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Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

Body Found of US Student Who Went Missing Hours After Arriving in Rome

Family says 'thousands of dollars' charged to credit card of Wisconsin sophomore

(Newser) - The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the River Tiber Monday, the AP reports. John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last seen by his friends in the... More »

Trump U Students Coerced Into Giving Glowing Reviews: NYT

'It's absolutely a con,' former student says

(Newser) - The drawn-out saga involving the lawsuits against Trump University gained a new wrinkle with a New York Times probe that reveals students who took his real estate classes were coerced into giving their instructors positive reviews—with those reviews perhaps serving as "a central component of a business model... More »

Freakonomics Author Busts Cheating Kids via Algorithm

Four of the 12 that his algorithm deemed highly suspicious have confessed

(Newser) - When a professor at an anonymous "top American university" recently suspected cheating in a class, no student would admit to it, so he called in a big gun: Freakonomics author and University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt. Levitt and Ming-Jen Lin, of National Taiwan University, devised an algorithm to... More »

Schools, Parents Lawyer Up Over After-School Clubs

In New Zealand, some parents are ready to sue

(Newser) - Parents and school officials in New Zealand have turned to lawyers over the question of which students will be allowed into school musicals and sports clubs, the New Zealand Herald reports. The news that school principals, government officials, and government lawyers are huddling to plan legal strategy follows a few... More »

Yearbook Signing Photo With Janitor Goes Viral

Elementary school students line up for school custodian

(Newser) - A sweet yearbook-signing photo seems to have won over the Internet. It shows students at Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, lining up to have "Mr. Steve"—aka Steve Weidner, the school custodian—sign their books. “He pays attention to the kids," principal Shirley Padera... More »

Entire 'Betrayed' Class Drops Out of USC

School didn't fulfill recruitment promises: MFA students

(Newser) - The University of Southern California's Roski School of Art and Design will be missing an entire graduate class come 2016. All seven first-year master of fine arts students have dropped out, citing unexpected changes to the program's curriculum, USA Today reports. In a statement , the students say they... More »

#IWishMyTeacherKnew: 'Heartbreaking' Notes Inspire Teacher

Confessions let Kyle Schwartz offer support

(Newser) - Kyle Schwartz had a hard time understanding the lives of her students at Denver's Doull Elementary, a mostly Hispanic school where many students are underprivileged, KUSA reports. So the third-grade teacher came up with an assignment called "I Wish My Teacher Knew." It simply required Schwartz's... More »

Hey, Students: Write, Don't Type, Your Class Notes

Studies suggest students learn better through handwriting

(Newser) - It might be tempting to haul your laptop into class, but in terms of learning, you may not be doing yourself a favor. A set of studies suggests that students learn better when they take notes by hand, Vox reports. Researchers reached their conclusions after studying test results by a... More »

Ohio Students Make Cheat Sheet for Dealing With Cops

Most important tip: 'simply stay out of trouble'

(Newser) - Not long after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland in November, a group of students in nearby Akron decided protests weren't enough. So the Akron PeaceMakers , an anti-violence youth group, brainstormed with the local PD to come up with a double-sided crib sheet of tips for... More »

Boyfriend Faked CPR After Killing Student: Officials

Gregorio Orrostieta charged in Pa. freshman Karlie Hall's brutal death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend, a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Gregorio Orrostieta, who isn't a student at the school, told police he got in a verbal fight with Karlie Hall, 18, at a party, authorities say. He says she... More »

Harvard Profs Can't Have Sex With Undergrads Anymore

Ban replaces looser policy discouraging relationships between faculty, students

(Newser) - Still under the microscope of the Education Department for how it's handled sexual assault cases , Harvard University has been revamping its policies. The latest revision ends what some believe is an inappropriate practice: romantic and sexual relationships between professors and undergrads. The Ivy League school joins other colleges like... More »

Ky. Bill Offers Reward for Spotting Trans Kids in 'Wrong' Bathroom

Would allow students to sue, win $2.5K

(Newser) - If a proposed measure somehow makes its way into law, students in Kentucky could see a $2,500 reward for finding transgendered people in a bathroom that doesn't match their assigned sex. The bill targets school officials who allow transgendered students to use their preferred bathrooms—as well as... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

Boys Dressed as Women Told to Change or Leave School

Even though they'd been told to wear celebrity costumes

(Newser) - A school in Washington state asked students to dress up as celebrities—but after two boys arrived dressed as Miss America and Nikki Minaj, they were urged to ditch the costumes or leave, King 5 reports. "If they really wanted Spirit Week, why punish somebody for being spirited?" asks... More »

2 Boys Accused of Poisoning Teacher

Cops say they put rat poison in her water bottle; she's OK

(Newser) - Two young boys in Brooklyn face serious charges after police say they put rat poison in a teacher's water bottle, reports NBC 4 New York . The 62-year-old female teacher at PS 315 actually drank the tainted water and was treated for nausea and heightened blood pressure but is otherwise... More »

Why Asian Kids Are Schooling White Students

It's simple: They work harder, study finds

(Newser) - Researchers in the US and China are investigating the roots of a school-age stereotype: Why are Asian-American students more successful than their white peers? It's not a matter of innate cognitive ability, the experts find. Instead, Asian-American students often simply try harder, the study says, via . That... More »

Pothead Students Beat Out Kids Who Smoke Cigs

But those who abstain from both do best of all, says study

(Newser) - A little more ammo for the pro-marijuana crowd: A major study out of Canada finds that students who smoke pot do better in school than those who smoke tobacco or indulge in both, reports CTV . But, no, it's not about marijuana making kids smarter. In fact, kids who abstain... More »

2 Michigan Shootings Leave One Student Dead, 2 Hurt

Killing doesn't appear 'random': police

(Newser) - One of two students shot in their apartment near the Michigan State University campus died this morning at an area hospital of multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The dead student was identified as 20-year-old Dominique Nolff, of Middleville in western Michigan. He was pronounced dead at 9:23 am, about... More »

For Harvard Cheaters, an Uneasy Return to School

They face new campus culture as university looks at honor

(Newser) - Last year's Harvard cheating scandal earned some 70 culprits the boot ; now, with the new school year beginning, they're returning to campus. But things are different now, the New York Times reports: For one thing, interactions with fellow students are fraught with unspoken tension. "I think everybody... More »

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