Education

Chancellor's Report
11:40 am
Thu January 8, 2015

UWM's New Chancellor Discusses His Agenda for the University

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone

UW-Milwaukee's new chancellor, Mark Monee, discusses his agenda for the University, the challenges he faces and his perspective entering the new job.

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Education
4:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

MPS Cancels Classes For Thursday

Milwaukee Public Schools will be closed Thursday, January 8, 2015, according to an announcement released Wednesday afternoon. 

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Secret Lives Of Teachers
12:33 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Smalls shown competing in the Miss Texas pageant.
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The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It wasn't until Isis Smalls arrived on campus wearing a rhinestone-encrusted tiara and a sash emblazoned with "Miss Houston" that her students discovered she was a newly crowned, bona fide beauty queen.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Tue January 6, 2015

What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:26 pm

Close your eyes for a minute and daydream about a world without bubble tests.

Education Week recently reported that some Republican Senate aides are doing more than dreaming — they're drafting a bill that would eliminate the federal mandate on standardized testing.

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Education
1:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

WI GOP Leaders Set to Take Up Education Reforms

The Legislature's GOP majority is eying education reforms, including a possible takeover of low-performing MPS schools.
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Monday was inauguration day, not only for Gov. Walker, but also for Wisconsin’s Legislature. Some Republican members are anxious to get to work on education policy.

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The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Student Tuition Now Outweighs State Funding At Public Colleges

During the fiscal years 2003-2012, "median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges," while state funding decreased by 12 percent, the General Accountability Office reports.
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Driven by higher tuition fees and tighter state funds, America's public colleges now get more money from their students than from all state sources. That's according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, which says tuition revenue reached 25 percent of the colleges' total in 2012.

The numbers are stark, with the GAO saying that from fiscal years 2003-2012, "state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges."

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NPR Ed
4:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

From Foster Care To Freshman Year

When Jasmine Uqdah aged out of the foster care system in 2008, she didn't have a job, a checking account or a car. She did have a college acceptance letter — but no money to pay for schooling.
Joshua Lott for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:39 am

By the time she aged out of foster care, Jasmine Uqdah had spent nearly half her life in the system. On a summer day in 2008, Uqdah grabbed her duffel bag and two small garbage bags, and she stuffed everything she owned inside.

It wasn't much — just some clothes and a few stuffed animals. She said her goodbyes to her foster family in Detroit and moved out. She was 18 years old.

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NPR Ed
4:06 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

'Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers.
Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 7:55 pm

As part of our series this week on the education of military children, Kavitha Cardoza of member station WAMU visits a special camp that helps these children cope.

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 1:39 pm

As the senior member of the NPR Ed team with 25 years on the education beat, here are the top stories that my expert sources and I believe will be ones to watch in 2015. For more predictions, check out our crowdsourced list.

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NPR Ed
4:34 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 1:40 pm

In 2014 we've covered education as the world-changing story it is and you've been along for the ride. And so at year's end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015:

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