder Of Harvard Negotiation Program: ‘Get To Yes With Yourself’

January 21, 2015
Delegations of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, sit around the negotiations table during their talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria Nov. 24, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AP)

Negotiation is likely a part of your daily life. Whether it’s with your spouse or your children, your boss or your colleagues — we all deal with conflict. So, what could get you to win-win solutions?

What’s Behind The Decision To Keep Your Name Or Take Your Spouse’s?

January 20, 2015
How did you -- or will you -- decide when it comes to your maiden name? (Tela Chhe/Flickr)

If you’re planning on getting married someday, have you decided whether you’ll take your spouse’s name or keep your own? Or will you adopt a hyphenated name? Or maybe some new combination hybrid name?

New NCAA Policy Hands Over Some Power

January 20, 2015
NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks with reporters during a news conference at the NCAA Convention in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Brad Wolverton of the Chronicle of Higher Education calls the shift a “new era in college sports.”

Brown University Sanctions Fraternities For Parties

January 19, 2015

Brown University has sanctioned two fraternities for holding unregistered parties last fall, including one where two students reported drinking alcoholic punch laced with a date-rape drug.

The Guidance Counselor Crisis

January 16, 2015
Trenton Central High School guidance counselor Miriam Mendez, left, helps senior Daniel Guadron with paperwork after she brought him to Mercer County Community College to take a college entrance exam in West Windsor, N.J. Guadron, a straight A student who emigrated from Guatemala at age 13, was held from April to the end of October 2008 at an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP)

The average American school now has one guidance counselor for every 500 students.

Leading The Way In Education Means Lifting The Charter School Cap

January 16, 2015
Richard Whitmire: It's time to drop the limits entirely and shift to a system that focuses on building high performing schools, both charter and traditional. Pictured: Students at Boston's Brooke Charter School participate in class. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

It’s time to drop the limits entirely and shift to a system that focuses on building high performing schools, both charter and traditional.

Duke University Cancels Plans For Muslim Call To Prayer

January 15, 2015
Duke Chapel is pictured on Dec. 31, 2013. (ErinIBarker/Flickr)

In the face of opposition, the university canceled plans to start doing a Muslim call to prayer from the chapel bell tower on Fridays.

UMass Amherst Ends Student Drug Informant Program

January 15, 2015

The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst says he is immediately ending a program that allowed campus police to use students as drug informants.

Boston Teachers Union Votes In Favor Of Extending School Day For K-8 Students

January 15, 2015
Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman speaks at a meeting Wednesday, during which the union voted in favor of extending the school day for students in grades K-8 not currently in schools with such programs. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

The Boston Teachers Union approved a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day for all elementary and middle schools that don’t already have extended day programs.

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