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5:58 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

UNC basketball fans storm the court after a win over Duke in 2014.
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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:47 am

March Madness is college basketball's annual shining moment, and few schools have shone as bright or as long as the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have been in 18 Final Fours and won the national championship five times, most recently in 2009.

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Education
4:38 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Cherokee Nation To Give $4 Million To School Districts

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The Cherokee Nation is distributing checks totaling $4 million from tribal car tag sales to 106 school districts later this week.

The checks will be handed out Friday at the Tahlequah-based tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of the tags to help school districts fund teacher staffing, buy new technology or other needs. School districts have total discretion on how to spend the funds.

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NPR Ed
3:19 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:30 am

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students.

A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana.

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8:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Is The University Of Oklahoma Doing Enough For The State's Native American Population?

Since the university’s scattered student services offices in the 1990s merged into a reorganized Center for Student Life, critics of OU President David Boren’s leadership say the communities for American Indian students that flourished during the late 80's and early 90's have “dwindled to almost nothing.”
University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren drew praise last week when he swiftly moved to punish members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon caught singing a racist song -- much like he did when members of the same fraternity in 1996 stole a tepee and placed it on a sorority house lawn.
NPR Ed
6:03 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Fundraising Site For Teachers Illuminates Classroom Disparities

With DonorsChoose.org, teachers have an alternative to dipping into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:26 pm

What happens when a teacher wants to assign an extra book for class, but the school can't afford a copy for every student?

For Dana Vanderford, an English teacher at L.W. Higgins High School in New Orleans, the book was Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation. Buying enough copies for her class would have cost more than $800. Not an option.

"I get $80 a year to buy resources for my classroom," Vanderford says. "And I have 90 students per semester. So that $80 doesn't go very far."

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The Two-Way
5:51 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Police Suspend Investigation Of U.Va. Rape Claims Made In 'Rolling Stone'

The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville was at the center of rape allegations contained in the Rolling Stone story. The magazine acknowledged that its reporting had been flawed, and the campus ban on the fraternity was subsequently lifted.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:31 pm

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. Investigation Suspended:

The police department in Charlottesville, Va., says it has suspended its investigation into allegations of a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia in 2012.

The allegations came to national prominence after Rolling Stone published a cover story on the case.

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NPR Story
3:56 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Jurors Resume Deliberating Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Case

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 7:03 am

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Education
3:16 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Oklahoma Educators Call For March 30 Rally At Capitol

Oklahoma teachers and supporters rallying at the state capitol for increased public education funding on March 31, 2014.
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Oklahoma educators plan to rally to renew demands made at a massive Capitol demonstration a year ago for more classroom funding and better salaries.

This time, they will have a new ally in Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. The former public school teacher and ex-state Board of Education member plans to add her voice to the thousands of teachers, school administrators and parents expected at the March 30 gathering.

The Republican defeated former state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in the GOP primary.

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U.S.
4:34 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

As Scandals Continue To Hit Fraternities, How Can Misconduct Be Prevented?

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 6:41 pm

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Education
6:46 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Report Shows Little Change In Average Oklahoma Teacher Pay

More budget cuts will increase Oklahoma teacher-shortage crisis, state superintendent Joy Hofmeister says.
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Oklahoma gained one spot to claim the fourth lowest average teacher salary in the nation, not because teachers are earning significantly more, but because the average salary in Idaho went down.

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