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Suburban school system to again allow Baltimore field trips

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Students from a suburban school system will again be allowed to take field trips to Baltimore. Local media report Carroll County school superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced Friday he’ll lift Jan. 2 the restriction put it in place Nov. 22. Sheriff James DeWees had cited safety concerns ...

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Retired Texas teachers leaving state health plan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of retired Texas teachers are abandoning the health insurance program the state created for them, a concerning move for a health care system that faces a $700 million funding shortfall. The Austin American-Statesman reports that about 7,800 retirees are requesting to leave the health insurance ...

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Task force: State should borrow $500 million for schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A school infrastructure task force is recommending Rhode Island borrow $500 million to repair the state’s schools by 2022. Under the Rhode Island School Building Task Force’s proposal, the state would ask voters to approve a $250 million bond when they head to the polls next ...

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University of Sussex vice-chancellor gets £230,000 payout

Image copyright Wikimedia Image caption The University of Sussex said it took governance and compliance responsibilities seriously A university vice-chancellor was given a £230,000 departure payment in his final month in the job, figures show. The amount paid to former University of Sussex vice-chancellor Prof Michael Farthing is shown in ...

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Universities could be accused of ‘mis-selling courses’

Image copyright Getty Images Universities could be accused of “mis-selling” courses to teenagers who have little understanding of money matters, the public spending watchdog says. National Audit Office head Amyas Morse said young people were taking out large loans to pay for tuition fees without much effective help or advice. ...

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What’s Behind the Record Rises in U.S. Graduation Rates?

By Education Week Staff There seems to be no consensus about whether the across-the-board increases in U.S. graduation rates reported by the federal government last week are the result of No Child Left Behind-era accountability mechanisms or the data-based decisionmaking stressed under the Obama administration, more early-warning systems to identify ...

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