Education http://wrkf.org en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wrkf.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29690 at http://wrkf.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns http://wrkf.org/post/melinda-gates-responds-common-core-concerns <em>Disclosure: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a financial supporter of NPR&#8217;s education reporting.</em><p class="sep"><p>The <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation</a> is perhaps best known for funding global health programs, but in the U.S., it has focused largely on education.<p>The foundation has strongly backed the national education guidelines known as the <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/" target="_blank">Common Core</a>. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:09:08 +0000 editor 29463 at http://wrkf.org Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students http://wrkf.org/post/federal-loans-tough-come-community-college-students Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 29449 at http://wrkf.org Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules http://wrkf.org/post/university-texas-can-continue-affirmative-action-court-rules A federal appellate court in Texas has ruled that the state's flagship university can continue to use race as a factor in admissions.<p>"To deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience," Judge Patrick Higginbotham <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/09/09-50822-CV2.pdf" target="_blank">wrote</a> for a split panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.<p>The case, <em>Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin</em>, had been closely watched because it has already reached the Supreme Court. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 editor 29446 at http://wrkf.org University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers http://wrkf.org/post/morals-clauses-prove-controversial-catholic-school-teachers Catholic schools across the U.S. are requiring teachers to sign morality clauses, which have gotten some educators fired for marrying same-sex partners. It's seen as a pushback among local church dioceses against changing state laws. As Sandhya Dirks of KALW reports, some parents are protesting the new requirements with threats to pull their students out of school. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KALW-FM. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 editor 29441 at http://wrkf.org For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last http://wrkf.org/post/most-kids-nice-finishes-last A new study holds up a mirror to America's parents. A <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1430903.files//Executive%20Summary.pdf">researcher at Harvard</a> surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 different schools around the nation about what they thought their folks cared about most: that they achieve at a high level, that they are happy (defined as "feeling good most of the time"), or that they care for others. Almost 80 percent of youth picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice, while about 20 percent selected caring for others. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 29380 at http://wrkf.org For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better http://wrkf.org/post/teaching-4-year-olds-feel-better You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/HSCares%20Impact_ExecSummary%20MDRC.pdf">large national study </a>just released, it's possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question — not only when asked by a researcher, but in real life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 29351 at http://wrkf.org Girl Scouts 'Extravaganza' Boosts Girls' Interest In STEM http://wrkf.org/post/girl-scouts-extravaganza-boosts-girls-interest-stem <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Girls participate in a blind taste test, put on by the Sewerage and Water Board. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:21:07 +0000 Mallory Falk 29163 at http://wrkf.org Girl Scouts 'Extravaganza' Boosts Girls' Interest In STEM What We Don't Know About Summer School http://wrkf.org/post/what-we-dont-know-about-summer-school It's a warning echoed in countless teen movies — "If you don't pass this class, you'll go to summer school!" Kids for generations have been threatened with the elusive summer school: fail this test, miss this day and kiss your vacation goodbye.<p>This summer is no exception, with districts around the country pulling students in for all sorts of programs. But surprisingly, it's really hard to get a head count — either nationally or at the district level — of how many kids are going to summer school.<p>So as the July heat kicks in, we started wondering about the whole idea. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:36:00 +0000 editor 29017 at http://wrkf.org What We Don't Know About Summer School Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans http://wrkf.org/post/insight-executive-order-over-common-core-jindal-upends-testing-plans <p>Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<br /><br />And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &nbsp;<br /><br />Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28608 at http://wrkf.org