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7:19 am
Sat February 21, 2015

The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 8:20 am

A lot of people saw their hopes and dreams fulfilled this week — for just a few hours.

Carnegie Mellon University emailed about 800 people who had applied to graduate school to say, 'Congratulations, you're in.' They were — to quote the message of acceptance — "one of the select few" to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon's prestigious Master of Science in Computer Science program.

A young woman in India who was accepted wrote on Facebook that she quit her job, bolstered by this act of faith in her future. Her boyfriend proposed marriage.

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U.S.
2:31 am
Fri February 20, 2015

For Students In Ohio, A Crib Sheet For Interacting With Police

A crib sheet created to aid police-student interactions might be the first of its kind. The sheet was created by Akron, Ohio, high school students with help from the city's police department.
M.L. Schultze WKSU

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm

This week, every middle and high school student in Akron, Ohio, is getting a glossy, two-sided card giving them suggestions for dealing with police.

It's a collaboration between an anti-violence youth group and the city's police department.

The "You and the Law" cards begin with the big picture: Stay out of trouble. And then a rapid succession of 15 points — control your emotions, answer questions about your identity, put your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight.

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Education
3:57 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 8:47 am

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Higher Ed
3:27 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

U Of I Responds To Governor's Budget

A top University of Illinois administrator says everything is on the table after Republican Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a thirty percent cut to state higher education funding.

Christophe Pierre, the U of I's Vice President for Academic Affairs, calls today's (Wednesday's) budget proposal disappointing. He says the university has other sources of revenue, but many come with restrictions on how the money is spent.

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Goats and Soda
3:13 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Now This Is An Example Of Truly Educational Radio

Jimmy Kamara, 9, is one of the students in Sierra Leone who use radios to continue their education while schools remain closed owing to Ebola.
Tolu Bade Courtesy of UNICEF

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:03 pm

Every day, 17-year-old Kaday goes to school by turning on the radio.

She's one of the million school-age children in Sierra Leone who've had no classroom to go to since July. That's when the government closed all schools to curb the spread of Ebola.

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Education Desk
2:55 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Educators Not Celebrating Governor's Budget Gift

Bruce Rauner - File photo
Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

One of the few areas not threatened with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget ax today was public school education. But at a conference of school leaders, reaction was lukewarm. 

This is a story you have to hear. Click below to listen:

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NPR Ed
2:11 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

A Sophisticated Version Of Guess The Grape — But Is It A Sport?

An Oxford student practices for the upcoming wine-tasting match with the University of Cambridge.
Gabrielle Emanuel NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 5:59 pm

As the 500-year-old bell tower tolls, about 25 students from the University of Oxford cross a medieval cobblestone street. They duck under a stone archway and slip into a room named after T.S. Eliot, who studied here a century ago.

The students drop their backpacks and get ready for practice. They're here to hone their tongues. This week, an elite team of Oxford's six best tasters will battle the University of Cambridge to see which group has the most refined palate.

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Education Desk
5:08 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Purvis Appointed As Illinois Education Czar

Beth Purdis addresses the Alliance Leadership Summit, just a few hours after being appointed education czar for Illinois.
Credit Dusty Rhodes

Governor Bruce Rauner was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a meeting of public school leaders today in Springfield. Instead, he sent his new education czar.  

Beth Purvis, a member of Gov. Rauner's transition team, had been in office just about two hours. In fact, her exact title hadn't been determined. But for the past 10 years, Purvis has been the CEO of the Chicago International Charter School. 

 

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Code Switch
5:02 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Supporters of South Carolina State University rallied at the state's capitol on Monday to protest a proposal that would close the historically black college for two years.
Jeffrey Collins AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:18 pm

Last week, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for two years.

"We are looking at a bankrupt institution," state House Rep. Jim Merrill told reporters. "No one takes any pleasure in recommending this."

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Princeton Gifted Rare Books Valued At $300 Million

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 6:08 pm

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Higher Ed
4:01 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UIS Faculty Votes To Unionize

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Faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield will be unionized for the first time in two decades. 

The campus last had a faculty union when it was known as Sangamon State University.  But that was disbanded when it became part of the University of Illinois in the mid 90's.  

137 faculty members voted in favor of a new union which will negotiate issues from wages and benefits to shared governance.  A final vote total was unavailable.

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NPR Ed
9:06 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher's Got A Secret Brew

When the homebrewing gets good, the teachers turn pro. Kegs of Line 51 beer fill an Oakland warehouse.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 8:10 am

Listen up, cub reporters. Lesson 1: Never miss an opportunity to catch a good story. I was doing important hop research at my local craft beer emporium, aka my bar.

"This red IPA is great. What is this again?" I asked the bartender.

"That's Line 51. From Oakland. The owner, P.T., does it part time. He has a day job." What's he do? I asked. "He's a schoolteacher."

Bingo! Secret teachers, you can't hide from this NPR Ed sleuth, no sir.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Science Standards Draw Climate Change Debate Back Into Wyo. Classrooms

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:05 pm

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NPR Ed
2:46 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Fitting In On Campus: Challenges For First-Generation Students

Danielle Boshers, Anna Garcia and Chris Reynolds say the University of Michigan could do a better job welcoming first-generation students to campus.
Jen Guerra Michigan Radio

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 1:26 pm

Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up superearly and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue-collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor.

"My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says.

His dad couldn't afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off.

Chris Reynolds was officially on his own.

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NPR Ed
8:34 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Q&A: Exit Interview With A Nationally Known School Leader

Joshua Starr
Skip Brown

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 11:49 am

Joshua Starr, a nationally prominent superintendent with the Montgomery County schools in Rockville, Md., this month was granted early release from his contract after 3 1/2 years.

