6:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bill Keeps Oklahoma Teachers From Paying Union Dues Through Payroll Deduction

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo.
Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma school districts won’t be able to automatically deduct teachers’ union fees from their paychecks if Gov. Mary Fallin signs a bill that was passed by the Senate last week. The legislation has drawn the ire of educators and some Republicans.

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9:56 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Teachers Won't Receive Credit For Attending Rally

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
Credit Provided

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is warning school districts that teachers will not be able to receive professional development credit for attending an education rally Monday at the Capitol.

In a letter to Hofmeister on Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote that districts are prohibited from using any professional development funds from the Legislature on programs that aren't approved by the Board of Education.

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6:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

Jackie Zielke and eighth-grader Chartreanna Watson practice a guitar duet at Brady Middle School in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Savion Gissentaner

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:58 pm

This weekend, NPR Ed is featuring dispatches from teachers about the ups and downs of their work.

Early each December, the HR department of Orange City Schools in Pepper Pike, Ohio, places a checklist in our mailboxes. It asks about our employment plans for the next school year. Choices include sabbatical leave, acquiring advanced degrees, and the one everyone dreams of checking: I will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

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The Salt
5:01 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Frito-Lay reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a perennial favorite among school kids, to meet new federal "Smart Snack" rules for schools.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:07 pm

Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City earlier this month in which the SAE fraternity issue was to be discussed.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:36 pm

The president of the University of Oklahoma says two dozen students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity have been disciplined for taking part in a racist chant about African-Americans and lynching that was videotaped and went viral earlier this month.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
9:24 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Boren: Racist Chant Learned On National Leadership Cruise, High School Students On Bus

University of Oklahoma President David Boren addresses reporters on the steps of Evans Hall Friday to announce the findings of OU's investigation into the local chapter of the SIgma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 5:06 p.m.: SAE reaction to University of Oklahoma investigation

The SAE national office confirmed in a webpost that the fraternity's former OU chapter members "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago." Regardless, SAE executive director Blaine Ayers believes that the chant is not pervasive across the fraternity's 237 groups.

Ayers said SAE's investigation is ongoing and they are looking at each of the fraternity's local chapters.

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6:03 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

At Nashville's Bailey Middle Prep, Whitney Bradley teaches her 8th-graders how to organize an essay in preparation for the writing section of Tennessee's standardized test. Most in her class trail their peers in literacy.
Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:55 pm

A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can't compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven't yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms.

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7:32 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Students in the Powell Reading Room at Sweet Briar College, circa 1950.
Rebecca Thomson Flikr Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:21 am

Sweet Briar College in Virginia will close its doors in May, after 114 years of teaching women at its scenic campus in western Virginia.

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3:41 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:19 pm

This is the time of year when many high school seniors get their college acceptances and rejections. Some may be dejected that they didn’t get into their first choice school or a school with a stellar reputation.

But as New York Times columnist Frank Bruni writes in his new book, there are many great schools that haven’t been getting the press of a Stanford or MIT or an Ivy League school.

Bruni also questions the validity of current college ranking systems like U.S. News & World Report.

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10:32 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Learning To Move, Moving To Learn: The Benefits Of PE

Early physical fitness is a path to sustainable fitness for life.
LA Johnson

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 11:09 am

One of our occasional conversations with thought leaders in education.

When it comes to kids and exercise, schools need to step up and focus more on quality as well as quantity. And, says Dr. Gregory D. Myer, they need to promote activities that develop motor skills, socialization and fun.

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