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FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo a runner passes through an arch on the campus of Boston University, in Boston. COVID-19 has disrupted the plans of an estimated 3 million returning college students. Due to the pandemic’s financial and psychological stressors, some students are debating whether they should sit out this fall. While taking time out from school during the pandemic might seem like a safe choice, it could have lasting consequences.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Why Missing College This Fall Is a Bad Idea

Jul. 2, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

As colleges figure out how to structure classes this fall, many students are questioning whether to enroll at all. The idea of taking a gap year might sound enticing, but returning students should think twice. Many colleges have official gap year or deferred enrollment policies for incoming freshmen. But...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin. June 24, 2020. 1 good decision, 1 bad for Anderson police Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick had good news and bad news for the city’s residents at a press conference Thursday. In a move that will promote better transparency and enhance the public’s trust in the Anderson...

Florida visitor suspected of spreading virus on return to NY

Jun. 27, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are investigating whether someone returning to the New York City area from Florida spread the coronavirus at a high school graduation in suburban Westchester County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the investigation on Saturday after New York, New Jersey and Connecticut enacted...

Southern Miss cancels commencement set for August

Jun. 27, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Class of 2020 graduates from the University of Southern Mississippi are facing yet another delay in getting their diplomas. The university said Friday that it was forced to cancel graduation ceremonies that had been scheduled for August amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and an...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos participates in a roundtable event at Waukesha STEM Academy Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Democrats fail to override Trump veto on student loan policy

Jun. 26, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

House Democrats on Friday failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure that would have reversed the Education Department's tough policy on loan forgiveness for students misled by for-profit colleges. The House voted 238-173 in support of the override measure, coming up short of the...

Principal tests positive for COVID days after graduation

Jun. 25, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The principal of a private Catholic high school tested positive for COVID-19 days after participating in a graduation ceremony at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, school officials said. Christopher Columbus High School Principal David Pugh tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday,...

How New Grads Can Handle 3 Essential Post-College Questions

Jun. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

Life after graduation is always an unknown. But the coronavirus pandemic has added even more uncertainty for the nearly 4 million students expected to receive college degrees in 2019-20, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “I feel like when you graduate, you go out into the real...

College coaches recommend required Black history courses

Jun. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address racism and diversity recommended Monday that high schools and colleges establish required courses on Black history for graduation. The proposal is the first to come from the Committee on Racial...

Audit: State office changed dropout records to improve stats

Jun. 21, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Mississippi's Department of Education failed to maintain an Office of Dropout Prevention for the last 10 years as required by state law and overstated its progress toward increasing graduation rates, the state auditor announced Thursday. The graduation rate in the state was reported to have increased from 61% in...

Graduations become balancing act between tradition, pandemic

Jun. 21, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — High schools throughout the United States and in West Virginia have had to reimagine graduation for the Class of 2020. Many have already had drive-through, or drive by, graduations, some have done virtual ones, and others hold out hope to also have some sort of traditional ceremony...