Education

Senate Turns Down Charter School Expansion

July 16, 2014

The state Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and several other urban communities.

At Summit On Sexual Assault, Administrators Learn Strategies To Stop Serial Rapists

July 16, 2014

Experts told the college administrators gathered this week at Dartmouth College that it’s just a small group of people who are responsible for most attacks.

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns

July 15, 2014
Philanthropist Melinda Gates looks on during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 21, 2010 in New York City. The sixth annual meeting of the CGI gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti. The event, founded by Clinton after he left office, is held the same week as the General Assembly at the United Nations, when most world leaders are in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The education guidelines backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been criticized by teachers and parent groups.

Sexual Assault Summit Opens With Questions For Federal Officials

July 15, 2014

College administrators from around the country are meeting in New Hampshire this week to review how schools respond to sexual assaults on campus.

School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

July 14, 2014

This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates – without turning off sometimes-finicky students.

FCC Approves Plan To Increase Wi-Fi Access

July 14, 2014
Students work on laptops in the library. (Enokson/Flickr)

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a $2 billion plan to increase wireless service in schools and libraries.

Dartmouth To Host Discussion On Sexual Assault

July 14, 2014

Representatives from 64 colleges and universities around the country are gathering at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., Monday morning to discuss strategies for dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Student View Of Sexual Assault On Campus

July 11, 2014
From left to right, MIT's Alex Burgess, Harvard's Langston Ward and UMass Amherst's Alex Conrad. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We speak with three area college students — two females and a male — about the issue.

MIT Finger Device Reads To The Blind In Real Time

July 8, 2014
A model wears a FingerReader ring at MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Scientists at MIT are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired.

Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy

July 7, 2014
Spencer Collins, 9, with his Little Free Library that a neighbor complained was an eyesore and violated the town's zoning ordinances. (Sarah Collins)

The shutdown of a 9-year-old’s lending library is causing Leawood, Kansas, to reevaluate its zoning laws.

Colorado Teens Help Fellow Teens Get Outdoors

July 7, 2014
Today’s teens spend more than 7.5 hours a day consuming media. (Courtesy of Greg Clarke via Colorado Public Radio)

Perhaps ironically, teens are using social media to encourage their peers to unplug and go outside again.

Boston Mayor To Launch Program To Cultivate Civic Leaders

July 6, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh is starting a program focused on cultivating civic leaders throughout Boston neighborhoods.

Harvard University Overhauls Sexual Assault Investigation Policies

July 2, 2014

Harvard’s first university-wide policy will be structured around a centralized office with trained civil rights investigators to review reports of sexual harassment.

‘Do You Have PTSD?’ What Not To Say To Veterans

June 30, 2014
Color guard members present the colors for Regional Command South during a Veterans Day ceremony at the command's headquarters on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2012. (Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie/U.S. Army)

Independence Day is coming up Friday and, along with beer, barbecues and fireworks, come expressions of patriotism — and perhaps gratitude to those who serve, or who have served, in the armed forces.

World’s Last Wooden Whaling Ship Has A Complicated History

June 27, 2014
The Charles W. Morgan in Vineyard Haven Harbor. (Sam Fleming/WBUR)

Not long ago, we ventured out to Martha’s Vineyard to visit a legendary lady — the Charles W. Morgan. She’s a wooden whaling ship — one of the last of her kind on earth.

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