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2:37 am
Wed June 4, 2014

As Banks Open In Schools, A Chance For Students To Learn To Save

At a student-run Union Bank branch located inside Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, Calif., students can build credit and learn about finances with their real money.
Alexandra Schmidt NPR

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:20 am

Wearing a red Union Bank polo shirt, high school senior Jerry Liu politely helps a peer with a bank deposit. With a waiting area and even a decorative plant on the table, this could be any bank branch — but right outside this island of adulthood are the hallways of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles.

This is one of three student-run Union Bank branches in California. They're all located in low-income, immigrant-heavy neighborhoods. You can only bank here if you're a student, teacher or parent, but these are real accounts handling real money.

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NPR Ed
3:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Teachers in East Lansing, Mich., used the walls of a classroom to map out the Core standards and how they correspond with the current East Lansing curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 8:29 am

This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.

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Education
11:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New Orleans District Moves To All-Charter School System

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:09 pm

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NPR Ed
7:33 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Common Core Curriculum Void

Just some of the more than 700 math books that have been reviewed for Common Core alignment by professor William Schmidt and his team at Michigan State's Center for the Study of Curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 8:29 am

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.

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NPR Ed
7:11 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Local Views Of New Orleans' Changing School Landscape

Kenyatta Collins, a New Orleans charter school student.
Hechinger Report

New Orleans marked a milestone last week. The city's "Recovery School District" closed its remaining five public schools, making it the first public all-charter school district in the nation.

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Education
4:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Do Autistic Kids Fare Better In Integrated Or Specialized Schools?

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:03 pm

The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools are emerging specifically for autistic children.

Some parents see these specialized schools as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions.

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Education
3:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Despite Expansion, Many Pre-K Programs Fail To Reach Immigrant Kids

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:50 pm

Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children.

NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Reaching Immigrant Children By Helping Their Parents

There are 96 languages spoken across the Los Angeles Unified School District; 49 percent of California's young children have an immigrant parent.
Julie Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:00 pm

At our neighborhood playground in Brooklyn, you can hear kids shouting and playing in Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, Tagalog, French, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Polish. This kind of giddy cacophony has been par for the course in New York City for 150 years, but it's becoming more and more common across the country.

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Education
6:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:43 pm

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

NPR Ed
5:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

President Obama, with Attorney General Eric Holder and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, speaks about a report from My Brother's Keeper, an initiative to expand opportunities for young men and boys of color.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:27 pm

The numbers are grim. Black boys are more likely than white boys to live in poverty, and with a single parent. They're also more likely to be suspended from school and land in prison, and less likely to be able to read.

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