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Transgender Students, For-Profit Colleges And Changes To The SAT

NPR | Feb. 25, 2017

Our weekly recap of the latest national education news. Highlights: Betsy DeVos spoke to a major conservative gathering, and the College Board took steps to fight cheating.

PPS Taps Brakes On Superintendent Hiring Timeline

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017

Portland school board members couldn't choose a superintendent finalist Friday as they had hoped. But they expect to announce one next week.

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 10:40 a.m.

There's no prize money involved, although League of Legends maker Riot Games offers scholarships for the e-sports teams at Ohio State and competitors at other Big Ten campuses.

Nation | Education | Science

Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 8:47 a.m.

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.

Nation | Education | Election

In Eastern Virginia, Mixed Feelings on Trump's Trans Restroom Guidance

NPR | Feb. 23, 2017 6:50 p.m.

Gloucester County, Va., is embroiled in a battle over transgender restrooms. The case of one of its high school students is slated to be argued before the Supreme Court next month.

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PPS Board Closes In On New Superintendent

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

The Portland school board may agree Friday on its preferred superintendent. The public probably won't know who it is until next week. 

Nation | Education | Election

Trump And Transgender Rights: What Just Happened?

NPR | Feb. 23, 2017 1:57 p.m.

What this means for the Supreme Court, and for students in school right now.

Nation | Education

English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing

NPR | Feb. 23, 2017 12:02 p.m.

The number of English language learners in public schools is nearing 5 million. Many are struggling academically, despite well-intentioned efforts to help them learn English.

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

NPR | Feb. 23, 2017 7 a.m.

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

local | Politics | Education | News

Education Plans Move Forward In Washington Legislature

Northwest News Network | Feb. 22, 2017 5:42 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

The Washington Legislature has reached a milestone in its court-ordered quest to amply fund schools. Both chambers have now passed education funding plans.

Nation | Education

A Student's Perspective On Mississippi: Beautiful, Engulfing And Sometimes Enraging

NPR | Feb. 22, 2017 4:58 p.m.

In 1962, the University of Mississippi was at the heart of the desegregation battle. More than 50 years later, a junior on campus talks race, belonging and his sense of pride in Mississippi.

Nation | Health | Education | Election

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

NPR | Feb. 22, 2017 4:47 p.m.

The administration will not direct public schools to allow students to use facilities that match their gender identities. It notes the primary role of state and local districts in education policy.


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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