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Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage.

Morning Edition

What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

Teachers, students and administrators are stretched thin by serious overcrowding. The city could add 32 schools tomorrow and every one would be filled to capacity.

Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives

The June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York sparked the gay rights movement. But three years earlier, unrest in San Francisco marked the transgender community's public debut in the rights struggle.

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's innovative for-profit schools are based on intensive technical innovation. The startup has attracted more than $100 million from high-profile backers, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

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Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden in many schools.

Grade-Skippers: Where Are They Now?

Earlier this week, we reported on "acceleration": jumping ahead by either skipping a grade or entering kindergarten early. We asked if any of you had done it ... and how it all turned out.

Beyond The Headlines, There's Much More To West Baltimore

At one intersection this week, violence was thoroughly documented. But the cameras missed the treasured public library that for years has educated and entertained the neighborhood's kids.

From The White House, A Celebration Of Great Teaching

President Obama welcomes the National Teacher of the Year and tells how a great educator shaped his own life.

Morning Edition

Judge Reduces 3 Educators' Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Atlanta test-cheating case said he had a change of heart. He reduced three people's sentences from seven years in prison to three.

Morning Edition

White House Honors 2015 Teacher Of The Year: Shanna Peeples

Shanna Peeples works at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. Most of the students come from poor families. Some are refugees from East Africa — coming through the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

3 Finalists Named For Mass. Higher Ed Commissioner Job

May 6, 2015

A community college president, a deputy higher education commissioner and a former Boston mayoral candidate are finalists to succeed outgoing state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

Meehan To Expand Online Learning ‘Across The Board’ At UMass

May 6, 2015

UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan, who will take over in July as the next president of the UMass system, said 53 percent of UMass Lowell graduates in a recent class took at least one online course and it’s an area he hopes to expand.

The Extra-Special Expertise Of A College Senior Thesis

May 6, 2015
Students at Reed College in Portland, Ore. burn their senior thesis in the college's annual Renn Fayre, shown here in May 2014. (Reed College)

It’s that time of year – when tired college seniors across the country turn in their theses. We’ve got a great group sharing their labors of love.

On Pointers Share Their College Senior Thesis Topics

May 6, 2015
The entrance to Barnard Hall at Columbia University's Barnard College. (WikiCommons)

A collection of On Point staffers share their own memories of college thesis research and writing from back when it mattered to them.

Students On Hunger Strike Over Planned Janitor Layoffs Frustrated With Tufts’ Response

May 6, 2015
On Tuesday, Tufts University students hold a meeting in a campsite next to the school's administration building, where students have been protesting the university's plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs in Medford. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Members of the student group the Tufts Labor Coalition say they met with university officials Tuesday as five hunger strikers living in tents on the campus green entered their third day without food.

Gov. Baker Meets With New UMass President Marty Meehan

May 5, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker is telling the next president of the University of Massachusetts, Marty Meehan, that he wants the school to develop a way for students to graduate in three years.

Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age

May 5, 2015
Interior of the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle. The $165 million building’s unusual design and decoration attracts visitors from all over the world. (Manuel Valdes/AP)

Palfrey says it’s time to re-invest in libraries, and to pursue a new strategy that will allow them to shape, rather than just react, to the digital revolution.

With Pressure To Succeed, High School Suicides Rise

May 4, 2015
In this March 26, 2015 photo, Yvonne DeCory, a suicide-prevention outreach worker, stands in her small office in the basement of the Post Office in Pine Ridge, S.D. Nearly 1,000 suicide attempts were recorded on the reservation between 2004 and 2013. DeCory said few weeks go by with a suicide. (AP)

After clusters of high school suicides in California, Virginia, and Massachusetts, we look at the pressure parents put on teenagers to succeed.

5 Tufts Students Go On Hunger Strike Over Planned Janitor Layoffs

May 4, 2015

Five students at Tufts University began a hunger strike Sunday over the university’s plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs at the end of May.

Meredith Vieira To Give Commencement Address At BU

May 4, 2015
Meredith Vieira attends the NBC 2014 Summer TCA in 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Journalist and television host Meredith Vieira will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 142nd graduation ceremonies on May 17.

Smith College Votes To Accept Transgender Applicants

May 3, 2015

The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study.

Marty Meehan, UMass Lowell Chancellor And Ex-Congressman, Named Next UMass President

May 1, 2015
Marty Meehan replies to an interview question before being named the new president of the five-campus UMass system Friday in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Marty Meehan was chosen as the new president of the University of Massachusetts five-campus system Friday in a unanimous vote by the system’s board of trustees.

Tufts Students Protest Planned Janitor Layoffs

May 1, 2015

Some 35 janitors are expected to lose their jobs at the end of next month. Tufts police arrested five students and an older man as protesters sat down on College Avenue.

A Baltimore Principal Helps Her Students Make Sense Of It All

April 30, 2015
Crystal Harden-Lindsey, 35, is the principal at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore. (Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

Crystal Harden-Lindsey, who is 35 and grew up in East Baltimore, is principal of Green Street Academy in West Baltimore.

Meehan, Harvard Prof Selected As Finalists For UMass Presidency

April 30, 2015

UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan and Harvard Business School professor John Quelch are the two finalists to replace Robert Caret.

Watch Live: MIT Dedicates Memorial For Sean Collier, Campus Officer Slain By Boston Bombers

April 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a permanent memorial for Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was murdered in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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