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Pushing The Break On Education Funding In Colorado

How is it that the nation's fourteenth richest state ranks forty-second in how much it spends per student in schools? It all comes down to Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

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Educators In Flint Step Up Efforts To Reach Youngest Victims Of Tainted Water

Thousands of kids in Flint who have been exposed to high levels of lead are at risk of major behavioral and cognitive problems. But early education intervention can help mitigate these effects.

These High School Girls Have Something To Cheer About

Many girls in Maasai culture drop out at 12 and end up caring for cattle or cooking at home. Many are subjected to female genital mutilation. The new Sekenani Girls School is a game changer.

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Malia Obama's 'Gap Year' Highlights Growing Trend In U.S.

President Obama's daughter, Malia, is taking a year off before starting college in the fall. The so-called "gap year" before college has long been a staple — even a right of passage — in many other countries. NPR reports on the growing trend to defer freshman year to pursue other interests.

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Teachers Shut Down Nearly All Detroit Public Schools In Sick-Out Protest

Nearly all of Detroit's 97 public schools were closed Monday because too many teachers called in sick. Teachers there have known for months that Detroit Public Schools will run out of money after June, unless lawmakers approve hundreds of millions of additional dollars. But anger boiled over when they found out they might be working for free right now.

Detroit Teachers' 'Sickout' Closes More Than 90 Schools

The public school district says it won't be able to pay employees past June under the current funding plan — even for work already done. A longer-term spending bill is stuck in the state Legislature.

How College Students Are Sleeping ... Or Not

A new study breaks down 1.4 million nights of sleep on college campuses. The results are surprising.

Morning Edition

Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

Recently the Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers: Fix our broken school funding system, or public schools could shut down on June 30. Some lawmakers say Kansas already spends too much on education.

Malia Obama Will Attend Harvard, White House Says

She's going to take a gap year and begin at Harvard during fall 2017, according to a statement from the first lady's office.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.

An Adjunct Professor’s Tale Of Low Wages

May 3, 2016
More than half the college instructors in the United States are adjunct professors. (Kai Schreiber/Flickr)

Adjunct professors are part-time contract workers who don’t enjoy the same compensation as their full-time counterparts.

Meet The Girls Who Code In A Roxbury Basement

May 3, 2016
Volunteer Charity Leschinski, left, helps student Janae Bush-de la Cruz debug a program during a Girls Who Code meeting sponsored by Brookview House in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The program aims to teach girls — half of whom live in poverty — a skill set that could help close the gender gap in high tech and boost their financial futures.

UMass Amherst Economists Give Academic Heft To Sanders’ Proposals

May 3, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressees a campaign rally on Feb. 22 in Amherst, ahead of the Massachusetts primary on March 1. A group of economists at UMass Amherst have been providing academic fodder for Sanders' proposals. (Steven Senne/AP)

Sanders’ critics have accused him of not thinking through his policy proposals. The UMass economists have been rebutting those accusations.

Georgetown Sold 272 Slaves In 1838. What Can Be Done For Their Descendants, Today?

May 2, 2016
Healy Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a statue of Georgetown's founder, John Carroll. (ehpien/Flickr)

In 1838, Georgetown University sold an astonishing number of human beings: 272 enslaved African-Americans. They were loaded onto ships and sent to sugar plantations in Louisiana.

The Pros And Cons Of A Gap Year

May 2, 2016
(CollegeDegrees360/Flickr)

Taking a gap year used to be more common for European college students, but the trend is growing among American students as well.

The Average Millennial Is Nothing Like The Stereotypes

May 2, 2016
Data shows that despite common stereotypes, the average American millennial does not live in a city. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Data shows that the average 29-year-old did not graduate from a four-year university and is living in a suburb.

American Students Take Advantage Of Free College In Germany

April 28, 2016
Claire Becker sits in her German class at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Nathaniel Minor/CPR News)

In Colorado this year, 100 students are taking the German language college entrance test – the first step toward attending college there.

One Student Sees Two Sides Of Philadelphia Area Schools

April 27, 2016
The Miller family sits in the living room of their home in a Philadelphia suburb. They are part of an ongoing lawsuit, arguing Pennsylvania has neglected its constitutional responsibility to provide all children a "thorough and efficient" education. (Emily Cohen for NPR)

For NPR Ed’s School Money series, we meet Jameria Miller, a young woman who has been both “have” and “have not.”

How Can Harvard Be Free, Fair… And Diverse?

April 26, 2016
A sculpture in bronze of John Harvard on the campus of Harvard University. A group of Harvard alumnus campaigning to make the school tuition-free and admissions more transparent has raised concern among others about the true intent of their campaign and diversity at the university. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A group of Harvard alumnus campaigning to make the school tuition-free and admissions more transparent has raised concern among others about the true intent of their campaign and diversity at the university.

Should Student Surveys Be Used To Evaluate Teachers?

April 26, 2016
Emily Banks from the U.S. Department of Education shadows teacher Lisa Jones at Watkins Elementary School in Washington D.C. in 2014. (Department of Education via Flickr)

Advocates say student surveys can help teachers improve, but those opposed argue it could easily devolve into a popularity contest.

Mass. Students To See More Affordable Four-Year Degree With ‘Commonwealth Commitment’

April 22, 2016
The campus of Roxbury Community College in Boston. The new Commonwealth Commitment program would be available to eligible students entering one of 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges in the Fall of 2016. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

How can Massachusetts be a leader in making college more affordable and at the same time encourage students to finish their degrees in four and a half years?

Student Who Reported Rape Could Be Punished For Violating BYU Honor Code

April 22, 2016
Protesters stand in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

This week, students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, protested the school’s response to sexual assault.

Harriet Tubman, The New Face Of The $20

April 21, 2016
Image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. (H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress/AP)

In 2020, the U.S. government will unveil a new $20 bill. Move over Andrew Jackson — the seventh president of the United States will no longer grace the front of the bill. Instead, it will feature the famous abolitionist and humanitarian, who was born a slave, Harriet Tubman.

Connecticut Students Bring Energy To A Remote Village In Nepal

April 21, 2016
Thinley, an elder from the Nepalese village of Saldang, stands with students from Hartford's Academy of Engineering and Green Technology during his visit to the school Friday. (JACKSON MITCHELL/WNPR)

An elder from a remote village in Nepal recently visited a Hartford high school to say thank you to the students.

Standing Up By Sitting In: Student Activists Move The Needle On Fossil Fuel Divestment

April 21, 2016
Frederick Hewett: The students at UMass remind us that sustaining our democracy requires active participation. (UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign/Facebook)

The students at UMass remind us that sustaining our democracy requires active participation.

California Preschools Are In The Path Of Pollution

April 20, 2016
An oil refinery and highway are visible over the fence of a Long Beach child care center. KPCC reporters Deepa Fernandes and Sarah Monte investigated the effect of air pollution on early childhood development by taking air quality readings outside of child care centers located in Los Angeles County. (Blaine Ohigashi/KPCC)

KPCC investigated the effect of air pollution on early childhood development by taking air quality readings outside child care centers.

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