Education

2:58pm

Mon July 22, 2013

2:17pm

Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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3:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Education

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

The latest study says kids learn better in charter schools than in public schools. But even charter school supporters question the study and its methods of research.
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Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.

But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?

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10:06am

Mon July 8, 2013
The Salt

Math Class Made Delicious: Learn About Cones Through Scones

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:19 am

If only Algebra II class had been this tasty ...
Courtesy Lenore M. Edman

Cooks use math to make beautiful food all the time: Slicing eight perfect pieces of pie or doubling a recipe requires basic knowledge of fractions, for example.

But how many cooks think about using beautiful food to illustrate the math itself?

Lenore M. Edman and Windell H. Oskay of the blog Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories do. Feast your eyes on their latest work, "Sconic Sections," pictured above.

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2:45am

Mon July 8, 2013
NPR Story

Congress Called On To Reverse Student Loan Rate Increase

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:02 pm

Rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans, which help low and middle-income college students, doubled on July 1. There is now pressure for a deal to undo the increase. NPR's David Greene talks to Matthew Chingos, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.

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