Top Republican Shoots Down DeVos Idea to Arm Teachers

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A top Republican on Thursday dismissed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reported consideration of allowing individual states to use federal funds to arm teachers as a way to prevent school shootings. As far as Im concerned, Ive never been a fan of arming teachers, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, […]

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Autism Disorder Increases in U.S. Children, CDC Study Finds

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U.S. autism prevalence has grown, according to a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, with about 1.7 percent of 8-year-olds affected in 11 states. The study, based on 2014 research, again identifies New Jersey with the highest incidence. One in 34 children in that state, or 3 percent, fall on what’s called the […]

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To Stop Climate Change, Educate Girls and Give them Birth Control

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Climate change is a ubiquitous hydra, a many-headed beast that affects everyone and everything in some form. Solutions to climate change range from the effective and the practical to the potentially catastrophically dangerous—but, in this somewhat heated debate, a potent weapon in our arsenal is falling by the wayside: the empowerment of women. Project Drawdown […]

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Cuomo Seeks New York Tax Revisions to Thwart Federal Changes

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New York state would end income taxes on wage earners and make up the revenue with an employer payroll tax that’s federally deductible as part of a restructuring plan that Governor Andrew Cuomo is recommending to mitigate harmful effects of the new U.S. tax code. The new federal law limits deductions for individuals’ state and […]

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Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

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Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer decided to go to remarkable lengths to make her […]

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‘Going global’: China exports soft power with first large-scale university in Malaysia

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Beijings push for overseas influence extends to the education sector, with the opening of Xiamen University outside Kuala Lumpur Near the classrooms at the original Xiamen University in China, there is a pleasant hill and lake. So, when the government-owned institution set out to build the first ever large-scale international branch of a Chinese university, […]

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‘Race fraud’: how a college quota scandal exposed Brazil’s historic racial tensions

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Brazils supreme court is preparing to rule on a 2014 law on racial quotas as concerns grow over abuse of quota systems which even led one government department to draw up a checklist to assess candidates facial features Late last year, Fernando received news he had dreaded for months: he and 23 of his classmates […]

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