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School Girl Alleges Privacy Invasion

A 12-year-old Minnewaska Area Middle School student is saying that her First Amendment rights were violated when her school reprimanded her twice for posts she made on her Facebook profile. She’s also suing the school for violating her Fourth Amendment rights as well saying that school officials pressured her into turning over her profile information.

It all started when the girl (referred to only as R.S. in court documents) had a run in with a hall monitor she considered ‘mean.’ She went on the social network to vent about said hall monitor and somehow the school’s principal wound up with a screenshot of the comment. R.S. was forced to apologize to the hall monitor and was given detention.

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New California Tuition Plan Gains Some Traction

Still facing staggering budget shortfalls the UC RiversideUC school system in California is now entertaining a radical new tuition program that could change the way college kids pay for their schooling.

Proposed by UC Riverside campus newspaper editor Chris LoCascio, the plan would see a student paying a flat 5% of their wages following graduation instead of an up-front investment amount paid before the education begins. The no tuition proposal would offer discounts for transfer students, graduates who work in public service careers and those who stay and work in the state. Students from other states and countries would pay 6%.

System President Mark G. Yudof met with the Riverside students during a UC regents meeting on Wednesday and was “very impressed” with the plan. Though impressed as he may be with the plan, UC officials were still troubled by the vague payment enforcement ideas put forth.

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Could a New Machine Make Schooling Obsolete?

Recent advances in scientific research conducted by a joint team of American and Japanese scientists have just made the concept of automated learning a reality.
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Professor Forced to Resign Amidst No-Show Allegations

A George Washington University professor turned in her letter of resignation recently after allegations arouse that she gave A-grades to an entire class of students despite never once actually holding a class or assigning any materials. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Fast-Tracks Student Loan Relief Program

Now more than ever it’s important to get a good education. But with costs on the rise and the job market still suffering doing so can seem daunting, nigh impossible. In a recent speech at the University of Colorado in Denver, President Obama acknowledged this and announced that he wants a student debt relief program to go into effect sooner than previously announced. Read the rest of this entry »