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August 29, 2014 Comment

As School Starts, A Look At ‘Paperless’ Classrooms

Google’s new “Classroom” app is winning fans in teachers for its efficiency, but some worry about student privacy.

August 28, 2014 12 Comments

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola

With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa.

August 20, 2014 7 Comments

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

The change in the school district’s policy is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.

August 18, 2014 4 Comments

Colorado Ad Cautions Kids About Marijuana

The new “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” ad campaign in Colorado is aimed at teens who are – or may be thinking about – using pot.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Phoenix Public Schools Compete For Students

Because of something called open enrollment, schools are vying for students and trying new ways to market themselves.

August 15, 2014 10 Comments

Training Police To Put Aside Their Biases

Criminologist Lorie Fridell says police officers can and should be trained to recognize their own internal biases.

August 13, 2014 17 Comments

A Different Type Of Online Education Goes Viral

Udemy is a platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee.

August 13, 2014 4 Comments

Woman Wins ‘Math Nobel’ For First Time

Iranian-born Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is among the four winners of the Fields Medal.

August 8, 2014 4 Comments

School Districts Brace For Influx Of Immigrant Children

About 30,000 children have come into the U.S. since January, and the impact on schools is expected to be huge this fall.

August 7, 2014 6 Comments

Coding Boot Camps Try To Fill Tech Worker Gap

Students are trained to write code in just three months, rather than spending four years in college studying computer science.

August 7, 2014 Comment

NCAA Board Hands 5 Biggest Conferences More Power

Critics worry that the impact will create an even greater split between wealthy leagues and everyone else.

August 6, 2014 5 Comments

Battle Lines Drawn Over Value-Added Teacher Assessment

A tool used in states around the country to assess teacher performance has become a lightning rod in public education circles.

August 4, 2014 27 Comments

Students Toil In Texas To Give Names And Burials To Migrants

Baylor University professor Lori Baker and forensics student Audrey Murchland have been exhuming and identifying bodies in Falfurrias, Texas.

August 1, 2014 4 Comments

Common App Advice From A College Counselor

High school seniors can begin applying to colleges online through the Common Application today. Lisa Micele shares tips and common mistakes.

July 16, 2014 Comment

A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools

Laura Isensee reports Texas state officials are responding to calls for Mexican American studies programs in public schools.

July 16, 2014 Comment

California Teachers Divided On Court’s Tenure Ruling

Political rhetoric on both sides of the issue risks drowning out the voice of educators, whose take is far more nuanced.

July 15, 2014 Comment

Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus

A congressional survey has found that 40 percent of the nation’s schools have not investigated claims over the past five years.

July 15, 2014 226 Comments

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns

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

July 14, 2014 Comment

FCC Approves Plan To Increase Wi-Fi Access

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

July 7, 2014 11 Comments

Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy

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

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August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.