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Justice Department Threatens To Sue Harvard In Admissions Probe

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:39:31 -0500

The investigation is looking into claims that its admissions policies discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants by holding them to higher standards than black and Latino applicants.

Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smartphone

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:04 -0500

It's a question most parents will wrestle with at some point — when is the right time to give my child a smartphone? Let's tick through a few other questions first.

For Many Puerto Ricans, College Plans Washed Away With Hurricane Maria

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

As Puerto Rico students settle into high school on the mainland — one big question emerges: What happens to my college plans? That's especially scary for seniors, as application deadlines loom.

D.C.'s School For Young Boys Of Color Tackles Mistrust Between Students And Police

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:24:20 -0500

Washington, D.C., has created a new, all-boys public school designed specifically for the district's young men of color: Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. For one year, reporters from NPR and Education Week partnered to document the birth of this new school.

School Trip To D.C. Canceled Over Fears Of Mass Shooting

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Superintendent Jim Powell of Ohio's North Ridgeville City Schools why he canceled the eight grade trip to Washington, D.C., over safety concerns.

To Tax Or Not To Tax University Endowments

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Grinnell College President Raynard Kington about the proposed excise tax on endowment income. The small Iowa school has a very large endowment.

If Parents In Taiwan Are OK With Their Kids' Sex Ed Class, Why Are Others So Upset?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:16:02 -0500

Despite being one of the first places in Asia to recognize same-sex unions and require schools to teach sex education, Taiwanese society is having a hard time catching up.

Sam Kass: Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:47 -0500

16 million children face hunger in the U.S., which can prevent them from performing well in school. Chef Sam Kass describes a simple solution with a potentially huge impact: free breakfast.

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

How Mass Shootings Are Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:59:02 -0500

Teachers are learning how to protect their students from the possibility of a school shooting. That can include anything from locking doors to tackling the assailant.

Native American Students Fight Discrimination By Celebrating Their Heritage

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:14:00 -0500

A new survey found that nationwide, three-quarters of Native Americans believe there is discrimination against their group today.

In Chinese Cities, Migrants' Work Is Welcome. Their Children Are Not

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:03:00 -0500

A private school in Beijing caters to children whose parents have moved to the city for work. Moving from place to place requires permission, though — and these children's families broke the rules.

New Study Finds That 4.2 Million Kids Experience Homelessness Each Year

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:15:00 -0500

Those numbers are growing: About half of the youth who dealt with homelessness, experienced it for the first time, according to the study. Schools are often at the front line of this issue.

How To Stop Hazing

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:06:30 -0500

Are charges and suspensions of fraternities enough to stop destructive behaviors that have become routine, and sometimes deadly?

Here's How The New Tax Plan Could Hurt Graduate Students

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:31:00 -0500

The new House tax bill introduced by Republicans outlines a plan to end the tax exemptions for tuition waivers and tax endowments made to colleges and universities.