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US Education Department investigating college bribery scheme

Mar. 26, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Eight universities embroiled in a massive college admission cheating scheme are now being investigated by the U.S. Education Department. Letters sent to the schools Monday and obtained by The Associated Press say the department is conducting a "preliminary investigation" to determine whether they violated federal...

Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected president

Mar. 26, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers. Harris' campaign says her plan is an unprecedented investment in teacher pay and toward programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training...

Trump orders colleges to back free speech or lose funding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding. The new order directs federal agencies to ensure that any college or university receiving research grants agrees to promote free speech and the...

White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

Mar. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday proposed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college. White House officials included the plan in a list of suggested changes to the Higher Education Act, a sweeping federal law that...

First lady looks for ways bureaucracy can advance "Be Best"

Mar. 18, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump took a deep dive into the federal bureaucracy Monday at a briefing on government youth programs as she looks for ways to promote her "Be Best" initiative. "My focus has and always will be on our children, the next generation," the first lady said as opened a meeting of the...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

Mar. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and...

Correction: College Admissions-Bribery-The Latest story

Mar. 14, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a story March 13 about a college admissions bribery scandal, The Associated Press erroneously described a defendant's employer. The company where Manuel Henriquez worked is a venture capital firm, not a hedge fund. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: USC bars from...

Correction: College Admissions-Bribery story

Mar. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story March 13 about a college admissions bribery scandal, The Associated Press erroneously described a defendant's employer. The company where Manuel Henriquez worked is a venture capital firm, not a hedge fund. A corrected version of the story is below: Parents charged in...

A wealthy county in court over sexual misconduct at schools

Mar. 12, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations. Two involve boys who say Fairfax County Public Schools wrongly punished them based on false...

Highlights of Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request

Mar. 12, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request proposes steep cuts to domestic spending, a funding boost for the Pentagon and $8.6 billion for his signature border wall with Mexico. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a...