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With IRS Data Tool Down, Lawmakers Ask Education Dept. to Help Students

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate has asked the U.S. Department of Education to help families who may be affected by the outage of a popular online tool that had made it easier to apply for federal student aid.

The Internal Revenue Service and the Education Department announced this month that they had suspended the data-retrieval tool, a device that automatically pulls federal tax information into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, th…

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U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fires Reporter After Lawmakers Complain

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has fired a reporter after lawmakers accused her of having failed to identify herself as a journalist during a meeting between legislators and high-school students who opposed a state transgender-bathroom bill, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

The reporter, Jacqui Helbert, worked for WUTC, a university-owned NPR affiliate. In early March, she accompanied a group of students who met with legislators and expressed their opposition to the bathroo…

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Australian Academic Is Barred From Leaving China, Lawyer Says

A Chinese-born professor from an Australian university has been barred from leaving China, where authorities are questioning him as a suspected threat to national security, a lawyer told news organizations on Sunday.

The scholar, Feng Chongyi, is an associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Technology Sydney, who has criticized Beijing’s crackdown on political dissent. He is a permanent resident of Australia who was traveling on a Chinese passport, according to reports by The N…

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Louis Freeh Savages Penn State’s Leaders and Calls for Its President to Resign

Louis J. Freeh, who five years ago produced a scathing report on the culpability of Pennsylvania State University administrators in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, released a two-page statement on Friday that tore into the university’s leaders and called for the resignation of President Eric J. Barron.

The statement, reported by Penn Live, appeared hours after a jury in Dauphin County Court convicted Graham B. Spanier, Penn State’s former president, on one misdemeanor count of enda…

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Berkeley’s Chancellor Misused Fitness Benefits, Investigators Find

Private investigators have found that Nicholas B. Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, improperly took advantage of the institution’s fitness benefits, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The investigators’ report of their findings, which the newspaper said was heavily redacted, states that Mr. Dirks failed to pay nearly $5,000 in gym-membership fees and personal-training costs, and transferred unspecified exercise equipment from a public gym to his private home.

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In First College Visit, DeVos Praises Career Prep and Community Colleges

Betsy DeVos made her first official visit to an institution of higher education as education secretary on Friday, touring the jobs-training programs at Valencia College, a two-year college in Florida.

Ms. DeVos’s interest in community colleges — specifically, in career preparation — is consistent with her past statements on higher ed. In her first higher-ed address, in February, she noted “the importance of expanding vocational and technical education, the types of career and technical education…

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as ‘Stolen’

Rick Perry, the U.S. secretary of energy, took time out of his day job on Wednesday to assail the outcome of a recent student-government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M University at College Station.

Mr. Perry, who was the state’s Republican governor from 2000 to 2015, said that the election for student-government president, in which an openly gay candidate won for the first time, had been “stolen,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president in…

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Trump Will Deliver Keynote Address at Liberty U. Commencement

Liberty University announced on Wednesday that its commencement in May would feature President Trump as the keynote speaker, making him the first sitting president to play that role at the Christian university since George H.W. Bush, in 1990.

The invitation from Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., may not be a surprise given his associations with the U.S. president. Some students protested Mr. Falwell’s endorsement of Mr. Trump during last year’s campaign. In January, President Trump asked h…

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Here’s Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next

A protest that turned violent this month at Middlebury College over the divisive author Charles A. Murray has not diminished his appeal on campuses.

The sociologist will speak at Duke University on Tuesday evening, Columbia University on Thursday, New York University on Friday, and the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University later this month, according to his assistant.

Mr. Murray is best known for The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, in which he and Richa…

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Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept.

Taylor Hansen, a former lobbyist for for-profit colleges, quit his job at the U.S. Department of Education on Friday, Bloomberg reports.

Mr. Hansen is the son of Bill Hansen, head of USA Funds, a student-loan-guarantee agency that has recently branched out into other career-education projects. The younger Mr. Hansen was one of only a few advisers to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with experience working in higher education.

He resigned after the department announced that it would reverse an Oba…