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School Vouchers, Oligarchy And Grizzlies: Highlights From The DeVos Hearing

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:12:00 -0500

Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department got a grilling on a range of issues, from private school vouchers and charter school oversight to guns in schools. How did she fare?

Report Finds More People Over 60 Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a growing number of older Americans have taken on student loan debt. For those who can't pay, Social Security benefits are being garnished.

At DeVos' Senate Hearing, Questions Of Choice, Charters, 'Other Options'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:53:00 -0500

President-elect Trump's pick for education secretary faced tough questions during her Senate confirmation hearing. She maintained her strong support for school choice and free-market solutions.

Betsy DeVos Appears Before Senate Education Committee In Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

President-elect Trump's pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, appeared before the Senate's education committee Tuesday for her confirmation hearing. She is expected to be asked tough questions about her past support for private school vouchers and for limiting charter school oversight.

More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:24:00 -0500

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: I Will Listen Carefully To What DeVos Has To Say

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:28:00 -0500

Senate confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who has serious concerns about DeVos.

5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:02:00 -0500

Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary faces tough questions as her Senate confirmation hearings start.

Scholar Initiative Supports College-Bound Former Prisoners

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Danny Murillo and Steven Czifra, former Pelican Bay prisoners who started the Underground Scholars Initiative, a program to help counsel former prisoners going to college.

A Former Education Secretary's Advice For Betsy DeVos

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:01:00 -0500

Margaret Spellings was secretary of education under George W. Bush. She says Donald Trump's ambivalence about the federal role in education raises interesting questions.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."

Maybe Teaching Special Ed Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:31:00 -0500

Ask any special ed teacher and they will probably tell you that paperwork is the bane of their jobs. These three teachers at Renaissance Academy in Utah have figured out how to keep it under control.

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.

Obama's Impact On America's Schools

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:38:00 -0500

After eight years in office, his list of accomplishments is as long as it is controversial.

Activists Fear Reversal Of Strict Rules On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Survivors of campus sexual assault and their allies are imploring President-elect Trump's nominee for education secretary to continue cracking down on schools who don't take the issue seriously.

School Graduation Rates Are Deceiving. Here Are 7 Things That Would Help

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

High school graduation rates are improving, but an investigation into the numbers shows some of that is due to quick fixes. Policy experts respond with their suggestions for real progress.