Anya Kamenetz en Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?<p>That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 39095 at Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores The University of Arkansas <a href="">today released</a> what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 38732 at Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges <em><a href="">Read our follow-up version.</a> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37784 at The Return Of The One-Room Schoolhouse Even if your grandpa didn't walk uphill to school both ways, or have to break the ice on the bucket before fetching a drink with the dipper, you probably have iconic images in your mind of the one-room schoolhouse. It's a storied piece of America's past dating back to the Colonial era.<p>But in most of America, the idea of students of all ages learning in a single classroom, with a single teacher, has long been as dated as the donkey cart. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37472 at The Return Of The One-Room Schoolhouse Asking Kids With Special Needs To Clear The Same Bar Jackson Ellis will soon head to fourth grade. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's been receiving publicly funded services since he was 15 months old. Jackson's mother, Rebecca Ellis, a single parent, has made education advocacy her career. She's fighting to make sure her son gets the help he needs at his Mandeville, Louisiana public school. That's always been an uphill battle. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37398 at A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet One of the last two Supreme Court decisions of this term was billed as a potential <a href="">"final destruction"</a> or <a href="">"kill shot"</a> for public sector unions. They seem to have been merely nicked by a bullet.<p><em>Harris v. Quinn</em> is a class action suit brought by a group of home care workers in Illinois. They challenged the right of unions to charge fees to nonmembers. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:59:28 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37328 at As College Tuition Soars, What Puts That Price Tag In Motion? Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>We wanted to figure out why college costs have been rising so much, and Anya Kamenetz with the NPR Ed team joins me now to break down the numbers.<p>Anya, why don't we take the example of a working-class student at a four-year public university getting no help from mom and dad? What do the numbers look like?<p>ANYA KAMENETZ, BYLINE: Yeah, so we often hear, you know, in my day, I worked my way through college, why can't you? Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 36074 at Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns States are centralizing record-keeping and tracking student progress, while online educational software sheds light on how students learn. But many worry about how this information could be misused. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 35224 at Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux.<p>By some accounts, education is a <a href="">$7 trillion global industry</a> ripe for disruption. Others see it as almost a sacred pursuit — a means of nurturing developing minds while preserving tradition. Around the world, education means equal rights and opportunity. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 34706 at Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds Public preschool enrollment fell slightly last year, according to a <a href="">report released today</a> by researchers at Rutgers University.<p>About 9,000 fewer children attended public pre-K programs in 2013 than in 2012, the report from the university's <a href="">National Institute for Early Education Research </a>says. Tue, 13 May 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 34393 at State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a <a href="">new Gallup poll</a> suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. Tue, 06 May 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 33945 at Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work What Are Education Tests For, Anyway? Pay attention to this piece. There's going to be a test at the end.<p>Did that trigger scary memories of the 10th grade? Or are you just curious how you'll measure up?<p>If the answer is "C: Either of the above," keep reading.<p>Tests have existed throughout the history of education. Today they're being used more than ever before — but not necessarily as designed.<p>Different types of tests are best for different purposes. Some help students learn better. Some are there to sort individuals. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:11:30 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 33651 at What Are Education Tests For, Anyway? What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy My first brush with professional journalism — and with violations of student privacy — came when I was a sophomore at Yale. It was 1999, and George W. Bush, a Yale alumnus, was running for president.<p>A writer for <em>The New Yorker</em> cold-called my dorm room looking for students who might have access to Bush's records. By sheer coincidence, a friend of mine who worked in the dean's office had, out of curiosity, lifted W's transcript from the files. A Deep Throat-style handoff was arranged, anonymity assured, and the candidate's grades ran in the magazine. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:44:30 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 33441 at What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack The big names in the growing education-technology industry gathered in Arizona this week.<p>The <a href="">"Education Innovation Summit"</a> styles itself the "Davos of ed-tech." Educators, philanthropists and political leaders like Jeb Bush rubbed elbows with the investors, venture capitalists, big companies like Microsoft and small companies hoping to get big. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 33151 at In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack Study: 2 In 5 Americans Earning Degrees After High School America may have a shot at rejoining the world's most educated nations by 2025, according to a report released Monday by the <a href="">Lumina Foundation</a>.<p>The Indianapolis-based foundation's annual report finds some encouraging data to counter the familiar story of a nation that is famed for its colleges and universities but trails many other countries when it comes to the percentage of people with a degree beyond high school.<p>A bit of background here: The U.S. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 33007 at