Education

3:03pm

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

Why Your Summer Job Doesn't Pay Off Like It Used To

Summertime means summer jobs for many college students. But, as we discussed today on All Things Considered, a summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it to the cost of college.

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2:33pm

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

The One Thing Obama Didn't Say About Student Loan Repayment

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:09 pm

President Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million student loan borrowers — but only if they hear about it.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama made big news today for student loan borrowers. He said he'll use his executive power to expand a program called Pay As You Earn, which limits borrowers' monthly debt payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income. Under the program, loans don't just get less expensive; they can actually disappear. The balance of a loan is forgiven after 20 years — 10 years if the borrower works in public service (for government or a nonprofit).

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6:53am

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

Tough Week For The Common Core

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:16 am

A few months ago, when I told friends and media colleagues that I was interested in the Common Core State Standards, the most common response was "What's that?"

Now, it seems, everyone has an opinion about the Core.

And right now, opinions about the K-12 learning goals for math and English that have spread nearly nationwide are trending toward the heated.

While the school year is winding down, education policy sure isn't. This past week brought a bunch of front-page news on the Common Core.

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7:03am

Sat June 7, 2014
NPR Ed

High School Band: There's An App For That

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:34 am

Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Join the Band.

Next week we're going to spend a little time with a public school band that rocks, swings, and breaks new musical ground.

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1:00pm

Fri June 6, 2014
NPR Ed

Wanted: New Ideas For Closing The Skills Gap

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:07 pm

Getting to your first job can require a leap of faith.
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Millions of young college graduates are now heading to job fairs. They'll be sweating in their unfamiliar suits in the summer heat. They'll be wondering: Do I really have what it takes to cut it in this job market? New research indicates that employers are just as doubtful.

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