Claudio Sanchez http://wuis.org en Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students http://wuis.org/post/federal-loans-tough-come-community-college-students Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 29363 at http://wuis.org Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education http://wuis.org/post/major-shift-promised-oversight-special-education-programs The Obama administration said Tuesday that the vast majority of the 6.5 million students with disabilities in U.S. schools today are not receiving a quality education, and that it will hold states accountable for demonstrating that those students are making progress.<p>Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced what he calls "a major shift" in how the government evaluates the effectiveness of federally funded special education programs.<p>"It's not enough for a state to be compliant if students can't read or do math," Duncan said. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 27936 at http://wuis.org A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers http://wuis.org/post/study-delivers-failing-grades-many-programs-training-teachers The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.<p>A <a href="http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Teacher_Prep_Review_2014_Report">study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality</a> 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.<p>The study is the group's second in two years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 27447 at http://wuis.org Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea http://wuis.org/post/college-free-tulsa-radical-idea The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 26980 at http://wuis.org College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea Despite Expansion, Many Pre-K Programs Fail To Reach Immigrant Kids http://wuis.org/post/despite-expansion-many-pre-k-programs-fail-reach-immigrant-kids Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 26445 at http://wuis.org Segregation: Six Decades Dead In Court, But Still Alive In Many Schools http://wuis.org/post/segregation-six-decades-dead-court-still-alive-many-schools Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, black and white children still attend segregated schools in many parts of the country. Majority black schools are less likely to have good teachers, and kids there are more likely to be poor. That, experts say, is the single biggest obstacle to their academic success. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 25291 at http://wuis.org New Rules Aim To Keep School Doors Open For Undocumented Students http://wuis.org/post/new-rules-aim-keep-school-doors-open-undocumented-students Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Obama administration today reissued guidelines for America's schools. The goal is to keep states from turning away children who cannot prove that they are in the U.S. legally. A 1982 Supreme Court ruling allowed undocumented students free access to a public education. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 24691 at http://wuis.org Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card http://wuis.org/post/department-education-brings-home-disappointing-report-card Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Flat, stagnant, static, those are words that the U.S. Department of Education has used to describe the latest reading and math scores for the nation's 12th graders.<p>As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, most high school seniors appear to be graduating without the skills they need to succeed in college or work.<p>CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: If this was your teenager's report card, you'd probably be on the phone with your kid's school right now, demanding to know why your child's reading and math scores have remained so low for so long. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 24625 at http://wuis.org As Testing Season Opens In Schools, Some Ask: How Much Is Too Much? http://wuis.org/post/testing-season-opens-schools-some-ask-how-much-too-much Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>If you're a high school student or you have one at home, then you know it's testing season. America's teenagers spend countless hours taking standardized state and district tests, not to mention the alphabet soup of SAT, ACT, AP, and the list goes on.<p>Well, that got the NPR Ed Team wondering how many such tests can a high school student take in a year - five, 10, 20, or none of the above? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 24135 at http://wuis.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://wuis.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23549 at http://wuis.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? http://wuis.org/post/what-exactly-high-quality-preschool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbWRWeVe1XE</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23500 at http://wuis.org What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out http://wuis.org/post/early-childhood-education-tulsa-okla-stands-out The federal government spends almost $8 billion on preschool programs across the country, mostly on low income 4-year-olds. States spend billions more. But with at least 30 states planning to expand access to pre-K and President Obama promoting "preschool for all," what constitutes a quality preschool program?<p>NPR's education team set out to better understand what separates the nation's best programs from the rest, and that journey led to a surprising place: Tulsa, Okla. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23501 at http://wuis.org For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP http://wuis.org/post/common-core-turns-business-leaders-against-oklahoma-gop Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.<p>"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22355 at http://wuis.org Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP Report: Widespread Racial Disparities In Public School Punishments http://wuis.org/post/report-widespread-racial-disparities-public-school-punishments Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Black students in America's public schools are expelled at three times the rate of white students. That's according to a sweeping new report out today from the U.S. Department of Education. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 21365 at http://wuis.org Pizza, Perseverance And Skills At A Major League Hackathon http://wuis.org/post/pizza-perseverance-and-skills-major-league-hackathon Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The University of Maryland, College Park has claimed the title Best School for Hackers. They have got the trophy to prove it. Maryland beat heavyweights like MIT, Stanford, Michigan and Carnegie Mellon and they did it by sending the most students to five hackathons last year. They placed first in two of them.<p>But wait. If you're thinking these schools are celebrating college kids who break into computer networks, you're wrong. