The tension between the two realms is greater than it's been in years, some scientists say. The latest battle played out in Tennessee, which just enacted a law that encourages teachers to question evolution despite the accepted science.
President Obama is calling on Congress to stop federal student loan rates from doubling this summer. Republicans argue extending the current 3.4 percent rate would cost taxpayers too much. We discuss the implications for families and the economy.
As federal and state funds for higher education dry up, many universities are putting new emphasis on Tech Transfer -- patenting and licensing inventions made by faculty members. These inventions can be profitable, but critics warn there are pitfalls."
The Obama administration is making some federal funds contingent on schools using student test scores and classroom observations to evaluate teachers. New York City recently sparked a controversy when it rated thousands of teachers with test scores alone — and then released those ratings to the public.
As they sought to quell a November protest at the University of California-Davis, campus police officers' "decision to use pepper spray was not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy," according to a review of the incident released Wednesday.
The University of Pittsburgh has received more than 50 false-alarm bomb threats since mid-February, which have disrupted campus life. Security has tightened but the threats continue, and some students are wondering how they'll be able to make up class work and prepare for final exams.
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