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Prisoners Could Soon Be Eligible For Financial Aid To Take College Courses Behind Bars

Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.


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Mexico Drops Strict Certification Requirements For US-Educated Kids

Mexico has finally dropped the onerous requirement that all foreign-schooled children get officially notarized, translated copies of previous school records in order to study in Mexico.


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US High School Graduation Rate Rises To 81 Percent High

The latest high school graduation rate has reached 81 percent, the Education Department said Thursday in an analysis of the 2012-2013 school year.


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La. Gets Break From ‘No Child Left Behind’ Rules

Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.


Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan speak during a visit J.O. Wilson Elementry School on March 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Issues New Guidance Reminding Schools To Enroll Children Brought In US Illegally

Despite a 32-year-old court ruling, school districts continue to raise barriers to enrollment for children brought into the U.S. illegally, the Obama administration said Thursday, characterizing reports of hindrances as troubling.


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Education Department: Immigration Complaints Against DC Schools Have Been Resolved

The Education Department says complaints against two District of Columbia charter schools related to students’ immigration status have been resolved.


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Education Department Investigating 55 Colleges For Their Handling Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they’re cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking.


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Report: US High Schools Hit 80 Percent Graduation Rate, All-Time High

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.


First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop at the T.C. Williams High School on Feb. 5, 2014 in Alexandria, Va. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady to Students: Apply For Federal Aid

Michelle Obama has a message for students who are thinking about going to college: fill out the federal financial aid form.


American women born in the early 1980s – a generation dubbed Millennials – are 33 percent more likely to earn a college degree by the age of 27 than their male peers. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Study: 29 Percent Of College Enrollees Drop Out Before Graduation

Only 4 in 10 students who entered college in 2007 have earned degrees from the school where they started.