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New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 08:00

Plan for cameras to track students in Lockport’s schools called ‘unprecedented invasion of privacy’ and ‘colossal waste of money’

A school district in western New York is launching a first-of-its-kind facial recognition system, generating new privacy concerns about the powerful but controversial technology.

The Lockport city school district is beginning implementation of the Aegis facial recognition system this week, officials said, with the technology expected to be fully up and running in time for the new school year in September.

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What are our universities for? Taxpayers have a right to know | Simon Jenkins

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 08:00
The Augar review has looked into funding. But we need a bigger vision to solve the legacy of failed marketisation

Eat your heart out, Henry VIII. Britain’s universities have pulled off the greatest institutional coup of our age. They have reversed the dissolution of these contemporary monasteries.

The rescue job on student loans performed by Philip Augar this week is expected to channel another £6bn a year of state funds into universities and colleges. Almost half the nation’s post-18 cohort – principally the richer half – will continue to be removed from the labour force, supposedly to fructify in peaceful retreat for three years. Meanwhile, universities are sitting on £44bn of reserves accumulated since fees tripled in 2012, the other outcome of which is a staggering £100bn of student debt built up over the past decade. No one can say what the nation has gained for all this money.

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Special educational needs children and parents hold protest

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 22:00
A number of protests are held across England to highlight what parents say is a funding 'crisis'.
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Higher education report leaves university leaders fearing cuts

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 20:50

Augar Post-18 report concludes that funds be diverted to further education and vocational courses

University leaders said their sector could be pushed into “survival mode” if the funding cuts proposed by a new report into student financing become government policy.

The Augar report on post-18 education in England, commissioned by Theresa May, recommended a shift in funding away from universities towards further education (FE) and vocational training, with the report sharply criticising universities for offering too many “low value” courses.

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The Guardian view on the Augar review: taking further education seriously | Editorial

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 20:40
A commission appointed by the PM to look at tuition fees has concluded that colleges, and not universities, require the most urgent attention

Commissioned by Theresa May as a panicky response to Labour’s better-than-expected performance in the 2017 general election, Philip Augar’s review of post-18 education in England has concentrated, rightly, on further education. Successive governments have neglected non-university courses and training, but these institutions of further education, so often ignored in favour of the more prestigious higher education sector, hold the key to boosting social mobility and productivity.

While universities and their voluble stakeholders are bound to object to any shrinkage of their own scope and resources, the proposed rebalancing of the post-18 system so that FE colleges are no longer quite such poor relations is sound. Mr Augar’s recommendation that £3bn in extra funds should flow to colleges and other vocational training providers annually, as well as a one-off £1bn capital funding boost for a national network, could have a transformative effect on a sector for too long left on the sidelines.

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Families rally against special educational needs funding cuts

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 19:50

Send children, parents and teachers have marched in 28 towns in England

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities have staged protests across England against funding cuts.

On Thursday afternoon, children, parents and teachers marched in 28 towns and cities including London, Bristol, Leeds and Birmingham in the first national action of its kind.

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‘Parents know best’: Esther McVey faces Tory backlash over LGBT lessons

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 17:37

Potential PM says ‘final say’ on children learning about same-sex relationships is for parents

Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey has come under fire from within her own party after she said it should be up to parents if they want to withdraw their primary-age children from lessons on same-sex relationships.

The remarks by McVey, a former work and pensions secretary, sparked a backlash from equality campaigners and one of her own colleagues, Justine Greening, who was the first openly gay female cabinet minister.

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Would proposed finance changes help poorer students?

