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1 month ago

Pharma CEO's mother helped boost EpiPen sales nationwide with education group

A giant drug company under fire over the price of EpiPens received a sales boost with the help of an education group led by the CEOs mother, a report revealed Tuesday.

The price of the lifesaving Mylan product for severe allergic reactions jumped by over 500% since 2007 to $608 for a two-pack of the injector devices. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch will testify Wednesday at a Congressional hearing on justified outrage from families and schools.

And an investigation by USA Today showed Breschs mother and the wife of Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Gayle Manchin, helped the devices become required at schools nationwide during her time as president of the Nation

4 months ago

New community superintendents at military schools in Europe - Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany New community superintendents are to help oversee the militarys schools in Europe as part of an upper management reorganization intended to improve student achievement, the Department of Defense Education Activity said Monday.

Eight community superintendents will be hired to assist the district superintendent while also overseeing schools, DODEA spokesman Will Griffin said.

The new positions were created under a DODEA restructuring plan announced last year that, in Europe, will shrink the number of districts from four to three, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Instead of Bavaria, Kaiserslautern, Isles and the Mediterranean, DODEA schools in Europe will be grouped under Europe East, Europe West and Europe South.

Assistant superintendent positions at the district level will be eliminated, Griffin said. There will be more community superintendents dispersed geographically under the new system, he said. In Kaiserslautern, for example, there will be two community superintendents, since Kaiserslautern is the largest geographic area with the largest number of schools in Europe, Griffin said.

The community superintendents will provide guidance to staff on school activities and lead professional development among other duties.

The restructuring of staff positions above school-level comes as DODEA continues to roll out new College and Career Ready Standards, a set of curriculum guidelines based on the Common Core state standards for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

The organizational changes will support school operations across the spectrum, not just with college and career readiness implementation, Griffin said, getting resources down closer to school level.

Other changes include moving specialists who support instruction from headquarters offices out to the school districts, Griffin said.

Four community superintendents have already been hired, DODEA Europe announced last week. Three of them are DODEA school principals in Europe.

Melissa Hayes, the principal at Aviano Elementary School, Italy, will be the community superintendent at Grafenwoehr. Walter Wilhoit, the principal of Rota Elementary School in Rota, Spain, has been selected as the Brussels community superintendent. The two Kaiserslautern community superintendents will be Josh Adams, the principal of Ramstein Middle School, and Jason Ter Horst, a former military linguist and electronic warfare signals analyst, who was a principal, executive director and assistant superintendent in Colorado Springs, Colo.

6 months ago

UNSW Student Bodies Are Condemning College Students Caught "Glorifying Acts Of Rape" On Film - Junkee

Student bodies at the University of New South Wales have condemned an incident involving students at the universitys Philip Baxter College, which they allege was incredibly degrading and objectifying of women and glorif[ied] acts of rape. The incident, which was filmed on a mobile phone by two Baxter students, allegedly took place on the night of Friday, April 8, at a Boys Night Out organised by students at the college as they were travelling on a bus on their way to a nightclub.

In the footage, students can be heard chanting the lyrics to a song containing misogynistic and violent lyrics:

I wish that all the ladies/Were little red foxes/And if I were a hunter/Id shoot them in their boxes

I wish that all the ladies/Were buns in the oven/And if I were a baker/Id cream them by the dozen

I wish that all the ladies/Were holes in the road/And if I was a dump truck/Id fill them with my load.

The UNSW Student Representative Council and the SRC Womens Collective released a statement regarding the footage last night, calling the behaviour of the students deplorable and saying that this type of behaviour speaks to persisting attitudes within universities and society at large, which perpetuate a culture that is degrading to women and normalise acts of sexual assault and gendered violence. A snap protest has been organised at the UNSW Library Lawn for midday today.

In a press release, a UNSW media representative said: UNSW is appalled by the sexist and demeaning attitudes and behaviours towards women outlined in these allegations and is taking immediate steps to investigate. Meetings were convened last night between the University, college residents and student representatives. UNSW has zero tolerance for offensive behaviour of this nature.

Numerous Australian university colleges have been criticised for their attitudes toward women in the past. In 2012, 33 students at the University of Sydneys St Johns College were suspended after a first-year female student was hospitalised following an O-Week initiation ritual. The female student was allegedly pressured into drinking an alcoholic cocktail containing dog food and shampoo, causing severe internal bleeding. Subsequent investigations revealed a culture of degradation, violence, misogyny and anarchy at the college, including widespread sexual harassment, property damage andhomophobic, sexist and racist conduct.

In 2009, a pro-rape Facebook page run by students at the nearby St Pauls college prompted widespread outrage andan apology from college warden Dr Ivan Head.Further investigationssaw female college students describe a culture of rape, sexual assault and cover-ups at the college.

Baxter College has been contacted for comment.

Feature image via UNSW/Flickr.

9 months ago

Fighting "corporate control of education": A millennial education wonk goes to war against neoliberal reform - Salon

When it comes to the world of elite education reform the land dominated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation; your Arne Duncans and Michelle Rhees there is no shortage of young and optimistic millennials, eager to explain why the brave new future of standardized testing, pay-for-performance, grit and Common Core will help public (and pseudo-public) education fix many of our society and economys ills.Theyre often called thinkfluencers, or something equivalently silly; and the scene is lousy with em.

Nikhil Goyal, a young education activist and author, comes from an entirely different angle which is why his upcoming book, Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Cr

11 months ago

How To Get A Great College Degree

But are a little unsure about how to go about it, look no further, if you're looking to graduate from college. You need to know some definite things about your education. The article below has the information you need to help you become a college graduate. Keep reading to find out more.

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