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Walmart rolls back college costs

Education | The nation’s largest retailer becomes the biggest private company to offer low-wage workers a higher education benefit
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 01:51 pm

Walmart unveiled a plan last month to help its associates earn a college degree—for the ridiculously low rollback price of $1 a day. Although not the first U.S. employer to offer a college partnership program, it’s the largest. It’s also one of the only companies to offer the benefit to entry-level employees who might not otherwise have a chance to further their education and improve their job prospects.

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Critics blast Texas governor’s school safety plan

Education | Gun control advocates say nothing but limiting firearms will stop student killers
by Anna Johansen
Posted 6/06/18, 01:54 pm

Texas schools could send teachers to gun training courses as soon as this summer under a school safety plan Gov. Greg Abbott introduced last week. Abbott made the recommendations in response to the May 18 school shooting at Santa Fe High School, just south of Houston.

Some of the ideas detailed in the 43-page report require changes to state laws and would necessitate a special session of the Texas legislature, but schools can implement some proposed measures immediately.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee’s new wildcard system paid off for Thursday’s winner, 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas. Nemmani was one of 515 participants who came to the prestigious competition through the RSVBee system, designed to give spellers from especially competitive regions a better chance to participate. Nemmani beat out 12-year-old Naysa Modi from Frisco, Texas, who bested him in their county-level meet. “I didn’t really think I’d be able to do it,” the soft-spoken winner said.

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