• 5:32pm Apr 26, 2013
    National National Education

    30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report

    On April 26, 1983, a panel appointed by President Ronald Reagan released an ominous report that painted a dire picture of the U.S. education system. Thirty years later, many educators point to the report as the catalyst for divides that still split education reformers.
  • 4:30pm Apr 23, 2013
    Education Education

    Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning

    Don't ever email the professor. Never friend the teacher on Facebook. Those are some of the rules A.J. Jacobs learned when he joined the ranks of millions enrolled in massive open online courses, MOOCs. Harvard, MIT and Stanford are among universities offering virtual classes free of charge.
  • Child care in the United States
    2:49pm Apr 17, 2013
    National National Education

    'The Hell Of American Day Care': Expensive And 'Mediocre'

    In a cover story for The New Republic, journalist Jonathan Cohn examines the conundrum of day care in the United States. "On the one hand," he says, "improving the quality of child care ... is going to take more money. On the other hand, it already costs more than many families can pay."
  • 2:29pm Apr 11, 2013
    National National Education

    El Paso Schools Cheating Scandal: Who's Accountable?

    The former superintendent of the Texas school district was sentenced to three years in prison for rigging standardized test scores. Other employees could still face charges for helping him carry out his scheme. Now, local and state education officials are blaming each other for letting it go on so long.
  • Students at Tenth Street Elementary out on the playground.
    Kirk Siegler / NPR
    7:20am Apr 10, 2013
    National National Education

    L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats

    Amid deep budget cuts and layoffs, the nation's second-largest school district is spending $4.5 million to hire 1,000 new aides this year. The superintendent says he'd rather use the money to hire back teachers, but the shootings in Newtown, Conn., led to a change in priorities.
  • Stockton Unified School District Police Officer Myra Franco and Chief Jim West patrol 50 schools in California's Central Valley region. One of the campuses was the site of a 1989 shooting massacre.
    Richard Gonzales / NPR
    9:30am Mar 27, 2013
    National National Education

    How To Be The Good Guy With A Gun At School

    In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, there's a raging public debate over placing armed guards in schools. Some say it's impractical, but about a third of American schools already have some kind of armed security. One school police officer in Stockton, Calif., finds the job is part protector, part mentor.
  • 1:32pm Mar 18, 2013
    National National Education

    News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning?

    The Amplify tablet is specially designed for K-12 classroom interaction. While the company touts the ability to improve teaching and learning, critics have questioned News Corp.'s motives.
  • 3:58pm Mar 11, 2013
    Science Science Education

    Op-Ed: We Need More Aaron Swartz-Style Hacktivism

    When Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, he faced federal charges for illegally downloading and releasing articles from JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals. Northwestern University professor Peter Ludlow says Swartz was right to fight for public access to scholarship.