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Illinois Senate Passes Grant Program for Needy College Students

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By Dave McKinney CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois Senate on Thursday earmarked $227.2 million for low-income college students whose need-based financial aid has been imperiled by the state’s 11-month budget impasse. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner offered no sign of supporting the measure for Monetary Award Program recipients after members of his party pilloried the…

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Massachusetts Unveils First US College Tuition Rebate Program

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By Marcus E. Howard NEW YORK (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Thursday unveiled what state officials called the first initiative in the country to offer tuition rebates to full-time students who begin their studies at a community college and complete a bachelor’s degree at a state university. The program, called the Commonwealth Commitment, provides a 10…

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College Board Gave SAT Exams That It Knew Had Leaked

Related textbooks are seen as students take part in SAT examinations at Asia-World Expo near Hong Kong Airport in Hong Kong, China October 3, 2015. Picture taken October 3, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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By Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and Irene Jay Liu (Reuters) – Xingyuan Ding is a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles, one of America‚Äôs most exclusive public universities. In applying to schools, the 20-year-old from China took the SAT college entrance exam four times. He had an advantage on his final…

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One Boy, Two Girls Win US Intel Science Talent Search

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three of the United States’ brightest high school scientists, one boy and two girls, emerged as winners on Tuesday in the $1 million Intel Talent Search, among the top U.S. competitions for young innovators. The 40 finalists faced a final competition in Washington before announcement of the winners at a black-tie dinner,…

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Ivy League Mulls Banning Tackles at Football Practices

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BOSTON (Reuters) – Football practices at the United States’ elite Ivy League universities may be a little bit quieter next year as coaches consider banning tackling outside of actual games, a spokesman for the league said on Tuesday. Top football coaches at elite universities including Harvard, Yale and Princeton, are mulling the move as concerns…

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Maryland College Head Quits, Had Urged Quick Exit for Struggling Students

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By Ian Simpson (Reuters) – The embattled president of Mount St. Mary’s University has resigned, the college said on Monday, after an outcry over his comparison of struggling freshmen to bunnies who should be drowned or shot to boost the college’s academic standing. Simon Newman, a Los Angeles private equity executive who had headed the…

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Can Kids Learn More When They Exercise During Lessons?

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Building exercise into lessons might help kids get better grades, especially when the task at hand requires memorization, a small Dutch study suggests. Researchers worked with 500 children in second and third grade, giving half of them traditional lessons while the rest got instruction supplemented with physical activity designed…

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University of Texas Reluctantly to Allow Guns in Classroom

Pro-gun advocates take to the streets outside the University of Texas ahead of a 'mock mass shooting' event where they used cardboard cut-outs rifles, the simulated bangs of bullets on bullhorns and doused fake victims with fake blood, in Austin, Texas, December 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz
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By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The University of Texas president approved plans on Wednesday that would allow for licensed concealed handgun holders to bring pistols into classrooms, saying he has been forced to do so under a new law approved by the state’s leaders. On Aug. 1, 2016, a so-called state “campus carry”…

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US States Debates Swapping Languages for Computer Coding

Two students study a computer game design at Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Letitia Stein
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By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida high school student Brooke Stewart would gladly swap two required foreign language classes to become fluent in JavaScript or Python, the coding languages she uses to design computer games. Lawmakers in her state have sparked national debate by considering whether to provide that option. A measure championed…

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Boston Student in Hot Water for Trying to Rent Out Dorm on AirBnB

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BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston-area college student has gotten into hot water with his school for trying to rent out his dorm room on the online home-sharing service AirBNB. The student listed his dorm room at Emerson College in downtown Boston on the site last month, according to a petition on the website Change.Org tiled…

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