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United Negro College Fund: HBCU students are shouldering heavy debt burdens

December 16, 2016 - 1:00am
A persistent racial wealth gap, waning investment in higher education and limited institutional resources are driving up the rate of borrowing at historically black colleges and universities, the report says.
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‘Black Lives Matter’ debate in Potomac, Md., school stirs allegations of racism

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
Montgomery GOP leader says high school Republican club targeted; school officials say a disagreement during a discussion was involved.
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Colleges are still cutting deals with Wall Street to peddle debit cards to students

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
Banks are still peddling accounts riddled with fees to college students, taking advantage of a loophole in regulations meant to curb controversial financial agreements that yield millions of dollars for universities.
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Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim Army officer killed in Iraq, to be honored at U-Va.

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
U.S. Army Captain killed in a car-bombing in 2004 will be honored with a plaque at the Rotunda on U-Va.' s campus.
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Virtual school operator K12 Inc. faces challenge from stockholders demanding transparency

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
At a K12 meeting scheduled for Dec. 15, shareholders are going to ask for a vote on whether the company should be required to publicly disclose details about its lobbying efforts in various states.
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'We have a right to exist.' White supremacist fliers reported at the University of Maryland

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
"Defending your people is a social duty not an anti-social crime," one read.
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Democratic senators press Trump's education pick Betsy DeVos to pay years-old $5.3 million fine

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
DeVos's political action committee was fined $5.3 million for campaign finance violations in Ohio eight years ago, but never paid the debt.
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Trump's presidency could radically change colleges' response to sexual assault

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
A lawyer anticipates that a Trump administration is likely to transform the way sexual assault allegations are handled on college campuses, giving greater deference to law enforcement and requiring more evidence
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The reason America's schools are so segregated - and the only way to fix it

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
'We have adopted a national myth that neighborhoods are segregated “de facto;” i.e., because of income differences, individual preferences, a history of private discrimination, etc.'
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'The sort of company we wish to keep’: More than 1,500 academics ask to join controversial 'Professor Watchlist'

December 15, 2016 - 1:00am
Critics say the watch list — which is run by a conservative group and names academics they believe are advancing “leftist propaganda” in classrooms — is an assault on academic freedom.
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Head Start is underfunded and unequal, according to a new study

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
Report calls for a bipartisan panel to look at the federal early education program for poor children.
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Montgomery’s school spring break could be cut if snow days pile up

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
School board adopts calendar for the 2017-2018 school year that starts after Labor Day, but two snow make-up days fall during spring break.
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The case for abolishing class rank

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
'The vicious rivalry and inevitable resentment on display as a handful of overachievers battle it out over tiny differences in GPA has led some schools to stop ranking, or at least to identify a batch of high-scoring kids as co-valedictorians -- a tiny step in the right direction.'
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This school isn't just about academics. The emotional and physical health of kids matters too.

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
The seventh in a series of posts about schools that work to close opportunity gaps for all students.
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Students remove Shakespeare portrait from English Department at Ivy League school

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
The University of Pennsylvania students replaced it with the photo of an African-American author to highlight diversity.
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Education secretary ousts one of the nation's largest college accreditors from its oversight role

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
King rejected an appeal from ACICS, agreeing that it is incapable of rectifying years of lax oversight of troubled for-profit colleges.
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40 Marshall Scholars picked for postgraduate studies in U.K., a 25 percent expansion

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
Four of the scholars are from MIT and three each are from U-Va. and Harvard.
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Surge of hate graffiti on bathroom walls, other areas, has Maryland county rattled

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
Incidents involving swastikas and racial insults on the rise in Montgomery.
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The big problem with early childhood education

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
American schools don't let the youngest kids play much anymore -- and that's how they learn.
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School choice advocates divided over Trump and his education pick, Betsy DeVos

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
Some fear that the incoming administration could split the bipartisan coalition that has helped charter schools and vouchers expand quickly.
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