Tag:  Education issues

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Lifestyle

Refugee of religious cult tells her story

Elle Benet (Courtesy Photo) by Blair AdamsFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–When Elle Benet looks back on her childhood, the memories are almost unbearable. For 18 years she lived in a world defined by verbal abuse and was part of a church that forced its members to live a life so austere that the outside world was held in disdain.

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National

Bullies: They’re not just in middle school

In this Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, Aledo High School player Ryan Newsom (17), runs between Western Hills’ Shane Little, left, and Jacoby Powell during the first quarter of a high school football game in Aledo, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bob Haynes, File) by Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who’s always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown? Bullies aren’t just for middle schoolers. These days, they’re everywhere.

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National

Obama taps Black former Pentagon senior attorney to head Homeland Security

President Barack Obama stands with Jeh Johnson, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Avis Thomas-LesterFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–President Barack Obama has selected Jeh Johnson, a graduate of Morehouse and Columbia Law School, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Johnson, who retired from government to go into private practice, would come to the position with substantial experience, officials said.

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National

High court sends back Texas race-based plan

In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) by Mark ShermanWASHINGTON (AP) — Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

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Generation Y

Christian college expels lesbian, charges tuition

Danielle Powell, right, and her spouse Michelle Rogers are photographed in Omaha, Neb., June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) by Margery A. Beck OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned.

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National

In rural McDowell County W.Va., schools rethink their role

LEARNING–Shaevon Boyd, a third grader at Southside K-8 School in War, W.Va., works on a reading assignment during an after school program on May 7. The school located in McDowell County, an area overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teacher shortages, provides after school access to computers, tutoring, recreation and a meal. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) by Philip Elliott WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia’s southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without a teacher because leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators.

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National

Lawyer: Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

SUICIDE VICTIM–This undated photo provided by her family via attorney Robert Allard shows Audrie Pott. (AP Photo/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard) by Martha Mendoza SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Awakening in a friend’s bedroom after drinking too much at a sleepover, 15-year-old Audrie Pott looked down and realized she had been sexually assaulted and her attackers had written and drawn on intimate parts of her body, her family’s attorney said Monday.

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National

High court poised to upend civil rights policies

BLACK STUDENT LEADER–University of Texas senior Bradley Poole poses for a photo on campus near the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Hope Yen WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind?

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National

Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit

PROTEST–William Penn Elementary School Council Representative Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson speaks at a news conference held by the Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools, March 21, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Sara Burnett CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.