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Department of Ed Anxious About 'Avonte's Law' Door Alarms

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Department of Education said a bill requiring alarms on school doors would take away the discretion of principals, who might have valid reasons for opposing alarms. 

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rutgers University students now have a homework assignment they might look forward to: Listening to Beyonce. Professor Kevin Allred discusses his course, Politicizing Beyonce.

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Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Education?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A California judge ruled that the state's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students. Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk explains.

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President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Thursday, June 12, 2014

President Obama signed an order that will cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of income for millions of borrowers. Georgetown University's Anthony Carnevale discusses whether it will help.

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Schoolbook

What it Really Takes to Evaluate an NYC Teacher

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How do you judge whether a teacher is doing a good job? City principals are now following the state's new formula, which puts a lot of weight on classroom observations plus student test scores. Watching one evaluation in action, we saw just how complicated it can be.

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Morning Edition

Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals

Thursday, June 12, 2014

With Dave Brat's defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, a tiny Virginia college fell into the political spotlight. Both Brat and his new opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell, teach at Randolph-Macon.

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Schoolbook

Fariña to Review Use of Field Tests

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

As field tests wrap up in many elementary and middle schools this month, critics are once again questioning whether this annual rite of spring is worth the time and energy. The tests are given by the state to try out questions which may be used ...

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Morning Edition

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lawmakers in the House plan to vote this week on whether to allow schools to delay implementing new nutrition standards in school lunches. Some policymakers have called the standards "over the top."

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All Things Considered

At The Head Of Her Class, And Homeless

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rashema Melson is the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She's always excelled at her homework — but for the past six years, she hasn't had a home to do that work in.

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All Things Considered

A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One music teacher has used tablets to change life for students at a New York school. The members of the school's orchestra have learning disabilities. For some, the band has opened up their world.

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The Takeaway

The Beginning of the End of Teacher Tenure?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California's teacher tenure and teacher dismissal laws are unconstitutional. Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of Students First, the organization that funded the challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, discusses the possible national implications of the case.

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Schoolbook

Gates Foundation: Wait to Tie Student Performance to High-Stakes Decisions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the Common Core's most prominent supporters, has called for more time before student test scores are tied to high-stakes decisions for students and teachers.

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Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The bill was shot down days after President Obama urged Congress to help ease the burden of student loan debt. It would have required a higher tax on the wealthy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Overturning Teacher Tenure

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A California judge just threw out teacher tenure, calling it the moral equivalent of segregation. Then the Obama administration quickly embraced the ruling. Hear why.

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'Washington Post' Op-Ed Tone Deaf On View Of Sexual Assault?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Beauty Shop ladies continue their discussion of this week's hot news by debating George Will's controversial opinion piece that questions the validity of sexual assault claims on campus.

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Do You Want The Truth, Or Do You Just Like Your Story Better?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In her "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin warns against letting an assumed narrative overtake the facts of a story.

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Morning Edition

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: In the Clamor for Pre-K, Don't Forget About the Earlier Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daycare centers are bracing for a mass exodus of teachers to the city's expanded pre-kindergarten classrooms. One mother argues the instability will be harmful to the city's youngest, those ages 0 to 3, whose healthy development hinges on stable relationships with adults.

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Morning Edition

College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The city is investing big in its kids, and other cities and states are taking notes.

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