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Educators Sentenced To Jail In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jail terms were given to most Atlanta educators, who were convicted this month of conspiring to cheat on state tests to earn raises and bonuses. Steve Inskeep talks to Rachel Aviv of The New Yorker.

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Morning Edition

The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country is weighing the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Sustainability, Childhood Freedom, and Composting Corpses

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Takeaway explores new international goals on climate change and poverty, the debate over "free-range" parenting, and a new initiative to compost the dead.

Schoolbook

Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
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Schoolbook

Small Uptick in First Choice Matches for Kindergarten

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This year more families got into their first and second choices for kindergarten in a public school than last year. Ten percent of applicants did not get into any school on their list. 
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All Things Considered

Atlanta Educators Handed Sentences In Cheating Scandal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In a fiery sentencing hearing Tuesday, a judge in Atlanta lashed out at some of the 10 former educators convicted in a grade-changing scandal.

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If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study says Massachusetts' aggressive effort to lower lead exposure has also improved student performance.

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Jail Terms Handed To Most Atlanta Teachers Convicted In Cheating Scandal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two of the 10 teachers convicted this month accepted plea deals. The others received jail times of one to seven years for their roles in the largest cheating scandal in U.S. education.

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Morning Edition

Senate Attempts To Revise No Child Left Behind Measure

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure — once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right — has since become a great divider.

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Schoolbook

Brooklyn Principal Lures Local Parents to a Middle School in Transition

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
A middle school in Cobble Hill decided to improve its reputation, and its chance of survival, by collaborating with local families who previously shunned it for more prestigious schools.
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Schoolbook

Parents Get An Earful on Opting Out of the State Tests

Monday, April 13, 2015

Some advocate refusing the tests. Others wholeheartedly support them. And then there are parents in the middle, trying to make the next two weeks of state tests not such a big deal.  
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All Things Considered

Sentencing Begins For Atlanta Teachers Convicted In Cheating Scandal

Monday, April 13, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Dana Goldstein, a staff writer at the Marshall Project, about the Atlanta educators receiving sentencing Monday in what is considered to be one of the largest cheating scandals in American education. She says such actions by teachers to make test scores look better is quite common.

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All Things Considered

Harvard Students Block Campus Building To Push Fossil Fuel Divestment

Monday, April 13, 2015

A group of Harvard University students is calling for the school to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies. Protesters began blocking the entrance to the main administration building Sunday.

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All Things Considered

Senators Try To Revise No Child Left Behind — A Few Years Behind

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tuesday, senators begin working out the details of a bipartisan update to the No Child Left Behind education law. The proposed revision would give states more control over school accountability.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opting Out of NY State Standardized Tests

Monday, April 13, 2015

Parents discuss why they are opting out of having their kids take the state's annual tests. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary Clinton Announces; Opting Out of State Tests; The Great Migration

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton's presidential plans; the Iran deal in Farsi and English; opting out of standardized tests; Puerto Rico's 1950 rebellion; art and oral history from the Great Migration.

Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As a way to fight climate change, students at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels with sit-ins. But critics say divestment is the wrong tactic.

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New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A new study of free, online college courses says that growth fell short of early expectations, as well as a pattern among users: mostly college-educated, including a surprising number of teachers.

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On The Media

Rolling Stone's Fallout at UVA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, tallies the damage done by the Rolling Stone story, "A Rape on Campus."

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The U.N. and the Challenge to Provide an International Education

Friday, April 10, 2015

WNYC
The formation of the United Nations was the perfect impetus for an international school in New York, but what goes into shaping an international "citizen of the world"?
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