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Aug 31, 2016
Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students
An estimated 20 percent of children show signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. It's a destructive force in schools, but most educators don't have the training or resources to help.

Aug 31, 2016
Why Do Colleges Spend Millions On Football, Our Commentator Asks
The college football season officially kicks off this weekend. Powerhouse division 1 schools will play. That got our commentator wondering: What's in it for the weaklings of that division?

Aug 30, 2016
A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance
As students head back to school, districts are faced with the age-old problem of making sure they show up. A principal in St. Louis resorted to extreme measures: installing washers and dryers.

Aug 28, 2016
4 Years After Tragedy, A New Sandy Hook Elementary Prepares To Open Its Doors
Students will be entering a brand-new school for the first time when classes start Monday. It's located at the same site as the scene of the tragedy and the architects were inspired by nature.

Aug 28, 2016
Hanging On: The Economic Woes Of Being A Grad Student
For our series Hanging On, Linda Wertheimer speaks with Paul Katz. He's one of the organizers of the graduate student union just approved by the National Labor Relations board.

Aug 28, 2016
A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields
The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Aug 28, 2016
Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing
A new study shows that economic and racial school readiness gaps have narrowed significantly over a 12-year period. Score one for parental engagement and quality pre-K. But huge gaps remain.

Aug 27, 2016
Texas Students Return To Class With New Open Carry Law In Effect
At the University of Texas, it's the first week of school under a new state law that allows concealed handguns in classes, buildings and dorms. Protesters demonstrated for and against the law.

Aug 27, 2016
Back To School Barbershop: New Goals, Homework And Parental Supervision
Parenting blogger Doyin Richards, mother Tammy Garnes, and professor Christopher Emdin share goals for the new school year and thoughts about homework.

Aug 26, 2016
University Of Chicago Tells Freshmen It Does Not Support 'Trigger Warnings'
The university alerted incoming students in a welcome letter that they will not be shielded from ideas or materials they may find harmful, but it's not barring individual professors from doing so.


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Your source to discuss and learn about education in Georgia and the nation and share opinions and news with Maureen Downey.
Aug 31, 2016
Black, rural and impoverished: Are colleges ignoring these students?
Darris R. Means is an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Education. In the essay below, he examines the lack of outreach by colleges…

Aug 30, 2016
Today marks 55th anniversary of integration of Atlanta Public Schools
Thanks to Atlanta Board of Education member Matt Westmoreland for reminding us what happened 55 years ago today:  Nine black students — Thomas Welch, Madelyn Nix, Willie…

Aug 30, 2016
Survey: No agreement on role of public schools, but preference for career-tech over tougher academics
The Georgia General Assembly has long appeared conflicted on the role of public education. State lawmakers were among the earliest in the country to begin deriding public…

Aug 30, 2016
A $100,000 prize to charter school that best counters comic John Oliver’s attack
Comic John Oliver’s blistering monologue about charter schools that rip off students and taxpayers continues to rankle advocates of the popular education model. The video has…

Aug 28, 2016
Are we using scare tactics to pressure kids to perform better on state tests?
DeKalb parent Patti Ghezzi addresses an issue many parents have experienced firsthand: Children fearful and nervous they’ll be held back because they don’t perform well on state…

Aug 26, 2016
Surprising reversal: School readiness gap narrows between rich and poor kids
Research findings released today depart from the usual bleak news about the academic prospects of American children born into low-income families: The gap in kindergarten academic readiness between high- and low-income students…

Aug 26, 2016
Teacher resolves to just say no — to homework. And parents round the world cheer.
A second-grade teacher in Texas became a national hero by uttering two words: No homework. While no one has erected a statue yet to teacher Brandy Young,…

Aug 25, 2016
#StopWhitePeople from missing irony in name of college diversity session
Before social media began to peer into the portals of college life, much of what occurred on college campuses went unremarked. And that was for the better…


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