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Former Chicago schools head to plead guilty to fraud

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The former head of Chicago Public Schools intends to plead guilty to 20 charges that she used her power to channel to no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to a prior employer, a federal prosecutor told reporters Thursday.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett,...

Teacher wears bodysuit for anatomy lesson

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Students weren't sure what to expect when their teacher stood in front of the classroom and started to undress.

Indiana frat shut down after sex vid surfaces

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The charter of an Indiana University fraternity has been revoked after a video surfaced showing members cheering on a brother involved in a sexually explicit act with a woman.

The national organization of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity said it shut do...

Homecoming poster instructions raising parent eyebrows

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A South Carolina high school's flier advertising its homecoming dance included an addendum that is causing consternation among some parents.

New York inmates defeat Harvard debate team

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In a debate between Harvard College students and those from any other college, some might guess that the Harvard students would win. And if the other side was a group of inmates at a maximum-security prison? Maybe even more so.

That would be a mistake...

Student berates campus employee over mac and cheese

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A University of Connecticut student who is shown in a video verbally abusing a campus cafe employee over mac and cheese has been arrested, according to a Huffington Post report.

Kentucky university cancels classes due to graffiti threat


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Graffiti on a bathroom wall -- with the message "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP" -- prompted officials at Eastern Kentucky University to shut down the school into next week.

The threatening vandalism was found Monday morning in the school's Powell Bu...

McGraw-Hill to rewrite text after complaint

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Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill will rewrite a section in one of its books after a Houston-area mother complained that it whitewashes the role of slavery in bringing Africans to America.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

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President Barack Obama praised Arne Duncan's service as secretary of education on Friday, hours after Duncan said he would step down in December.

"He's done more to bring our education system -- sometimes kicking and screaming -- into the 21st century...

The world's northernmost university

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In the land of the midnight sun and the northern lights, in the most fragile ecosystem on the planet, you'll find the world's northernmost university.

Fewer students defaulting on their loans

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Fewer college grads are defaulting on their student loans. That's the good news.

But there were still 611,000 new borrowers who entered default within three years of leaving school, according to an annual report released by the Department of Educatio...

How parasites worm their way into schools



Children share all kinds of things when they go back to school -- books, pencils, stories from summer vacation and, unfortunately, pesky and sometimes dangerous parasites that rely on close contact between people to spread.

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