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New York Rolling Out Free Tuition Plan for Many Students

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By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sotiris Charalampous spent the past two years juggling school and work in an effort to save enough money to pay for his college tuition. However, a new initiative by the state could mean the rest of the sophomore’s education costs him nothing at all, as long as he…

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Students Compete in NASA’s International ‘Rover’ Challenge

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Later High School Start Times Linked to Higher Attendance, Graduation Rates

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By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – When high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, attendance rates and graduation rates improve, according to a new study. The study backs previous research that says additional sleep boosts psychological, behavioral and academic benefits for teens. “So much research explains the impact of insufficient sleep on suicide, substance…

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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?

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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

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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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