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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

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First Lady Of Mens Studies Says Passion Is Key

A woman now leads the American Men's Studies Association at a time when some academics are question its future. AMSA president Daphne Watkins talks about what's ahead for the organization.

Morning Edition

When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.

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Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On?

President Obama has challenged Congress to provide high-quality preschool for all 4 year olds. NPR's education team traveled to Tulsa, Okla., to learn about the benefits and challenges of the plan.

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Kansas Residents To First Lady: Stay Out

Guest restrictions and increased security measures are looming as Michelle Obama plans to appear at a Kansas high school graduation next month. Thousands have petitioned to revoke her invitation.

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Proponents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle?

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in public university admissions. Tell Me More looks at the internal debate within the affirmative action movement.

Morning Edition

In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

One nonprofit in Tulsa has flipped the script on preschool. The Community Action Project says its premise simple: To help kids, it says, you often have to help their parents.

Morning Edition

Income Inequality Is A Major Barrier To Attending College

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Suzanne Mettler of Cornell University, author of the new book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa

A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation's best.

Young Students Become Immersed in Mandarin

April 24, 2014
Qin Li speaks Mandarin in front of her third-grade math class. Today, they're working on word problems involving time. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

We visit a second-grade classroom in an Arizona public school, where students are immersed in Mandarin.

Banning Affirmative Action: The California Story

April 24, 2014
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans. (AP)

California as Exhibit A for what happens when a state bans affirmative action in college admissions. We’ll look at race, college and California.

Kerry To Give BC Commencement Speech

April 24, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Israel last month. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Pool)

NEWTON, Mass. — Kerry earned his law degree from Boston College in 1976.

Why Businesses Should See Public Education As A Wise Investment

April 23, 2014
The business community is a growing force in the public education debate, as executives recognize that today's students are an investment in the future.

The business community is a growing force in the public education debate, as executives recognize that today’s students are an investment in the future.

Bystander Approach Teaches That Others Play Role In Preventing Sexual Violence

April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Many local colleges are now teaching what’s known as the “bystander approach,” which marks a shift from relying solely on women to protect themselves against sexual violence.

Jay Leno, Scott Simon To Address Emerson Grads

April 22, 2014
Jay Leno performs in Grand Rapids, Mich. last month. (Gilda's LaughFest via AP)

BOSTON — Comedian Jay Leno will return to his alma mater Emerson College to deliver the commencement address this spring. Scott Simon will address graduate students.

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

April 22, 2014
African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

African-American children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban

April 22, 2014

The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to prohibit public colleges from taking account of race.

Suffolk Students Critical Of Graduation Speaker

April 22, 2014

BOSTON — Some students at Suffolk University are objecting to the selection of the national director of the Anti-Defamation League as the law school’s commencement speaker.

Grading Community Colleges, 5 Years Into Obama Improvement Efforts

April 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak to guests at the Community College of Allegheny County on April 16, 2014 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

With all the attention from the White House, how are community colleges doing?

Killing Moms Softly With Half Days

April 18, 2014
Carey Goldberg: Please, schools, we're begging, make these random half-days stop. (peddhapati/flickr)

Please, schools, we’re begging, make these random half-days stop.

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