Education http://wnpr.org en In Wake of FUSE Scandal, Connecticut Charter Schools Face Greater Scrutiny http://wnpr.org/post/wake-fuse-scandal-connecticut-charter-schools-face-greater-scrutiny <p>As a new academic year gets underway, Connecticut’s charter schools face stronger scrutiny by the State Department of Education. New oversight&nbsp;policies will require charter schools to begin to operate more like traditional public schools.</p><p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:21:17 +0000 Diane Orson 27886 at http://wnpr.org In Wake of FUSE Scandal, Connecticut Charter Schools Face Greater Scrutiny Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? http://wnpr.org/post/kids-and-screen-time-what-does-research-say Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to <a href="http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/in-our-digital-world-are-young-people-losing-the-ability-to-read-emotions">new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles</a>.<p><a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214003227">The study</a>, published in the journal <em>Computers in Human Behavior</em>, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotio Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Juana Summers 27686 at http://wnpr.org Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? Former Pittsfield Mayor Resigns From Westfield State Board Of Trustees http://wnpr.org/post/former-pittsfield-mayor-resigns-westfield-state-board-trustees <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="James Ruberto delivers his victory speech after winning reelection as Pittsfield&#039;s mayor in Nov. 2009." data-attribution="Credit Charlie Deitz / WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/jamesruberto.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/08/levulis-8-27-voicer-ruberto.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The former mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has resigned from the Westfield State University Board of Trustees. University leadership has been under scrutiny for the past year. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Jim Levulis 27614 at http://wnpr.org Former Pittsfield Mayor Resigns From Westfield State Board Of Trustees Federal Universial School Lunch Program Expands In Massachusetts http://wnpr.org/post/federal-universial-school-lunch-program-expands-massachusetts <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit USDAgov&#039;s photostream Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/schoollunch_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/08/freelunch.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A federally-funded universal free lunch program is being introduced this year in the public schools in Springfield, Massachusetts.<p>The Springfield Public Schools will receive $15.4 million to provide lunch daily at no charge to any student who wan Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:04:57 +0000 Paul Tuthill 27500 at http://wnpr.org Federal Universial School Lunch Program Expands In Massachusetts Common Core Tests To Be Given In Majority Of Springfield Schools http://wnpr.org/post/common-core-tests-be-given-majority-springfield-schools <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Dan Warwick,Superintendent of Public Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, addresses the 2014 convocation at Van Sickle Middle School." data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/danwarwickconvocation.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/08/SPStests.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A new school year begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts where rising standardized test scores and a falling dropout rate are seen Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:16:05 +0000 Paul Tuthill 27458 at http://wnpr.org Common Core Tests To Be Given In Majority Of Springfield Schools UNH/Lyme Academy Merger to Offer Students New Forms Of Expression http://wnpr.org/post/unhlyme-academy-merger-offer-students-new-forms-expression <p>University of New Haven President Steven Kaplan <a href="http://www.newhaven.edu/news-events/news-releases/2014-2015/790512/" target="_blank">said the school’s recently announced merger with the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts</a> will offer students from both institutions an opportunity to explore new forms of expression.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:59:04 +0000 Diane Orson 27309 at http://wnpr.org UNH/Lyme Academy Merger to Offer Students New Forms Of Expression Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching! http://wnpr.org/post/notebooks-and-pencils-and-pens-cha-ching Millions of families are heading to Target or Wal-Mart this month to make sure their kids have what they need for the first day of school. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:16:00 +0000 editor 27302 at http://wnpr.org Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching! What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills http://wnpr.org/post/what-kids-drawings-say-about-their-future-thinking-skills At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.<p>The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.<p>These early works may be good for more than decorating your refrigerator and cubicle, researchers say. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 +0000 editor 27258 at http://wnpr.org What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills A Tale Of Two Polls http://wnpr.org/post/tale-two-polls Two new polls this week attempt to quantify the public's feelings for the Common Core State Standards. The K-12 benchmarks in English and math were little known this time last year. But they've since become the subject of a high-profile political fight. Now a majority of the public opposes them.<p>Or do they?<p>Poll No. 1, out today, puts support for the Core at just 33 percent. But Poll No. 2, released yesterday, puts it at 53 percent. That's a big difference.<p>Which one is wrong? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 27242 at http://wnpr.org A Tale Of Two Polls Eco Adventure Extreme Camp in New Haven Offers Affordable, Outdoor Fun http://wnpr.org/post/eco-adventure-extreme-camp-new-haven-offers-affordable-outdoor-fun <p></p><p></p><p>With school starting soon and temperatures beginning to cool, kids are looking back and wondering if they made the most of their summer. For those who attended New Haven's Eco Adventure Extreme Camp, the answer is likely:&nbsp;<em>Yes</em>!</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Josh Nilaya 26966 at http://wnpr.org Eco Adventure Extreme Camp in New Haven Offers Affordable, Outdoor Fun Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/global-parenting-habits-havent-caught-us If there's one thing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Hymn_of_the_Tiger_Mother" target="_blank">Tiger Mothers</a> have in common with those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Up-B%C3%A9b%C3%A9-Discovers-Parenting/dp/1594203334" target="_blank">bringing up Bébé</a>, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be.<p>Argentine parents let their kids stay up until all hours; Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves; and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat.