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Top K-12 educators from around the country were asked about barriers to student success as part of a broad survey about their views on public education.

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems. Those were the factors named in a survey of the 2015 state Teachers of the Year, top educators selected annually in every U.S. state and jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia and Guam. The survey, released last Wednesday by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., polled the 56 Teachers of the Year, a small but elite group of educators …

Native American Schools Due for Repair

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — Official Washington has rarely paid much attention to the Bureau of Indian Education, a long-dysfunctional corner of the federal bureaucracy that is responsible for overseeing nearly 200 schools serving approximately 50,000 Native American children in 23 states. But now that might be changing. President Obama is seeking to boost funding for Indian education by $150 million, including nearly $60 million to …

Campaign Ramps Up To Teach Computer Science

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Code.org, the nonprofit organization that has gotten children as young as 5 years old to try computer coding, has joined with the College Board to try to expand computer education in U.S. public schools, particularly to girls and minorities. Seattle-based Code.org, founded by two tech entrepreneurs, and the College Board, the New York-based non-profit that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, are …

Scientists Unearth Earliest-Known Stone Tools

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago. At about 700,000 years older than the other stone tools excavated to date, the discovery hints that anthropologists may have …

Defense Chief: Iraqis Lack ‘Will to Fight’

Monday, May 25, 2015

Washington — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat …

At Arlington, One Soldier’s Personal Connection to Valor and Tragedy

Monday, May 25, 2015

On a cool, damp afternoon, Army Lt. Col. Michael Baka stood in the soggy grass at Arlington National Cemetery. He inserted a small American flag into the earth at the headstone of Spec. Ross McGinnis, and then squatted and bowed his head in reverence. His right hand rested …

Malaysia Finds Graves of Suspected Trafficking Victims

Monday, May 25, 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …

Pope Francis Eyes Climate

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will …

Financial Advisers Don’t Care About Millennials, and Vice Versa

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The investment industry has an age discrimination problem, and millennials and Generation X are bearing the brunt of it. Only 30 percent of financial advisers are actively looking for clients under age 40, according to a survey of 500 advisers by the research firm Corporate Insight. Advisers prefer …

Woes of Password Protection

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh — High on the White House’s hit list: The series of letters, numbers and symbols you type in when you access everything from your bank account to your Netflix list. “Kill the password dead as a primary security measure,” urged Michael Daniel, the president’s cybersecurity coordinator, at …

Book Details Heroic WWII Doolittle Raid

Sunday, May 24, 2015

After Pearl Harbor and before D-Day and the Bomb, there was the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to rally the American public for what he knew would be a long war, had ordered a …

Dartmouth Grad Is Go-To Milliner For Celebrities

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh — You could say Eugenia Kim’s career in millinery was sparked by a series of fortunate misfortunes. The Monroeville, Pa., native who graduated from high school in 1992 realized she didn’t want to go into medicine like …