Category Archives: Education

Sasha Obama Graduates

(Washington, DC-AP) — Sasha Obama is now a high school graduate. The daughter of former president Barack Obama graduated Sunday with Barack and Michelle Obama, and her sister Malia, in attendance. Joe and Jill Biden were also there.

Her school, Sidwell Friends in Washington, DC, posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook showing her with her graduating class.

Sasha, who turned 18 on Monday, is reportedly headed to the University of Michigan in the fall. Her sister Malia will start her third year at Harvard.

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14-Year Old Atlanta Teen Becomes Youngest Ever Admitted To Spelman College

(DEKALB COUNTY, Ga) – By the time Sydney Wilson was in the 2nd grade she knew she was a gifted student. Often teased by her peers for being ‘too smart’, Wilson says she never let it get to her.

“I just stayed on my path,” Wilson said. “I didn’t really feel like I needed to be popular … because, I mean, I like myself.”

That path led her to extraordinary accomplishments.  She started taking High School courses at Wilson Academy in Lithionia when she was 10.  At age 13, she applied to Spelman College. At 14, (She just had a birthday) she will be the youngest student ever to be enrolled at Spelman College.

Wilson says she found out after Spelman sent her dad an acceptance letter.

“So, he calls me in and he says, ‘Look at the computer!’ So I looked at it, and I just melt,” Wilson said. “I was screaming and I was crying. I ran out to tell my family, and we took a bunch of pictures and posted it on Instagram and everything.”

The teen will start Spelman in the fall.  I would say, with the rest of the Class of 2023, but she’ll probably graduate early!

Wilson says, yes, she plans on living on campus with the other students.  She plans on majoring in Biology saying she wants to use animal science to create cures for human ailments.

 

Billionaire Pledges To Pay Off Student Loan Debt For Graduates

(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Morehouse College graduates are having their student loans paid off by a billionaire investor. Graduate Earnest White says it took a minute for the news to sink in.

Robert F. Smith made the stunning announcement as he delivered the commencement address over the weekend at the all-male, historically black college. He said “you great Morehouse men are bound only by the limits of your own conviction and creativity.” Morehouse says Smith promised as much as 40-million-dollars to make sure each graduate left college debt-free.

A Joke? Loughlin Thought D.A. Was Bluffing

(Los Angeles, CA_AP) — Actress Lori Loughlin  may have thought the charges against her were bogus. There are several reports that say the former Full House star thought the District Attorney in Boston was bluffing, and believed that she might be able to skate by.

There are also reports that she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal. Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500-grand in bribes to get her kids into USC and they face hefty fines and prison time.

More Than a Dozen Parents Due in Court for Largest College Cheating Scheme in U.S. History

(Boston, MA-AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in the nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are appearing in court. Authorities say the parents paid to rig their children’s standardized test scores or they bribed coaches and college administrators to get their children into prestigious universities.

Among the group of parents appearing in court today is Michelle Janavs, a member of the family that invented of “Hot Pockets.” Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who were also charged, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. At least three people have pleaded guilty in the case in Boston, including former Yale Women’s Soccer Coach Rudy Meredith.

Federal Court Appearances In College Admissions Scandal Today

(Boston, MA) — A dozen people accused in the nation’s biggest college admissions bribery case are due in Boston federal court today. They include six college athletic coaches, an associate athletics director, two SAT/ACT test administrators, and two people accused of working with alleged ringleader Rick Singer.

Singer’s accused of orchestrating the cheating and bribery scandal. He’s pleading guilty. The case involves elite schools including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and USC. A number of wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are accused of paying bribes to get their children into the colleges.

In related news, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and his daughter were forced to remove tweets celebrating her recent acceptance to USC that also showed Andre Young taking swipes at parents who cheated to get their children in.

It seems Dr. Dre forgot USC named a building in his honor after he generously donated $70 million dollars to the school.

More Lawsuits Against Elite Schools After Bribery Scandal

(San Francisco, CA-AP) — A California woman is launching a 500-billion-dollar lawsuit in connection to the nationwide school bribery scandal. Jennifer Kay Toy filed a class action complaint in San Francisco Superior Court yesterday against actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and 40 other defendants.

The former Oakland teacher claims her son and other children did not get a “fair chance” in gaining admission to colleges and universities caught up in the cheating scandal. The defendants are accused of conspiracy, bribery, and the use of charitable organizations to hide illegal payments.

Actress Lori Loughlin is free on one-million-dollars bail but will eventually have to give up her passport. The Full House actor made her first appearance in federal court in downtown L.A. She’ll be allowed to continue traveling to Canada for work but will have to surrender her passport by mid-December. She and her husband are accused of spending half-a-million dollars to get their daughters into USC as part of the crew team, despite the fact they never took part in the sport.

Both will appear in court in Boston on March 29th.

UPDATE: As the scandal rages on, the Hallmark Channel is cutting ties with Lori Loughlin.  As reported earlier, she was in Canada filming for the channel when a warrant was made for her arrest.

USC is also saying students connected to the scam will be denied admission and case-by-case review will be conducted for students who are already enrolled at USC and might be connected to the scheme.

West Virginia Teachers Strike Gets Quick Victory

(Charleston, WV-AP) — Teachers in West Virginia are celebrating a quick victory after legislators backed down on a bill to support private and charter schools. The teachers walked off their jobs today for the second time in less than a year. The State House of Delegates responded by voting to table a bill that would have allowed public tax dollars to pay for private school tuition and establish charter schools in the state for the first time.

The teachers union said the strike will continue Wednesday because they don’t trust legislators. Teachers in this state were the first to walk off their jobs in a recent national trend to improve salaries and conditions in public schools. Most of the walkouts have been in Republican-controlled states that have seen a shift from funding public education to private schools.

Teachers in Oakland, California could be the next to walk off their jobs, threatening to do so on Thursday unless there is a last-minute deal.

Beyonce And Jay-Z Donating $1M In Scholarships

(AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z will be giving away over one million dollars to help students in need pay for college. The hip-hop couple will be giving 100-thousand dollars to one high school senior from eleven different cities they’ll be stopping at on their On the Run II tour. Each student will be selected by the local Boys & Girls Club.

The cities they’ll be selected from include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix and Miami. The donations are a collaboration of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s charities, the BeyGOOD initiative and The Shawn Carter Foundation.

Georgetown Lowers Tuition So Gay Teen Can Attend

(Jacksonville, FL) – Georgetown University is also going to help a Florida teen who was kicked out of his Jacksonville home by his family because he’s gay. Last February Seth Owen said his Southern Baptist family gave him an ultimatum that he attend their church or get out.

The 18-year-old valedictorian had been accepted to Georgetown but needed help to get there without his family’s support. His story went viral and more than 140-thousand dollars was donated to his GoFundMe page. But, he was still short 20-thousand dollars. Georgetown is now lowering his out-of-pocket contribution to nothing.

Owen issued a statement thanking the public and Georgetown. He said he hopes to use the GoFundMe account set up by his biology teacher to create scholarships for others in his situation.