Teacher fired for being gay gets an apology four decades later

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An “excellent” social studies teacher who had dedicated 12 years to his students had his career cut short after he was fired in 1972 because his sexual orientation was deemed “immoral.”

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Working moms may be helping their kids, study finds

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Moms who feel guilty about going back to work can give themselves a break. A new study suggests their kids may do better in kindergarten.

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Starbucks to help baristas earn college degrees

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Starbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to offer college aid to 135,000 U.S. workers who work at least 20 hours a week.

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Class Notes: Is going to college worth the money?

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Filmmaker Andrew Rossi’s new documentary, “Ivory Tower,” attempts to answer a question that’s on the minds of many debt-ridden, unemployed graduates: Is college a racket? The result is a scathing and dizzyingly thorough critique of the “time bomb” that is American higher education.

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Obama geeks out (again) at White House Science Fair

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Science education went to the head of the class at the White House on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama announcing a $35 million competition for teacher training programs — and checking out an all-star lineup of science fair projects.

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'Go After It': Brian Williams' advice to Hillwood grads

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The students at Hillwood High School never expected to convince Brian Williams to deliver their commencement address. But on Thursday night, there he was: dispensing wisdom to a crowd of smiling 2014 graduates.

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Malala: I’ll give portrait money to Nigerian girls

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“I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the abduction,” said Malala Yousafzai.

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Bedside graduation makes mother’s dying wish come true

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A Maryland school arranged for one of its seniors to graduate a month early at home so her cancer-stricken mom could be there.

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'Not hard; just hard work': Girl, 16, graduates from high school and college in same week

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Grace Bush, 16, doesn’t hesitate when asked to name her ultimate career goal: Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Don’t chuckle. She’s already well on her way.

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Pick up your pencils: A sneak peek at the new SAT

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Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.

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Team MVP cuts trophy into thirds and shares with teammates

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A teen basketball player cuts her MVP trophy into thirds and shared it with two teammates she felt deserved the award as well.

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Teen gets into all 8 Ivy League schools

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A Long Island high school senior who is the first-generation son of immigrants accomplished a feat few other students have even attempted — getting accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

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SAT dumps essay, promises 'more opportunities'

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'Good-hearted boy': 8-year-old pays off overdue lunch accounts

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For most 8-year-olds, helping out a friend at lunchtime might involve sharing a snack or making a mutually beneficial trade. But when third grader Cayden Taipalus realized some students at his school had to forego hot meals because they had negative lunch account balances, he raised enough money to help thousands of his peers.

“I just want to make kids have a better lunch,” he told TODAY.com.

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