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  1. Asbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results
    A public interest group tested 27 back-to-school products and found dangerous chemicals in four of them.
  2. How to Write a Good College Application Essay
    A strong essay might mean the difference between getting accepted — or rejected — by the school of your choice.
  3. The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation
    The newest students are transforming the way schools serve and educate them, including sending presidents and deans to Instagram and Twitter.
  4. Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students
    Transfer students offer racial and ethnic diversity that higher education is seeking and help make up for the decline in high school graduates who might apply.
  5. The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia
    In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.
  6. Harvard Club Considers a Change, and Some Think It’s the ‘Worst Thing Ever’
    When the New York City club’s leadership proposed turning Harvard Hall into a dining room, members pushed back and the club president was called a “fascist dictator.”
  7. Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools
    The announcement that Mr. Bezos would start a network of Montessori preschools has made some in the education world wary.
  8. Fingers Point to China After Break-Ins Target New Zealand Professor
    Prof. Anne-Marie Brady had conducted research into the breadth of the Chinese Communist Party’s influence in Western countries.
  9. France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?
    The government hopes the move will get students to pay more attention in class and talk more to each other. But some doubt whether the ban can be enforced.
  10. Killing of Champion Golfer in ‘Senseless, Random Act’ Stuns Iowa State
    Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, was stabbed to death while playing golf. The suspect had spoken of “an urge to rape and kill a woman,” an acquaintance said.
  11. Reconsiderations: ‘Little Women’ Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novel’s 150th Anniversary
    Alcott’s book was that unusual thing, a classic that is also an instant hit. It was also revolutionary then — and even now.
  12. Rethinking What Gifted Education Means, and Whom It Should Serve
    Montgomery County, Md., made sweeping changes to diversify its gifted programs. It’s succeeding, but not without creating some anxiety and controversy.
  13. Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo
    The author of “Speak,” one of the first Y.A. novels to focus on sexual violence, said fiction gives teenagers a language to describe the trauma.
  14. Education Dept. Reopens Rutgers Case Charging Discrimination Against Jewish Students
    The civil rights chief at the department, defining Judaism as an ethnicity, has reopened a civil rights case closed four years ago by the Obama administration.
  15. Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction.
    It’s one of the biggest, most expensive American health crises in memory. But the field of addiction medicine is fairly new.
  16. Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
    Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.
  17. Advertising: Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign
    The Ad Council — along with G.E., Google, IBM, Microsoft and Verizon — is trying to encourage girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math.
  18. Harvard Is Vaulting Workers Into the Middle Class With High Pay. Can Anyone Else Follow Its Lead?
    Students forced the university to shield campus workers from outsourcing’s impact on pay. But as a model, the policy challenges some economic axioms.
  19. Amanda Kyle Williams, Crime Novelist Who Was Dyslexic, Dies at 61
    Ms. Williams, who was dyslexic, didn’t read her first novel until she was 23. Then she landed a $1 million contract to write a mystery series.
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