Education

Mental Health
10:49 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Death At College

As colleges around the region wrap up for the year, we turn our attention to a surprising and disturbing fact. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. 

In April, a 19-year old Yale University freshman - Zachary Brunt of Alexandria, Virginia –  took his own life.  He was found dead in a physics lab. 

The following story is in two parts. We begin by hearing the voices of two friends of Zach’s. 

PART ONE

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Education Reform
7:15 am
Wed May 9, 2012

House Approves Wide-Ranging Education Reform Bill

Connecticut’s House of Representatives has unanimously passed a wide-ranging education reform bill. Legislators describe the bill as an important step toward improving the state’s public schools and closing Connecticut’s achievement gap.

The chamber erupted in cheers after the 149 to zero vote, giving final legislative approval to a compromise education reform measure. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Fringe Physicists

Caption & photo used with permission - Jim Carter

Somewhere in the United States today, an envelope will arrive at a university math or science department, and in it will be some person's paradigm-shattering idea -- a novel theory that drastically violates or disrupts settled science.

The world is full of outsider physicists and rouge mathematicians. And, of course, one or two of them are basically correct about something. Einstein worked in a patent office. Michael Faraday did not have a university degree.

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College Readiness
4:11 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Bill Aims to Cut Remedial Classes in Connecticut Colleges

Before Alie Garry could enroll at Tunxis Community College, in Farmington, Conn., the 18-year old Simsbury resident had to take a required standardized test called, ominously, the “Accuplacer.” It told her what she might not have wanted to hear - that she needed remedial classes in math and English. But now, three years later, she is grateful for the Accuplacer.

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Gates-Millenium Scholarship
12:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Valedictorian And Teen Mother Wins Gates Millenium Scholarship

Diane Orson

The valedictorian of a New Haven high school has won a Gates-Millenium scholarship to college. The student is a teen mother who will attend a college that supports single moms in higher education.

"My name is Shayla McQueen. I’m 17 years old. And I’m valedictorian of James Hillhouse High School."

Shayla McQueen is also a mother.  Her son, Arlander Folson, turns two in August. 

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Teaching Innovation
11:28 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Invention Convention Sparks Creative Kids

Sujata Srinivasan

Some young people seem driven to invent. And if that spirit is nurtured it can become the basis for a successful business career.  In the first of a two part series on early entrepreneurship, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan met some of the state’s very youngest creative minds at Connecticut’s Invention Convention.

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College Alcohol Abuse
8:43 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Report Finds Inadequate Oversight Of College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs

A recent report by the US Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General finds inadequate enforcement of a federal law aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses.   The review was requested by two state lawmakers on behalf of a Connecticut resident.

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Business Education
7:31 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Deans From Business Schools Around The World Gather In New Haven

Deans from 21 top business schools around the world will gather today in New Haven. Yale University will host the first meeting of a new global network for business education.

The international focus of the Global Network for Advanced Management is something totally new in the business school world, says Edward Snyder, Dean of the Yale School of Management.  

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The State of Play

Lou & Traci plus, creative commons

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT.

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Education Reform
6:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Work Continues On Compromise Education Reform Bill

Lawmakers continue to work on a compromise education reform bill that they hope Governor Malloy and the legislature can agree on.  One key lawmaker believes the two sides are not that far apart.   

Administration officials have been meeting behind closed doors with top leaders to craft the next version of Governor Malloy’s education reform package.  In March, lawmakers made significant changes to the original proposal, including a delay in overhauling teacher evaluation and tenure.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:14 am
Sat April 14, 2012

CT Education Reform, The Realistic Joneses at Yale Rep

Jonathan McNicol photo

Connecticut is going for education reform. We hear from teachers this time about what reforms they think will provide the best outcomes for students.

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Robotic
8:18 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Morning Edition: Robot Rebound Rumble

North Charleston (Flickr Creative Commons)

Some 2400 high school students on 64 robot building teams gather at the Connecticut Convention Center today and tomorrow for the FIRST Regional robotics competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Joining us by phone this morning is one of the participants Dave Givens, he is a junior at Wolcott High School and a member of Team MAX.

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School Arrests Reform
8:27 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Bill Aims To Reduce School-Based Arrests

A bill aimed a reducing the numbers of Connecticut students arrested at school passed a legislative committee this week. Supporters of the measure say too many kids are being arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses.

Connecticut Judicial Branch data show that nearly 20% of the cases that ended up in juvenile court during the first six months of the current academic year began when kids were arrested at school.  

"41% of those were for breach of peace or disorderly conduct."

That’s Hannah Benton, staff attorney with the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

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School Reform
6:30 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Ed Committee Passes Revised School Reform Bill

The legislature’s Education Committee has passed a revised version of Governor Malloy’s proposed school reform bill.  

Speaking before last night’s vote, co-chair Andrew Fleischmann said members of the education committee respect the Governor’s broad vision on school reform and sought to fine tune and improve the measure.

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School Reform
8:02 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Governor Malloy Addresses Yale Education Leadership Conference

Diane Orson

Governor Malloy was in New Haven last night for a Yale conference on the future of education. In contrast to recent town hall meetings, this time the Governor was met by a receptive audience.

Governor Malloy outlined key proposals in his school reform package to nearly 200 people at the Yale School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference.

On the highly-charged issues of teacher evaluation and tenure, the Governor said there needs to be honest and frank discussion.  

