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Trump Highlighted This Unusual School Choice Idea Last Night

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:40:04 -0500

The president's guest, Denisha Merriweather, received Florida's tax credit scholarship, which allows students to attend private schools.

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:18:13 -0500

The Trump administration has indicated that charter schools are a major part of its education agenda. Many Americans, though, aren't sure how they work.

HBCUs Graduate More Poor Black Students Than White Colleges

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Roughly half of HBCUs have a freshman class where three-quarters of the students are from low-income backgrounds, while just 1 percent of non-HBCUs serve as high a percentage of low-income students.

HBCU President On Trump Meeting: 'We Gotta Invest In Our Young People'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are in Washington, D.C., this week pressing their priorities with the Trump administration and lawmakers. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, about the meetings.

To This Scholar, For-Profit Colleges Are 'Lower Ed'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:23:00 -0500

Tressie McMillan Cottom delves into the hopes and dreams of students outside the traditional college path.

Hey, Students: 5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Cover Letter

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

If your resume, your cover letter and your writing samples don't tell a story, we may not be interested.

Decades Later, Translation Of Jewish Text Will Open Zohar's Gates To English Speakers

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

The translation of a rare Jewish text is almost done, thanks to Berkeley scholar Daniel Matt. This May, publishers will release the final volume of the authoritative English translation of the Zohar.

Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:21:00 -0500

A recent study looked at colleges across the country and which ones were able to graduate low-income students into high earning jobs.

For Black College Prospects, Belonging And Safety Often Top Ivy Prestige

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0500

Over the past three years, nearly a third of HBCUs have seen at least a 20 percent increase in applications, which correlates with protests over high-profile racial-violence incidents.

Doctor Takes Death Education To High School Classrooms

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Dr. Jessica Zitter about preparing high-school students to deal with end-of-life care. Zitter is a critical care and palliative medical doctor in Oakland, Calif.

Transgender Students, For-Profit Colleges And Changes To The SAT

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:22:13 -0500

Our weekly recap of the latest national education news. Highlights: Betsy DeVos spoke to a major conservative gathering, and the College Board took steps to fight cheating.

Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:36:00 -0500

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

In Eastern Virginia, Mixed Feelings on Trump's Trans Restroom Guidance

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:51:00 -0500

Gloucester County, Va., is embroiled in a battle over transgender restrooms. The case of one of its high school students is slated to be argued before the Supreme Court next month.

Trump And Transgender Rights: What Just Happened?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:00 -0500

On Wednesday, the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on transgender students' rights in schools. Here's what that means for the Supreme Court and for students in school right now.