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Power Struggle Over Future Of Public Schools Heats Up In Chicago

The politics surrounding the future of Chicago's public school system are intensifying. Three different players are in a power struggle for control of the system, which is suffering financially.

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.

Morning Edition

'An Average Guy' Excels At Teaching Students AP Calculus

David Greene talks to advanced placement calculus teacher Anthony Yom about his classroom magic, and how he's gotten every one of his students for the past five years to pass the exam.

High School Students Break Down The Super Bowl Ads

A New York City-based program aims to make students into critical media consumers.

Morning Edition

School Superintendent In Flint Worries About Water Crisis' Irreversible Harm

Renee Montagne talks to Bilal Tawwab, superintendent of schools in Flint, Mich., about how the district is responding to the lead water crisis. The extent of the damage from the lead is not yet known.

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Nearing 25 Years Old, Teach For America Reflects On Its Work

Teach for America turns 25 years old this year. CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard reflects on the group's progress and challenges in changing American education.

Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone

Here are the tips, tools and calculators that can help make sense of all that debt.

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How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education

Smartphones are often credited with helping bridge the "digital divide" between people who do and don't have Internet access at home. But is mobile Internet enough for a family with a kid in school?

OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan'

The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is producing better science learning from kindergarten through college.

A College Campus Where Guns Are Welcome

February 9, 2016
Joe Orefice (right) is the former faculty adviser to the Paul Smith's College Fish and Game Club. He said the school has found a way to foster a safe gun culture that allows students to hunt on the college's 14,000 acre property. Also shown from right to left are student hunters Nathan Lafont, Antony Pernisi, Erika Ochs, and Michael Servant. (Brian Mann)

Students at Paul Smith’s College are invited to bring their rifles, muzzle loaders and shotguns to school for the fall hunting season.

No, Not All N.H. College Students Support Bernie Sanders

February 8, 2016
Jeremy Hobson visited the campuses of Dartmouth College and University of New Hampshire to find out what students wanted to vote for and why. (Mary Dooe/Here & Now)

Despite the senator’s lead in the polls in this state, there is some diversity of opinion on New Hampshire college campuses.

Suffolk Dispute Ends With President, Board Chair Both Agreeing To Leave Positions

February 5, 2016
A student enters the Donahue Building at Suffolk University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

President Margaret McKenna will step down once a new president is named, and Chair Andrew Meyer will not seek reelection the school’s board.

Black At BLS: Race And Sensitivity At Boston Latin School

February 5, 2016
Kylie Webster-Cazeau, left, and Meggie Noel, seniors at Boston Latin School (Delores Handy/WBUR)

On Martin Luther King Day this year, two students at the prestigious Boston Latin School launched a social media campaign: #BlackatBLS.

Week In Review: Suffolk University, Public Records Bill, N.H. Primary

February 5, 2016
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton clashed on the meaning of the word "progressive", among other issues, in last night's primary debate in New Hampshire. (David Goldman/AP)

Our week in review panel goes behind the headlines.

Beyond Kindergarten Suspensions: Don’t Shame Children — Teach Them

February 5, 2016
Suzanne Bouffard: "Kindergartners and preschoolers are counting on us to help them do and be their best. Ending suspensions is a vital step, but it’s just the beginning."
Pictured: Delores Michel helps her son, Dashon, sign his homework assignment. The first grader was one of hundreds of Massachusetts children suspended from kindergarten last year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Kindergartners and preschoolers are counting on us to help them do and be their best. Ending suspensions is a vital step, but it’s just the beginning.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts Remains Reticent As Usual At New England Law Visit

February 4, 2016

Not allowing questions from reporters and asking that students submit questions in advance, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated once again why he has a reputation for never making any headlines outside the courtroom.

UNH Political Scientist Discusses Race Between Clinton And Sanders In N.H.

February 3, 2016

Andy Smith, a political scientist at the University of New Hampshire and director of the UNH Survey Center, said he believes the big question of the race is: How much of the gap can Clinton close against clear front-runner Sanders?

Suffolk Board Of Trustees Battles With Suffolk President Margaret McKenna

February 2, 2016
Margaret McKenna began her career as a civil rights lawyer. Here, she's pictured with President Jimmy Carter meeting with his commission for the appointment of blacks to the federal judiciary in the fifth circuit at the White House in 1977. From left: Horace Tate, Georgia state senator; Joe Reid; Mrs. Coretta King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King; Margaret McKenna; Carter; and Attorney General Griffin Bell. (Harvey Georges/AP)

Late last week, the board signaled its displeasure with McKenna. This Friday, it could vote to oust her, which would make McKenna the fifth president to depart Suffolk in the past five years.

High School Players Ready To Commit On National Signing Day

February 2, 2016
Antwione Willams #37 from Georgia Southern playing on the East Team against the West Team during the first half of the East West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on January 23, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Increasingly, the day, and the hype around it, have provided fodder to the critics who say college football is anything but amateur.

Suffolk Students Concerned University Looks Unstable

February 2, 2016
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“It makes students worry what that does to the value of their degree,” Colin Loiselle, student government president, said. “All this turnover and the way that the board handled this in the press really brings some concerns to students.”

Ron Unz’s Campaign To Make Harvard More Transparent — And Free

February 1, 2016
John Paulson, giver of the $400 million donation, says it's important for Harvard grads that succeed to come back and help the university. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Ron Unz is behind “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard,” a campaign to make Harvard University tuition-free and make the university’s admissions process more transparent.

Former Harvard President: Don’t Shut Down Controversial Speech On Campus

February 1, 2016
The Harvard Law School seal can be seen on banners decorating the library for commencement in May 2011. (nkcphoto/Flickr)

Larry Summers says he’s concerned when university leaders tell their faculties that certain kinds of arguments are not acceptable.

5 Arrested After Probe Into Abuse Allegations At Western Mass. School

February 1, 2016

The school in Great Barrington treats boys and young men with behavioral problems.

MIT Wins Design Competition For Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

January 31, 2016

MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk’ idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed.

Week In Review: Walsh And Wynn, Boston Latin, Governor Baker’s Budget, And Buddy Cianci

January 29, 2016
Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Wednesday night that the city would drop its legal proceedings related to the planned Wynn resort in Everett. (Courtesy Wynn Resorts Holdings)

Our Week In Review panelists, Arline Isaacson and Renée Loth, go behind this week’s headlines.

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