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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.

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For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

A group of senators has introduced legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. It would force schools to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.

Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

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Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.

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Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.

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Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.

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Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist

This past week, a group called Student Veterans of America announced a list of for-profit colleges that they claim are recruiting vets while simultaneously closing and selling off campuses. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with SVA president D. Wayne Robinson.

Q&A: How Is The Native College Experience Different?

For Native American students, getting ready for college can be thrilling, alienating, and downright infuriating.

A Better Way To Deal With Student Loans

July 30, 2014
Steven Trumble: "The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma." (aluedtke/Flickr)

The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma.

Charter School Advocates May Seek Ballot Question In 2016

July 29, 2014

Advocates are eyeing a ballot question after the Senate dealt a blow earlier this summer to the movement to expand enrollment in charter schools in Massachusetts.

Babson Beats Harvard In New College Ranking System

July 29, 2014
In this July 10, 2013, file photo, prospective students tour Georgetown University's campus in Washington. Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up. The price of housing and food trumps tuition costs for students who attend two- and four-year public universities in their home states. That’s according to a College Board survey. Even with the lower interest rates on student loans that President Barack Obama signed into law, students are eyeing bills that are growing on just about every line. (AP)

A new set of college rankings out Monday from Money magazine places more weight on graduates’ income.

Tensions High As Patrick Offers Temporary Housing To Unaccompanied Minors

July 28, 2014
A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick has offered temporary housing to approximately 1,000 Central American unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve recently crossed the border and are currently in federal custody.

Tennis And Literacy Lessons Team Up To Keep Learning Alive In Summer

July 28, 2014
Instructor Thessalea Heinrichs with students. (Laura Amico/WBUR)

Tenacity, the nonprofit tennis-and-literacy project behind these activities, is serving 5,000 Boston students this summer.

Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me

July 28, 2014
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald: "Will this hit to the college’s reputation be a red flag to future employers who do not want to hire religious ideologues?" Pictured: The Clarendon Street Baptist Church Bell Pavilion, Gordon College,
Wenham, Mass. (ethomsen/Flickr)

Will this hit to the college’s reputation be a red flag to future employers who do not want to hire religious ideologues?

Newton Superintendent Fined Over Plagiarism Allegation

July 25, 2014

The superintendent of Newton’s public schools has been docked a week’s pay for failing to credit Gov. Deval Patrick in graduation speeches at the city’s two public high schools.

What’s So Christian About Discrimination, Gordon College?

July 24, 2014
Michael Alexander: "Does Gordon College's president actually believe that an open, honest, non-discriminatory process for hiring employees would injure the common good?" Pictured: Jenks Library, Gordon College.(ethomsen/Flickr)

Does Gordon College’s president actually believe that an open, honest, non-discriminatory process for hiring employees would injure the common good?

Where The Boys Aren’t: The Power Of An All-Girls Education

July 22, 2014
Caroline Erisman: "If male students aren't the ones dominating in the classroom, who are? Girls." (Ric Feld/AP)

If male students aren’t the ones dominating in the classroom, who are? Girls.

UMass To Open New Facility In Downtown Boston

July 20, 2014

University officials say those classes will serve people who work in the city and want to continue their education.

New Head Of Mass. Teachers Association Talks Testing, Teaching, Income Inequality

July 18, 2014
Tracy Taylor, assistant head teacher with Kingsford Community School of London watches a sixth grade math lesson beside student Dema'd McCray, 12, at the Brooke Roslindale Charter School in Boston. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Barbara Madeloni tapped into many teachers’ feelings of frustration about testing when she ran for — and won — the presidency of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

In Colleges' Handling Of Rape Cases, Echoes Of The Catholic Church's Sex Abuse Scandal

July 18, 2014
Rich Barlow: "Universities would do well to remember how badly tarnished the Catholic Church was by its secretive handling of sex abuse allegations." (sea-turtle/Flickr)

Universities would do well to remember how badly tarnished the Catholic Church was by its secretive handling of sex abuse allegations.

Boston Research Finds Kids’ Brains Benefit From Playing Music

July 17, 2014
Kathleen Jara, co-director of the El Sistema program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, directs orchestra students during a rehearsal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.

State Task Force Calls For School Shooting Drills

July 17, 2014

A state task force says every Massachusetts school should practice responding to school shootings and threats.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

July 17, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

Superintendent Accused Of Plagiarizing Quits

July 17, 2014

Brenda Hodges who’s been accused of plagiarizing a high school graduation speech has announced that she’s stepping down

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