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Preteens Who Mistrust Less Likely to Reach College

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Students of color who perceive biased treatment from middle school teachers may be less likely to attend college than if they trusted instructors to treat them fairly, a small study suggests. “We don’t think the discrimination and bias, by itself, had this effect,” said lead study author David Yeager,…

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San Francisco to Offer Free Community College to Residents

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By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said on Tuesday the city would become the first in the United States to offer tuition-free community college to its residents, framing the move as a way of helping to narrow wealth inequality in the city. The $5.4 million plan also includes $500…

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Three Big Ideas to Make It Easier to Save for College

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surveys regularly find that Americans have no idea what a 529 college savings plan is, so a little tinkering under the hood is definitely needed. For more than 20 years, families have been able to save in these dedicated investment accounts, with the funds accumulating tax free, as…

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Can Trump Cut Funds to UC Berkeley?

Two demonstrators hold signs as they face a police line after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump does not have the authority to withhold funding from the University of California at Berkeley where violent protests led to the cancellation of a speech by a far-right editor, academics and experts said on Thursday. Trump threatened to cut funds for the university’s flagship…

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School Bullying Linked to Poorer Academic Achievement

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By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Not only does bullying at school affect students’ emotional and social lives, it also directly affects their schoolwork and engagement in the classroom, suggests a U.S. study. Students who faced bullying for much of their time in school had the greatest risk of low achievement and engagement, researchers found.…

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College Board Faces Rocky Path After CEO Pushes New Vision for SAT

David Coleman, President and CEO of The College Board, speaks at the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jay LaPrete
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By Renee Dudley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly after taking over the College Board in 2012, new CEO David Coleman circulated an internal memo laying out what he called a “beautiful vision.” It was his 7,800-word plan for transforming the organization’s signature product, the SAT college entrance exam. The path Coleman laid out was detailed,…

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Poetry, Pugs Raise Awareness for New FAFSA Timeline

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – What does a pug looking at a computer have to do with the Oct. 1 start date for parents and students to fill out the federal financial aid form known as the FAFSA? It is all about spreading the word about the new start, changed from Jan 1.…

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Silicon Valley Offers Offers Online Courses to Mint Self-Driving Car Engineers

New Autopilot features are demonstrated in a Tesla Model S during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach
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By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley is creating a crash course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers with help from a startup in a different field: online education. Nearly every major tech company, car company and ride services company, it seems, is developing or partnering with developers of…

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Wells Fargo to Pay $4.1 Million to Settle Charges of Illegal Student Loan Practices

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By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) – A Wells Fargo & Co unit will pay $4.1 million to settle allegations that it engaged in illegal private student loan servicing practices that unfairly penalized certain borrowers, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) said on Monday. The bureau said it identified breakdowns throughout Wells Fargo’s servicing process, including failing…

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Heat-Related Illness Most Common in Early Preseason of College Football

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By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Heat stroke and heat exhaustion most often affect college football players during the first two weeks of preseason practice and the risk goes up with higher temperatures, according to a new U.S. study. “Heat illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and exertional hyponatremia (most often from consumption of…

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