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Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think
Hechinger Report  - Mar 8, 2017
Reord Number of Applications Flood Area Colleges” “Applications for the Class of 2021 Are Seriously Exploding” “UCLA Receives More Than 100,000 Freshman Applications” . Headlines like these strike fear in the hearts of high school seniors and their parents every year around this time...
These states give more grant aid to college students in need than the feds
Washington Post  - Mar 3, 2017
California, Wyoming and New Jersey provide more aid to low-income college students than the largest federal grant program does, new research shows, but most states give far less.....
Working Class Students Answer: Is College Worth It?
NPR.org  - Mar 5, 2017
If you are a high school senior who's headed to college or the parent of one, you're probably just recovering from the whirlwind of getting those applications ready. ....
Trump's International Policies Could Have Lasting Effects On Higher Ed
NPR.org - Mar 5, 2017
More than a million international students go to college in the United States. But after recent events, and President Trump's policies, recruiters expect numbers to drop....
Replicating the Tennessee Promise
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 5, 2017
While many states and cities are still working through the details and funding behind their attempts to create a free community college program, Tennessee has been busy expanding its scholarship.....
What colleges are doing to recruit more low-income students
CNN.com/Money - Mar 5, 2017
Presidents at 30 of America's top colleges say they're missing out on some of the best and brightest students -- those from low-income families.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

In College Search, Look Beyond Admission Office Glitz
Forbes  - Mar 8, 2017
As the college research process gears up for high school juniors, it's easy to be dazzled (or just overwhelmed) by all the hype emanating from colleges themselves. Advertising messages from colleges and universities (that's what they are, don't forget) not only come in all shapes and sizes, but in a variety of media. ...
College Admissions: 5 Websites Revolutionizing Admissions
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Mar 6, 2017
Hoverboards, Apple watches, self-driving cars…..but what is really new in college admissions? What are the ideas and technologies propelling students, college administrators and counselors into a more holistic college admissions process?....
Rankings not only factor in choosing a college
Chicago Tribune  - Mar 3, 2017
Does it really matter where you go to college? It just may. When students are making the all-important decision about what college is the best choice, there are many factors to consider. ...
College vs University: The Differences and Similarities
Huffington Post  - Mar 4, 2017
When students begin to explore their options when it comes to higher education, their choices will include colleges and universities. And telling the difference between the two can be difficult....
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5 Ways for Seniors to Prepare for Admission Decisions
Huffington Post  - Mar 6, 2017
advance preparation during the college admissions process can help students feel more confident and in control, the same can be said for preparing for admission decisions before they’re released....
Don't Ask a Stressed-Out Student About Their College Plans
Wall Street Journal Live  - Mar 6, 2017
What stresses high school seniors more than the college application process? Adults asking them about their grades, college choices and their SAT scores. WSJ's Sue Shellenbarger and Tanya Rivero discuss how high school seniors are handling the anxiety over college admissions...
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Don’t catch “senioritis”
Tribune News Service  - Mar 7, 2017
I received an interesting telephone call midmorning this past Friday from a student of mine, a senior whom I worked with over the last two years. She already knows she’ll be attending an out-of-state university this fall....
College Acceptance Rescinded: 6 Reasons to Keeping Earning A’s, Even After Your Dream School Accepts You
inGenius Prep Blog - Mar 7, 2017
“I got in!” Congratulations! Getting into your dream college is definitely cause for celebration! You’ve worked hard for years, challenged yourself academically, and demonstrated intellectual passion in tangible ways. It has probably been exhausting! ....
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Students with Disabilities

