Education

3:11pm

Tue September 2, 2014
NPR Ed

Sounds From The First Day Of School

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:50 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

The day after Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer break and the start of the school year. But for students in many parts of the country, the school year has already started.

Whether you're struggling to find your classroom or remember your locker combination, the first day is a big one for students, teachers and families.

With millions of children headed back to school, we asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds of that first day:

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12:06pm

Mon September 1, 2014
NPR Ed

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:26 pm

There aren't mass layoffs of librarians; they're just doing different jobs.
Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.

It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.

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12:59pm

Thu August 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:46 pm

LA Johnson NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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1:32am

Wed August 27, 2014
NPR Ed

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy exchanged multiple emails with executives at Pearson PLC about the potential for working together.
Damian Dovarganes AP

A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles.

The LA Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. But Superintendent John Deasy announced earlier this week he is canceling the contract and restarting the bidding process.

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9:18am

Tue August 26, 2014
A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

Dana Bolger, who says she was raped in 2011 while a student at Amherst College, co-founded a group that seeks to educate students about their rights under Title IX.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

For Georgetown University freshmen, orientation this week included a new activity: mandatory small-group discussions on sexual assault.

"For a lot of the kids, this might be the first time they ever actually talk about sexual assault or what consent means in an environment with their peers," says Chandini Jha, a junior who helped lead several discussions and who's been pushing administrators to do this for two years.

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