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Department of Education increases regulations on school special needs programs

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

Trust the Department of Education to layer on new rules wherever and whenever it can.

Its latest target? Schools with special needs programs. However, one state official with actual experience with these disagrees with the approach proposed.

The U.S. Department of Education is strengthening regulations for educational programs focused on students with...

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U. Georgia student looks at today’s new low in public opinion of news media

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

University of Georgia student Samuel Woo has a few thoughts about today’s news media and the public’s current disdain for what it has to offer.

When asked about their view on the news media, Americans used words like “immoral”, “corrupt”, “inaccurate” and “hurts democracy.”

Granted, it is fairly difficult to take the media...

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U. Hawaii Student Editor Asserts VA Should Have Acted Earlier in Her State

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:30pm

As the scandal associated with the Veterans Administration hospitals unfolds, Kristen Paul Bonifacio (Opinions Editor for the University of Hawaii’s The Voice of Kaleo) asserts that the agency should have acted earlier…especially in relation to the conditions at one of its Hawaii facilities.

In recent months, scandal has rocked VA medical centers...

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Plea Bargaining: Prof Recounts Experiences with Grade Negotiations

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Posted by    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8:00am

Ron Lipsman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, recounts his most recent experiences in what he terms to be “plea bargaining for better grades,” which reflects a shift in student attitudes that has developed over the past decade.

…Two generations ago, such an approach to a professor by a...

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In response to rising costs, private colleges resort to steeper discounts

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Posted by    Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5:00pm

File this story under “The Free Market”.

Private colleges are continuing unabated their strategy of setting high sticker prices while giving most of their students steep discounts, according to the latest survey of private colleges by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

The colleges, many of which are struggling to...

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Thomas Aquinas College Student Reviews California’s “Affirmative Consent” Sex Bill

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 3:30pm

We recently reported that the California State Senate approved SB -67, a bill that would require colleges receiving state-funded student aid to use an “affirmative consent” standard in their sexual assault policies.

Mairead McArdle, a student at Thomas Aquinas College, worries about the lower legal standard for guilt.

….“We need a cultural shift...

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Harvard Student Likens Wall Street Stock Trading to Horse Racing

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Posted by    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

Eric J. Hollenberg is a Harvard student who writes the “Behavioral Economist” column for The Harvard Crimson.

His first column makes an intriguing analogy between Wall Street and gambling.

According to Bloomberg Magazine, over 15 percent of the class of 2013 went to work for Wall Street, down from an incredible high of...

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America’s Oldest Private Historically Black Institution Could Lose Accreditation

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Posted by    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

After more than a decade of decline and alleged financial mismanagement Wilberforce University, the country’s oldest private historically black university is in line to be the next institution to lose its accreditation.

Charlie Tyson of Inside Higher Ed files this report:

In 1865, on the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Wilberforce University burned...

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Princeton Student to Obama “I Want My American Dream Back”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 11:00am

Ryan Spaude is a student at Princeton University and an intern at the Republican National Committee.

He shares his thoughts, shared by many of his generation, about the current state of  “The American Dream.”

…When asked if the American Dream was within their reach today, nearly 6 in 10 Americans sadly answered “no,”...

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Days from graduation, 18-year old dies from “caffeine poisoning”

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Posted by    Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:00pm

People often don’t realize that pure caffeine is so potent that it qualifies as a “toxic” compound under transportation shipping rules.

Sadly, an autopsy conducted on a young man who died days before graduating high school shows his death was caused by an overdose of this stimulant.

Logan Stiner, a popular student and...

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U. of Utah issues apology for Fertility Clinic Sperm Switch Scandal

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Posted by    Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 8:00am

A personal history genetics testing for fun became a quest for information about what happened at a University of Utah Fertility Clinic, where it seems one man’s sample was switched with that of someone who was a convicted felon.

After 371 boxes of documents and more than 170,000 microfilm sheets of evidence,...

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Florida college loses funds over inability to prepare students for the workforce

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Posted by    Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:30pm

Florida is experimenting a with an an innovative new funding scheme for schools.

And, it turns out that one of its “honors universities” doesn’t quite meet a key ranking requirement.

It has been ranked in the top five best value liberal arts colleges and one of the best public liberal arts universities by...

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Student Sues Citrus College District over “Shut-Up Culture”

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Posted by    Friday, July 4, 2014 at 3:30pm

It looks like Citrus College student Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle is not willing to participate in the “Campus Shut-Up Culture.”

Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle is a passionate libertarian who was thrilled to attend Citrus College in Glendora for what he imagined would be a quintessential college experience of unbridled debate.

But after he arrived last year, he...

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New study shows most college students unhappy with unpaid internships

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Posted by    Friday, July 4, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the fact that colleges today seem to raise tuition and fees to pay for platinum administrator perks and speaking engagements for former first ladies, the results of a new study should be little surprise.

It looks like our young people are no longer entirely buying the concept that internships should merely...

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U. of Utah Researchers Discover Region of the Brain Which Causes Hangovers

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Posted by    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

A team of scientists have made a breakthrough discovery that may be of interest to students “majoring in fun.”

University of Utah researchers have discovered the area of the brain responsible for hangovers.

Researchers said that lateral habenula gets triggered by bad experiences. When this part of the brain is damaged or chronically...

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Iowa Supreme Court rules that chiropractic college discriminated against blind student

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Posted by    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm

In a move that will impact how schools address the instruction of students who are handicapped, the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that chiropractic college cannot reject a student’s request to meet requirements for analyzing X-rays through a reader.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed files this story:

The Iowa Supreme Court on...

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College Students Rally for Dinesh D’Souza’s New Movie “America”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the current economy, our breached borders, and the state of world affairs, signs such as indicate that the Democratic Party should be extremely concerned about a once dependable bloc of voters.

Via The College Fix:

Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie is poised to...

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Hearing Goes Against Boy Suspended for Making the Infamous Pop-Tart Gun

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Posted by    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:30am

Despite the fact a leading psychologist has deemed school “zero tolerance” weapons policies “psychotic”, a hearing examiner just ruled that suspension was an appropriate punishment for a boy who wielded the now infamous “Pop Tart Gun”.

A hearing examiner affirmed the suspension of an Anne Arundel County boy who chewed his breakfast...

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Two Northwestern Students are Biking Across South America for Charity

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:30pm

Reversing the trend of young people from Central and South America crossing into our country and relying on our charity, two young men studying at Northwestern University are planning a bike trek through South America for charity.

Two rising sophomores are set to embark on a 3,000-mile bike ride across South America.

Jacob...

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Loyola Student: SCOTUS Ruling Gives Christian Colleges Hope For Obamacare Exemption

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 3:30pm

Legal Insurrection covered the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case that a closely held corporation cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.

Loyola University student Matt Lamb looks at the reaction from Christian Colleges, which were awaiting this decision in hopes their schools would be able to get exemptions.

Backers of...

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Student Editors at The Daily Illini – EPA’s New Rules Toxic to Employment

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12:30pm

Like the Internal Revenue Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency is now reporting it has lost emails that are critical to a congressional hearing.

The editorial board of The Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois, is reviewing some of the EPA’s most recent work themselves.

Their conclusion: The agency’s...

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Harvard’s Digital Media Law Project Which Helps Bloggers With Legal Issues Shutting Down

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 9:30am

Via The College Fix is news related to a group that helped bloggers like us with legal issues:

The Digital Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society said it’s shutting down and spinning off its initiatives.

It started in 2007 as the “Citizen Media Law Project” to help bloggers and...

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