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Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The teachers strike in Los Angeles is the first big one of 2019, but likely not the last. An education scholar says low teacher pay and inadequate public school funding will likely spur more strikes.
As many as half of America’s college students face campus hunger. Stokkete/www.shutterstock.com

More solutions needed for campus hunger

A new federal report on food insecurity on college campuses does a good job of laying out the scope of the problem but falls short when it comes to solutions.
Could a random admissions process help spare universities from legal trouble and save time and money? Adam Alagna/www.shutterstock.com

Why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students

Colleges and universities are often criticized for how they admit students from diverse groups. A college admissions scholar suggests an admissions lottery could help make the process more fair.
Young entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to universities to help launch their businesses. GUGAI/www.shutterstock.com

Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

Rather than bypass college to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, members of Generation Z are increasingly partnering with universities to launch new startups, a university president says.
Fresno State Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford and running back Ronnie Rivers hoist the Las Vegas Bowl trophy after the Bull Dogs defeated Arizona State on Dec. 15. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

How big bonuses for winning coaches became a tradition in college football

While college football coaches who make it to the widely televised bowl games stand to collect major bonuses, history shows that bonuses for top coaches predate the days of TV and radio.
T.M. Landry College Prep co-founders Tracey and Michael Landry have stepped down from the school’s board as authorities investigate a wide range of allegations against the school, from academic fraud to physical abuse. T.M. Landry College Prep

How T.M. Landry College Prep failed black families

T.M. Landry College Prep, facing allegations of abuse, is known for getting students from poor backgrounds into Ivy League schools. An education scholar says the school's focus was misplaced.
A New Jersey mother shows up at her son’s class as a clown to get him to stop misbehaving in school. The boy’s principal posted a video of the visit online. Instagram of Sean Larry

Why shaming your children on social media may make things worse

As more parents turn to social media to post videos of themselves punishing their children, an educational psychologist warns that the practice may cause more harm than good.
Numerous data show black students are kicked out of school at disproportionate rates. Rido/www.shutterstock.com

How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline

A grassroots movement to end racial disparities in schoolhouse discipline is beginning to take root throughout the nation and winning important victories at the local level. Can it sustain the effort?
Public support for higher education has waned in recent years. HTU/www.shutterstock.com

What public universities must do to regain public support

In order to regain public confidence, universities must take steps to show citizens that investments in higher education are well-spent, an education professor and university professor argue.
President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Mark Reinstein/www.shutterstock.com

George H.W. Bush laid the foundation for education reform

Though his education initiative staggered while he was in office, the late former President George H.W. Bush had an influence that continues to shape education policy, an education historian says.
Students prep for the SAT at a test prep center in New York City. Kaplan Test Prep

Test prep is a rite of passage for many Asian-Americans

Test prep is a prominent feature in Asian-American communities, which helps explain recent gains that Asian-Americans made in the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, a higher education scholar argues.
Students at Person High School use cardboard goggles to take a virtual tour of University of North Carolina campuses. Person County Schools

Virtual reality tours give rural students a glimpse of college life

A new virtual campus tour project in North Carolina could change the way students in rural or otherwise remote areas are able to 'see' prospective colleges without ever leaving their high schools.
Students who study abroad gain a competitive edge in the job market, research shows. Dan Korsmayer/www.shutterstock.com

More American students are studying abroad, new data show

In an effort to get a competitive edge in the global jobs market, more US college students are choosing to get international experience, an expert on study abroad says.
American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, shown here at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters tournament, could become the first American-born world chess champion since Bobby Fischer. David Llada/American Chess Magazine

5 things to know about Fabiano Caruana and his quest to become world chess champion

Daaim Shabazz, an international business professor and chess journalist, explains what's at stake as American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana fights for the World Chess Championship in London this month.
Reigning Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen, left, from Norway, and American challenger Fabiano Caruana will face off in the World Chess Championship, which begins Nov. 9 in London. Matt Dunham/AP

Myths and unknowns about chess and the contenders for the World Chess Championship

With the World Chess Championship set to begin Nov. 9 in London, Alexey Root, who teaches online courses about chess in education, tackles some myths and unknowns about the royal game.