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Sexual Assault Response
2:16 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Bill Addresses Sexual Violence On College Campuses

Officials from UConn and the Board of Regents meet this week with legislators and advocates for victims of sexual assault to discuss a bill that would change the way college campuses respond to sexual violence.  

The federal Clery Act spells out how colleges and universities nationwide are expected to respond to sexual violence on campus. The Connecticut bill would make changes to the way schools hold internal disciplinary hearings, and would require prevention programming for students and faculty.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:34 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Focusing On Education: New Haven Promise

Karen Apricot Creative Commons

New Haven Promise

New Haven Promise (NHP) is a visionary program for the purposes of promoting college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School (NHPS) students; assisting graduating students from NHPS to pursue education after high school; and enhancing the growth, stability, and economic development of the City of New Haven.

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Teacher Evaluation
9:28 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Teachers' Unions Concerned About Evaluation Process

Union leaders representing Connecticut teachers say they agree with many of Governor Malloy’s education reform proposals, but are concerned that new teacher evaluations be used fairly. 

Earlier this year, Connecticut teachers’ unions agreed to a process that evaluates teachers based, in part, on student performance. This plays a key role in Governor Malloy’s education proposals. 

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Teachers Unions

LizMarie_AK, creative commons

Connecticut teachers have been feeling under fire since Governor Malloy announced a sweeping new education plan.

Among the many points in his 163-page plan that’s now being debated by the legislature is a provision to change the rules on teacher tenure.

Malloy says that unions have already agreed to a deal that would tie student performance to teacher evaluations – but they’re cool to the Governor’s tenure plan.

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Common Mistake
1:44 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

The Torosaurus Is Not The Triceratops

Chris Devers (Flickr Creative Commons)

Yale paleontologists say two Dinosaurs previously thought to be the same species are actually two different creatures.

There is no denying that the Torosaurus and the Triceratops look a lot alike.

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Education Reformation
11:50 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Kicking Off The Education Tour

Chion Wolf WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy will take his case for education reform directly to Connecticut residents through a series of town hall meetings.

It's the same format the Governor used last year, when he took his "shared sacrifice" budget on the road in a series of town hall type meetings. Now the issue is education reform. His 163-page education bill offers additional funding for failing schools, removes red tape for local school districts and expands access to early childhood education.

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Education Reform
6:24 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Connecticut Finalizes NCLB Waiver Request

Connecticut education officials are finalizing the state’s waiver application for relief from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Applications for the second round of waivers are due on Tuesday.

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Where We Live
10:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Governor Malloy on Education

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy has some big challenges on his plate - not the least of which is an education overhaul.

Malloy promised “wholesale changes” in his state of the state address...changes that including adding $50 million into the allocation the state sends to towns - still far short of “fully funding” ECS - but seen by towns as a start.

Less embraced by some towns are other provisions - which include an attempt to force consolidation of smaller districts and to spend more money on charter schools.

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STEM
3:08 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

STEM Series: A Look At K-12 STEM Education

Chion Wolf

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many of the nation’s fastest-growing and highest paid jobs require training in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as the STEM fields. But in Connecticut,  an estimated 1,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because applicants lack the skills they need. 

Many middle and high school students seem to lose interest in studying STEM subjects. For our second report in a week-long series, we explore why.

16-year old Charlotte Harrison says she’s always liked math.  

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Education Reform
6:45 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Governor Malloy Calls For Overhaul Of Teacher Tenure System

In his State of the State address, Governor Dannel Malloy called on legislators to take bold steps to reform Connecticut’s public schools. He addressed the highly-charged issue of teacher tenure, and called for an overhaul of the system.

"Today tenure is too easy to get and too hard to take away."

Governor Malloy outlined six principles for education reform, but devoted the most time to teacher tenure. 

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International Students
4:28 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

International Students Enroll In US High Schools

Diane Orson

The number of Chinese students at American colleges and universities jumped 43% in 2011 over 2010, according to the Institute of International Education. And now, more and more Chinese students are enrolling in American high schools. The trend is helping to stabilize Connecticut's private schools that have been grappling with declining enrollment in a weak economy.

When Christian Heritage School in Trumbull first starting accepting foreign students, Director of Admissions Martha Olson says most were from South Korea.  

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Scholarship Program
7:50 am
Tue February 7, 2012

UNH To Offer Scholarships To Magnet School Students

Diane Orson

Qualified students in a New Haven engineering and science magnet school will be able to attend the University of New Haven for half price or free, under a program announced on Monday. The goal is to encourage students to pursue serious study in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Speaking at Monday’s announcement, UNH President Steven Kaplan said America is lagging behind other developed nations in math and science.  

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Fri January 27, 2012

El Sistema

Emily Moran

Thousands of children struggling against poverty find hope - and the path to a better life - through classical music.

Its not some pipedream...but a very real and inspiring story of El Sistema - The System: a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids and captured the attention of the world.

Today, we talk with the author of a book about El Sistema. We’ll also speak with educators who are using music to transform the lives of students right here in Connecticut.

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Education Reform
4:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Sheff And School Reform

Members of the Sheff Movement Coalition are calling on Governor Malloy to make school diversity a core educational priority for the state. 

Philip Tegeler, a member of the coalition and one of the original lawyers in Connecticut’s landmark Sheff vs. O’Neill school desegregation case, says more attention should be paid to integrating the state’s schools.

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