Education en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:35 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38663 at High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38602 at Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists Seattle School Board Picks Interim Superintendent <p>The Seattle School Board voted unanimously Friday to make Larry Nyland the interim schools chief to replace outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:53:07 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38549 at Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38482 at Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?<p>But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.<p>In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.<p>Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:58:07 +0000 editor 38417 at Here Are Washington's New Prospective Charter Schools <p>Seven organizations have filed to open charter schools in Washington in the state’s second-ever round of applications.</p><p>The proposed schools include California-based charter chains… a bilingual school… and a school that would teach partly in sign language.</p><p>Three of the schools would be in Spokane, with the rest in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Pierce and Clark Counties.</p><p>Three of the groups had applied unsuccessfully to open schools last year.</p><p>The state’s charter school authorizers will decide which applications to approve, if any, by mid-October.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:06:17 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38396 at A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.<p>In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country&#8217;s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:05:48 +0000 editor 38390 at A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus One of the 55 higher education institutions under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases is this week hosting a national summit on the subject.<p>Administrators, students and experts from across the country are at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for the <a href="" target="_blank">Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses</a>, a conference focused on prevention, education and response.<p>The event takes place amid growing calls for action. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:31:18 +0000 editor 38344 at Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away <p>A University of Washington <a href="">study</a> published Monday in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Science</em> gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38204 at Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?<p>According to a <a href="">large national study </a>just released, it's possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question — not only when asked by a researcher, but in real life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 38177 at Tacoma School District To Apologize For Firing Gay Teacher In 1972 <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with former teacher Jim Gaylord, who was fired from&nbsp;Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1972 for being gay. The school district will offer a formal apology this Sunday. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:36:38 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 38096 at Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws <p>Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38063 at Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities <strong></strong>Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 37957 at Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.<p>One big reason? The form is so complicated that it discourages some people from even trying.<p>Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would scrap the much-maligned Free Application for Federal Student Aid. They'd replace it with a much simpler two-question form that's roughly the size of a postcard. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0000 editor 37800 at How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid State Sends Smoke Signals With Pot PSAs <p>Marcie Sillman talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Washington </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">professor emeritus Roger Roffman about state efforts to put marijuana revenue towards marijuana education. </span> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:26:08 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Shane Melhing 37751 at