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Riding the bus with Education Secretary John King - Washington Post

CHARLOTTESVILLE John King Jr., the U.S. education secretary, on Monday kicked off his agencys annual bus tour to welcome students back to Americas public schools. But King will be out of office before this school year ends, leaving in January. And he just took the helm at Education six months ago.

Thats not a lot of time to make an enormous impact on Americas sprawling public education system, as King readily admits. Instead, he is trying to continue the work of his predecessor, Arne Duncan, in pushing the presidents objectives for students from preschool through college.

This week, King is touting the administrations achievements and goals with a five-day, six-state bus to

4 months ago

Study linking college education with brain tumor risk raises many questions - CBS News

Usually, having a higher level of education is a good thing -- it often means a better job, salary and lifestyle. But a new study suggests a college education may also be linked to a higher risk for a serious health problem: brain cancer. Now, experts are struggling to understand why.

The observational study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, analyzed data on more than 4.3 million people born between 1911 and 1961 who lived in Sweden in 1991.

The research found that three kinds of brain tumors -- glioma, meningioma and acoustic neuroma -- were associated with more education and better jobs. Gliomas, in particular, were more common in people who ha

6 months ago

Education tops poll of most important issues for voters - Belfast Telegraph

By Noel McAdam

Published 16/04/2016

Ulster Unionist leader Mike NesbittUlster Unionist leader Mike NesbittThe foremost issue for voters in the Assembly election is education - pushing ahead of health for the first time, a poll has shown.

A 'tracker' exercise by polling firm LucidTalk revealed most people put education on top of health, which usually tends to be the main concern.

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It comes after the DUP dropped a strong hint it could take up the Education Ministry for the first time following the May 5 poll.

Usually the party gives first preference to the Department of Finance - controlling the Stormont purse strings - but leader Arlene Foster indicated this time could be different. In the UTV leaders' debate broadcast on Wednesday she said she was "listening very carefully" to what her candidates and party activists are being told on the doorsteps.

And Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has also reiterated his party's interest in taking the education portfolio, although he admitted the UUP might "reluctantly" go into opposition. The emphasis on education is now reaffirmed in the Lucidtalk survey, which concluded: "Whether it's the thorny issue of the future of grammar schools and selection tests, tuition fees or integration, what is happening in the classroom and the lecture hall is now at the top of the agenda."

The key research - commissioned by the firm Chambre Public Affairs - asked those surveyed to list their four top issues and education came first with others including the economy, the environment and abortion also featuring.

Coming in just behind these are marriage equality, the environment, abortion, and infrastructure "in that order," Chambre managing director Will Chambre said.

Sam Fitzsimmons, communications director of the Integrated Education Fund (IEF), said the result was not surprising.

"We regularly liaise with local communities across Northern Ireland regarding education issues," he said.

"Through our community engagement projects the IEF are increasingly finding that more and more people are becoming involved with education issues in their local areas.

"There are also many local developments currently happening in education that are engaging people, like school merger plans."

Bill White of LucidTalk added the polls are also researching political party preference, party leader ratings, EU referendum views and other issues.

11 months ago

College Tips That Anyone Can Use Right Away

Success does require deliberate action, though college is sure to be among the best, most pivotal parts of your entire life. The following article is going to provide you with good tips on how you can succeed in college while getting through various lectures and exams. Read thoroughly as this advice is sure to come in handy.

When attending classes, bring a bottle of water with you. Make sure you are always hydrated. If you have one class after another without any time to eat, this is crucial, especially. Proper hydration will help keep you on-task and focused throughout your day. Water fountains are usually available to keep your bottle full at all times.

Make sure to make ti