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DeVry Can't Prove Its 'Since 1975' Graduation Claim

Department of Education reaches settlement agreement with university

(Newser) - DeVry University's ads are about to get an overhaul. That's because the school's oft-touted claim that since 1975, 90% of its graduates looking for employment found jobs in their field within six months actually has no basis in fact, according to the Department of Education. The university... More »

For-Profit School ITT Tech Shuts Down After Penalties

Chain could no longer take students who use federal financial aid

(Newser) - The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services is shutting down its campuses days after the US Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, reports the AP . The company, which operates vocational schools, announced "with profound regret" in a statement Tuesday that it... More »

Arne Duncan Stepping Down as Education Secretary

And the president doesn't plan to officially nominate a replacement

(Newser) - At the end of the year, Arne Duncan is stepping down as Education Secretary after seven years. According to a letter to staff that was obtained by the AP and confirmed by a White House official, Duncan is going back to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan, 50, has... More »

Report: College Sex Crimes Up 50% This Decade

While every other type of campus crime has decreased

(Newser) - There might be a reason that college sexual assaults make the news more often these days. A new Department of Education report has found that reports of "forcible" campus sexual assaults shot up 50% between 2001 and 2011, jumping from 2,200 to 3,300, Time reports. At the... More »

On NY School's Summer Reading List: 30+ Typos

Students advised to read 'The Great Gypsy,' Emily Bonte

(Newser) - Good news, students of Hempstead Public Schools: You won't be wading through F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of that Leo DiCaprio movie this fine summer vacation. Rather, you'll be searching endlessly for a tome called The Great Gypsy—at least according to the district's summer reading list,... More »

Feds Fine Yale $165K, Citing Unreported Sex Crimes

University violated Clery Act: officials

(Newser) - Yale owes the federal government $165,000 after multiple violations of the Clery Act, which calls on colleges to report crimes and release safety warnings. Among the "serious and numerous" violations, per a letter from a Department of Education official, are four unreported forcible sex offenses; the category includes... More »

Counselor Sues School That Axed Her Over Steamy Photos

Photos, 17 years old, kept popping up online

(Newser) - Last December, a Manhattan high school guidance counselor was fired after 12 years on the job because of some naughty photos of her in lingerie and bikinis taken when she was a model, reports the New York Post , which also has one of the photos. Now Tiffany Webb is suing... More »

Romney on Taxes: I'd Kill These Deductions

At $2M fundraiser, Romney also pledges cuts to HUD, education

(Newser) - Having pretty much wrapped up the GOP nomination for president, but still months away from the party convention, Mitt Romney used his "spring break" for fundraising—pulling in a hefty $2 million in events yesterday alone, reports MSNBC . Yesterday afternoon, a reception at the $14 million home of investment... More »

Feds Open Inquiry Into Penn State

Education Dept. looks into whether crimes weren't reported as required

(Newser) - Penn State's unfolding scandal is now a federal case, too. The Education Department is investigating whether school officials broke the law by failing to report the alleged abuse, reports the AP . Colleges are required to report crime stats, and the Office of Financial Aid has opened an inquiry. In... More »

Obama to Let States Out of No Child Left Behind

If they agree to his education reform push

(Newser) - Barack Obama is today offering states a deal: If they adopt his preferred education reform policies, he’ll let them waive some of the more stringent and unpopular provisions of the No Child Left Behind law—most notably the 2014 deadline for making all students proficient in reading and math.... More »

Planned Parenthood Is 'LensCrafters' of Abortion: Bachmann

She also rips gay marriage, Department of Education

(Newser) - Republicans trying to woo conservative Iowans are likely to find Michele Bachmann a hard act to follow. The Minnesotan, speaking to a conservative group last night, slammed "liberal policies" on abortion, same-sex marriage, and health care reform, the Des Moines Register reports. She labeled Planned Parenthood the "LensCrafters... More »

Virginia Tech Fined $55K Over Shooting Rampage

Feds say officials did a poor job alerting campus to 2007 shooter

(Newser) - The Education Department has fined Virginia Tech the maximum allowable amount—$55,000—over how it handled the 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . Federal officials say the university didn't warn the campus quickly enough: The school learned that two students had been... More »

Va. Tech Could Lose Millions Over Shooting Response

Feds say school failed to issue 'timely' warning

(Newser) - The feds delivered a harsh rebuke to Virginia Tech yesterday, saying the school failed to issue a "timely" warning about a campus gunman in 2007 who eventually killed 32 people and himself, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . As a result, the school could lose nearly $100 million in student financial... More »

DC Schools to Fire Hundreds of Teachers

Poor performance, No Child Left Behind lead to 241 dismissals

(Newser) - The Washington, DC, schools are giving hundreds of teachers the ax because of their low scores in the district’s tough new evaluation system. Chancellor Michelle Rhee says 241 teachers are being fired for poor performance, the Washington Post reports. Another 737 were rated “minimally effective,” meaning they... More »

9 Indicted for Snooping on Obama Records

Workers accused of checking student loan info

(Newser) - Nine employees of a contractor for the Education Department have been indicted on federal charges of illegally accessing President Obama's student loan records over a 2-year period beginning in the summer of 2007. The accused, including a supervisor at the Iowa consulting firm, face up to a year in jail... More »

Del., Tenn. Only States to Qualify for Education Stimulus Prize

Union support helps 'Race to Top' winners

(Newser) - With $4 billion in stimulus funds up for grabs in an initiative to improve US schools, only two states of the 41 that applied scored high enough to get a piece. Delaware and Tennessee will each get $600 million, from the “Race to the Top” program, the Department of... More »

Fire Bad Teachers—Now

But for some frustrating reasons, that's almost impossible

(Newser) - The American education system has been falling behind for a while, and the reason is obvious: Teachers can't be fired. Recent studies have shown that teacher quality is one of the top predictors of a student’s success, write Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert in Newsweek . Yet education unions are... More »

Schools Win; NASA Loses

First look at proposed 2011 budget shows sharp break between haves and have-nots

(Newser) - President Obama delivered his proposed 2011 budget to Congress today, and the Washington Post drills down to find the winners and losers. Winners first:
  • K-12 education: The Department of Education's budget will increase by 6%, or $3 billion.
  • Research: The proposal pumps up the Energy Department's budget 7%, or $2
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'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul in the Works

2014 deadline for bringing all students to proficiency to be ditched

(Newser) - The Obama administration is planning a sweeping overhaul of the Child Left Behind law to create a new model for how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing. The White House plans to change parts of the law educators have found most objectionable and award more federal money based... More »

Right's New Quarry: Gay Ed. Appointee

Fox et al. say Kevin Jennings didn't act on 1980s statutory rape

(Newser) - One of President Obama’s appointees to the Department of Education has become the latest target for conservatives emboldened by the departures of green-jobs adviser Van Jones and others. Assistant deputy secretary Kevin Jennings is accused of neglecting to report a statutory rape case when he was a teacher in... More »

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