Does a higher minimum wage lift families out of poverty? Or would it force employers to hire fewer workers?
As the play opened, a young black man lay motionless beneath a tarp. He symbolized unarmed black men who’ve died because someone — a twitchy neighbor, an inexperienced police officer — perceived him as a threat. Specifically, Vaughn Midder was portraying Trayvon Martin, shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in 2012, when Midder was a college sophomore. As they rehearsed at the University of Maryland, the cast members waited to hear whether the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Michael Brown would be indicted.Read full article >>
In a new type of diversity initiative at elite institutions, students explore privilege and power and are encouraged to think about social justice in a personal way.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Thursday morning to revoke the charter of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School, citing a pattern of fiscal mismanagement and a breach of fiduciary duties, a move that affects 1,600 D.C. students.Read full article >>
A panel in North Carolina has recommended closing three academic centers, including a poverty center and one dedicated to social change, sparking outrage among liberals.
As extremely cold temperatures descended on the Washington region Thursday night, area school officials made early decisions to cancel Friday classes or delay school openings as they weighed student safety, bus operations and facility concerns.Read full article >>
Students and faculty at the university, one of the nation’s pre-eminent historically black higher education institutions, set out Thursday to expand entries and create new ones.
Delta Kappa Epsilon and its alumni organization filed the suit seeking a temporary injunction, saying the policy put in place by the Connecticut university in the name of equality was, in fact, discriminatory.
This fall, tired of a series of problems at its fraternity houses, Wesleyan University’s school leaders ordered the fraternities to admit women — or shut down.Now one fraternity is fighting back, with a lawsuit accusing the Connecticut college of sexual discrimination, misrepresentation and deceptive practices. Through the suit, members of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon and its alumni hope to force the school into changing its decision to revoke their housing for next year.Read full article >>
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s “cures” manage to unite reading parents and children in mocking common childhood faults.
On Feb. 16, 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt. The New York Times called it “perhaps, the most extraordinary day in the whole history of Egyptian excavation.”
This story has been updated.The share of women at top MBA programs was close to zero in the 1970s. The number spiked to nearly 30 percent within the following decade, and it’s been stuck there ever since. Barely a handful of programs hit the 40 percent mark — Harvard in the fall of 2014, Wharton for the past five years. Read full article >>
Early this month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly tried to change the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system by removing words in the state code that commanded the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition,” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.” The changes didn’t happen when his effort was made public, but it was nevertheless a targeted shot against the foundational principles of higher education. And now, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there is a new one.Read full article >>