Education

Education
3:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Feds Open the Door to Funding UW System's 'Flex Option'

The U.S. Dept. of Education has agreed to award financial aid to students enrolled in one of the UW System's new competency-based programs.

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Education
1:49 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized'

Dana Goldstein has reported on education for several years, including in The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.
Michael Lionstar Courtesy of Doubleday

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:16 pm

As students return to school, the national dialogue on controversies surrounding teacher tenure, salaries, the core curriculum, testing and teacher competence will get more fervent.

In her new book, The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein writes about how teaching became "the most controversial profession in America," and how teachers have become both "resented and idealized."

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NPR Ed
3:28 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

There aren't mass layoffs of librarians; they're just doing different jobs.
Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:26 pm

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.

It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.

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Education
6:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Miami Struggles To Embrace Unaccompanied Immigrants

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:31 pm

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Education
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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Education
3:44 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era

Ninth graders at George Washington Carver Collegiate Academy learn to shake hands and greet each other during the first day of school in New Orleans.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:25 am

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation.

Today, the New Orleans school system is unlike any other anywhere in the U.S. More than 9 in 10 students this fall are attending charter schools run by dozens of private, nonprofit organizations. Families choose the schools their children will attend, and the neighborhood school is a thing of the past.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill

California state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) urges lawmakers to approve his measure aimed at curbing sexual assault on campuses on Thursday in Sacramento.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 1:57 pm

California is one step closer to becoming the first state to require colleges and universities "to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity," The Los Angeles Times reports.

The California Senate gave the bill unanimous approval on Thursday, and it is now headed to the governor's office.

The Times adds:

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Education
3:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Want To Widen Your Worldview? A Random Roomie Helps

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:28 pm

Melissa Block talks to Jesse Singal of New York Magazine, about his article titled "In Praise of the Rando Freshman Roommate." Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes.

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NPR Ed
1:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 2:46 pm

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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UWM Today
1:42 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Researching Water Borne Toxins At UWM

Rebecca Klaper and Tom Luljak
Credit Jon Strelecki

The pharmaceutical industry has had a profound impact on our physical and mental health.

While we know the great help that drugs have brought to all of us, we may not realize the potential harm affecting our environment after our bodies process prescription drugs.

On this edition of UWM Today, we focus on water borne toxins. Host Tom Luljak interviews Rebecca Klaper, associate professor from the School of Freshwater Sciences and director of the Great Lakes Genomic Center.

This interview originally aired on May 29, 2014.

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