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'Value for money' review of £1.3bn university funding
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:18:46 GMT
A review will examine how university funding can be targeted at priority subjects.
London council's special needs inquiry caused by 'systemic failures'
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:46:44 GMT
The cases of all children with suspected special educational needs in Richmond are going to be reviewed.
Social media data needed for 'harm' research, say doctors
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:35:18 GMT
Understanding usage by children is key to studying potential harms and benefits, psychiatrists say.
'Grade inflation' in top degree grades stopping
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:34:36 GMT
The sharp rise in first class degrees from universities has stalled after pressure from ministers.
Pre-teen girls 'tricked into sex acts on webcams'
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:02:32 GMT
Tens of thousands of 11- to 13-year-olds are being tricked into performing sex acts, data suggests.
Estranged students: 'The system assumes your parents will help'
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:14:32 GMT
Law student Blair Anderson's relationship with his parents broke down but he struggled to access extra support.
Meet the NASA intern who discovered a new planet on his third day
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:47:52 GMT
This teenager found a new planet on the third day of his internship at the US space agency.
Japan minister's paternity leave challenges work pressure
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:35:07 GMT
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi will become the first Japanese cabinet minister to take it.
Student rape reports: The battle to be believed
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:19:16 GMT
Women who report violent sexual assaults at university say the perpetrators are getting away with it.
Sheffield students paid to tackle racist language on campus
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 01:38:18 GMT
The students will be trained to tackle "subtle but offensive comments" on campus and in student housing.
Cathy Come Home: The TV drama that put homelessness on the map
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 01:57:10 GMT
The producer of the groundbreaking drama Cathy Come Home, Tony Garnett, has died but its legacy continues.
Teachers worry over funding for smaller classes in Wales
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:54:30 GMT
What will happen to a £36m fund aimed at cutting infant class sizes in Wales?
Evening emails 'overwhelm working parents'
Sun, 12 Jan 2020 18:45:49 GMT
Almost half of parents say that technology has blurred the boundaries between work and home.
'Treatment gap' in youth mental health services
Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:59:31 GMT
Young people are struggling to get the help they need for mental health problems, says a report.
Outstanding schools to face inspections again
Fri, 10 Jan 2020 01:00:45 GMT
The exemption on inspections for outstanding schools is set to be scrapped.
Housing-benefit errors 'making families homeless'
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:45:15 GMT
Struggling families are being hit by failures in the system designed to help them, a watchdog says.
Putting pupils in isolation 'drives poor behaviour'
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:52:24 GMT
The use of isolation rooms only makes behaviour more challenging, warns a mental health charity.
Ofsted seeks judgement-free approach to 'stuck schools'
Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:39:33 GMT
Inspectors call for new freedom to inspect struggling schools without publishing a judgement.
Free breakfasts for poorer pupils in Wales
Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:14:21 GMT
From September, a pilot scheme will provide extra money to Year 7 children on free school meals.
How GCSE revision helped spot a dad's cancer
Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:48:23 GMT
Jonathan Jenkyn says he is dodging "the grim reaper" after suffering a cardiac arrest and cancer.
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Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:08:31 -0500
Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William BarrRudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr.
Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:05:53 -0500
Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threatSoon the dog's handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. China has lost millions of pigs in outbreaks of the disease, pushing its pork prices to record highs, forcing purchases of costly imports and roiling global meat markets. Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation's $23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China's hog herd, the world's largest.
Ex-Texas nurse pleads guilty in 1981 death of 11-month-old
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:55:54 -0500
Ex-Texas nurse pleads guilty in 1981 death of 11-month-oldA former Texas nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children pleaded guilty Thursday in the 1981 death of an 11-month-old boy, receiving a life sentence that a prosecutor said should ensure she dies in prison. Genene Jones, 69, was imprisoned in 1984 for killing one child and giving an overdose to another. “With this plea, the odds are she will take her last breath in prison,” prosecutor Catherine Babbitt said after the hearing in San Antonio.
Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:10:25 -0500
Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris AppointmentHouse Oversight Committee Republicans Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows issued nine demands to FISA Court presiding judge James Boasberg in a Thursday letter in response to the appointment of Obama Department of Justice lawyer David Kris to help oversee the FBI’s reform of FISA applications.The letter, obtained by National Review, asked Boasberg to identify who else besides Kris was considered, whether Kris’s past defense of the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page was taken into account, and whether “the FISC bears any responsibility for the illegal surveillance of Carter Page,” among other concerns.“If the FISC’s goal is to hold the FBI accountable for its serious misconduct, Mr. Kris does not appear to be an objective — or likely effective — amicus curiae for several reasons,” the letter states. “At minimum, the selection of Mr. Kris creates a perception that he is too personally invested on the side of the FBI to ensure it effectuates meaningful reform.”A Republican official with knowledge of the letter told National Review that the letter signaled a concerted Congressional effort to reform FISA.“For too long, the FBI has remained largely un-checked when it comes to the FISA process. Congress must ensure that FISC stands ready to protect civil liberties without even the slightest indicia of political bias,” he said.The letter appears to be a follow-up to Monday comments from Meadows, who said in an interview that Republicans were “appealing this to the Judge” regarding Kris's appointment. The North Carolina Congressman also slammed the move to appoint Kris, saying that “there’s no way” Kris is the right man to address abuses “if he doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem.”Kris, a former assistant attorney general in the Obama DOJ’s national security division, has extensive experience with the FISA Court, serving as an amicus curiae, or special adviser, since March 2016.A frequent contributor to Lawfare blog, Kris was an outspoken defender of the FBI’s authority in surveilling Page, who was accused of being a Russian agent.Following the release of heavily-redacted FISA applications used to surveil Page in July 2018, Kris doubled down. “It seems to me very likely that if we get below the tip of the iceberg into the submerged parts and more is revealed, it will get worse, not better,” for Page, he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at the time. The letter references Kris's comment to Maddow as evidence that he is biased in favor of the bureau and against Page.DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed in December that the FBI knowingly withheld information that Page was a CIA informant in order to obtain a FISA warrant against him, and even doctored an email to keep the information from the court. The report also revealed that the bureau did not inform the FISC of the partisan origins of the uncorroborated Steele dossier despite its playing a "central and essential" role in their application to surveil Page.In their letter, Jordan and Meadows also request that Boasberg give greater insight into the details surrounding the court’s assessment of the Page applications, including when it “first received any indication that information contained in the FBI’s surveillance applications for Carter Page was misleading or false.”
Iranian general says officials lied about shooting down jet to defend national security
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:03:07 -0500
Iranian general says officials lied about shooting down jet to defend national securityAn Iranian general defended his government's decision to lie for days about whether it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people onboard.
Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:57:20 -0500
Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugsA "Marriage Story" actress and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room was infested with bedbugs.
Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:05:14 -0500
Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extraditionA Canadian court on Monday will consider a US request to hand over Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest 13 months ago on fraud charges plunged Canada-China relations into a deep freeze. The extradition hearing comes after Beijing detained two Canadians and blocked billions of dollars worth of Canadian agricultural shipments in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest. Taking her into custody also stuck Canada in the middle of a row between China and the US, which views Huawei as a security risk.
Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:06:00 -0500
Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'A strategy that has achieved the opposite of its promises is a failure. Before another moment is wasted, Americans need to ask their leaders the same question General David Petraeus plaintively asked at the height of the Iraq War: “Tell me how this ends.”
Was the Taal Volcano eruption large enough to influence the climate?
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:56:04 -0500
Was the Taal Volcano eruption large enough to influence the climate?The Taal volcano roared to life last weekend for the first time in more than 40 years, sending a massive plume of volcanic ash towering over the Philippines.This was the first time that Taal has erupted since 1977, an event that marked the end of an active period for the volcano that had begun in 1965. Taal did show signs of unrest periodically throughout the 1990s, but it did not erupt during that period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.The eruption, which began on Jan. 12, 2020, has forced more than 125,000 people to evacuate the Philippine province of Batangas, where the volcano is located. A state of calamity has been declared for the zone surrounding the volcano, according to The Associated Press. People watch as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) During the height of the eruption, a large plume of searing hot volcanic ash blossomed approximately 50,000 feet, about 9.5 miles, into the atmosphere, with some materials making it into the stratosphere, according to observations from NASA. The eruption was accompanied by incredible displays of