Overall giving to colleges and universities increased by 4.6% in the 2017-18 academic year, according to a new report. About 28% of the $47 billion raised went to 20 top institutions including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia universities, the data show.
Teachers increasingly are requesting funding for STEM projects through the nonprofit DonorsChoose. However, data show, literacy projects still are the most common requests, accounting for about one-quarter of the 163,323 projects that were funded.
In a few years, today's education system may look to us like 19th century medicine does now, said Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts. At the recent LearnLaunch 2019 conference in Boston he spoke about the need for more innovation, better use of data and more support for teachers.
There has been an uptick in civil behavior online, according to Microsoft's 2018 Digital Civility Index. Unwanted contact and bullying remain the most common risks -- 40% of people are experiencing each -- with unwanted contact most often affecting females and teenagers.
Schools that allow students to access cellphones have lower rates of cyberbullying than those that ban the devices, according to data from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, however, data show an uptick in incidents of cyberbullying in schools.
Students at a California high school have garnered attention from former first lady Michelle Obama on social media after the students were inspired by her "Reach Higher" initiative, which encourages students to pursue college or career training. The students now are campaigning to have Obama visit the school.
The College Board has announced changes to its Advanced Placement program, including a registration change to boost participation in exams, free digital resources for teachers and tools to help teachers build practice exams. Some are questioning the motives behind some of the changes, and a petition is seeking to limit the College Board's access to the personal data of its students.
New York City high-school students are learning about how their schools spend money through a new citywide project designed to increase civic engagement. The Participatory Budgeting Project gives students an active voice on how to spend $2,000 for their schools on projects that will be proposed and voted on by students.
Cyberbullying victims are at greater risk of drug and alcohol use, poor school attendance and performance, low self-esteem, and suicide, UNICEF warns as it marks Safer Internet Day. A new UNESCO report confirms that violence and school bullying remain a global problem.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is working with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to reauthorize the Higher Education Act before the end of the year. Alexander has outlined priorities such as simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, creating more accountability for colleges and reforming federal student loans.