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UNC Chancellor: Report Reveals 'Shocking Lack' Of Checks And Balances

Audie Cornish talks with the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carol Folt, about Wednesday's report on the school's varsity athletes taking phony classes.

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New Details Revealed In University Of North Carolina Academic Scandal

At one of the most prestigious state universities in the country, there's new detail on a very dark chapter. An independent investigation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals new details of a long running scandal that involved thousands of students, phony classes and bogus grades.

Report Says UNC Grade-Boosting Scandal Involved Fake Classes

An independent investigation found that the school's African and Afro-American Studies Department used the "paper classes" to inflate grades for more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes.

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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

The Secret Lives Of Teachers

Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?

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The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

The names that many big-city schools, teachers and students use to describe themselves are changing. Exhibit A: New Orleans.

LA Schools Superintendent Steps Down, Defends Tenure

John Deasy's resignation, announced by the Los Angeles school board Thursday, comes after high-profile tussles with the teachers union and a troubled initiative to put an iPad in every student's hand.

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools reveals that a reform derided as a failure has positive impact.

Morning Edition

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

The Los Angeles schools superintendent is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success

October 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

Judge: UMass Rape Defendants Can Be Tried Together

October 24, 2014

A judge has ruled that four men charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room two years ago can be tried together, but with one major restriction.

Investigation Reveals Cheating Scandal At UNC

October 23, 2014
University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, left, and Chancellor Carol Folt listen during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The board gathered to discuss the results of an independent investigation of past academic irregularities. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The report shows more than 3,000 students, about half of them athletes, enrolled in nonexistant classes for which they received A’s and B’s.

Dorchester’s Mather School Celebrates Its 375th Anniversary

October 22, 2014
A sculpture of a cake in honor of the Mather School's 375th anniversary. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

Founded in 1639, the Mather was the first public elementary school in the U.S.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

October 20, 2014
Natural lighting, open spaces and chilled beams can be seen at the University of Minnesota, Morris. (Courtesy)

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

N.H. College: Arrests, Injuries During Pumpkin Fest

October 19, 2014

Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to an annual pumpkin festival in New Hampshire became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests.

Brockton, Fitchburg Charter School Applicants Seek State Waiver

October 17, 2014

The proposed schools initially were cleared to submit final applications but were later told they could not because of a state law that required the school districts they are applying in to be in the lowest 10 percentile of MCAS scores statewide.

Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

October 16, 2014
Celso Bias carries out a mattress from his apartment in Allston. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh has released a $20 billion plan to create 53,000 new housing units by the year 2030 spread throughout the city at a variety of income levels.

A Child Recites The Pledge Of Allegiance. A Mother Struggles To Explain It.

October 16, 2014
Dena Vardaxis: "If we are going to ask school children to recite it daily, shouldn't we as a society have to demonstrate what it means, daily?" Pictured: Children in Tacoma, Wash., start their day with the Pledge of Allegiance. (Ted Warren/AP)

If we are going to ask school children to recite it daily, shouldn’t we as a society have to demonstrate what it means, daily?

Harvard Law Professors Seek Change In New Sexual Assault Policy

October 15, 2014
Langdell Hall, the Harvard Law Library, in Cambridge, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)

More than 24 Harvard law professors are saying publicly that the university’s new sexual assault policy violates the rights of the accused.

Harvard Law Professors Say School’s Sex Assault Policies Are Unfairly Weighted Against Accused

October 15, 2014
Harvard and its law school are among the six Massachusetts schools undergoing a federal sexual assault probe. Amherst College, Boston University, Emerson College and UMass Amherst made the list of 55 colleges and universities currently under scrutiny. (Chitose Suzuki/AP/File)

A group of Harvard law school professors say the school’s new policies for handling sexual assault are out of balance badly and are calling for changes.

Coakley, Baker Criticize Charter School Decision

October 14, 2014

Both Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker called on the state Board of Education to reverse a ruling that all but eliminated Commonwealth charter school applicants in Brockton and Fitchburg.

Michigan High School Cancels Football Season Due To Injuries

October 14, 2014
Caro High School in Michigan has cancelled its varsity football season after several student athletes suffered season-ending injuries and three concussions. (Caro High School/Facebook)

Caro High School in Michigan cancelled its varsity football season after student athletes sustained season-ending injuries and three concussions.

Mass., R.I. Get No Child Left Behind Extensions

October 10, 2014

Massachusetts and Rhode Island are among six states that have been granted a one-year extension for certain provisions of the No Child Left behind Act because the states have already implemented education reforms that go beyond the law’s requirements.

From ‘The Girl Who Was Shot’ To Nobel Laureate

October 10, 2014
From left: Ziauddin Yousafzai, Jackie Jenkins- Scott, President of Wheelock College, Malala Yousafzai,
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of “One Laptop per Child” Association,  Robin Young, host of Here & Now, and Tom McNaught, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. (Tom Fitzsimmons)

Malala Yousafzai today became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We revisit our conversation with her last year.

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