education

School Reform
12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Diane Ravitch On The State Of The Public School

Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error."

The popular narrative around public schools is that they’re failing and that teachers and administrators are to blame. Reformers argue for charter schools. They call for evaluating teachers based on the test scores of their students. They urge abolition of policies that reward seniority among teachers.

Diane Ravitch thinks they’re wrong. She thinks what passes for reform is a hoax. Ravitch is a historian of education and a research professor at New York University. She was an Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration. Her latest book is "Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To American Schools."

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Financial Planning
9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

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Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:24 am

In reporting on students navigating the maze of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:

Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Argument For Why Alternative Schools Are Necessary

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David Hyde talks with Richard Thompson, Washington's regional director for the National Alternative Education Association, about the role of alternative schools in our education system.

Higher Education
3:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

How To Make A $10K College Degree

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Marcie Sillman talks with author Anya Kamenetz about her book, "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education," and her proposal for a bachelor's degree that costs a total of $10,000.

Education Funding
7:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

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Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.

Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees.

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Tuitition Increases
2:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

World War II veterans and other students at the University of Iowa in 1947. That year, due to federal assistance from the GI Bill, 60 percent of the school's enrollment was made up of veterans.
Margaret Bourke-White Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 10:59 am

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Public Education Funding
2:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Education Advocate Reacts To State Legislature's Shortcomings

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Marcie Sillman checks in with Nick Brossoit, Edmonds School District superintendent and president of the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS), about the Washington State Legislature's failure to meet goals for public education funding during this past session.

Educational Experiment
2:04 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

At the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning.
Tovia Smith/NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:00 pm

It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"

Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.

Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.

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Education Funding
4:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall.

Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions.

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Education Funding
5:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Strikes Budget Deal

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:38 pm

In a new budget deal, Washington public schools will get nearly an additional $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year.

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Housing
8:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:17 pm

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

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Technology
3:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Life Without Reliable Internet Access

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Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.

About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.

Higher Education
3:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

How SAT Changes Could Affect UW Admissions

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Steve Scher talks with Philip Ballinger, associate vice provost for the UW Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, about the impending changes to the SAT college admission exam and what it means for prospective applicants.

Concealed Weapons
8:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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Tech History
4:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

How Did We Use The Internet, Before The URL?

Janet Abbate's book "Inventing the Internet."

Steve Scher talks with Janet Abbate, associate professor of Science and Technology In Society at Virginia Tech, about the history and early users of the Internet. Abbate is also the author of, "Inventing the Internet."

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