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When College Isn't Worth It

May 28, 2014

The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising . College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as workers without a four-year degree. And the lifetime value of a diploma is now around a half-million dollars, even after you factor in tuition. Well, we here at NPR Ed thought we'd...

The Santa Barbara shootings this weekend and the online rants of the 22-year-old identified as the gunman brought an outpouring of reaction online over the weekend. The hashtag #YesAllWomen generated thousands of posts discussing violence against women and the way women are viewed sexually. Many shared personal stories of rape, domestic violence and sexual assault. A theme of the posts was outrage with the notion — in the videos and writings of Elliot Rodger but also what some see as a...

Waco High School Principal Resigns

May 14, 2014
Waco ISD

The principal of Waco High School announced to his staff late last week that he’s resigning. Sam Sexton took the job last June--he was the fourth principal of the school since 2008. Waco ISD officials say they’re looking internally to fill the spot, but can’t confirm if anyone has been selected yet. A new administrator could be selected as soon as May 22nd. Sexton previously served as the principal for La Vega High School’s for six years.

Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Earlier this year, the Obama administration asked schools across the country to rethink how they discipline students. Now, instead of automatic suspensions and other tough punishments, more schools are considering alternatives. Laura Isensee, of Houston Public Media, takes a look at one of those alternatives. LAURA ISENSEE, BYLINE: Two teenage girls come into the assistant principal's office at the Academy of Choice in northwest Houston. They used to be friends...

Robinson ISD Bond Election, Round Three

May 8, 2014
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Robinson ISD is making a third try at passing a bond to build a new middle school. More expensive bonds got voted down in November of 2011 and 2013. But school board trustees think $19.5 million dollars sounds about right. The election comes at a time when school districts across the state are taking on more debt.

On Topic: Juan Williams

May 5, 2014
politico.com

On Thursday, May 1st, 2014 Juan Williams returned to Waco and Baylor University. Williams was the featured guest on the latest installment of the On Topic series with Baylor University President Ken Starr.

The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing

Mar 26, 2014
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The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing There's been a lot of push back against standardized testing in Texas and across the country. Last year Texas lawmakers passed a law reducing the number of state exams a highschooler has to take from 15 to five. Author Ron Berler followed one Connecticut high school as students and teachers agonized over exams over the course of a year. Berler will be speaking tonight at the Baylor School of Education. KWBU's Ryland Barton talked with him about his book, "Raising the Curve."

Boosting School Breakfast in Texas

Mar 7, 2014
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Boosting School Breakfast in Texas (02:33)
Texas schools served almost 310 million breakfasts during the 2012-2013 school year. That's according to the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. They've just released their Texas School Breakfast report card, which measures school breakfast participation. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, their research shows that students who consistently eat breakfast perform better in school.

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