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Afternoon announcements: Obama administration faces lawsuit over new federal student aid standards

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March 14, 2013 07:17 pm

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Instead of stagnating or even cutting teacher pay, Montgomery County in Maryland is increasing it. Teachers could see $18 million in raises if they approve a tentative contract agreement with the public school system. Washington Post

Schools around the country are being designed and built with digital learning in mind. One in Texas strives for a “net zero” when it comes to energy used and energy produced. Other schools have classrooms grouped to foster collaboration and share technology. Education Week

A 17-year-old high school senior won $100,000 scholarship from the IntelScience Talent Search competition for growing algae under her bed. Of course, it was a lot more technical and scientific than that. “I was trying to use guided evolution, so artificial selection, to isolate populations of algae cells with abnormally high oil content,” Sara Volz told NBC News. NBC News

Historically black colleges and universities are contemplating suing the Obama administration over new federal student aid policies. In particular, the standards enacted in October 2011 to PLUS loans make it harder for parents with less than outstanding credit to obtain loans. The HBCUs argue those new rules disproportionately affect their students. Huffington Post

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