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Iran Urged to Ease Education Restrictions on Women

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading U.S.-based rights group is urging Iran to ease restrictions on women in higher education as the country begins its new academic year. Human Rights Watch said Saturday that Iran has limited the number of college courses available to women. The group’s women’s rights director, Liesl Gerntholtz, cited a recent report from Iran’s Mehr […]

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Turkey Passes Bill Extending Access to Islamic Education

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish lawmakers have approved a controversial education bill that allows middle school students to attend religious courses. The legislation passed Friday with 295 votes in favor and 91 against. The reform extends compulsory education from the current eight years to 12. It also reverses a 1997 law backed by the military, which closed Islamic middle […]

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Obama Promotes Investment in Math, Science Education

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is requesting $80 million in new funds for an effort to boost science, technology, engineering and math education in U.S. schools. The White House announced the initiative Tuesday as President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair. He credited the young participants in the fair with “getting America in shape […]

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China Reviews Education Development

Posted December 30th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s top lawmakers have begun reviewing the implementation of a 10-year education reform plan. The plan stresses the importance of modernizing education and making it equally accessible to all the people in China. The government issued guidelines for the implementation of the plan in July of last year. Members of the National People’s Congress Standing […]

Report: US School Children Show Improvement in Math

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report shows some U.S. school children are performing at their highest level in math, while progress in reading is mixed. In a report Tuesday, the National Assessment of Educational Progress said students in the fourth and eight grades are doing their best ever in math. It said that on a 500-point scale, both […]

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President Obama Goes Back to School

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has told students from across the country that they need to pursue higher education. Mr. Obama delivered his third annual “Back to School” speech at a high school in Washington. He told students in the audience, as well as those watching on television across the country, that more than 60 percent […]

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Obama Targets ‘Flaws’ in Education Law

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 11:33 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says it is time to make the country’s education system “the envy of the world.” Mr. Obama announced plans Friday to give states more control over how they teach students as long as they promise to meet higher standards. States would get greater flexibility along with the higher standards they set. […]

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Obama to Revamp Federal School Education Law

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans Friday to exempt states from some provisions of the federal education law passed under his predecessor. The administration will grant waivers to a requirement that every student has to be completely knowledgeable in math and reading by 2014. In exchange for the waiver, states would have […]

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Chile Proposes Education Reforms Following Student Protests

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chile’s government has promised $4 billion in education reforms in response to mass student protests in the country. President Sebastian Pinera proposed on Tuesday the formation of an education fund that will help increase scholarships and grants for students seeking higher education. The announcement follows protests by tens of thousands of students last week in […]

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