Education

NPR Ed
11:19 am
Mon April 6, 2015

In New Orleans, The Scramble For The Right Fit

In New Orleans, advertisements for charter schools — and for the annual Schools Expo — appear on billboards and bus stops.
Mallory Falk WWNO

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 2:01 pm

It's a Saturday morning, and school marching bands are playing for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, where 120 schools are set up at long tables, putting their best faces forward and trying to recruit families.

One gives on-the-spot instrument lessons, another is showing off it's step team.

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NPR Ed
7:45 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 4:21 pm

Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning.

Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich's presidential campaign.

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Code Switch
5:32 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds

Black and Latino students make up around 70 percent of the student population of New York City's public schools, but makeup a tiny percentage at the city's three elite specialized high schools.
New York City Department of Education

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:44 pm

New York City's public school system is vast, with more than a million students spread across thousands of schools. And like the city itself, it's remarkably diverse — about 15 percent Asian, just under 30 percent black, about 40 percent Latino, and about 15 percent white, with all sorts of finer shadings of ethnicity, nationality and language in that mix.

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NPR Ed
10:59 am
Fri April 3, 2015

The Value Of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers And Nails

The Land adventure playground is situated in a neighborhood that allows the staff to get to know the children well. Playworker Dave Bullough supervises a fire that Corey has built.
Courtesy of Erin Davis

Part of our ongoing series of conversations with thinkers and activists on education issues

Filmmaker and radio producer Erin Davis' new short documentary shares its name with an adventure playground in North Wales called The Land. As Davis puts it, the film explores the "nature of play, risk and hazard" — issues I explored last summer in a story on the decline and fall of wild play.

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Education
5:49 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Oklahoma Says Policy Monitoring Social Media Excludes Students

Credit comedy_nose / Flickr Creative Commons

State education officials said Oklahoma’s new testing vendor “is absolutely not” tracking students on the Internet when monitoring social media in accordance with the state’s contract.

A provision in Measured Progress’ contract with Oklahoma calls for the New Hampshire-based education and testing vendor to monitor online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for issues regarding testing. The company is supposed to report those issues to the state Department of Education.

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Education
5:32 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Banning Teachers' Union Payroll Deductions

Credit Governor Mary Fallin / www.ok.gov

School districts will no longer be able to deduct union dues from Oklahoma teachers' paychecks under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bill on Thursday over the objections of educators who claim they are being unfairly targeted since the bill only applies to associations that collectively bargain on behalf of its members.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor supports the right of teachers to collectively bargain, but doesn't think the state should be in the business of collecting union dues.

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NPR Ed
1:43 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University set out to study how infants use what they already know to motivate future learning.
Len Turner, Dave Schmelick and Deirdre Hammer/Johns Hopkins University Office of Communications

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:27 pm

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.

We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal Science sheds light on the very building blocks of learning.

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Education
12:54 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

House Passes Teacher Sexual Misconduct Bill

Local school districts would report accusations of sexual misconduct by teachers to state education officials under legislation approved by the Oklahoma House.

House members voted 61-29 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the state Senate.

The bill authorizes local school districts to give the state Board of Education a superintendent's recommendation to dismiss or not re-hire a teacher if the recommendation includes grounds that could result in criminal charges for sexual abuse or exploitation.

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Education
10:39 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Chartered Waters: A Live Event From NPR Presents And WWNO

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:28 pm

MICHEL MARTIN EXAMINES THE NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL SYSTEM ON APRIL 21

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Thu April 2, 2015

11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 9:08 am

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