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Education Week

The rapid expansion of charter schools and other public school options is fueling growth in another industry: education consulting.<p>Education …

Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

The SAT is undergoing major changes for 2016.<p>And, as of today, students — for free — can tap into new online study prep tools from Khan Academy, the online education nonprofit.<p>The partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board, which administers the SAT, could take a big bite out of the …

Slideshow: Celebrities With ADD/ADHD

A Summer of Fun for Children With ADHD

Slideshow: ADHD in Children

Preschool By State: Who's Spending And What's It Buying?

Are you a glass half-full kind of person? Or glass half-empty?<p>Depending on your answer, you'll find the new report on state-funded preschool programs from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University either delightfully encouraging or downright depressing.<p>For …

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

It's getting to be that time of the year when students wipe tears from watery eyes, exchange final goodbyes and throw their graduation caps into the sky. In other words, it's graduation season — and that also means the season of commencement speeches.<p>Over the weekend, President Obama and the first …

College & University

Adult ADD/ADHD Documentary

ADHD/ADD in Adults: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Adult ADHD and What You Can Do About It

ADHD in Adults<p>Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Adult ADHD and What You Can Do About It<p>Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but if you find …

Mental Health

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

"Welcome to Iowa State University. May I take your paper, please?"<p>A bill circulating in the Iowa state Senate would rate professors' performance based on student evaluations. <i>Just</i> student evaluations.<p>Low-rated professors would be automatically fired — no tenure, no appeals.<p>The bill's author, state …

Higher Education

Corinthian closing its last schools; 10,000 California students displaced

After years of government investigations, Corinthian Colleges Inc. will shut down more than two dozen of its remaining schools, displacing more than 10,000 California students. The move ends the turmoil at what was once one of the nation's largest for-profit college chains but presents fresh …

The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

In South Korea, grim stories of teen suicide come at a regular clip. Recently, two 16-year-old girls in the city of Daejeon jumped to their deaths, leaving a note saying, "We hate school."<p>It's just one tragedy in a country where suicide is the leading cause of death among teens, and 11- to …

College Vs. Coachella

The dean of college admissions at a top west coast high school recently posted the following as her Facebook status:<p><i>I’m tired of hearing from parents</i> …

Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board

Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.<p>None of it was for tuition.<p>The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell …

College & University

Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds

New York City's public school system is vast, with more than a million students spread across thousands of schools. And like the city itself, it's remarkably diverse — about 15 percent Asian, just under 30 percent black, about 40 percent Latino, and about 15 percent white, with all sorts of finer …

Education

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape

Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning.<p>Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich's presidential …

New Haven - Girls Treatment Program

Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

In his new book, <i>Raising Kids Who Read</i>, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.<p>And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read …

Athletes Help Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Defy Bullies

In Wisconsin, what began as a heartwarming show of courtesy and affection is now making Desiree Andrews, 14, into an international celebrity.<p>Desiree is a cheerleader at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wis. She has Down syndrome — and as some hecklers learned last year, she has the full support of …

Education May Be Priceless, But A College Degree Isn't

Paying for college gets more expensive every year.<p>According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Americans owe more than a <i>trillion</i> dollars in outstanding student loan payments.<p>The result can be a lot of pressure for college grads. The four seniors participating in our Howard Project — Ariel …

College & University

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt.<p>But author Kevin Carey argues that those …

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

Look closely.<p>Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (Page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.<p>The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to …

Fitting In On Campus: Challenges For First-Generation Students

Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up superearly and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue-collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor.<p>"My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says.<p>His dad …

Placement Decisions

Decisions about where to place a child in out-of-home care are made by considering the child's strengths and needs, the skills of the available …

Harvard Bans Sexual Relationships Between Professors And Students

For the first time, Harvard University is banning sexual relationships between faculty and undergraduates, strengthening language in its policies on sexual misconduct. The change comes as the school examines its rules and undergoes a federal review.<p>Last year, Harvard was among dozens of schools the …

Higher Education