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The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:05:00 -0500

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps.

Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:51:00 -0500

When it comes to education, not all religions are created equal. Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest rate of formal education. And that can have a detrimental effect on those who leave the religion.

Why This High School Band Is Only Buying Music From Composers Of Color

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

Often, high School band music is composed by white men. So this school is seeking out music from women and composers of color who are writing music, but aren't being published at the same rate.

DeVos Spars With Teachers, Trump On Autism And More Education Stories Of The Week

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

With Secretary Betsy DeVos rolling up her sleeves and joining President Donald Trump to talk with educators and parents, Washington, D.C., is at the center of a lot of education news this week.

Beyond DeVos, What 5 Key Trump Appointees Could Mean For Schools

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:03:00 -0500

Here's a roundup of how new leadership could affect education.

Despite Protests And A Fire Alarm, Martin Shkreli's Show Goes On At Harvard

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:13:00 -0500

The former pharmaceutical executive — who earned notoriety for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug — spoke to a student group Wednesday night, though about a tenth of his audience walked out.

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.

These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Master's Degrees, But There's A Catch

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:49:00 -0500

A master's degree, especially from an elite university, can be expensive. But a several universities are trying an experiment online to see if that cost, for some degrees, can come down.

Beyond Sex Ed: How To Talk To Teens About Love

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:30:04 -0500

One school counselor's take on how to help teens get past the pop culture myths.

School District In Canada Cancels Trips To U.S., Citing Border Policies, Safety

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:42:00 -0500

The decision was made out of caution, says the Greater Essex County District School Board, which cites uncertainty over President Trump's immigration and travel ban.

Using Improv To Help Kids With Autism Show And Read Emotion

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:15:00 -0500

Communicating and interacting socially can be hard for some children with autism. Researchers are looking at how improv classes may help these kids do better day to day.

Did Betsy DeVos Make You Want To Run For School Board?

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:41:00 -0500

The controversy over President Trump's education secretary has brought new interest in seeking local office.

Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Namesake's Ties To Slavery And White Supremacy

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:49:00 -0500

After much debate, Yale University announced Saturday that it's changing the name of a residential college that honors a 19th century alumnus who ardently supported slavery.

Remembering The 'Edutainer' Who Made Statistics Come To Life

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:38 -0500

He called himself an "edutainer." His gift was bringing statistics about the world to life. Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin remembers Swedish statistician Hans Rosling, who died this week.

Tennessee Says A Third Of Its High School Graduates Didn't Meet Requirements

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Tennessee becomes the latest reason to doubt much-touted improvement in the nation's high school graduation rate.