• Education

    For-profit colleges: Department of Education has let colleges off the hook for $1 billion

    There are nearly 1,300 colleges that owe money to the Department of Education as of February, according to the National Student Legal Defense Network’s review of a series of documents it obtained over two years through Freedom of Information Act requests. The group, founded by former Department of Education officials, asserts that the agency has failed for years to use all the tools it has to collect money from the colleges and their owners while requiring students to continue paying their debt. “The Department of Education continues to spend time and money opposing struggling student borrowers while doing nothing to collect more than $1 billion owed to the government by…

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  • Jobs

    ‘I burst into tears. Then went back to my desk’: when dream jobs become nightmares | Work & careers

    I was on the receiving end of more than a few tantrums during the five years I worked in advertising, but by far the most memorable was the day a senior creative executive threw a book across the room in the middle of one of his regular tirades. I was an account manager in my early 20s, working at a leading ad agency. My colleague levelled a stream of expletives at me, tossed the book and stormed out, curious heads popping out of other offices to gawp at my misfortune as he continued to rant. My crime? I’d come to deliver client feedback on a poster he’d created for an…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooled Bastrop County teen headed to Air Force Academy

    A Bastrop County teenager will soon join the ranks of the select few accepted into a U.S. military academy with future plans to serve the country. Lake Mills, an 18-year old who lives near Paige, will report June 24 to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was 12 years old. Mills, who’s been homeschooled primarily by his mother Julie Mills, said he was always drawn to the military because military values aligned with his personal values. He had grandparents who served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and in September 2016 when he was 14, Mills joined the…

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  • Exchange Student

    Metro Roundup: Former exchange student returns to Chelsea 50 years later

    The Chelsea High School Class of 1971 held its 50th high school reunion recently, and a familiar face joined them from far away.  Alba Lucia Pelaez came to Chelsea High School from Colombia as a foreign exchange student for 18 months thanks to a scholarship from the Civitan Club.  When she first arrived, she spoke no English and spent time learning the language and culture, and in the fall of 1971 began taking her classes to graduate with a diploma.  “It was a great experience,” Pelaez recalled. “When I went back to Colombia, I was proud to say that I graduated in the U.S. It was a very unique opportunity. This was my…

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  • Online School

    Veteran charter school teacher blasts online learning during pandemic: ‘We called school inessential’

    Media top headlines June 17 Biden snapping at a reporter, being mocked for again using a prepared list of journalists to call on in Geneva, and a New York Times reporter claiming that teachers can’t explain Juneteenth to students for fear of ‘critical race theory backlash’ round out today’s top media headlines A veteran charter school teacher blasted pandemic-era online learning in a New York Times opinion piece that calls for a return to classrooms to renew America’s “collective commitment to true public education.” Washington, D.C.-based fourth-grade teacher Lelac Almagor penned the piece, “I Taught Online School This Year. It Was a Disgrace,” which contradicts narratives pushed by state officials…

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  • Education

    Surprise: Education Wins in Newark

    By The Editorial Board Close The Editorial Board June 23, 2021 6:19 pm ET A teacher looks over the work of one of her third-graders at KIPP Thrive Academy in Newark, N.J., Sept. 9, 2015. Photo: Mel Evans/Associated Press Education choice for Newark families has been spared a blow. A 7-0 decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the expansion of seven charter schools to serve thousands more students. The state Education Commissioner approved the Newark charter school expansion requests in 2016. An advocacy group called the Education Law Center sued, claiming the Commissioner had not considered the fiscal harm the expansion would cause for Newark’s traditional…

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  • Science

    7 Science Fiction Movies on Netflix to Watch This Summer

    Sci-fi movies are an escape from reality, which is what makes them guilty pleasures and box office hits. Whether it is sci-fi horror, sci-fi action or sci-fi comedy, there is a little something for everyone these days. This season, Netflix has gone above and beyond to make sci-fi a huge part of their collection. So if you’re a Netflix subscriber, there’s no shortage of sci-fi movies available to watch at the push of a button. But don’t sit through another boring movie about aliens or space that feels like a chore to get through. Lucky for you, we handpicked some of the most interesting science fiction movies filled with twists and turns that will…

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