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High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?

NPR | June 25, 2016

Rocketship charter schools were supposed to revolutionize education, Silicon Valley-style, and enroll 1 million students. It hasn't worked out exactly that way.

Roundup: Reactions To This Week's Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action

NPR | June 24, 2016

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin brought by a white woman who claimed she would've gotten in if she wasn't white.

A Victory For Affirmative Action, And For Many Colleges A Sigh Of Relief

NPR | June 24, 2016

By a 4-3 vote, the Supreme court has upheld the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. Much of higher education welcomed the decision.

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Education | Nation | Election

Kansas Votes More Money For Public Schools To Avert Shutdown

NPR | June 24, 2016 7:25 p.m.

Legislators, pressured by the state Supreme Court, passed a $38 million package for the state's underfunded schools. Justices had threatened to close all public schools in Kansas after this month.

Education | Entertainment | Arts

Should We Stop Telling Kids They're Smart?

NPR | June 24, 2016 9:07 a.m.

Carol Dweck finds that the words adults use to describe kids' progress affects the children's belief in their own potential.

Education | Nation

Chaos, Change And No Change At All: 3 Stories Of School Money

NPR | June 24, 2016 8:38 a.m.

In a follow-up to its School Money series, the NPR Ed Team reports on three states that have, in recent weeks, made news for big challenges to their school funding systems: Texas, Arizona and Kansas.

Education | Nation

Supreme Court Upholds University Of Texas' Affirmative Action Program

NPR | June 23, 2016 11 a.m.

In a 4-3 decision, the court decided that the university's "race-conscious admissions program" is constitutional.

Education | Nation

The Problem With Teaching Preschool Teachers

NPR | June 22, 2016 12:30 p.m.

A new report suggests that many preschool teachers aren't getting the training they need to help students excel.

Education | local | News | Teachers

Bend Will Need 7 New Schools To Keep Up With Population Boom

AP | June 22, 2016 9:33 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A Bend-La Pine School District committee presented a report on projected enrollment to the school board last week. It does not say when the new schools should open, but predicts the years in which the district will be over capacity and where the demand will be highest.

Education | local | News | Water | Lead In The Water

PPS Board Members Say They Weren't Consulted About Smith's Retirement

OPB | June 22, 2016 9:31 a.m.

Two Portland Public Schools board members say they were not consulted about the timeline of Superintendent Carole Smith’s retirement.

Education | News | Lead In The Water

Health Risks In PPS Buildings Could Cost $400 Million To Repair

OPB | June 22, 2016 7:42 a.m.

The health risks in Portland Public Schools buildings could cost upwards of $400 million dollars to repair — including almost $200 million just to fix plumbing problems.

Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Lead Crisis: Portland Superintendent To Step Down In 2017

OPB | June 21, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Portland Public Schools superintendent Carole Smith is stepping down at the end of next school year. The move follows continued public pressure after lead was discovered in drinking water at two schools.

Education | local | News

Oregon High School Mascot Headed For A Makeover

OPB | June 21, 2016 3:53 p.m.

The Banks High School mascot — with its feathers and painted face — is heading for a culturally appropriate makeover.


Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.

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