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'Don't Touch Me,' Said Canada. 'I Won't!' Said The USA. So They Moved 20 Feet Apart

Friday, April 25, 2014

Canada and the USA agreed to create a 20-foot-wide corridor between them that runs for 5,500 continuous miles. Cartographers drew the line straight, but engineers built it crooked. Take a look.

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Schoolbook

Charter Schools Get in on City's Pre-K Expansion

Friday, April 25, 2014

Just as community-based organizations can add pre-kindergarten classes for New York City children, so too can charter schools starting this week. 

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All Things Considered

Wash. Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations

Friday, April 25, 2014

Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the federal government, meaning the state will have less flexibility in spending federal education funds.

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All Things Considered

Columbia Comes Under Fire For Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases

Friday, April 25, 2014

Twenty-three students from Columbia and Barnard say that the university is mishandling allegations of sexual assault. They filed federal complaints with the Department of Education on Thursday.

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All Things Considered

Northwestern Players Cast Union Vote — But Results Will Have To Wait

Friday, April 25, 2014

Northwestern University football players are voting Thursday on whether to unionize. Earlier, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that the athletes' team requirements essentially make them employees of the university. This, in turn, means they can form a union. The university is appealing the NLRB ruling to the full board.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

College Football on the Brink

Friday, April 25, 2014

Northwestern football players vote today on whether they want to unionize, while the NCAA met yesterday to make some key decisions about the future structure of big-money sports. We discuss a key moment for the future of college athletics with Jeremy Fowler, College Football Insider for CBSSports.com.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Common Core, Testing, UPK

Friday, April 25, 2014

As applications are sorted, what are the logistical challenges for staffing, finding space, and evaluating the impact of universal Pre-K? Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, reports on the behind-the-scenes work at the Department of Education, plus what teachers told her about testing and common core.

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Morning Edition

Alternatives Emerge To Affirmative Action

Friday, April 25, 2014

Opponents of affirmative action have often touted alternatives, like socio-economic based admissions, or targeted outreach. David Greene talks to University of Washington professor Mark Long.

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Morning Edition

Northwestern Players To Vote On Historic Union Question

Friday, April 25, 2014

Football players at Northwestern University are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to unionize. The outcome of the vote won't be revealed until an appeal by the university is heard.

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Schoolbook

Student Filmmakers Take Center Stage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Films by New York City public school students are being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a satirical horror movie about testing.

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Radiolab

Fluffier, Brighter, Weirder Dinosaurs

Thursday, April 24, 2014

John Conway paints pictures of old dead things. But he doesn't paint them like they're old and dead—he paints them like maybe they’re outside your window right now, looking at you.
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Schoolbook

City Opposes More Environmental Oversight Rules for Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

An effort to increase oversight of environmental risks inside school buildings is meeting resistance from city officials who balk at the additional regulation and costs.

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All Things Considered

NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

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Schoolbook

Pre-K Applications Spike In NYC

Thursday, April 24, 2014

With all the talk about pre-kindergarten expansion, the number of applicants to public school pre-k increased by 36 percent over last year. But, as in previous years, many will not get a seat - at least not yet.

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First Lady Of Men's Studies Says Passion Is Key

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A woman now leads the American Men's Studies Association at a time when some academics are question its future. AMSA president Daphne Watkins talks about what's ahead for the organization.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Year With City Year

Thursday, April 24, 2014

City Year is part of the AmeriCorps program and will be celebrating 25 years next month. Erica Hamilton, vice president and executive director of City Year New York, explains how fellows spend their time and what communities get from the program. Plus, she'll take your calls.

 

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Schoolbook

NYC Officials Expect a 'Big Lift' in Pre-K Expansion

Thursday, April 24, 2014

There's no doubt that rolling out thousands of new pre-kindergarten seats by September will be a big lift for New York City. Two members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said so themselves, and acknowledged some of the obstacles at an event Wednesday night.

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Morning Edition

When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.

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In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Even as investment in education technology grows, teachers say free tools are just as effective as paid ones.

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Schoolbook

City Finds Buildings For 'Homeless' Charter Schools

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two charter schools that were blocked from opening this fall inside other public schools will open in former Catholic school buildings instead, under a new plan from City Hall.

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