Students whose families are running low on food stamp benefits perform worse on math tests, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina. Researchers say the way in which food stamps are distributed in South Carolina coincides with testing schedules in such a way that students may have gone hungry for several days by test time.
Just 32% of US business schools saw more international applicants this year, Graduate Management Admission Council data show. The drop is being linked to immigration policies under President Donald Trump.
A new certificate in management science and technology management available as part of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business' full-time MBA program may appeal to international students by offering work visa advantages to graduates. William Boulding, dean of the Fuqua School, says he expects that more than 20% of students will ultimately pursue the certificate.
McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business in Canada is introducing a new program that blends humanities subjects such as philosophy and culture into a traditional business degree. The Integrated Business and Humanities degree aims to incorporate such skills as "critical thinking, communication, cultural perspective," said Emad Mohammad, the director of the new program.
The focus on fake news has cast a spotlight on how -- or if -- media literacy is being taught in schools. The News Literacy Project offers several tips to help identify fake stories, including analyzing photos carefully and using professional tools, like FactCheck.org.
When a mold infestation was identified in six of seven schools in a California district, Superintendent Jon Ray said he didn't want to put a "Band-Aid" on the problem. Instead, he used the reconstruction as an opportunity to make modern upgrades and introduce more technology in classrooms.
Almost 75% of educators are aware of Open Educational Resources but lack a full understanding of OER licensing, according to a survey of more than 500 district decision makers. About 16% of those who responded said they have adopted an OER curriculum.
Baltimore City Public Schools will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve chemistry education. Among other things, the lessons will focus on the city's ecosystem and will cover Earth/space science.
The US Department of Education has approved Massachusetts' plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia now have approved plans. "I continue to be heartened by the ways in which states have embraced the flexibility afforded to them under ESSA," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
About 200 schools have closed in Detroit since 2000. Some of the buildings have been converted into apartments, charter schools and other types of properties, while others have deteriorated and are contributing to city blight.
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