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NPR Ed
8:08 am
Sat February 14, 2015

More Tales Of Great Teachers

LA Johnson/NPR

A French teacher who made the language come alive ... a drama teacher standing on his desk proclaiming, "I love you" ... the gift of reading through Shakespeare and Harry Potter. All week you've been sending in stories of your inspiring teachers.

Here's another installment:

Let's start with Meghan Sickmeier on Facebook:

Harriet Dickens-Plimmswood remembers a history teacher who taught her the value of tolerance:

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NPR Ed
1:02 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

When A School Gets A Bad Report Card

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 5:29 pm

Students aren't the only ones getting report cards these days. More than a dozen states now grade their public schools using the traditional A through F system. North Carolina is the latest to try it, and most of its high-poverty schools received D's and F's from the state education agency last week.

At Allen Middle School in Greensboro, N.C., nearly every student gets free or reduced-price meals. Between classes, preteens roam the bright hallways that are lined with inspirational quotes.

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Education Desk
11:54 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Barickman Promises New School Funding Formula

Sen. Jason Barickman discusses his school funding proposal as Sen. Andy Manar (right) looks on.
Credit Dusty Rhodes

Another effort for overhauling school funding is taking shape in the Illinois legislature. 

Jason Barickman, a Republican senator from Bloomington, says he’s going to introduce three pieces of legislation to tackle the state’s infamous education funding inequity. He describes the first piece as an “evidence-based model," which he believes will be supported by Governor Bruce Rauner.

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NPR Ed
5:40 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

Courtesy of Bing Nursery School

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 11:03 am

Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.

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NPR Ed
9:16 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children's Book

E.B. Lewis/Viking Juvenile

She gazed at the picture and then asked, "What's an ugly stepsister?"

The concept just didn't translate. In Mali, polygamy is commonplace but divorce is not.

Robert McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal caused trouble too. The kids seemed unsure whether blueberries were real or the stuff of fantasy. Same with the bear Sal stumbles upon.

And then there was the whole question of Madeline's clothes. Why is she showing her knees? Everyone in this West African country knows knees are a private body part. We fixed the illustrations.

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
3:55 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Measles Outbreak Sparks Healthy Debate About Vaccines

Credit The Blen / Creative Commons, flickr

    

The recent surge in cases of measles across the United States has focused attention on the choices families make about immunizing their children. Like most parents, the young married couple I’m about to introduce you to has tried to do everything possible to ensure their baby is healthy. 

"We made our own food," the dad says.

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Education
3:54 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Tech May Get In The Way Of Good Culture Shock While Studying Abroad

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 7:53 pm

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
3:21 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Gov. Rauner Promises To Increase Funding For Education

Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses students at Lanphier High School in Springfield.
Credit Dusty Rhodes

 

Governor Bruce Rauner visited a handful of schools in central Illinois today to talk to students. 

At Lanphier High School in Springfield, the governor spent about 15 minutes talking to a library full of kids. His message: Education is the key to success, and he’s going to improve education in Illinois. 

“It’s the number one priority,” Rauner said. “To me, for my wife and me, there’s nothing more important than education.  And we’re dedicated to your education, to make sure it’s as best as it can possibly be.” 

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Great Teachers: We Had Our Say, Now It's Your Turn

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:34 am

Last week we told the stories of our favorite teachers. We hoped that would inspire you, and we weren't disappointed.

We've heard from hundreds of people — on social media, in comments on the blog and via email. Here are a few of our favorites:

Lets start with Facebook. Here's Felix Flauta Jr. in a comment on the NPR page:

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NPR Ed
12:08 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Rich School, Poor School

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 9:25 pm

Beauty and peace radiate across the 319-acre campus of the elegant Cranbrook Schools in suburban Detroit. But in one corner of the upper school, overlooking the manicured lacrosse field, is an angst-filled office where students and their parents come to fret.

On a recent morning there, a pony-tailed soccer player was nervously fiddling with the zipper on her coat as she asked her college counselor if it was really necessary for her to do an admissions interview.

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Education
6:38 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Views Of College Greek Life, From Inside And Out

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 10:41 am

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Education
6:38 am
Sun February 8, 2015

College Offers Program In Fixing High-Tech Cars

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 10:41 am

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NPR Ed
8:13 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Pregame Analysis: The Coming Federal Education Debate

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the ESEA in 1965 with Kate Deadrich Loney, the President's first schoolteacher.
Yoichi Okamoto LBJ Presidential Library

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 10:29 am

The main federal education law may finally get its long-overdue makeover in Congress this year, and we're going to be hearing and reading a lot about it.

Formally, it's the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The last time it got a major overhaul was in 2001, with President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. But nothing much has been done with the law since 2007.

If Congress does finally get to it this year, What can we expect?

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Education
4:28 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

UNCF CEO: Obama's Community College Plan A 'Blunt Instrument'

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 1:24 pm

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President Obama went to a red state today to push his plan to cover community college tuition for some students. He touted that proposal at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Higher Ed
10:03 am
Fri February 6, 2015

College Of DuPage Fallout Could Go Beyond The Administration

Credit (Photo for College of DuPage by James C. Svehla)

The College of DuPage is getting heat about its spending lately.  The focus since last week has been a 760-thousand-dollar severance package for the school president.

That payout has taxpayers wondering how the college is spending their money . . . . . . and students wondering if that could lead to program cuts and tuition hikes.

When College of DuPage trustees met last week to approve a contract buyout for President Robert Breuder, more than 400 people showed up.

And they didn’t come to cheer.

SECRETARY: Chairman Birt.

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