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Education Reform
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten?

Marissa Zellers reads a new Common Core-aligned text with her kindergarten students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Wash.
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As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life.

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Paying For College
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
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Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:38 am

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth

Professor Jared Diamond speaking at Leuven University, Belgium, 2008.
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Marcie Sillman talks with author and professor Jared Diamond about an adaptation of his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The adaption targets high school students.

Evaluation Reform
12:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

New standardized tests put more emphasis on using evidence to support arguments.
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Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:14 am

What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?

"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?

"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.

No, my vote is for "standardized test."

That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. They may as well be a legion of eyes staring back at your inadequacy.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State

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Steve Scher talks with Sterling Clifford of Class Size Counts. The group is currently collecting signatures for an initiative that would limit class sizes for kindergarten to third grade to 17 students by 2019.

Then, Steve Scher speaks with Brookings Institution fellow Matthew Chingos about the research behind class size reduction policies.

Education Reform
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Washington Teachers' Union Supports Families Opting Out Of State Testing

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The state’s largest teachers’ union has passed a motion to support parents and students who opt out of statewide standardized tests. The union also promotes opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state test coming next school year to align with the new Common Core State Standards.

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Mathematics
5:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills

Stuart Boersma is a professor at Central Washington University. He’s organizing a code-breaking completion for Northwest college and high school students.
Stuart Boersma

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:43 pm

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills.

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Organized Labor
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ruling Says College Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Northwestern University logo.
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David Hyde talks with writer Buzz Bissinger about the National Labor Relations Board decision to allow football players at Northwestern University to form a labor union.

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

If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years. In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. In Georgia, it's 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent.

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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.

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