Claudio Sanchez http://ktep.org en Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP http://ktep.org/post/common-core-turns-business-leaders-against-oklahoma-gop Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.<p>"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 38064 at http://ktep.org Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP Report: Widespread Racial Disparities In Public School Punishments http://ktep.org/post/report-widespread-racial-disparities-public-school-punishments Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Black students in America's public schools are expelled at three times the rate of white students. That's according to a sweeping new report out today from the U.S. Department of Education. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 37147 at http://ktep.org Pizza, Perseverance And Skills At A Major League Hackathon http://ktep.org/post/pizza-perseverance-and-skills-major-league-hackathon Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The University of Maryland, College Park has claimed the title Best School for Hackers. They have got the trophy to prove it. Maryland beat heavyweights like MIT, Stanford, Michigan and Carnegie Mellon and they did it by sending the most students to five hackathons last year. They placed first in two of them.<p>But wait. If you're thinking these schools are celebrating college kids who break into computer networks, you're wrong. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 36994 at http://ktep.org As Common Core Tests Approach, So Does A Sea Change In Schools http://ktep.org/post/common-core-tests-approach-so-does-sea-change-schools Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We're going to spend the next few minutes on a sea change in America's schools, the Common Core. It sets new benchmarks for reading and math for students from kindergarten through high school. It has been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia. But the changes are controversial. Opponents are racing to stop them even as teachers struggle to implement them. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 36912 at http://ktep.org How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High http://ktep.org/post/how-cost-college-went-affordable-sky-high <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL4PP2kS-fg</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 36871 at http://ktep.org How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 http://ktep.org/post/what-us-can-learn-finland-where-school-starts-age-7 Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don't start school until age 7.<p>Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading and math skills. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 36242 at http://ktep.org What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 College Board Breaks Out Red Pen For SAT Corrections http://ktep.org/post/college-board-breaks-out-red-pen-sat-corrections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The most widely used measure of a student's readiness for college is getting a makeover. The College Board is changing the SAT. It's the second major revision of the test in nine years.<p>NPR's Claudio Sanchez joins us now to tell us what the new SAT might look like. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 36061 at http://ktep.org Teachers Unions Mobilize To Delay The Common Core http://ktep.org/post/teachers-unions-mobilize-delay-common-core Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The nation's largest teachers union is calling for a delay in the adoption of the Common Core. That's the name of new math and language arts standards that are supposed to be in place next fall in 45 states. The 3 million-member National Education Association has been a strong supporter. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 35572 at http://ktep.org Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training? http://ktep.org/post/can-underfunded-community-colleges-provide-more-job-training Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Community college leaders are in Washington this week, pushing for a bigger role in getting more people to enroll in two-year schools. They're also pushing the job training that business and industry say they desperately need.<p>Still, community colleges are significantly underfunded. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 34644 at http://ktep.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? http://ktep.org/post/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 34072 at http://ktep.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? Obama Expected To Propose Expanding Preschool Programs http://ktep.org/post/obama-expected-propose-expanding-preschool-programs President Obama is expected to propose an expansion of preschool programs in his State of the Union Address. Most states have bought into the idea and restored funding for the programs. What's less clear is where the long-term funding is going to come from, and whether the quality of these programs are worth the investment. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 33629 at http://ktep.org The Obamas Hope To Ease Path For Low-Income Students http://ktep.org/post/obamas-hope-ease-path-low-income-students President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a meeting with college presidents and organizations involved in raising the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. No more than half of low income high school graduates apply to college right after graduation, compared to 82 percent for high-income students. The administration says it's intent on closing that gap. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 32952 at http://ktep.org Obama Administration Has Little Love For 'Zero Tolerance' http://ktep.org/post/obama-administration-has-little-love-zero-tolerance Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Obama administration says schools need to rethink their disciplinary policies because they're doing more harm than good. To deal with serious offenses like physical assaults or drug possession, many states and school districts developed zero tolerance policies. But the administration says those policies were being applied too often, even for small offenses. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 32406 at http://ktep.org Decade-Long Study Of Big City Schools Finds Better Math, Reading http://ktep.org/post/decade-long-study-big-city-schools-finds-better-math-reading Ten years after education researchers began focusing on big city school systems and monitoring their math and reading scores, there's good news to report. Today, fourth and eighth graders in many of the nation's largest cities have made impressive gains. Surprisingly, school systems with large numbers of low income children have exceeded the national average in both subjects . Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 31194 at http://ktep.org Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound http://ktep.org/post/parents-worry-schools-overlook-girls-who-arent-college-bound Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.<p>Masonry, on the other hand, intrigues her. "I'm a kinesthetic learner. ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 30646 at http://ktep.org Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools http://ktep.org/post/kids-pay-price-fight-over-fixing-philadelphia-schools <em>This is the first in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 29432 at http://ktep.org Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://ktep.