Education

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University's Spring Commencement ceremony was last weekend, in which 1,509 degrees were conferred. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf sits down with President Bob Davies to reflect on the ceremony. They also talk about some recent student competitions, a faculty innovation initiative, the tuition and fees increase, a partnership with WKCTC and more.

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Records show that the University of Tennessee has pumped millions from its endowment into private investment funds, including many in the Cayman Islands.

The months-long wave of teacher protests, which has rolled through roughly half a dozen states already, swelled and crashed on the front stoop of North Carolina's Capitol building Wednesday. Demonstrators donned red and gathered in the capital, Raleigh, to demand better pay and better school funding.

Last week, teachers-to-be WinnieHope Mamboleo and Cristina Chase Lane marched across the graduation stage at North Carolina State University.

This week, they'll be marching with future colleagues at the state capitol in Raleigh, asking for better pay and better school funding.

North Carolina is the sixth state to see teacher walkouts in the past four months. The others are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona. The Tar Heel state ranks 39th both in per-student spending and in average teacher pay as of 2017.

U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of the best high schools in the country on Wednesday. These numbers are based on student test scores — U.S. News compared those test scores to state averages as a way of calculating how well a school serves its student body. The rankings also factor in graduation rates and AP and IB exams.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State University Board of Regents has authorized a 3% increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the next academic year. The board voted on the increase and approved other rates in a special meeting on Friday. Student Regent Tori Wood voted against the rate increases.

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  Tuition will increase 3.75 percent for new undergraduate students entering Illinois State University this fall term. The hike comes after approval from the school's Board of Trustees on Friday.

What's the Word? - "Thug"

May 10, 2018
Hanna Shelton

 

The word “thug” has been the center of public debates, most recently here in Kentucky when Governor Matt Bevin referred to the protesting of pension cuts by public school teachers as reflecting a “thug mentality.” Many teachers responded to this label with memes and on social media, proudly using the hashtag #thuglife. But what about the origins of the word “thug”?

 

It's a single line in an email:

"The office of 'Students & Young Consumers' ... will be folded into the office of 'Financial Education.' "

Words sent Wednesday morning by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's acting director, Mick Mulvaney, announcing various staffing changes at the bureau.

Why did this bureaucratic-sounding announcement trigger a sheaf of critiques from consumer groups, California's attorney general and at least two U.S. senators?

Courtesy of Murray State University

Murray State University will confer a total of 1,509 pending degrees in two commencement ceremonies this Saturday. 

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