Quick Takes: Progressive Plan for Education Reform, Tentative Settlement for Pa. Coaches, Meningitis Caused Missouri Player's Death, Controversy at Buffalo Over Nixed Exhibit, Thought-Provoking Candy at Boise State, Accused Researcher Resigns in Texas

August 24, 2005
  • The maximum Pell Grant should be raised so that it covers 50 percent of the average cost of attending a four-year public university and the curriculums of high schools and colleges should be better aligned as part of a larger strategy to help all students succeed in America's education system, according to a report issued Tuesday by a panel of educators, business leaders and others. The report, "Getting Smarter, Becoming Fairer: A Progressive Education Agenda for a Stronger Nation," was released by a panel sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Institute for America's Future, and focuses heavily on fixing the elementary and secondary education system.
  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said Tuesday that it had reached a tentative settlement with non-faculty coaches at its 14 campuses, who had threatened to strike as the fall sports season neared. The agreement, which won't be final until the system's Board of Governors and the membership of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties approve it, calls for annual pay increases of 3 percent plus possible merit raises and one-time cash payments for long-serving coaches, and for coaches to begin contributing out of their salaries for health insurance.
  • A University of Missouri of Columbia football player who collapsed on the practice field last month died of lymphocytic meningitis, the university announced Tuesday.
  • The State University of New York's College at Buffalo is being criticized for calling off an exhibit of boots representing National Guard members killed in Iraq, The Buffalo News reported. Organizers of the exhibit are charging censorship, but college officials say that the organizers didn't follow rules about insurance requirements.
  • The women's center at Boise State University is distributing vagina-shaped candy to students, setting off a range of reactions, according to KBCI News.
  • A medical researcher accused of claiming falsely that a skin cream he developed would protect against anthrax resigned Monday from the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, amid a university investigation into scientific misconduct, according to the Dallas Morning News (free registration required).
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