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?
Hechinger Report - Mar 1, 2017
BlOOMFIELD, N.J. — When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students. Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, ....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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Students get help with future through app
KAIT-8  - Mar 6, 2017
A group of students attending Manila High School demonstrated an app that placed first in a state-wide contest. According to Ms.Gerri McCann, a teacher at Manila High School, the students wanted to compete in the Verizon-App Challenge contest. ...
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Teachers, Parents Need to Know About Teen Peer Pressure
US News  - Mar 6, 2017
When teens need to get out of uncomfortable situations, the X-Plan might come in handy. The plan is simple: Teens text the letter "X" to a parent or an older sibling when they need help. The recipient then calls the teen and says to leave immediately and that the recipient will pick up the teen....
Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class
NPR.org - Mar 2, 2017
My bank sends me a text alert when my account balance is low. My wireless company sends me a text alert when I'm about to use up my monthly data. Somebody — I guess the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?...
Archives - Parents
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The New SAT One Year Later
Education World  - Mar 8, 2017
Saturday, March 11 will mark the one year anniversary of the redesigned SAT. So, how has the test fared one year later? Are the results what we all expected or is there still work to be done?....
Master Key Skills on the Redesigned SAT Math Section
US News  - Mar 6, 2017
Mastering the redesigned SAT's math section requires more than just well-rounded knowledge of mathematical principles. You must be able to quickly recognize which skills are being tested, as well as how to solve each problem in the least amount of time....
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: ACT vs. SAT
The Photo news  - Mar 6, 2017
I frequently get asked the question, how does the ACT exam differ from the SAT? Before I review their basic differences, it used to be that the SAT dominated in the number of students who took this exam over the number that took the ACT. ...
Standardized testing for college — what you can do to prepare
West Hawaii Today  - Mar 6, 2017
Standardized tests are a part of applying to most, but not all, US colleges — either the SAT plus two or three Subject Tests or the ACT test is often required. You will need to take some combination of these tests, since most colleges request test results. . ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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4 keys for negotiating a better college aid offer
CBS News - Mar 6, 2017
When it comes to bargaining, most Americans know they can negotiate on a home, a car or an appliance. But what about college, a big-ticket item that could leave you in six figures worth of debt for decades? ...
Avoid 3 Mistakes When Applying for Summer Financial Aid
US News - Mar 8, 2017
As winter melts into spring, some college students are already looking further ahead – toward summer. That's because if you plan to enroll in a summer session, now is the time to prepare. And that means studying up on your school's financial aid rules. ...
Financial aid advice for college-bound students
Fulton Sun - Mar 5, 2017
By now, many high school seniors have finished their college applications and are waiting for results. That means it is time to start thinking about how a family or individual is going to pay for it. ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

'Lower Ed' looks at the controversial role of for-profit colleges
Marketplace.org - Mar 3, 2017
In her new book "Lower Ed," sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom explores the controversial place for-profit colleges have in today's economy. She sat down with Lizzie O'Leary to discuss her book and the problems with for-profit colleges....
‘Dirty Jobs’ Host Mike Rowe Says Skilled Trades Need a Makeover
SHRM.org - Mar 3, 2017
Television personality Mike Rowe, former host of the "Dirty Jobs" television program about hands-on, blue-collar work, told a Congressional panel discussing career and technical education and the skilled trades, "You've got to make work cool again."...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Providence Career and Technical Academy makes learning fun again
Providence Journal  - Mar 6, 2017
While Providence high schools have made gains in boosting their graduation rate in recent years, the Providence Career and Technical Academy has seen its rate jump by 22 percentage points over the last six years, to 89 percent....
State of Maine colleges laid out for lawmakers
WCSH-6  - Mar 6, 2017
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The leaders of Maine's higher education institutions are set to address the Legislature. Maine Maritime Academy President William Brennan is scheduled to speak first during a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday. ...
Connecticut lawmakers grapple with education funding plan
FOX-61  - Mar 6, 2017
HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are under pressure to finally overhaul the state’s 28-year-old Education Cost Sharing grant, a funding formula for schools that’s been criticized as being unfair, inadequate and underfunded....
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Teen Driving

Why many teens don’t want to get a driver’s license
PBS.org - Newshour  - Mar 6, 2017
At 16, Henry Stock doesn’t see many reasons to get a driver’s license. He can walk to stores near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Many of his friends are fellow gamers he can talk to online. And he can use a mobile ride-sharing app to get a ride when he needs one.....
Report: Tech-savvy, young drivers are the most unsafe
Sacramento Bee  - Mar 6, 2017
RAPID CITY, S.D. Young millennials, the group of adults ages 19-24, are seen in many ways as the backbone of our nation's future. But experts worry that some may not see that future if they continue to drive their cars the way they do,...
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