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by Anya Kamenetz
October 12, 2015 There's nothing new under the sun in education. Except when there is. We'll explore how innovation happens, who drives it and what works.
There's nothing new under the sun in education. Except when there is. The new NPR Ed series Ideas explores how innovation happens in education.
50 Great Teachers
What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones? Join NPR Ed as we explore these questions, telling the stories of great teachers.
by Jon Marcus
October 9, 2015 Many professors are postponing retirement, and colleges say it's hurting their efforts to cut costs.
by Eric Westervelt
October 8, 2015 A new study published in the journal Science shows that regular use of a specific math-based iPad app significantly improved math performance in elementary school children.
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Suzane Nazir uses a Princeton Review SAT preparation book to study for the test on March 6, 2014, in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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October 7, 2015 In 30 out of 50 cities studied in a wide-ranging new report, the rate is less than 15 percent. But the majority of four-year institutions in the U.S. still require students to take one or the other.
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October 5, 2015 Some colleges give big discounts based on family income. Some don't. Play with Planet Money's interactive graphic to see the average price families pay at 1,550 four-year colleges.
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by Elissa Nadworny
October 3, 2015 To the three Rs, the schools in the nation's capital have added a fourth: Riding. Bicycles, that is.
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President Obama has selected Deputy Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to replace Arne Duncan. King is a former New York state education commissioner.
by Beth Fertig
October 2, 2015 John King Jr. is Arne Duncan's deputy and was New York's education commissioner before heading to Washington. Like the man he's replacing, he's no stranger to controversy.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan takes the stage at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 14 to discuss college access and affordability.
by Eric Westervelt, Anya Kamenetz
October 2, 2015 A list of the major benchmarks of Arne Duncan's seven years in the Obama administration — and what they mean for what's coming next.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, will step down in December — after nearly seven years in the job.
by Cory Turner
October 2, 2015 After nearly seven years in office, Duncan bows out, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of achievement and controversy.
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The official graduation numbers that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted through his first term and his re-election campaign have been revised.
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by Becky Vevea
October 2, 2015 The school district revised its numbers down 2 to 3 percentage points for every year dating back to 2011.
October 1, 2015 A federal judge has ruled that a child's exposure to traumatic events could lead to disability. The decision allows a case against the Compton Unified School District to move forward.
A brain at play.
by John Poole
October 1, 2015 Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we're not the only ones.
September 30, 2015 A coalition of colleges and universities aims to level the admissions playing field between rich and poor, and to make the whole process more creative, engaging and less daunting.
Fernando Aguilar plays with his 8-year-old son Isaac. He worries that Isaac isn't enrolled in the gifted and talented program in Houston.
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by Laura Isensee
September 30, 2015 Whites and Asians get most of the spots in the city's gifted and talented program. One researcher describes it as being "segregated by race and income."
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September 29, 2015 A new Vanderbilt University study found that Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K for low-income children has no lasting benefits, stirring up an age-old debate in education circles.
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September 29, 2015 That's the conclusion of a new poll of 30,000 graduates of four-year colleges.
September 28, 2015 The controversies over gifted education start with identifying who qualifies for that title.
Molly Pollak pages through a book of letters from her former students.
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by Gabrielle Emanuel
September 27, 2015 Molly Pollak was a middle and high school teacher. When she retired this year, former students gave her a book filled with their letters. It reads like a textbook for great teaching.
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