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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words

Linguist and curse-word expert Dr. Timothy Jay says by the time children head to school, they have a well-developed palate of bad words.

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New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future'

Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

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Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.

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RIP FCAT, The Florida Test With A Chorus Of Detractors

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, is being replaced by a test aligned to the Common Core State Standards. StateImpact Florida's Sammy Mack remembers FCAT and its controversial run.

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The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four.

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How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address'

The Address follows an intensive program that teaches kids with learning difficulties to recite the Gettysburg Address. And in doing so, it raises some tough questions about resources.

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.

One Student’s Story Of Trying To Quit Smoking Pot

April 17, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

In Colorado, we meet a high school student who wants to stop smoking pot, but she’s finding it tough to do so.

College Advice From A High School Counselor

April 17, 2014
In this Thursday, May 26, 2011 photo, high school guidance counselor Roslyn Wagner, rear, talks with Jessica Hujber, 15, at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Fla. Wagner used to handle just one grade. But two years ago, one of the school's four guidance counselors retired and she hasn't been replaced. That left her with the 800 students to shepherd through scheduling and college admissions, to counsel and support. "It's too many kids," Wagner says with a sigh. She's far from alone in her predicament. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid

April 17, 2014
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, during a workshop to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mrs. Obama told students that filling out the FAFSA is a pivotal step toward finishing their education beyond high school. (AP)

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

Navigating College Financial Aid

April 17, 2014
Students cheer and wave as President Barack Obama, not pictured, exits the podium after speaking at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, beginning his two day bus tour speaking about college financial aid.  (AP)

The inside dope on college financial aid. The way it really works, who gets what, and how.

Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users

April 16, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

We look at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering treatment for marijuana users.

SAT Releases Preview Of New Test Questions

April 16, 2014

High school students planning to take the SAT in 2016 can now look up sample questions to the new version of the college admissions test.

How To Get Ahead In Business (Without An MBA)

April 16, 2014
Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country. Our guest today suggests those kinds of degrees aren't necessary for business success. (HBS / Facebook)

Humorist and longtime Fortune columnist Stanley Bing says, “forget the MBA.” He’s got the low-down on what you really need to master in business. Plus: the sky-high state of executive salaries.

Talking Pot With Teens In Colorado

April 15, 2014
Adams City High in Commerce City, Colo., has about 2,000 students. During the 2010-2011 school year, 105 students were disciplined for drug or alcohol-related school offences. These students had almost twice as many unexcused absences, more than three times the number of days of school suspension, and almost a full grade point lower average GPA compared to students without drug/alcohol related offences. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio reports on how some parents and educators are talking about marijuana use with their kids.

Davis In Amherst To Launch Rowdiness Review

April 14, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. — Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to review the school and town’s handling of the so-called Blarney Blowout parties.

Children’s Author To Explore How S.S. United States Worked

April 11, 2014
The S.S. United States, which held speed records for Atlantic crossings, is docked in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

The fastest cruise liner ever built is gutted and rusting, but has attracted the attention of a best-selling author and illustrator.

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