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4:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Wave Away Math Homework With An App

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NPR Ed
3:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:28 pm

The protractor and the Bunsen burner. Playing the recorder in music class. Drawing arcs and circles with a compass in geometry. These tools of the education trade become part of our lives for a semester or two and then we move on.

Today, NPR Ed begins a new series examining these icons of the classroom. We start off with a device that once was essential to higher-level math, in school and in the workplace, but now has all but disappeared:

The slide rule.

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Education
12:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Barresi Makes Phone Call To The Feds To Reinstate Waiver

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State Superintendent Janet Barresi is asking the federal government for an immediate reinstatement of a flexibility waiver that the state lost when the Legislature repealed Common Core education standards for schoolchildren.

Barresi announced Tuesday that she and her staff requested the waiver in a conference call late Monday with officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

Barresi says the Oklahoma State Department of Education plans to resubmit its waiver request.

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NPR Ed
3:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, seen in a photo taken last year, says his resignation Thursday was "by mutual agreement.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 7:16 am

If you're a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you've seen four superintendents come and go.

As we discussed today on Morning Edition, the ouster of John Deasy last week as the head of the nation's second-largest district has renewed a long-running debate about leadership of big-city schools, and particularly the challenges of raising achievement in such a politically charged environment.

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Education
11:12 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Cox, Hofmeister Continue Series Of Debates In Norman

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister exchange words during Sunday's debate at the Norman Depot.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The two candidates for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction met for a debate Sunday afternoon in Norman.

Both Democrat John Cox and Republican Joy Hofmeister said they oppose the A-F grading system for public schools, and mentioned their dislike of the Common Core. Cox said he wants to see new education standards created by the state.

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Education
4:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

State Board Of Education Approves New Testing Vendor

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a contract with a new testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board held a special meeting Friday and approved the contract with Measured Progress to conduct the exams. The contract is for about $3.4 million.

The special meeting was required after the board decided last month not to approve a $2.8 million contract with CTB/McGraw Hill — the same company responsible for back-to-back years of testing glitches during the high-stakes examinations.

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NPR Ed
12:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:26 pm

Once upon a time, most kids attended things called schools to get an education. And, in those schools, these kids were called students.

Well, times are changing — especially in urban areas with lots of charter schools. In New Orleans, where just about every school receiving public funding is now a charter, we asked a bunch of adults where they had gone to school.

Their answers: Newton Elementary and Newton High School, Warren Easton High School, Epiphany School, Folsom Elementary School, Valena C. Jones School and the Moses Brown School.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Fri October 17, 2014

LA Schools Superintendent Steps Down, Defends Tenure

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, seen in a photo taken last year, says his resignation Thursday was "by mutual agreement."
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:12 am

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has stepped down as head of the nation's second-largest school system after a controversial tenure that saw him at odds with the teachers union and unable to push through a plan to get an iPad in every student's hand.

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Education
7:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education To Consider New Testing Vendor

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The Oklahoma Board of Education is expected to consider a sole-source contract with a testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board is holding a special meeting Friday in Oklahoma City to consider a contract with Measured Progress to conduct the testing. State Department of Education officials say the contract will be for between $3.3 million and $3.5 million.

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Around the Nation
6:08 am
Fri October 17, 2014

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:53 am

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