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An Interview With DeVos’ New Special Ed. Chief

Johnny Collett, who heads up special education issues for the U.S. Department of Education, has deep experience in the field, including as director of special education for the state of Kentucky. —Susan Walsh/AP The selection of Johnny Collett, confimed in December to oversee special education for the U.S. Department of ...

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Former administrator gets 2 years in school kickback scheme

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A former western Indiana school administrator has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. U.S District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday also ordered 49-year-old Franklin Fennell of Terre Haute to pay $110,600 in restitution to the Vigo ...

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New Mexico seeks graduation-rate boost

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State education officials are inviting 10 high schools to participate in a federally funded effort to increase graduation rates. The Public Education Department announced the invitations Thursday for a selection of schools with graduation rates below 67 percent. Schools that participate in the three-year effort ...

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Mom: Preschool’s ban of the term ‘best friend’ is silly

GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term “best friend.” Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The ...

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Two-child benefit limit lawful, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child limit on some benefits. Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But a judge has ...

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74th state to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration

Education International welcomes the move by the United Kingdom to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, committing itself to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of violent conflict. On 19 April, the United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced his government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, according ...

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Hatfield school denies charging pupils for water

Image copyright Google Image caption Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims it was charging children for water A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water. ...

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Poorest families ‘going without food or power’

Hundreds of thousands of the poorest families in Britain are going without basic necessities, according to two separate surveys. Citizens Advice said as many as 140,000 households are going without power, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters. And the Living Wage Foundation – which campaigns for ...

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Costly Pension Plans Are Fanning the Flames of Teacher Unrest

Teachers from across Kentucky gathered inside the state Capitol in Frankfort last week to rally for increased funding for education. —Bryan Woolston/AP Across the country, teachers are walking out of their classrooms to fight for higher pay. But in Kentucky, where teachers’ pension benefits take the place of Social Security, ...

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