Education

21,000 Fish Die in 'Catastrophic Failure' at California Research Center

21,000 Fish Die in ‘Catastrophic Failure’ at California Research Center

About 21,000 fish at an aquatic research center at the University of California, Davis, died from chlorine exposure in what the university described as a “catastrophic failure” that had shocked researchers and would significantly delay their studies. The university said in a statement that it would investigate “where our process failed” and initiate an independent …

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opinion |  Elite Universities Are Out of Touch.  Blame the Campus.

opinion | Elite Universities Are Out of Touch. Blame the Campus.

Looking out the window of a plane flying over Boulder, Colorado, recently, I was reminded how many American universities stick out from their surroundings. I’d never been to Boulder, or visited the University of Colorado’s flagship campus there, but even from 30,000 feet, I could tell exactly where it started and ended. The red-tile roofs …

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Former Boston School Official Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

Former Boston School Official Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

A former Boston public school official who recruited at-risk students into the Latin Kings gang and had the students distribute drugs on campus pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Tuesday, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said. The former official, Shaun Harrison, 63, faces 218 months, or more than 18 years, in …

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She's at Brown.  Her Heart's Still in Kabul.

She’s at Brown. Her Heart’s Still in Kabul.

An unexpected loophole presented itself: the university as temporary refuge. In 2018, Arien Mack, then a professor of psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, founded the New University in Exile Consortium, a group of nearly 60 universities around the world that agreed to host displaced scholars from countries where their …

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opinion |  Arming Teachers: A Misguided 'Solution'

opinion | Arming Teachers: A Misguided ‘Solution’

To the Editor: Re “Armed. And Ready to Teach Kindergarten” (front page, July 31): As both a parent of school-age children and an American citizen with common-sense values, I am deeply disturbed by this article. Creating a school rapid response force of ill-trained and most likely underprepared and timid teachers, administrators and janitors to do …

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Longtime University President's Legacy: A Diverse New Generation in STEM

Longtime University President’s Legacy: A Diverse New Generation in STEM

BALTIMORE — Late one night in the fall of 2020, when Kizzmekia Corbett learned the vaccine she had helped design was highly effective against the coronavirus, there was only one person she wanted to call: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the longtime president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At 34, Dr. Corbett was the …

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The Supreme Court's Abortion Decision, Haunted by Brown v.  Board of Education

The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision, Haunted by Brown v. Board of Education

WASHINGTON — In the Supreme Court decision that eliminated the constitutional right to abortion, the justices engaged in an extended debate over the meaning and legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that said the Constitution does not permit racial segregation in public schools. The connection between abortion and education may seem …

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Last Conviction in Salem Witch Trials Is Cleared 329 Years Later

Last Conviction in Salem Witch Trials Is Cleared 329 Years Later

Elizabeth Johnson Jr. is — officially — not a witch. Until last week, the Andover, Mass., woman, who confessed to practicing witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, was the only remaining person convicted during the trials whose name had not been cleared. Though she was sentenced to death in 1693, after she and more than …

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A Cyberattack Illuminates the Shaky State of Student Privacy

A Cyberattack Illuminates the Shaky State of Student Privacy

The software that many school districts use to track students’ progress can record extremely confidential information on children: “Intellectual disability.” “Emotional Disturbance.” “Homeless.” “Disruptive.” “Defiance.” “Perpetrator.” “Excessive Talking.” “Should wait for tutoring.” Now these systems are coming under heightened scrutiny after a recent cyberattack on Illuminate Education, a leading provider of student-tracking software, which affected …

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