Education

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    July 10, 2014  

    A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. So what can be done to improve the performance of our schools? Education correspondent John Merrow reports on one test that may help American students compete more successfully in an increasingly global economy. Continue reading

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    July 9, 2014  

    At first glance, it might seem like the students who attend the private K-12 New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, are simply playing video and computer games all day. But these students are actually taking part in a new experiment in educational innovation. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on one school’s approach to keep students engaged all day. Continue reading

  • Getting students to move and "play" as part of classroom activities can have many benefits. Photo by Katie Gould
    July 9, 2014   BY Katie Gould 

    Welcome to the first installation of “The Teachers’ Lounge,” a forum where the often overlooked voice of teachers can be heard. Through our regular blog we will address trends, best practices and the real challenges educators, students and families face every day. In conjunction with the NewsHour’s American Graduate profile of a school that uses games as a tool for engagement, our blog further explores play in the classroom and research that suggests it can be a helpful strategy for teachers. Continue reading

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    July 9, 2014   BY April Brown 

    It took seven people to create the “Golden Medallion” spy adventure video game and its advertising campaign. They did their own coding, conducted a beta test, created a website, a commercial and an instagram feed, and they came up with incentives to get people to play. And not one of the seven had even finished sixth grade. Continue reading

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    July 7, 2014  

    Veterans can receive the full cost of a college education under the GI Bill, but recently funds from the bill have flowed mostly to for-profit schools, even though veterans’ prospects are often not appreciably better after attending them. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting explores the growing scrutiny on the destination of this federal funding. Continue reading

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    As part of the initiative, the Education Department said it will ask states to develop new, comprehensive educator equity plans. It is also investing $4.2 million to start a new technical assistance network to help states and districts create and implement their plans. Continue reading

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    July 4, 2014   BY Tom Raum, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics and education.

    In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board. Continue reading

  • The troubled for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges Inc. and the Education Department reached an agreement late Thursday that has 85 of the company’s 100-plus campuses going up for sale, and 12 others closing. Continue reading

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    July 3, 2014  

    A growing number of states are dropping the Common Core education standards. And several states committed to keeping the guidelines have postponed implementation. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Carmel Martin of the Center for American Progress about the backlash behind the standards, and the debate that lies ahead. Continue reading

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    June 30, 2014   BY Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press 

    The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the financial markets. Interest rates go from 3.86 to 4.66 percent on undergraduate Stafford loans. Graduate student loans go from 5.41 percent to 6.21 percent. Interest rates on Plus loans for parents go from 6.41 percent to 7.21 percent. Continue reading