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Weekend Edition Saturday

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and sad, sad boy became a joyful little girl.

Former Corinthian Students: Saddled With Debt, Hoping For Relief

Former Corinthian students could soon be off the hook for their student loans, but that won't help them in finding a better career.

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Our searchable commencement app is now updated with the best speeches from 2014 and 2015.

Morning Edition

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz., to get elementary school kids up and running.

All Things Considered

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher's Life

Jonathan Kozol looks back on events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age, that reveal how an elementary school treated black children in 1960s Boston.

7 Solutions That Would Improve Graduation Rates

High school graduation rates are improving; an investigation into the numbers shows some of that is due to quick fixes. Policy experts respond with their suggestions for meaningful change.

Weekend Edition Sunday

For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

More and more Americans are pursuing graduate degrees in Germany, where tuition is often free and many classes are taught in English.

5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

Presidential candidates are writing their plans now. We talk with the experts about some of the policy options on the table.

California Lawmakers Vote To Remove Vaccine Exemptions For Schoolchildren

A similar bill, which eliminates all but medical exemptions, has already passed the state Senate. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign it.

Morning Edition

Teens Make Film In Broken English To Explain Why They'll Fail English

Three high schoolers in Zanzibar have won a prize for a film tackling a fierce debate in African classrooms: Should the teacher instruct in English or the mother tongue?

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

July 3, 2015
Cover of "I Am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

Harvard Says Recent Computer Data Breach May Have Compromised Email Logins

July 2, 2015
People walk through Harvard Yard at Harvard University. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Administrators are recommending that people who work at the affected departments and schools change their passwords.

New UMass President, Talking With Students On 1st Day, Proposes 3-Year Programs For Veterans

July 1, 2015
In an interview with WBUR in May, UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan discussed the proposal while answering questions from selected students at UMass Boston Wednesday, his first day on the job.

Loiselle Gonzalez Baez: High School Valedictorian And New Mom

July 1, 2015
(John Walker/Flickr)

We talk to Loiselle Gonzalez Baez, who gave birth to her son in the middle of her senior year of high school and went on to become valedictorian.

Marty Meehan’s First Day As UMass President

July 1, 2015
In an interview with WBUR in May, UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The University of Massachusetts has a new president. Marty Meehan takes over Wednesday as the 27th president of the public university system.

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case

June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

Roller Coaster Year Ends For Boston’s Only Vocational-Tech High School

June 29, 2015
Madison Park High School in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After a tumultuous year, including a student walk out, Madison Park faculty say 55 percent of the senior class will attend college and 40 percent will enter career technology programs.

How Boston Schools Teach Students About The City’s Court-Ordered Busing, 40 Years Later

June 26, 2015

Resistance to forced busing in Boston left deep scars on its students. Today, teachers address this significant event in the city’s history in the classroom.

Protecting Kids From Marketing, Ads, And Commercialization

June 25, 2015
YouTube Kids is an app with children's programs and parental guides, but some say it's too commercial for children. (Petras Gagilas/Flickr)

Are kids at danger from the influence of corporate marketers when they watch TV or use apps?

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

June 25, 2015
Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

June 25, 2015
Fourth grade teacher Christy Goff looks over textbooks as she prepares her classroom for the first day of school at Caprock Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 17, 2011. (LM Otero/AP)

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.

Arabic Immersion School Will Be One Of The First In U.S.

June 22, 2015
The incoming pre-K and kindergarten students hail from 40 different ZIP codes in Houston. (Houston Public Media)

Soon, children as young as 4 years old will be able to learn Arabic at a new public school in Houston, Texas.

High Stakes When School Is Out: The Lifelong Inequality Borne Of The Summer Learning Gap

June 22, 2015
Arthur Pearson and Jennifer Davis: "Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap between kids from high- and low-income households." 
 (12th St David/flickr)

Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap between kids from high- and low-income households.

Caves And Connections: Cambridge Students Take Rare Trip To Cuba

June 19, 2015
A group of seventh graders at Vassal Lane Upper School in Cambridge travels to Cuba Saturday. Most of the students are pictured above. The trip was organized by the school's Spanish teacher, Oksana Deinak-Pingitore, center, who is originally from Cuba. (Courtesy of Vassal Lane Upper School)

Thirty-three seventh graders from Vassal Lane Upper School will spend eight days in the island nation. The school’s Spanish teacher, who is originally from Cuba, leads the trip.

Every Student At This Inner-City High School Is Going To College

June 19, 2015
Nicholas Spates, valedictorian of the class of 2015, delivers a speech at a Verbum Dei supporters' event. (Courtesy of Verbum Dei High School)

Verbum Dei High School is an all-male preparatory Jesuit school that caters to low-income students in Los Angeles.

Memo To Mass. Legislature: Increase Quality, Not Just Quantity, Of Early Childhood Education

June 18, 2015
Marie St. Fleur: "...what good is increased access to early childhood education without quality programs and teachers incentivized to stay in them?" (United Way of Massachusetts/flickr)

What good is increased access to early childhood education without quality programs and teachers incentivized to stay in them?

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