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US to keep funding Duke-UNC Middle East studies program

Oct. 11, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says it plans to continue funding a Middle East studies program at the University of North Carolina and Duke University that it had accused of advancing "ideological priorities." The Washington Post reports the Thursday announcement comes weeks after the...

The Latest: Education Department responds to ACLU letter

Sep. 27, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

The Latest on a request to the Education Department to revoke a threat to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The U.S. Education Department says its review of a Middle East studies program is not "anti-Muslim or pro-any other group." A letter sent Friday by the American...

US is urged to end probe of Middle East studies program

Sep. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Trump administration Friday to drop its investigation into a Middle East studies program the agency says has focused too much on the "positive aspects of Islam" and misused grant money to promote "ideological priorities." A letter from the group's Washington office...

UNC denies claims of bias in Middle East studies program

Sep. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

The University of North Carolina is disputing the Trump administration's accusations of bias in a Middle East studies program that the school operates with Duke University. In a letter sent to the department Friday and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Monday, UNC's research chief...

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

Sep. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism....

Chicago schools to overhaul handling of sex abuse complaints

Sep. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools will overhaul how it handles sexual abuse complaints after a federal investigation found "tragic and inexcusable" problems following student complaints, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The agency's Office for Civil Rights called its review —...

Tackle next year's college financial aid now

Sep. 11, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

The school season may have just begun, but it's nearly time to start thinking about next year. That's because college students and their families can begin to submit two key applications for financial aid on Oct. 1 to help pay for higher education for the following school year. And filing early has its perks:...

Colleges watching as Michigan State pays big fine in scandal

Sep. 6, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The government this week levied an unprecedented $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University in the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. The U.S. Education Department has extraordinary muscle over schools that participate in federal student aid programs. Colleges must...

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Sep. 5, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

The Education Department fining Michigan State University $4.5 million for failing to respond to sexual assault complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar is the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school for more than three years. Also Thursday, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr....