North Dakota’s Top Speller Makes It To The Next Round

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota’s county and state spelling champion made it to round three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So how did Tobi Shorunke of Fargo do Tuesday afternoon? His word was “portulaca” and he asked for the definition. Any plant of a...

Right to Work Case Threatens Teachers’ Unions, Classroom Conditions

WASHINGTON — Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky have all indicated they might follow in the footsteps of the West Virginia teachers’ union, with Oklahoma setting a strike date of April 2 if the state legislature does not meet its demands for pay increases, restoration of...

Concerns over Chinese Influence in Academia Arise

WASHINGTON – As experts spotlight China’s military buildup to challenge the United State as the world’s superpower, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that China is also using soft power to quietly achieve this goal. "One of the things we're trying to do is view the...

Report: Student Loan Default Crisis May Be Worse Than Expected

A new report from the Brookings Institution says that the looming student loan default crisis may be worse than prior estimates. The author, as well as analysts from AEI and Cato, debated the regulatory role of the federal government in mitigating the potential crisis.

Tax on University Endowments Could Divert Tens of Millions from Students

Harvard, Princeton and Yale will be among the hardest hit by a new 1.4% tax on large university endowments contained in the major tax reform legislation passed by Congress last November. Experts warn the tax could cause tens of millions of dollars to be diverted from programs for students and research.

Breaking the Silence Through Art

Mexican artist and feminist Monica Mayer uses art as a tool for social change. Her latest exhibit, The Clothesline Project, encourages women to speak up about experiences of sexual harassment and domestic violence.

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