volcanic lightning, which made for breathtaking video footage, fountains of scalding lava and more than 400 earthquakes.The aftermath of the eruption had the country's president, Rodrigo Duterte, using no uncertain terms to describe the impact on the surrounding communities."It is now a no man's land," Duterte declared, according to Al Jazeera. "It's like heaven and earth fell on it."The fallout downwind of the eruption has blanketed areas dozens of miles away from the volcano itself, including Metro Manila, located about 101 km (63 miles) north of the eruption."Ash fallout to the ground can pose significant disruption and damage to buildings, transportation, water and wastewater, power supply, communications equipment, agriculture, and primary production leading to potentially substantial societal impacts and costs, even at thicknesses of only a few millimeters or inches," the USGS explains on its volcano hazards website. "Additionally, fine-grained ash, when ingested can cause health impacts to humans and animals. "The deteriorating air quality due to the ash has caused at least six people to be sent to a hospital in Tagaytay City in Cavite due to respiratory ailments, The Associated Press reported. One death has also been reported after a vehicle crashed on a slippery, ash-covered road.The abundance of ash in the atmosphere surrounding Taal snarled air traffic, causing more than 600 flights across the region to be canceled. If the fine volcanic ash enters the engines of an airplane, it can have disastrous results, endangering the lives of all those aboard the flight."Volcanoes do affect the weather, and some major ones affect the climate if you define climate as anything beyond a year or two," Dr. Joel Myers, Founder, President and Chairman of AccuWeather, said.In extremely powerful volcanic eruptions, the ash and aerosols released in the eruption can pass through the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, and penetrate into the stratosphere, the second layer of the atmosphere. If enough of the ash and other pollutants released in the eruption make it into the stratosphere, they can influence the climate around the globe. The boundary between the troposphere and stratosphere is about 6 miles (10 km) above the ground, a little higher than where commercial jets typically fly."The most significant climate impacts from volcanic injections into the stratosphere come from the conversion of sulfur dioxide to sulfuric acid, which condenses rapidly in the stratosphere to form fine sulfate aerosols," the USGS explained.These aerosols high in the atmosphere reflect light from the sun back into space, resulting in a cooling effect in Earth's lower atmosphere."There is no question that very large volcanic eruptions can inject significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere," scientists at the USGS say, but they also note that "the carbon dioxide released in contemporary volcanic eruptions has never caused detectable global warming of the atmosphere."Significant volcanic eruptions in the tropics can also have more of an influence on the global climate than those closer to the poles."Because of atmospheric circulation patterns, eruptions in the tropics can have an effect on the climate in both hemispheres while eruptions at mid or high latitudes only have an impact the hemisphere they are within," the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research explained. The time-series animation above shows the growth and spread of the volcanic plume from January 12-13, as observed by Japan's Himawari-8 satellite. (NOAA) The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history directly influenced temperatures around the globe for years and was responsible for what became known as the ‘Year Without a Summer.'"One of the most dramatic examples" of this phenomenon over the last few 100 years was the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, Myers said. That eruption "caused a few years of cold weather, some of it extraordinary," he explained. "This includes 1816, the Year Without a Summer, when frost occurred in New England in every month of the year - affecting crops and on one July day when snow flurries were reported in Long Island Sound."AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said that scientists are also unsure that the Tambora eruption was the sole factor behind the Year Without a Summer. Kottlowski, who is also AccuWeather's chief hurricane expert, said, "There are potentially other factors that couldn't be measured at the time or weren't understood at the time that could've been contributing factors to the unusual weather in the Northeast that year. "A more recent example of a volcano having a direct correlation with a decrease in the global temperature took place in the early 1990s following the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.The eruption of Mount Pinatubo was more powerful than that of Mount St. Helens, sending an enormous plume of volcanic ash and aerosols as high as 28 miles (40 km)."Nearly 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide were injected into the stratosphere in Pinatubo's 1991 eruptions, and dispersal of this gas cloud around the world caused global temperatures to drop temporarily (1991 through 1993) by about 1°F (0.5°C)," according to the USGS.Pinatubo's eruption was orders of magnitude larger than that of Taal's eruption earlier this year, so any impacts on the global climate through the balance of 2020 and into 2021 from the eruption are likely to be minimal or negligible.However, if the early January eruption of Taal is followed up by a series of larger eruptions that disperse large quantities of aerosols into the stratosphere, then the probability of the volcano influencing the global climate would increase.Taal has spewed smaller ash and steam explosions throughout the week, and as of Friday, it was still under alert for a hazardous eruption, The Associated Press reported. Officials have warned that "life-threatening" subsequent eruptions remain a real possibility.
Impeachment and a path to redemption for Trump
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:23:01 -0500
Impeachment and a path to redemption for TrumpPresident Trump’s most effective path forward, not only to prevail in the impeachment proceedings but to end this ordeal and create a strong position from which to govern, is to follow the Clinton model rather than the Nixon path. 