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 15:38
A government-commissioned review proposes changes to the student finance system. Are they better for poorer students?
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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Nazareth Houses were 'places of fear'

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 15:35
Children were physically and sexually abused and emotionally degraded at Nazareth House orphanages, an inquiry finds.
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NUS Wales warns over England finance shake-up impact

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 14:24
Student leaders in Wales warn against a negative impact of any changes to tuition fees in England.
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Cutting tuition fees misses the point. We need to overhaul the whole system | Matt Waddup

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 13:49

There are good proposals in the Augar review, but it doesn’t confront the real problem: our marketised university system

There are lots of good proposals in today’s Augar review of post-18 education and funding in England, including the restoration of maintenance grants for the poorest students, new funding opportunities for adult learners, and the expansion of further education colleges. Yet its downfall is that it fundamentally fails to grapple with the contradictions at the core of our marketised education system. As such, it gets some big calls wrong.

For starters, the review correctly notes the plight of further education thanks to a decade of underinvestment, but the welcome call for increased spending is balanced out in a “rob Peter to pay Paul”-style raid. It will leave universities facing real terms cuts of 11% over the next three years – cuts that, if realised, would leave universities billions of pounds worse off and damage students, staff and the UK’s academic capacity.

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May urges Tories to cut tuition fees and revive student grants

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 12:43

PM calls on her successor as party leader to reduce the burden of debt on young people

Theresa May has thrown down the gauntlet to the Tory leadership candidates to slash tuition fees and reinstate maintenance grants for the poorest students.

In a speech in London, May acknowledged she no longer had power to implement the policy herself as she is leaving office at the end of July.

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The government's tuition fee review ignores EU students | Paul Raybould

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 12:17

EU students are being deterred by the prospect of higher fees after Brexit. The Augar review failed to address this

There has been plenty of speculation about what the Augar review of post-18 education and funding will mean for universities’ bottom lines. The report has proposed slashing tuition fees in England to £7,500, at a time when universities are feeling the effects of Brexit on EU recruitment and funding. There is a risk that the government may not compensate universities for this loss in revenue, which means they may instead look to international student student recruitment to strengthen the sector. But the Augar review report misses a key opportunity to address this.

Related: 'It's a dangerous time': can UK and US universities survive funding cuts?

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Special needs: Petition demands end to 'national crisis'

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 03:51
Thousands sign a petition to be delivered to Downing Street, amid demonstrations in England and Wales.
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Tuition fees 'should be cut to £7,500'

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 02:31
A review calls for lower university fees, more for further education but 10 more years of repayments.
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Give worse-off students £3,000 to stay in education, says report

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 02:01

In turnaround from Cameron’s scrapped maintenance grants, May says move ‘has not worked’

Disadvantaged students in England could receive grants worth £3,000 a year to encourage them to remain in education after leaving school, according to proposals from a government-commissioned report backed by Theresa May.

The report into post-age 16 education and funding would, if accepted by a future government, see a shift in funding from universities to further education (FE) and vocational training. Universities would lose income for “low value” courses while their graduates would be making higher student loan repayments until the brink of their retirement.

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Colleges Challenge a Common Protection in Sexual Assault Lawsuits: Anonymity

NYTimes - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 00:49
Efforts to publicly disclose the identities of women suing universities represent a more aggressive approach toward students, lawyers said.
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Jessica Hynes campaigns in Liskeard for drama in schools

bbc education - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 20:18
Jessica Hynes believes drama can help young people communicate and improve mental wellbeing.
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Dominic Raab 'more rightwing on education than Thatcher'

the guardian - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 20:02

Labour attacks Tory leadership hopeful over proposal to allow firms run state schools for profit

Tory leadership hopeful Dominic Raab has been described as more rightwing than Margaret Thatcher over his proposal to let state schools be run by profit-making companies

Raab, who is second favourite in the race to be the next prime minister, made the case for privately run state schools in 2013 and again in 2014, saying the government should open up the education system for companies to make money.

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Une maternelle plus exigeante à partir de la rentrée

lemonde_edu - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 16:53
La circulaire de rentrée 2019-2020 a été publiée au « Bulletin officiel ». Elle fixe de « nouvelles exigences » pour l’école maternelle, en passe de devenir obligatoire.
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