Claudio Sanchez http://ktep.org en Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students http://ktep.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 44771 at http://ktep.org Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education http://ktep.org/post/major-shift-promised-oversight-special-education-programs The Obama administration said Tuesday that the vast majority of the 6.5 million students with disabilities in U.S. schools today are not receiving a quality education, and that it will hold states accountable for demonstrating that those students are making progress.<p>Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced what he calls "a major shift" in how the government evaluates the effectiveness of federally funded special education programs.<p>"It's not enough for a state to be compliant if students can't read or do math," Duncan said. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 43345 at http://ktep.org A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers http://ktep.org/post/study-delivers-failing-grades-many-programs-training-teachers The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.<p>A <a href="http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/Teacher_Prep_Review_2014_Report">study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality</a> argues that teaching colleges are too lenient in their admissions criteria and have failed to prepare their students to teach subjects like reading, math and science.<p>The study is the group's second in two years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 42882 at http://ktep.org Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea http://ktep.org/post/college-free-tulsa-radical-idea The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 42432 at http://ktep.org College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea Despite Expansion, Many Pre-K Programs Fail To Reach Immigrant Kids http://ktep.org/post/despite-expansion-many-pre-k-programs-fail-reach-immigrant-kids Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 41913 at http://ktep.org Segregation: Six Decades Dead In Court, But Still Alive In Many Schools http://ktep.org/post/segregation-six-decades-dead-court-still-alive-many-schools Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, black and white children still attend segregated schools in many parts of the country. Majority black schools are less likely to have good teachers, and kids there are more likely to be poor. That, experts say, is the single biggest obstacle to their academic success. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 40807 at http://ktep.org New Rules Aim To Keep School Doors Open For Undocumented Students http://ktep.org/post/new-rules-aim-keep-school-doors-open-undocumented-students Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Obama administration today reissued guidelines for America's schools. The goal is to keep states from turning away children who cannot prove that they are in the U.S. legally. A 1982 Supreme Court ruling allowed undocumented students free access to a public education. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 40267 at http://ktep.org Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card http://ktep.org/post/department-education-brings-home-disappointing-report-card Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Flat, stagnant, static, those are words that the U.S. Department of Education has used to describe the latest reading and math scores for the nation's 12th graders.<p>As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, most high school seniors appear to be graduating without the skills they need to succeed in college or work.<p>CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: If this was your teenager's report card, you'd probably be on the phone with your kid's school right now, demanding to know why your child's reading and math scores have remained so low for so long. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 40197 at http://ktep.org As Testing Season Opens In Schools, Some Ask: How Much Is Too Much? http://ktep.org/post/testing-season-opens-schools-some-ask-how-much-too-much Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>If you're a high school student or you have one at home, then you know it's testing season. America's teenagers spend countless hours taking standardized state and district tests, not to mention the alphabet soup of SAT, ACT, AP, and the list goes on.<p>Well, that got the NPR Ed Team wondering how many such tests can a high school student take in a year - five, 10, 20, or none of the above? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39744 at http://ktep.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://ktep.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39184 at http://ktep.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? http://ktep.org/post/what-exactly-high-quality-preschool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbWRWeVe1XE</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39127 at http://ktep.org What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out http://ktep.org/post/early-childhood-education-tulsa-okla-stands-out The federal government spends almost $8 billion on preschool programs across the country, mostly on low income 4-year-olds. States spend billions more. But with at least 30 states planning to expand access to pre-K and President Obama promoting "preschool for all," what constitutes a quality preschool program?<p>NPR's education team set out to better understand what separates the nation's best programs from the rest, and that journey led to a surprising place: Tulsa, Okla. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39132 at http://ktep.org For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out 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