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Education Institutions, Provides Updated School Prayer Guidance
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:22:45 EST
Washington — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education is taking several concrete actions to protect religious liberty and ensure the Department is acting in accordance with the First Amendment. The Department announced a proposed rule ensuring the equal treatment and constitutional rights of religious organizations and faith-based institutions, as well as First Amendment freedoms owed to students on campus.
Secretary DeVos Delivers on Promise to Launch Centralized Federal Student Aid Information Hub for Students, Borrowers
Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:53:36 EST
WASHINGTON— Delivering on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' promise to improve customer experience with the federal student aid process, the Department debuted today a new, centralized hub for customers to access student aid information. The new is now the singular place where students, parents, and borrowers can learn about available types of student aid, find the right repayment plan, complete loan counseling, and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:24:52 EST
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced new federal assistance for students and schools in 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.
Secretary DeVos Praises Higher Education Reforms Signed Into Law that Simplify the FAFSA®, Provide Consistent Funding for HBCUs
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:19:22 EST
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the FUTURE Act after President Trump signed the bill into law. The Act contains several important higher education reforms championed by the Secretary that will benefit students for decades to come:
Department of Education Earns A+ for Technology Modernization
Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:14:21 EST
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education, under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has earned high marks from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for its work to modernize and secure its information technology systems. In fact, in rankings released last week, the Department earned an A+ on the December 2019 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.
Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the House Education and the Workforce Committee
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:13:41 EST
Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Foxx, and Members of the Committee:Let me first thank the committee for its willingness to make this a productive hearing. We have provided the committee 18,000 pages of documents during the past month on borrower defense alone, we have briefed you several times, and I'm hopeful we can use today's hearing to continue in that spirit of constructive dialogue.Let me also thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight on this Administration's approach to borrower defense to repayment.
Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:49:07 EST
WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department has implemented a new methodology for assessing borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims, many of which were left behind by the previous administration. The new methodology relies on publicly available earnings data and a scientifically robust statistical methodology to determine harm.
Secretary DeVos Proposes Expanded Access to TEACH Grants, Religious Liberty Protections for Faith-Based Institutions
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:34:24 EST
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed a new rule, open for public comment today, that would expand access to Teacher Education Assistance for College Higher Education (TEACH) Grants and ensure religious liberty is protected for faith-based higher education institutions and their students.
Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2019 States & Nation Policy Summit
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:55:50 EST
Thank you, Lisa Nelson, for that introduction and for your strong leadership of the American Legislative Exchange Council. It's good to be with so many friends and leaders shaping policy across all 50 states. For more than 30 years, state-initiated solutions to intractable issues were my primary focus—and they still are. States are where the action is—or, at least, where it should be.
Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at Federal Student Aid's Training Conference
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:48:53 EST
Thank you for that introduction, Mark Brown. And let me add what a pleasure it has been having you on our team. You bring important focus, vision, and discipline to the job, and I'm so pleased to begin to see the results of your leadership. You ensure we "aim high" every day, General.
Secretary DeVos Shares Vision for a Better, Stronger Federal Student Aid at Annual Training Conference
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 12:49:10 EST
RENO, Nevada—Today, during a major speech at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled a vision for a stronger, student-centered FSA. She detailed both what FSA can and is doing now, including continued enhancements to customer service through the transformative myStudentAid app, and what requires the action of others, including improving how FSA is structured and governed.
Secretary DeVos Announces Grant Priority to Support Students in Economically Distressed Communities
Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:09:19 EST
WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department will prioritize funding for grant applications that support students, teachers and parents in economically-distressed communities, known as Opportunity Zones.
Announcing the RISE Award for Classified School Employees
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:22:42 EST
We’re excited to announce the inaugural competition of the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to spotlight classified school employee’s outstanding contributions to quality education in the United States. Classified school employees include paraprofessionals, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical
Secretary DeVos Delivers on Promise to Provide Students Relevant, Actionable Information Needed to Make Personalized Education Decisions
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:07:30 EST
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to provide students more information than ever before as they make decisions about their postsecondary education options.
Learning About Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability on the 2019 Green Strides Tour
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:32:27 EST
By: Bailey Payne   The state of Washington is known as a leader when it comes to sustainability.  The Oct. 28-30 Green Strides Tour that I attended highlighted the many different approaches districts have taken in schools located in rural settings, small towns, and even the heart of urban Seattle.  Our three-day tour began atContinue Reading
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