Coding Camp to Baltimore Schools: Bring Us Your Bored!

A summer program in Baltimore has black middle-schoolers coding, designing apps and altogether hooked on engineering.

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The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners

The Obama administration unveiled a pilot program Friday morning that will once again give some prisoners access to Pell Grants, a form of federal student aid.

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

Inmates who took college-level courses while in prison saw a 16 percent drop in their risk of reincarceration.

The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals

Bye Bye Birdie, Our Town and Beauty and the Beast have all spent time at the top of Dramatics' high school theater rankings. The magazine has been publishing its list since 1938.

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3 University Of Virginia Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone' Over Retracted Story

Three UVA graduates at the center of the debunked story about rape at the school sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter for defamation. The magazine's managing editor resigned this week.

Morning Edition

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

The Obama administration is expected to announce a new program Friday that would once again allow some prisoners access to federal college funding.

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Teaching Students To Use Their Noodles

A summer program at Johns Hopkins University puts high schoolers' ingenuity to the test — building bridges out of nothing but spaghetti and glue.

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

George Washington University is the latest and one of the largest private universities to drop its admissions testing requirement.

Morning Edition

The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

OB-GYN Residents Explain Complexity Of Training To Provide Abortions

July 30, 2015
Pro-life and anti-abortion demonstrators converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

If there’s one thing pro-life and pro-choice camps can agree on, it’s that the decision to have an abortion can be a difficult one. But the decision to perform abortions can be difficult for medical providers, too.

Mass. Lawmakers Move To Restore Budget Items Vetoed By Baker

July 30, 2015
The Massachusetts State House is seen on April 30, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The budget items restored by legislators include funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system.

Berklee And Boston Conservatory: More Than Just Friends?

July 29, 2015
Flags for Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory fly adjacent on The Fenway. (Courtesy Allen Bush)

We talk to the presidents of Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory, who are exploring a potential merger of their institutions.

MIT Submits Proposal For $1.2 Billion Kendall Square Development

July 29, 2015

The proposal calls for six new buildings on university-owned parking lots.

Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney Named Sole Finalist For UMass Lowell Chancellorship

July 28, 2015

A nationwide search for the new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, has ended, with UMass Lowell’s executive vice chancellor and alumna Jacqueline Moloney recommended for the promotion.

Meehan Seeks To Restore Vetoed UMass Money

July 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker sliced $5.2 million from the university’s budget to $526 million, saying it should find savings elsewhere.

For 2 Key Iran Deal Negotiators, MIT Experiences Created A Helpful Connection

July 27, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, second right, for a new round of nuclear negotiations on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. From left, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Kerry, Zarif, and Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. (Evan Vucci/AP)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, both spent time at MIT — one as a student and the other as an instructor.

U.S. Takes Home Gold… In Math

July 24, 2015
Members of the U.S. International Mathematical Olympic team, including coach Poh-Shen Loh (far left), Ryan Aleweiss (middle) and Yang Liu (fourth from right) pose with their gold medals. (Courtesy Poh-Shen Loh)

For the first time since 1994, six American teens won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Could Screening Students For Drug Use Curb The Opiate Addiction Crisis?

July 22, 2015
First Lady Nancy Reagan sits with students at a 1987 presentation by the Los Angeles police department's Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Such education has moved beyond the "just say no" approach, according to Lee Ellenberg. (Nick Ut/AP)

Some advocates for children say the state should focus on prevention — and it needs to start early, as soon as middle school.

Education Secretary Responds To New ‘No Child Left Behind’ Bills

July 22, 2015
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is pictured in Washington, Jan. 17, 2013. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

After several failed attempts, the House and the Senate have passed their own bills to revise U.S. education policy.

Parents Paying More Out Of Pocket For College Tuition

July 20, 2015
College savings ( via Flickr)

A new study finds that for the first time since 2010, parent income and savings comprised the largest share of college costs.

Changing Minds: Discoveries In Cognitive Science Can Reshape The Way We Teach

July 17, 2015
Mike Kalin: "New findings expose the flaws of many traditional teaching methods and force us to reconsider fundamental assumptions about how students learn." (inertia NC/flickr)

New findings expose the flaws of many traditional teaching methods and force us to reconsider fundamental assumptions about how students learn.

Committee OKs Bill That Aims To Screen Students For Substance Abuse

July 16, 2015
Prevention of Cruelty to Children CEO Mary McGeown speaks at the launch of the Addiction Free Futures Project Thursday. (State House News Service)

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee heard testimony Thursday afternoon in support of a bill that would screen for substance abuse in schools before reporting the bill favorably.

GI Bill Funding 2,000 Unaccredited Schools For Veterans

July 15, 2015
Terrance O'Neil, a former Staff Sgt. in the Marines,stands outside of his RV at a Trailer park aboard Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif. on Dec. 2, 2014. O'Neil was unexpectedly kicked out of Vitality College of Healing Arts and used his GI Bill money which was not refunded. (Sandy Huffaker for Reveal)

A new report by Reveal found that 2,000 schools receiving taxpayer dollars are not accredited and often don’t lead to employment.

Within His First 100 Days, Boston School Chief To Prioritize Narrowing Achievement Gap

July 15, 2015
Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang listens to the Boston International High School headmaster Nicole Bahnam at a meeting earlier this year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang will lay out his initial plans for the beginning of the upcoming school year during his first meeting with the Boston School Committee Wednesday night.

What New Horizons Means To An MIT Professor Who Spent Almost 35 Years On A Pluto Mission

July 14, 2015
Members of the New Horizons science team, including MIT Professor Richard Binzel, graduate student Alissa Earle (MIT), and Cristina Dalle Ore (SETI Institute), react to seeing the spacecraft's last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day. (Courtesy Bill Ingalls/NASA)

Tuesday will go down as a huge day in the history of NASA. After traveling 3 billion miles over the course of nearly a decade, the spacecraft called New Horizons reached its target, passing close by the dwarf planet, Pluto.

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