Education

School Choice
9:42 am
Mon February 24, 2014

School-Choice Push: Education Savings Accounts And A ‘Parent Trigger’ Law

Oklahoma Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

Four years ago, state Rep. Jason Nelson challenged the status quo in education by authoring the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act. The measure allowed parents of special-needs students to use state dollars to pay private school tuition and other educational expenses. About 280 students are now participating.

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Planet Money
2:32 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Duke: $60,000 A Year For College Is Actually A Discount

Students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two-thirds of college students now graduate with debt, owing an average amount of $24,000.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:36 am

In 1984, it cost $10,000 a year to go to Duke University. Today, it's $60,000 a year. "It's staggering," says Duke freshman Max Duncan, "especially considering that's for four years."

But according to Jim Roberts, executive vice provost at Duke, that's actually a discount. "We're investing on average about $90,000 in the education of each student," he says. Roberts is not alone in making the claim. In fact, it's one most elite research institutions point to when asked about rising tuition.

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The Two-Way
6:19 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

USDA Tells Schools: Don't Refuse Food To Students Who Owe

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 2:29 pm

U.S. school systems should not take cafeteria lunches away from students whose parents have not paid their accounts, says the Department of Agriculture.

The agency is responding to a January incident in which a Utah elementary school served students food but threw it away when their accounts were found to have a negative balance.

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Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokees
4:07 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cherokees Coming Together At The National Museum Of The American Indian

Credit National Museum Of The American Indian

Two bands of Cherokee Indians are coming together to tell their history at an educational program at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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Here & Now
12:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Why Oklahoma’s Universal Pre-K Is Successful

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CAP Tulsa's Steven Dow joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss Oklahoma’s pre-K program.

President Obama has vowed to offer federally-funded universal early childhood education. Oklahoma has been a model state for universal pre-kindergarten.

Since 1998, the state has funded early education for 4-year-olds, requiring certified teachers and small classes.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Data Breach At University Of Maryland Exposes 309,000 Records

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 11:35 am

The University of Maryland said one of its databases was the "victim of a sophisticated computer security attack" that exposed the personal information of more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students and others who were issued an ID at their College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

"I am truly sorry," Wallace D. Loh, the university president said in a statement. "Computer and data security are a very high priority of our University."

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Oklahoma State University
4:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mathematics Learning Success Center Truly Succeeding

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Oklahoma State University says its new Mathematics Learning Success Center is helping math students succeed at record rates.

The center opened in April, and since the fall semester students enrolled in lower-level math succeeded at a rate of 75 percent or higher.

The amount of calculus tutoring has more than doubled. Business calculus students set a record with a success rate of more than 85 percent, and calculus I students succeeded at a rate of 70 percent, surpassing the national average by 10 to 20 percent.

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Education
2:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

Standardized tests are an important consideration for admissions at many colleges and universities. But one new study shows that high school performance, not standardized test scores, is a better predictor of how students do in college.
Amriphoto iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:26 pm

With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.

That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. But a first-of-its-kind study obtained by NPR raises questions about whether those tests are becoming obsolete.

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Opposing Common Core education standards
3:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Protesters Fill Senate Education Committee Room

Senator John W. Ford
Credit Oklahoma State Senate

The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he's committed to a set of education standards in math and English known as common core, despite a protest by hundreds of people who packed into his committee room urging a repeal.

Holding signs that read "Hear the Bill," several dozen opponents of the new standards packed into a Senate meeting room on Monday and urged Republican Sen. John Ford of Bartlesville to schedule a hearing on a bill to repeal them.

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Education
2:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Panel OKs Teacher Pay Bills Despite Lack Of Funds

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Two bills to increase teacher pay have sailed through a House committee, although a projected shortage of revenue this year makes it's unlikely the measures will ever reach the governor's desk.

With educators from across the state packed into a committee room on Monday, a House budget panel unanimously approved the bills. They next will be scheduled for consideration by the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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