Mom miffed at ‘Summa — Laude’ on graduation cake

Jacob Koscinski was certainly worthy of a grand graduation cake: The 18-year-old earned a 4.79 GPA in his Christian-based home-school program and is now set to head to North Carolina’s Wingate University later this year on a full scholarship. But per WCIV, when partygoers got their first glimpse Saturday of the sheet cake for the South Carolina teen, it was a “huge shock” for everyone, his mom says. Cara Koscinski had ordered the cake online through Publix, requesting that it include […]

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Mississippi high school graduates first integrated class

CLEVELAND, Miss. – It’s graduation rehearsal for Cleveland Central High Seniors in Cleveland, Mississippi. This year is the first graduating class since predominantly white Cleveland High and predominantly black Eastside High became one. Even students had doubts. “I really didn’t agree because I felt like I wasn’t gonna have a say so in it. It was gonna still be separated,” Kiyah Brown, who is Valedictorian at Cleveland Central High, told WREG. “I graduated from Cleveland High and I wanted my […]

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‘Why are black people so loud?’ SMU gets backlash on cultural survey

  DALLAS – A university survey meant to strengthen the cultural intelligence of students on Dallas’ Southern Methodist University campus is now getting some backlash. SMU is making a change after receiving feedback from people saying they don’t like the questions being asked. We’re talking about questions like ‘Why are black people so loud?’ and ‘Do black people hate America?’ The survey was created by Maria Dixon Hall, according to The Dallas Morning News, and is charge of SMU’s Cultural Intelligence Initiative. […]

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Father faces assault charge after fighting 15-year-old daughter at school

NORMANDY, Mo. – Police say a student and her father got into a violent fight at a Missouri middle school, sending the girl to the hospital, according to KTVI. Police say the will seek a felony charge of assault against the father. Word of the incident quickly traveled through Normandy Middle School’s 7th and 8th Grade Center. “Everybody was like, ‘Somebody got a whooping!’ And I was like, ‘Who?’ And somebody was like, ‘Somebody’s daddy and he was punching their child,’” […]

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State Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hundreds of charter school students rallied at the state Capitol as the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments that could threaten to close their classrooms. Jalen Johnson, an 11th-grader at Summit Sierra charter school in Seattle, told the crowd that the commitment of his teachers helped turn him from an average middle-school student to thriving high-school junior — and that “this is how every school should be.” Teachers unions and other groups have sued over the 2016 charter […]

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Photo of Kent State graduate carrying AR-10 on campus goes viral

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio – A picture of a Kent State University graduate carrying a rifle and graduation cap with the words “Come and take it” has gone viral. Kaitlin Bennett wrote in her post, “Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow” Now that I graduated from […]

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25-year-old poses as Dallas ISD student so he can play on basketball team

A 25-year-old man is facing charges after posing as a 17-year-old so he could once again play on the high school’s basketball team. Sidney Gilstrap Portley was enrolled in two Dallas high schools for almost nine months, claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee. Because of that, he didn’t have to show proof of any records. According to the Dallas Morning News, Portley started at Skyline High School, then later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team. Dallas […]

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Bill Gates gives $44 million to influence state education reform

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grant database. The grants illustrate how strategic and immersive the Microsoft founder can be in pursuit of […]

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Suspensions overturned in TCU cheating scandal

FORT WORTH – The suspension of a group of TCU students who were accused of cheating has been overturned. Last week, 12 students were suspended after using test answers to study using the popular Quizlet study app. Faculty members found out questions from an actively being administered to students had been taken without permission and turned in to Quizlet study notes. Even though the students were allowed back at school, some of them still face academic probation.

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