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 21203 at http://wuis.org As Common Core Tests Approach, So Does A Sea Change In Schools http://wuis.org/post/common-core-tests-approach-so-does-sea-change-schools Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We're going to spend the next few minutes on a sea change in America's schools, the Common Core. It sets new benchmarks for reading and math for students from kindergarten through high school. It has been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia. But the changes are controversial. Opponents are racing to stop them even as teachers struggle to implement them. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 21124 at http://wuis.org How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High http://wuis.org/post/how-cost-college-went-affordable-sky-high <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL4PP2kS-fg</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 21080 at http://wuis.org How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 http://wuis.org/post/what-us-can-learn-finland-where-school-starts-age-7 Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don't start school until age 7.<p>Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading and math skills. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 20424 at http://wuis.org What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 College Board Previews Revisions To SAT http://wuis.org/post/college-board-previews-revisions-sat Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The College Board made a big announcement yesterday; it is overhauling the SAT. This is the second major revision of the widely used college entrance exam in nine years. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 20270 at http://wuis.org College Board Breaks Out Red Pen For SAT Corrections http://wuis.org/post/college-board-breaks-out-red-pen-sat-corrections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The most widely used measure of a student's readiness for college is getting a makeover. The College Board is changing the SAT. It's the second major revision of the test in nine years.<p>NPR's Claudio Sanchez joins us now to tell us what the new SAT might look like. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 20241 at http://wuis.org Teachers Unions Mobilize To Delay The Common Core http://wuis.org/post/teachers-unions-mobilize-delay-common-core Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The nation's largest teachers union is calling for a delay in the adoption of the Common Core. That's the name of new math and language arts standards that are supposed to be in place next fall in 45 states. The 3 million-member National Education Association has been a strong supporter. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 19763 at http://wuis.org Survey: Students' Personal Data Are At Risk http://wuis.org/post/survey-students-personal-data-are-risk Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Staying with the topic of computers and schools, NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports on a recent survey that found parents may have reason to worry about how schools are protecting student's personal data.<p>CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: The survey was conducted by Common Sense Media, which focuses on kids and media issues. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:31:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 19121 at http://wuis.org Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training? http://wuis.org/post/can-underfunded-community-colleges-provide-more-job-training Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Community college leaders are in Washington this week, pushing for a bigger role in getting more people to enroll in two-year schools. They're also pushing the job training that business and industry say they desperately need.<p>Still, community colleges are significantly underfunded. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 18807 at http://wuis.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? http://wuis.org/post/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 18229 at http://wuis.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? Obama Expected To Propose Expanding Preschool Programs http://wuis.org/post/obama-expected-propose-expanding-pre-school-programs President Obama is expected to propose an expansion of preschool programs in his State of the Union Address. Most states have bought into the idea and restored funding for the programs. What's less clear is where the long-term funding is going to come from, and whether the quality of these programs are worth the investment. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 17785 at http://wuis.org White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority http://wuis.org/post/white-house-makes-college-low-income-students-priority President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met today with over 140 college presidents at the White House. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:18:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 17108 at http://wuis.org White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority The Obamas Hope To Ease Path For Low-Income Students http://wuis.org/post/obamas-hope-ease-path-low-income-students President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a meeting with college presidents and organizations involved in raising the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. No more than half of low income high school graduates apply to college right after graduation, compared to 82 percent for high-income students. The administration says it's intent on closing that gap. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 17114 at http://wuis.org Obama Administration Has Little Love For 'Zero Tolerance' http://wuis.org/post/obama-administration-has-little-love-zero-tolerance Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Obama administration says schools need to rethink their disciplinary policies because they're doing more harm than good. To deal with serious offenses like physical assaults or drug possession, many states and school districts developed zero tolerance policies. But the administration says those policies were being applied too often, even for small offenses. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 16544 at http://wuis.org Critics Say Schools' Common Core Standards Rollout Is Rushed http://wuis.org/post/education-critics-say-common-core-standards-rollout-rushed Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Two words are becoming very familiar with in many American schools: Common Core. The new national education program brings new testing and new standards to classrooms. The rollout has begun across the country, but a growing number of educators are expressing discomfort. Many worry that the effort is being rushed, and that people are not focusing enough on the potential impact. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 16127 at http://wuis.org Decade-Long Study Of Big City Schools Finds Better Math, Reading http://wuis.org/post/decade-long-study-big-city-schools-finds-better-math-reading Ten years after education researchers began focusing on big city school systems and monitoring their math and reading scores, there's good news to report. Today, fourth and eighth graders in many of the nation's largest cities have made impressive gains. Surprisingly, school systems with large numbers of low income children have exceeded the national average in both subjects . Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 15293 at http://wuis.org