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Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle

September 20, 2014 - 11:53am

San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics.

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Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.

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White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

September 19, 2014 - 1:41pm

In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

September 19, 2014 - 11:17am

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

September 19, 2014 - 7:03am

Principals are usually pretty mild-mannered. Not so if the topic of conversation is the Common Core. A group of school leaders share their take on new standards, old problems and bad teaching.

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How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

September 18, 2014 - 7:47am

Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

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Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

September 18, 2014 - 7:47am

The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.

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These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

September 17, 2014 - 9:14am

A group called Rolling Jubilee has "abolished" more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And it's just getting started.

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'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

September 16, 2014 - 2:27pm

From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom.

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The NPR Ed Mailbag: Alternative Teacher Certification

September 16, 2014 - 9:03am

Our readers had strong feelings, pro and con, on the many ways for teachers to enter the profession.

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Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

September 14, 2014 - 11:09pm

From homeless parent to Ph.D., Margaret Martin has always believed in the power of music. She founded Harmony Project, which puts instruments into the hands of kids from LA's toughest neighborhoods.

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San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

September 13, 2014 - 4:36pm

The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.

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International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Oak Ridge Military Academy looked as if it was going to close a few years ago because of low enrollment. The academy turned things around by appealing to international students, from Asia to Africa.

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International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

September 13, 2014 - 7:39am

Oak Ridge Military Academy looked as if it was going to close a few years ago because of low enrollment. The academy turned things around by appealing to international students, from Asia to Africa.

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

September 12, 2014 - 9:03am

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.

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Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

September 12, 2014 - 3:35am

For students who don't have enough money for a hot lunch each day, visiting the cafeteria can be a source of shame. In Houston, school volunteer Kenny Thompson decided he wanted to change that.

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Playgrounds For All Children: Here's How To Find One

September 11, 2014 - 8:03am

For kids with disabilities, a simple activity like going down a slide can be a challenge. An NPR crowdsourcing project maps inclusive playgrounds — fun and safe for all — across the country.

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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

September 10, 2014 - 4:28pm

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

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Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

September 10, 2014 - 5:03am

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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