Some test scores just like in '70s
Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than students four decades ago, the government said in a report Thursday that was certain to renew concerns about U.S. schools. Test scores for 17-year-olds have changed little since the early 1970s, while students ages 9 and 13 improved in the same period, according to the government review popularly called the nation's report card. Black and Hispanic students achieved the greatest gain in reading and math scores since the 1970s, and the performance gap between white and minority students narrowed.
An emotional pledge to Indians
In her first address to Indian Country as U.S. interior secretary, Sally Jewell made an emotional pledge Thursday to help right past wrongs against American Indians and work with tribes to protect their sovereignty and develop their resources to become more self-reliant. Jewell fought back tears and paused to compose herself near the close of her remarks to about 300 delegates of the National Congress of American Indians in Reno, Nev. The casino-ballroom audience gave her a standing ovation.
Student loan rates to double
The interest rate on subsidized federal student loans will rise from 3.4 to 6.8 percent next week because the Senate has no plans to vote on the issue before a Monday deadline, the start of the July Fourth congressional recess. But supporters of a bill that would extend the 3.4 percent rate for another year said Thursday their plan would get a vote July 10. If it passes and becomes law, it will reduce the rate retroactively.