Education

NPR Ed
12:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

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Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:32 am

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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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

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Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 3:05 pm

Findings from a new long-term study of small high schools in New York City show the approach may not only boost a student's chances of enrolling in college but also cost less per graduate.

The city began an intensive push to create smaller learning communities in its high schools in 2002. That year, the city's education department rolled out a districtwide lottery system for high school admission.

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Education
7:16 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Lawmakers Asked To Strengthen Virtual Charter Schools Requirements

ASTEC high school students work as a team to conduct a science experiment at a Module workstation. The Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Schools became Oklahoma’s first start-up charter school in 2000.
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The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration asked policymakers Wednesday to place stricter requirements on virtual charter schools during an interim study evaluating the effectiveness of Oklahoma public charter schools (H14-069).

Ryan Owen, counsel for CCOSA, presented a list of recommendations to the House Common Education Committee, which included stricter accountability and reporting requirements and a moratorium on enrollment into these virtual charters until efficacy of these schools can be proven.

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Education
6:55 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

House Members Hear About Impact Of National Math and Science Initiative

STEM Seeds Camp 2014, Yukon, Oklahoma
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Schools participating in the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) spoke to legislators Wednesday about the impact the program has had in their students’ advance placement achievement in the last few years.

The NMSI grant allows participating schools to increase their offering in AP courses and even covers some exam fees for students.

Most NMSI grants are offered via a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the business community.

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Education
6:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Dependent School Districts Make Case Against Consolidation

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Several superintendents of dependent PK-8 Oklahoma school districts made their case to lawmakers Wednesday against involuntary school consolidations.

Members of the House Common Education Committee heard from the superintendents during an interim study hosted by Representative Lee Denney at the State Capitol. Interim Study H14-016 focused on the past, present and future of these dependent school districts and their importance to rural Oklahoma.

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Religion
4:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Interfaith Chaplains Revitalize An Old Role On College Campuses

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:35 pm

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Education
4:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Crisis, Philadelphia Public Schools Revoke Teachers' Contract

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:35 pm

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