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 27109 at http://ktep.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores http://ktep.org/post/college-board-concerned-about-low-sat-scores The College Board, sponsor of the SAT, says <a href="http://research.collegeboard.org/programs/sat/data/cb-seniors-2013" target="_blank">latest scores show</a> that roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the test were so lacking in their reading, writing and math skills, they were unprepared for college-level work.<p>The College Board is calling for big changes to better prepare students for college and career.<p><strong>Stagnant Scores</strong><p>The average SAT score this year was 1498 out of a possible 2400. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 25844 at http://ktep.org College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated http://ktep.org/post/push-common-standards-many-parents-left-uneducated Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.<p>Meanwhile, proponents of the standards are still struggling to explain the initiative to parents, many of whom say they've never even heard of Common Core.<p><strong>Looking For Direction</strong><p>Cynthia Clay has been a teacher and administrator in Middletown, Del., for 31 years. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 25558 at http://ktep.org In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate http://ktep.org/post/adjunct-professor-dies-destitute-then-sparks-debate The death of a long-time, part-time professor in Pittsburgh is gathering the attention of instructors nationwide. The trend of relying on part-time faculty has been in the works for decades, and Margaret Mary Vojtko's story is seen by some as a tragic byproduct.<p>Last spring, months before her death, Vojtko showed up at a meeting between adjunct professors at Duquesne University and the union officials who had been trying to organize them. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:37:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 25543 at http://ktep.org New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts http://ktep.org/post/new-school-year-brings-sequestration-pain-many-districts The superintendent of the Lancaster, Pa., school district is meeting with teachers and staff at George Washington Elementary. It's the start of a new school year, and he's trying to sound upbeat about the district's finances.<p>"We continue to lose 5 and 10 percent of budgets each year," Pedro Rivera tells them. "And our overall goal is to make those plans and stretch out dollars to not impact you, because no kids should go without. Right?"<p>Applause is polite but scattered, and Rivera's question hangs in the air. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 24588 at http://ktep.org New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts Do The Data Exist To Make A College-Rating System Work? http://ktep.org/post/does-data-exist-make-college-rating-system-work President Obama unveiled a plan on Thursday that would, for the first time, tie federal student aid to a new rating system for colleges and universities. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23571 at http://ktep.org Do The Data Exist To Make A College-Rating System Work? What's Behind The Turnaround At Miami Public Schools? http://ktep.org/post/whats-behind-turnaround-miami-public-schools Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For years, Miami-Dade County Public Schools faced problems common to many urban schools: low attendance, high dropout rates, poor grades. But since 2008, Alberto Carvalho has been in charge of the nation's fourth largest school district, and there've been some noticeable improvements in Miami schools. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23411 at http://ktep.org Sequestration Knocks Nearly 60,000 Kids Out Of Head Start http://ktep.org/post/sequestration-knocks-nearly-60000-kids-out-head-start Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in the classroom. In a moment, a new tax break in Alabama to help get kids out of failing schools and the parents who oppose it. But first, a word we haven't hear much of lately, sequestration. The federal government is reporting big cuts today for Head Start. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 23335 at http://ktep.org The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues http://ktep.org/post/charter-school-vs-public-school-debate-continues Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.<p>But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?<p>There have been lots of skirmishes over charter school data over the years. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 21113 at http://ktep.org The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1 http://ktep.org/post/student-loan-rates-set-double-july-1 The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday.<p>Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. Lawmakers say a deal is still possible after the July 4 recess. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 19832 at http://ktep.org Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1 Study: Teacher Prep Programs Get Failing Marks http://ktep.org/post/study-teacher-prep-programs-get-failing-marks The U.S. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 19158 at http://ktep.org Study: Teacher Prep Programs Get Failing Marks Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist http://ktep.org/post/online-college-courses-get-big-boost-doubts-persist From New Mexico to New York, 10 state university systems have announced they are joining the ranks of elite institutions embracing the massive open online course, or MOOC, system.<p>On Thursday, they unveiled a landmark partnership with <a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera, a for-profit tech company</a> with 3.5 million registered students. Thu, 30 May 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 17945 at http://ktep.org Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist College Students Eye Calendar, Wait To See If Loan Rates Double http://ktep.org/post/college-students-eye-calendar-wait-see-if-loan-rates-double Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's hear about another change that could affect students and their families. Interest rates on government subsidized loans are set to double on July 1 unless Congress intervenes. Student debt is the second largest type of debt for U.S. households after mortgages. Now, Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration all have competing proposals to head off that interest rate increase. Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a GOP plan that would tie the interest rate on new federally guaranteed college loans to a market-based rate. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 17398 at http://ktep.org Long-Lost Memo Stirs Allegation Of Cheating In D.C. Schools http://ktep.org/post/long-lost-memo-stirs-allegation-cheating-dc-schools Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For years now, Washington, D.C., school officials have been under pressure to fully investigate allegations of inflated test scores, cheating and possibly a cover up. At the center of it all is Michelle Rhee. She's the fiery former school chancellor who based much of her success on dramatic gains in kids' reading and math scores. Those gains are now suspect. Mon, 06 May 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 16266 at http://ktep.org