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Judge Sides With University In Legal Fight With Student Newspaper

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The William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

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The judge presiding over an open records fight between the University of Kentucky and its own student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, has sided with the university.

In his Tuesday ruling, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Thomas Clark agreed with the University of Kentucky that there is no way to release investigative documents without compromising the identities of the alleged victims, two graduate students who allege their professor sexually harassed and assaulted them. Clark also ruled that such documents fall under the federal privacy law that protects student records.

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Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not

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So you’re trying to find some information about the schools in your community. Did students perform well on tests? How many students in a school are from low-income families? What’s the demographic breakdown? Most folks would start to look for this by searching the web. But, depending on the state you live in, finding that information can be a real challenge.

That’s according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign. Analysts there spent 100 hours last summer looking at annual report cards put out by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 

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PHOTOS: Students, Police Clash In South Africa Over Free Tuition Demands

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Private security guards protect themselves from stones thrown by students from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg on Monday. South African student protesters and police clashed in renewed violence as attempts to re-open the university descended into running battles on campus.

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After weeks of protests by South African students calling for free tuition, Monday was supposed to be the reopening of regular classes at the University of the Witswatersrand.

But marches by hundreds of protesters showed that a return to normalcy isn’t on the schedule at the campus in Johannesburg.

Members of the “Fees Must Fall” movement entered auditoriums, disrupting classes and intimidating other students, Peter Granitz reported on Morning Edition.

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The U.N.’s Rundown Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Problems

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Maternal mortality rates are going down because of better health services. Above: A mother nurses her newborn at a maternity ward in Sierra Leone.

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What are the biggest social and economic problems the world faces today? And how close are we to ending them?

Those are the questions that the U.N. Economic and Social Council aims to answer in its first report on the Sustainable Development Goals, released this past week.

The SDGs, as they’re known, are 17 global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. The U.N.’s member states approved them last September.

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What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States

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A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education:

What does it take to get preschool right?

Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales — like this one from Tennessee — than success stories.

Today’s release from The Learning Policy Institute, “The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States,” helps balance the preschool debate by highlighting a handful of states that appear to be getting pre-K right: Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina.

Here’s a quick primer on each program and a few reasons why the LPI thinks they’re working.

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