Eric Westervelt

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Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When calculating cost, the sticker price is key, right? And aren't federal and private loans pretty much the same? Review some common mistakes people make in assessing the price of college.


Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.


Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A potentially landmark lawsuit goes to trial Monday in California. At issue: whether job protections for public school teachers undermine a student's constitutional right to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit see it as a potential model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Unions and state officials say the lawsuit demonizes teachers and has no merit.


Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre

Saturday, December 14, 2013

More than 60 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through grade 5 reported increased security precautions, according to a recent poll. It was the first national survey since the 1999 Columbine tragedy to ask parents how schools reacted to a mass shooting.


These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.


Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Close to 40 percent of kids in Philadelphia live in poverty — but discussion of the link between poverty and student achievement is almost absent from an ongoing debate to fix schools. Public health and education experts say poverty and hunger undermine children's development.


Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Schools nationwide are under growing pressure to add instructional time, and recess is often one of the first things to get squeezed — particularly in low-income districts. But some schools are pushing back, embracing play time and physical activity as central to learning.


For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship

Friday, November 01, 2013

As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they're debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.


A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Friday, October 25, 2013

Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.


For New French President, Germany Is First Stop

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different ideas about how to address Europe's financial turmoil. Their relationship will help set the tone for what happens next in Europe.


Homelessness Becomes A Crime In Hungary

Friday, April 06, 2012

Laws in Hungary have criminalized homelessness at a time when the country is in financial crisis and poverty is on the rise. Homeless advocates say the laws are too harsh, but proponents argue the crackdown is a necessary step in the road to cleaning up the country.

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Greece's Woes Deliver Fresh Blow To World Markets

Monday, October 03, 2011

Despite a series of austerity measures, Greece will not meet its budget targets for this year or next. The news sends European and American stock markets tumbling yet again.