ThinkProgress Shuttered

One of the giants of the progressive blogosphere is going away.

Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

A Federal Court has ruled once again in favor of a transgender student in Virginia who was prevented from using the bathroom conforming to their gender identity.

Parents Giving Up Custody of Kids to Scam Financial Aid

Dozens of well-off students from the Chicago area are getting college subsidies.

A Serious Threat to Higher Education in Alaska

After a series of line item vetoes, the University of Alaska is facing a 41% cut in state funding.

1975 Warren vs 1975 Biden on Busing

A law review article written when the former was a student provides an interesting contrast.

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Harris Softens Busing Stance

The surging candidate seems to be trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Education Deserts a Fact of Life

Rural Americans are much less likely to go to college than their urban counterparts. Is there a solution?

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The Warren And Sanders Plans To Cancel Student Loan Debt Won’t Solve The Problem

Senators Warren and Sanders have both proposed plans to forgive student loan debt and make public colleges tuition-free. That’s easier said than done.

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Bernie Sanders Wants Taxpayers to Pay Off All College Loans

The Democratic Socialist wants to absorb $1.6 trillion of student debt.

National Spelling Bee Ends in 8-Way Tie

Having exhausted their word list and the competitors, the contest ended with octo-champs.

West Point Graduates Record Number Of African-American Women

This year’s graduating class at West Point includes a record number of African-American women.

Investigation Finds Ohio State Doctor Abused At Least 177 Students

An investigation has found that a doctor linked to Ohio State’s wrestling program abused more than 170 students during his time at the school.

Sanders Calls for Private Charter School Ban

I’m not sure his solution is correct or even legal. But the problem is very real.

Harvard Fires Dean Representing Harvey Weinstein

The university has bowed to student pressure.

Warren Proposes Student Loan Forgiveness and Free College

It’s an interesting idea, although one fraught with moral hazard.

A Reminder about Higher Ed

US higher education is made up of far more than just the Ivies and other elite schools.

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41 States’ Higher Ed Funding Down Since 2008

Per-student investment in public colleges has not recovered from the Great Recession.

George Washington Students Want to Drop ‘Colonials’ Nickname

Despite the obvious connection with the university’s namesake, the word does have other connotations.

What the Hell is Going on at Carolina?

More turmoil in the UNC athletic program threatens Carolina’s academic standing.

Harvard Sued Over Ownership of Slave Photos

A racist scholar took some fascinating photos of an enslaved man in 1860. Now, his descendants want the rights to them.

What’s an Elite College?

How finite is prestige?

50 Charged in College Bribery Scandal

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are the most famous of dozens of rich folks trying to get their kids into elite schools.

Robert Caro’s Obligations to Readers

The 83-year-old is taking time off finishing his LBJ quintilogy to write his memoirs. Is that selfish?

Scaling Down Inequality

Gender bias in student evaluations of college professors diminishes considerably by changing the scale.

Texas Trying To Force Students To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

The State of Texas is arguing in Court that a school district can force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment.

Ohio State Suspends Urban Meyer Three Games Amid Assistant Coach Abuse Scandal

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has suspended football coach Urban Meyer for three games over his handling of allegations of domestic violence by an Assistant Coach dating back to 2015.

University Of Maryland Football Coach Suspended Amid Reports Of ‘Toxic Culture’

The head football coach at the University of Maryland has been suspended after reports of a “toxic environment” that led to the death of a student athlete in June.

Federal Judge In Indiana Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student

Another Federal Judge has ruled in favor of a transgender student seeking the right to use the gender that conforms to the gender they identify with.

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Transgender Students In Restroom Access Case

A Federal Judge in Oregon has rejected an efforts by a parent’s group to block a school district policy that allows transgender students to use the restroom facilities that conform to their gender identity.

David Clarke Gets to Keep His Masters Degree

The plagiarism case reported last May was resolved after ten months of aggravation for both sides.

Honorifics, Gender, and Journalism

A seemingly innocuous change to a newspaper style guide has some significant implications.

Indiana Teacher Fighting Policy Requiring Calling Transgender Kids by Preferred Name

He thinks his Constitutional rights are being violated. They’re not.

Commission Set Up To Examine School Shootings Won’t Look At Role Of Guns

The Trump Administration’s School Safety Commission isn’t getting off to a very good start.

School Shootings No Longer Shock Students. It Shouldn’t Be Like This

We have a generation of schoolkids who aren’t even surprised when there’s a shooting at their school. That’s a problem.

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

A Federal Judge in Virginia has handed a significant legal victory to a student who sued their school district because they were barred form using the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

Fixing Schools Requires Changing the Social Contract

Solving the problems created by neighborhood-based schools isn’t going to be easy.

Rice Commission Issues NCAA Reform Recommendations

The Commission on College Basketball recommended an end to the one-and-done rule and other major reforms.

Fresno State English Professor Calls Barbara Bush ‘Racist’ and Wishes Rest of Family Would Die Soon

Randa Jarrar was classless and contemptible, which is protected by the First Amendment. As a tenured state employee so is her job.

Ryan Zinke the ‘Geologist’

CNN reports that the Interior Secretary, who claims to be a “geologist,” merely has a geology degree.

Millennials Don’t Know Much About The Holocaust

A plurality of Americans aged 18 to 34 have no idea how many people were killed, what Auschwitz was, or how Hitler came to power.

“Learning Styles” Likely Are Just A Myth

The idea that individuals have different “learning styles” is apparently not borne out by the evidence, according to recent research.

Teaching Political Science and the Trump Administration

Dan Drezner notes some challenges on this topic, and I add some of my own thoughts.

Teacher Says ‘America Has Never Been Great for Minorities’

Johnetta Benton was caught on tape in a 15-minute rant against President Trump’s campaign slogan. She ain’t wrong.

Student Evaluations of Professors Should be Illegal

Repeated studies have demonstrated their bias against women and minorities. Why do we use them to make employment decisions?

Wisconsin Waging War on Higher Education?

Wisconsin-Stevens Point is shuttering 13 majors, including English, history, political science and sociology while expanding more job-oriented programs.

Teacher Accidentally Shoots Student While Demonstrating Gun Safety

Yet another example of the foolishness of having firearms in the schoolhouse.

National School Walkout Commemorates Florida School Shooting

Students across the country are staging 17-minute protests at 10 am in their time zones.

Is Fear of School Shootings Irrational?

Kids are more likely to be killed driving to school than shot while there. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and prevent them.

Texas Wesleyan Fires Coach for Abject Stupidity

Mike Jeffcoat rejected a prospect, in writing, on account of marijuana being legal in his state, adding, “You can thank your liberal politicians.”