Court rules Florida state college students can keep guns in cars
11 Dec 2013 | 4:59 pm
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Students attending public universities in Florida can keep weapons in their cars while on campus, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeals came in a case brought by a University of North Florida (UNF) student who challenged the school's policy barring firearms because she wanted to store a gun in her car for self-defense. In a 12-3 ruling on Tuesday, the appeals court said the Florida Legislature ultimately holds the power to regulate guns, trumping local governments and universities. For decades, the Legislature has spurned tighter gun control.
California Democrats urge more education spending
11 Dec 2013 | 4:51 pm
Democrats who control California's Assembly said on Wednesday their priorities for the next state budget include more spending on early childhood and higher education and leaving $2 billion in reserve at the end of the next fiscal year. The plan suggests they would like to tap much of the state's expected surpluses and comes as Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, prepares his initial budget plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year beginning next July. He will present his plan to the legislature next month, followed by a revised plan in May. After the state's budget watchdog agency last month projected a $5.6 billion reserve for California's next fiscal year if the state's finances improve and its current fiscal policies do not change, Brown urged lawmakers to be cautious in calling for spending increases. California is seeing a budget surplus after years of deficits following austerity measures and tax increases approved by voters last year.
Higher education funding proposal announced in Va.
11 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more than $183 million in increased state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for higher education. The governor announced the proposals on Wednesday. Most ...
Half of Online College Students Are Playing Hooky
11 Dec 2013 | 1:46 pm
The free education available in massive open online courses (MOOCs) was supposed to revolutionize education. But it seems online students are pretty much the same as regular college kids. They don't bother to go to class, even in cyberspace.
Bachelet seen easily defeating childhood playmate in Chile election
11 Dec 2013 | 10:34 am
By Alexandra Ulmer SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Red-hot favorite Michelle Bachelet is almost certain to cruise to victory in Chile's presidential runoff election on Sunday, propelled by her warm style and vows to redress steep income inequality. Bachelet's right-wing opponent Evelyn Matthei is likely to take a beating, hurt by her ties with the unpopular government of outgoing president Sebastian Pinera and with the 1973-1990 dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. In a twist that has captivated Chile, Bachelet and Matthei were neighbors and playmates as children on an air force base, though the brutal 1973 coup later divided the two military families. Bachelet, a center-leftist who was president from 2006 to 2010, has promised to hike corporate taxes to reform Chile's higher education system, shred the dictatorship-era constitution and legalize abortion under certain circumstances.
Millennial women have seriously narrowed the wage gap with men
11 Dec 2013 | 6:59 am
Millennial women are off to a record breaking start in the work force. Not only do they earn more advanced degrees than their male counterparts, but they appear to have taken a significant bite out of the gender wage gap, says a new Pew Research Center study. It looks like millennial women have a lot to feel optimistic about. In fact, more than half of the young women Pew surveyed said society still favors men over women, while just six percent say society favors women over men — a nearly identical split to their older female counterparts.
La. state money running low for higher education
10 Dec 2013 | 2:32 pm
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration ...
10 Colleges Where Graduates Have a Low Average Debt Load
10 Dec 2013 | 9:28 am
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. More college students are graduating with student loan debt, and the amount of debt is increasing, according to new research from The Institute for College Access and Success. While many students are graduating with a hefty bill, some are graduating with relatively small debt. Princeton University students who borrow money graduate with the least average amount of debt, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 1,006 ranked schools.
Insight: Sweden rethinks pioneering school reforms, private equity under fire
10 Dec 2013 | 3:53 am
By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - When one of the biggest private education firms in Sweden went bankrupt earlier this year, it left 11,000 students in the lurch and made Stockholm rethink its pioneering market reform of the state schools system. "I think we have had too much blind faith in that more private schools would guarantee greater educational quality," said Tomas Tobé, head of the parliament's education committee and spokesman on education for the ruling Moderate party. In a country with the fastest growing economic inequality of any OECD nation, basic aspects of the deregulated school market are now being re-considered, raising questions over private sector involvement in other areas like health. Two-decades into its free-market experiment, about a quarter of once staunchly Socialist Sweden's secondary school students now attend publically-funded but privately run schools, almost twice the global average.
Will These Gun-Toting Teachers Prevent Another Newtown?
9 Dec 2013 | 4:30 am
It wasn’t quite cold enough to need a vest on a mid-November Texas morning, but Matt Dossey was wearing one anyway. Dossey is the superintendent at Jonesboro Independent School District, a compound of three low, pale-brick buildings sandwiched between broad oak trees in the back and a horse pasture across the road up front. Jonesboro is a tiny community nestled in the rolling Texas scrubland 110 miles north of Austin, but aside from the schools, a post office, and two churches, there’s little to suggest a town. Jonesboro straddles the border between Coryell and Hamilton counties, and it’s more than 15 miles to the nearest sheriff’s department.
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