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Schools Block Unvaccinated Children

Some school districts in the U.S. are booting unvaccinated students from campuses where infectious-disease cases have been confirmed, as the spread of measles accelerates in some states.
 Birmingham Public Schools in Michigan recently told families with students at Derby Middle School that students who are unvaccinated against measles have to stay out of school for 21 days after one child was diagnosed with the disease.

College Probe Now Looks At Students

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have sent letters to some college students or graduates whose parents have been implicated in the nationwide admissions bribery and fraud scandal, informing them that they may also be targets in the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.
 Prosecutors sent the letters to young adults believed to have known about the schemes that aimed to help get them into college, that person said.

In Indiana, Inmates Learn How to Code

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennifer Fleming was convicted of dealing drugs in 2012, but when she gets out of prison next year, she is hoping for a job in computer coding.
 “Technology is definitely going to be a steppingstone in keeping myself stable,” said Ms. Fleming, who is one of eight women in a pilot program at the Indiana Women's Prison that officials plan to roll out to other prisons in the state. Ms. Fleming, 40 years old, passed a test and two rounds of interviews to be accepted into the program.

Scores on Elite High School Test Predict Success, Study Says

A new puzzle piece has emerged in the fractious debate over how to fairly admit students to some of New York City's most sought-after public high schools.
 The city Department of Education on Friday released a 2013 report by a consulting firm it hired to analyze whether the entrance exam for Stuyvesant and seven other specialized high schools was a valid predictor of academic achievement.

Charter Recruits Diverse Teachers

A large charter school network has found a way to diversify its staff despite a chronic shortage of black and Hispanic teachers nationwide. Uncommon Schools, which has 52 urban charters in the Northeast, including New York City, recruits college juniors of color for a summertime taste of teaching in hopes they will sign on after graduation. Hundreds have joined the network full-time.

Schools race to offer lessons in blockchain and digital coinage

Business schools and universities are rushing to launch courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as demand for greater understanding of the technologies grows after the crypto boom. But what exactly should be taught and who should teach it? As academics take stock, debate is growing over where the future of cryptocurrency educationlies.
 Demand from professionals for teaching on cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology that underpins them had increased steadily. More recently, however, there has been an explosion of interest amid turbulent changes in the price of bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, and the hype around it.

Filings Air Harvard's Admission Policies

Harvard University and the organization accusing it of discriminating against Asian- American applicants each say race plays a role in admissions decisions, but disagree whether that constitutes evidence of illegal bias, according to documents filed Friday.
 The filings are part of a lawsuit in Boston federal court brought against Harvard in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit whose members include Asian-Americans who were denied admission to Harvard. The motions are a preview for an October trial in the case.

When Children Anger Easily

EVERY CHILD IS crabby sometimes. But for some children, the problem is a lot greater than occasional crabbiness. For these children, the irritability is so constant and severe that it causes serious problems at home and school. What's more, a high level of irritability in childhood often is a predictor of other mental health problems later: These children have a greater risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders and are more likely to later have suicidal thoughts, research has found.

Program Gives Children a Leg Up on Literacy

Maureen Rover was having her usual coffee and muffin for breakfast one morning in the late 1990s when a newspaper story about New York City state test scores caught her attention. She was dismayed to see that a third of the city's public-school children were far behind in reading at the crucial gateway of third grade.