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UNLV Newsmakers 2021: April | News Center | University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV NewsCenter UNLV Newsmakers 2021: April | News Center | University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 11 May 2021 03:04 PM PDT Housing projects, vaccinations, systemic change, and economic recovery in Las Vegas were big topics for UNLV during the month of April.  As students carried on with virtual and in-person learning, UNLV continued to be a part of the action on national crises. On-campus inoculation teams progressed in serving both first and second-dose vaccinations to Nevada residents. University experts provided expertise on hospitality and police reform as pandemic restrictions lessened and the Derek Chauvin police brutality trial came to an end. A UNLV student team competed in an international solar homebuilding competition and won third in the world for their design of a dwelling built for military veterans with PTSD. And the university

Law Students = Young Lawyers = Technology | New York Law Journal - Law.com

Law Students = Young Lawyers = Technology | New York Law Journal - Law.com

Law Students = Young Lawyers = Technology | New York Law Journal - Law.com

Posted: 04 Nov 2020 11:00 AM PST

legal technologyTechnology will lead the legal profession and the New York State Bar Association seeks to ensure that law students and young lawyers meet that challenge.

Developed by the undersigned, NYSBA designed and taught semester-long technology classes at CUNY Law School, Syracuse College of Law and Albany Law School, becoming the first bar association in the United States to ever teach an entire law course. The undersigned also taught, on behalf of NYSBA, technology-related classes at Hofstra Law School, Pace Law School and Brooklyn Law School. This is how you show practical relevance to law students.

The best small college in every state | Smart Change: Personal Finance - The Times and Democrat

Posted: 27 Oct 2020 09:30 AM PDT

A big state school with a roaring football stadium and packed lecture halls is not the ideal college experience for everyone. Many degree-seekers prefer the intimate atmosphere of classrooms with less than 10 students, where professors are known by their first names, and there's no long wait for office hours. Such tiny colleges are prevalent throughout small towns in America, and even in (or on the outskirts of) big cities. Many maintain the idyllic charm of well-manicured quads and gothic buildings, while others can cite the Rocky Mountains or Pacific Ocean beaches as draws to their community.

Stacker compiled a list of the best small college in every state using rankings from Niche, released in 2020. In Niche's 2021 Best Small Colleges, four-year colleges with under 5,000 students were considered. Wyoming is not included because Niche did not rank any small colleges in the state. However, we did include Washington D.C. Each college chosen includes its student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, six-year median earnings, and other key data.

Plenty of the schools on the list are centered on strong religious beliefs, while others originated from nursing backgrounds or with donations from some of the founding fathers. The benefits offered by these schools include unique majors, prestigious science programs, and award-winning faculty. But there are other perks to be found, too—like the school in Alaska where you can learn to swing dance, the Connecticut school offering full rides to students from Asia, and the traditional women's college that offers all the same perks as its Ivy League neighbor.

Click through to see what the best small college is in your state, and whether or not your alma mater—or a school you've had in mind to apply to—made the cut.

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States with the most and least student debt - Daily Journal Online

Posted: 04 Nov 2020 02:33 PM PST

. Once the cost of books, room and board, and other fees are added in, paying for college with a part-time or summer job is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Today's students are instead turning to loans, leading to a widespread debt crisis. Americans currently owe a collective $1.56 trillion in student loans, changing the shape and trajectory of the U.S. economy. Instead of buying a car or a house, millenials are focused on finding a job that will allow them to make loan payments without defaulting.

Some states are taking steps to help: States are adopting a Student Borrower Bill of Rights and offering a variety of loan repayment programs for qualified graduates. In New York in 2017, for example, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a program that would provide free tuition at public colleges to residents whose families make less than $125,000 a year. A more recent change across the country in 2020: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first student loan payments for recent graduates are deferred from November 2020 until January 2021.

But not all states need the same assistance, so Stacker looked at WalletHub data from 2020 to determine where student debt is hitting the nation the hardest. WalletHub used 11 metrics to rank each state's student loan indebtedness, and grant and student work options. They kept these two major dimensions separate, but used them to come up with a state's overall ranking, where a higher ranking indicates higher student debt.

Read on to see where your state falls on the list.

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Grosse Pointe school board race appears to end talk of schools reopening - Detroit Free Press

Posted: 04 Nov 2020 02:08 PM PST


The bitter race for the Grosse Pointe Board of Education appears to have sealed the fate of two elementary schools closed last year as a cost-cutting move.

Three candidates who argued the closures were necessary won seats on the board. Two others who pledged to reopen the schools also won. 

"It's going to be an interesting mix on the board," said Ahmed Ismail, who finished at the top with 11,496 votes and wants to reopen Charles A. Poupard and Robert Trombly elementary schools. "The conversation at the beginning of the year will be: Are the other members of the board interested in fixing these problems? If they're not, it's pretty much dead and we'll have to move on."

Second-place finisher Colleen Worden supports the closures and said it's time to move on. She and others made clear in their campaigns that they didn't want to undo the reconfiguration plan adopted last year that closed the two schools and moved fifth-graders into the middle schools.

"You have to look at the results of the election," Worden said. "The voters have spoken."

Worden said she knocked on doors across the district and didn't find a lot of parents asking about the reconfiguration. Her priorities are developing a plan to return students to classrooms after starting the year online. She also wants to reach out to parents who left the district for private schools after the public schools didn't offer in-person learning because of COVID-19.

Boosting enrollment would bring more money to the district at a time when the budget is very tight, she said.

The race featured 18 candidates seeking five seats and it turned nasty, complete with dark money ads, the censure of a candidate and accusations of racism and law-breaking.

Also elected to the board were Lisa Papas (9,972 votes), who wants the schools reopened, and David Brumbaugh, who supported the closures. Incumbent Joseph Herd, who was appointed to the board earlier this year and was elected to fill out the final two years of a term, also supports the closures. 

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Critics of the reconfiguration plan argued that it doesn't save much money and destroys a longtime Grosse Pointe tradition of neighborhood elementary schools, where kids walked to class and sometimes went home for lunch. 

But others said they saw something different in those promises. They said talk of returning to the old days is really a desire to see less diversity in a district that has a history of racial incidents.

At Poupard Elementary in Harper Woods, about 76% of the students were Black and the poverty rate was high enough to qualify it as a Title I school, a designation that brings additional money to serve poor children. Those students are now bused to other schools within the district. 

A dark money political action committee, Taxpayers for Grosse Pointe Schools, took out ads supporting three candidates who promised to reopen the schools. But the ads generated controversy, in part, because the PAC refused to disclose the names of donors and also because some of the ads singled out administrators within the district for criticism.

PAC founder Monica Palmer said the funders were parents in the district who didn't want to be attacked for opposing the reconfiguration plan. 

Ismail wants the schools reopened, but he wasn't supported by the PAC. He said the effort was never about race, but rather about walkable neighborhoods and other issues, like keeping fifth-graders in elementary school.

"The mystery 501(c)4, whoever these people are, they didn't do us any favors," he said. "Whether they were right or wrong, look at all the bandwidth they took up."

Ismail said the division caused by the group and the campaign in general is unfortunate.

"My prayer is that when this is all over, including at the national level, we can all go back to being neighbors," he said.

Worden, an assistant prosecutor, said she credits her election in part to her pledge to restore civility to the board. 

"I'm a lawyer who has weeks-long trials against people I disagree with, but you can do it with civility," she said. "I hope to get the board back to where they treat each other with respect."

Contact John Wisely: 313-222-6825 or jwisely@freepress.com. On Twitter @jwisely.

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