National / International News

Gaza deaths appalling, says Cameron

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:52
The UN was right to speak out against an Israeli attack near a UN-run school in Gaza, David Cameron says.

Race to rescue China quake survivors

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:50
China sends 2,500 soldiers to boost rescue efforts in Yunnan province, after an earthquake killed hundreds of people on Sunday.

Ex-royal aide denies sexual assault

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:45
A former personal assistant to the Duke of Edinburgh denies sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

England 'ready to win World Cup'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:41
As England prepare to face Spain in Group A, Maggie Alphonsi says the "pain" of three final defeats can drive them to World Cup glory.

Car smashes through pub toilets

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:34
A car smashes into a Beefeater pub's toilets, leaving the vehicle crushed but the driver miraculously alive.

The push to protect student data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:30

It’s summer. School is out and kids are more concerned with what they're wearing to the pool, than with history and algebra.

But that doesn't mean teachers and other educators are taking a break.

In fact,  lots of them are spending their summer breaks grappling with student data.  What to gather. How to use it. And how to protect it.

Data has never played a greater role in education, particularly as schools move to models of "personalized learning," or tailoring a child's education to meet his or her abilities.  

And while there are lots of upsides to having so much information on students, there are downsides as well.

Parents are concerned about privacy—especially after the  NSA revelations and the Target data breach. Parents are also worried that marketers could get a hold of their kids' information.

The U.S. Department of Education has jumped in.  It issued new guidance for schools and districts about how to keep parents informed about data collection.  

There’s also a new government website focused on the federal laws that cover how student data can be used.  

And this video highlighting The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act known as FERPA: 

 

Last week, U.S. Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced new federal legislation to protect student privacy.  They’ve called it the “Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014.” 

Here are some highlights of the bill.   (And take note, it's  all about how data is shared--not about what's collected) 

   Security 

  • Requires educational agencies and schools to have security measures in place to keep student data confidential.
  • All parties to whom schools and agencies disclose data must have established security procedures to protect the data.
  • Any outside party obtaining access to records must destroy all copies, after the data has been used for the expressed purpose.

  Marketing

  • Outside parties can’t use the data to market to students.

 Transparency

  • Parents and students must be allowed to view records and request corrections of any data they believe is inaccurate.
  • Agencies and schools must keep track of who requests access to educational records.

 

Iraq offers air support to Kurds

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:24
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki orders the country's air force to provide support to Kurdish forces fighting militants in the north.

Federal Judge Rules Alabama Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:18

The law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The measure is similar to legislation in 10 other states.

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Big Bang Theory stars sign new deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:13
Three stars of US hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory sign new three-year contracts, putting to an end a brief delay in filming new episodes.

Visual process 'key for sharp mind'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:12
Being able to glean a lot of information at a glance is critical for keeping a sharp mind, according to research published in Current Biology.

Doctor With Ebola Is Improving, As Nigeria Reports Second Case

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:06

Dr. Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for Ebola in the U.S., arrived in Atlanta Saturday, while the outbreak in West Africa continues to spread. Nigeria says a doctor there has the virus.

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VIDEO: Highlights from WW1 centenary events

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:02
BBC News compiles some of the highlights of the events being held around the world to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Anger at Egypt orphanage 'brutality'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:58
A video showing the manager of an orphanage in Egypt beating children in his care has provoked outrage in the Egyptian media.

Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:52

Are we going back to the bad old days of big increases in health care spending or is the modest boost of recent years here to stay? It really depends on who you ask — insurers or hospitals.

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Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:50

After Sam Bompas roasted marshmallows over lava at a volcano in Japan, he wanted to recreate the experience. So he asked a geologist and sculptor who'd built an artificial volcano to host a barbecue.

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Three-day water ban in Ohio lifted

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:46
The mayor of Toledo brings to an end a water ban for about 400,000 people, caused by toxic algae, and drinks a glass of tap water to make his point.

Woman raped in hospital toilet

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:39
A woman is raped in a disabled toilet at a Leeds hospital.

Boys unearth gold from 2,300 BC

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:16
A group of Cumbrian schoolboys unearths a rare 4,000-year-old ornament during a dig in Northumberland.

Thai surrogate baby case disputed

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 07:06
An Australian couple deny abandoning a baby boy with Down's Syndrome, but the Thai surrogate mother he was born to disputes their account.

France condemns Israel over Gaza

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 06:54
France condemns Israel in unusually strong terms over its conduct in Gaza, with its foreign minister speaking of a massacre by the Israeli military.
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