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8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers

Colleges of education spend more than $6 billion every year preparing classroom teachers, but few students graduate ready to teach, according to a new study.
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Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:33 pm

The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.

A study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality argues that teaching colleges are too lenient in their admissions criteria and have failed to prepare their students to teach subjects like reading, math and science.

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Education
2:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Are Teachers Unions On The Decline?

Teachers at a SEA meeting in Seattle.
Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Politico's senior education reporter Stephanie Simon about the challenges facing teachers unions.

Education
6:35 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Part-time barista, full-time student?
Yang Lee Starbucks

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:22 am

Starbucks Coffee Co. today announces an unusually large tuition reimbursement for employees. It's in partnership with Arizona State University's highly ranked online program.

Starbucks employees who sign up for ASU's online courses as freshmen or sophomores will get a partial scholarship plus need-based financial aid; entering juniors and seniors with previous college credits will be able to finish their degrees with the public university for free.

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Education
6:03 am
Sun June 15, 2014

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Chronic stress can cause deficiencies in the pre-frontal cortex, which is essential for learning.
John M Flickr

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

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Education Standards
3:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

How The Gates Foundation Bankrolled And Built National Support For Common Core

Flickr Photo/John Girton (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded and built political support for Common Core academic standards in more than 40 states.

Commencement
3:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

One Week After Shooting, Seattle Pacific Prepares For Graduation

Ivy encircles the Tiffany Loop on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Credit Patricia Murphy

It’s been a week since a gunman open fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus killing one student and injuring two others.

The mood was different Friday as students and loved ones celebrated the university’s annual Ivy Cutting. The ceremony, a tradition since 1922, represents the cutting of students' ties to the university and the independence following graduation.

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Courts
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders State To Contempt Hearing

Inside Washington state Supreme Court chambers.
Washington Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:47 pm

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt.

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Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The National Push To Unionize Adjunct Faculty At Universities

Marcie Sillman talks with Inside Higher Ed reporter Colleen Flaherty about the push by the Service Employees International Union to unionize adjunct faculty members.

Mean Girls
11:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

As Lindsay Lohan's character (far left) learned in the movie Mean Girls, popularity comes at a price.
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:07 am

Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well.

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Math Curriculum
2:46 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

In Surprise Move, Seattle Schools Approve 'Singapore Math'

Seattle Public Schools has adopted a new math curriculum, the first in five years.
Credit Flickr Photo/Wanda Dechant

Last week, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 to adopt a new elementary curriculum, Math in Focus.

Parents and teachers had lobbied the district for years to use Math in Focus, described as “Singapore math.” Singapore has been consistently ranked as the highest-achieving country in the world.

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Shooting
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Shell Casings On The Carpet: Students Describe SPU Shooting Scene

As the sun set on Thursday evening, students from Seattle Pacific University gathered outside. The church service they had wanted to attend following a shooting on their campus was too packed to accommodate them.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph describes the scene of the SPU shooting Thursday, including first hand accounts from students in Otto Miller Hall.

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy reports from the SPU campus following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Daniel Martin received the text that every university president dreads: His campus was on lockdown. There was a gunman.

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Student Loans
2:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Large Student Loan Debt Unavoidable, Says ASUW Report

A large group of students in the University of Washington's Red Square.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Washington graduating senior Riley Lee-Card about his more than $52,000 in student loan debt despite working 45 hours per week, and sophomore Russell Wiita, who co-authored a report released today by the Associated Students of the University of Washington that says many students can no longer afford an education without accruing significant debt.

State-Funded Education
2:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

McCleary Plaintiffs Want State Lawmakers Held In Contempt Of Court

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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the progress state lawmakers have made on finding a way to fund public schools in Washington state.

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Education Shortfalls
12:29 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 6:29 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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Ivory Tower
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Documentary That Asks, Is College Worth It?

A lecture hall at Trinity College.
Flickr Photo/Trinity College (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Andrew Rossi, director of a new documentary "Ivory Tower" that asks the question, is a college education worth the skyrocketing cost of tuition?

Rossi, himself a Harvard and Yale graduate, examines the one trillion dollar student debt (now higher than credit card debt), the reasons higher education costs more, and the shake-out out that could take down many smaller liberal arts colleges.

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