<p>Some <a href=" Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:31:00 +0000 editor 26845 at http://wnpr.org Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S. Dartmouth Physics Professor Working To Solve Mystery Key To Quantum Computing http://wnpr.org/post/dartmouth-physics-professor-working-solve-mystery-key-quantum-computing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit CybherHades via Flickr CC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/quantum.jpg" alt="" /><p>Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are on a chase for what some consider the holy grail of the information age: Quantum computing. And some of that research is going on right there in New Hampshire. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:38:45 +0000 Todd Bookman 26835 at http://wnpr.org Dartmouth Physics Professor Working To Solve Mystery Key To Quantum Computing Senate Committee Calls For-Profit Colleges' Recruitment of Veterans Into Question http://wnpr.org/post/senate-committee-calls-profit-colleges-recruitment-veterans-question <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new Senate committee report analyzes the impact of the G.I. bill on "for profit" colleges in the United States.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:56:29 +0000 Patrick Skahill 26673 at http://wnpr.org Senate Committee Calls For-Profit Colleges' Recruitment of Veterans Into Question Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead http://wnpr.org/post/rich-kid-poor-kid-30-years-baltimore-study-tracked-who-gets-ahead Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.<p>"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.<p>But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family.<p>Alexander is one of the authors of "<a href="http://hub.jhu Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Juana Summers 26562 at http://wnpr.org Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain http://wnpr.org/post/scientists-say-childs-play-helps-build-better-brain <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z_hMYGAQ6k</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 26505 at http://wnpr.org Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain State Report Highly Critical Of Ex-Westfield State President http://wnpr.org/post/state-report-highly-critical-ex-westfield-state-president <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Evan Dobelle, who retired last year as Westfield State University President after the board of trustees put him on paid leave amid allegations he had recklessly spent university funds" data-attribution="Credit WSU" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201310/evandobelle.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/dobelle.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university p Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:00:44 +0000 Paul Tuthill 26295 at http://wnpr.org State Report Highly Critical Of Ex-Westfield State President Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety http://wnpr.org/post/enlisting-smartphones-campaign-campus-safety Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:07:59 +0000 Juana Summers 26197 at http://wnpr.org Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety Restraint and Seclusion, Legal in Public Schools http://wnpr.org/post/restraint-and-seclusion-legal-public-schools <p><a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/schools-restraints-seclusions" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">A recent report by investigative news organization <em>ProPublica</em> </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">exposes a controversial but legal practice in public schools. Students, often those with disabilities, can be restrained and secluded against their will. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades, with injuries far more common.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:22:13 +0000 Allison Ehrenreich 26019 at http://wnpr.org Restraint and Seclusion, Legal in Public Schools Restraint and Seclusion in Our Public Schools http://wnpr.org/post/restraint-and-seclusion-our-public-schools <p>Restraint and seclusion is a legal, albeit controversial, practice in our nation's public schools. Students -- often those with disabilities -- can be restrained and secluded against their will. This can result, and has resulted on many occasions, in injury to the student. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Allison Ehrenreich 26070 at http://wnpr.org Restraint and Seclusion in Our Public Schools New London Board of Education to Investigate Incoming Superintendent http://wnpr.org/post/new-london-board-education-investigate-incoming-superintendent <p>The New London Board of Education has voted to launch an independent investigation into allegations that the city’s incoming superintendent may have misrepresented, or allowed others to misrepresent his credentials.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:38:23 +0000 Diane Orson 25906 at http://wnpr.org New London Board of Education to Investigate Incoming Superintendent Hartford's FUSE Scandal Has Advocates Taking a Closer Look at How Charter Schools Operate http://wnpr.org/post/hartfords-fuse-scandal-has-advocates-taking-closer-look-how-charter-schools-operate <p>As the FBI continues its investigation of a disgraced Hartford-based charter school company, some education advocates think it's time to take a closer look at charter school accountability in the state.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:43:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 25874 at http://wnpr.org Hartford's FUSE Scandal Has Advocates Taking a Closer Look at How Charter Schools Operate How Effective Are Charter Schools? http://wnpr.org/post/how-effective-are-charter-schools <p>The recent FUSE scandal has raised questions about charter school oversight. Is this type of problem representative of the overall charter school system? We take a look at just how effective these schools are and how much oversight they have. We're joined by experts and we want to hear from you, especially if you have experience in the charter school system.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25774 at http://wnpr.org How Effective Are Charter Schools? Federal Investigators Look for State Education Department Emails http://wnpr.org/post/federal-investigators-look-state-education-department-emails <p>As federal investigators continue their probe of a troubled Hartford charter school group, agents are now seeking to obtain all department correspondence, including Commissioner Stefan Pryor's emails that relate to FUSE, Jumoke, Michael Sharpe or Hartford's Milner School.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:14:11 +0000 Diane Orson 25819 at http://wnpr.org Federal Investigators Look for State Education Department Emails Landmark State Education Lawsuit Delayed http://wnpr.org/post/landmark-state-education-lawsuit-delayed <p>The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding has agreed to delay the start of a landmark education lawsuit that challenges the way Connecticut funds its public schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:44 +0000 Diane Orson 25765 at http://wnpr.org Landmark State Education Lawsuit Delayed UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-settles-sexual-assault-lawsuit <p>The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:39:02 +0000 Heather Brandon & Lucy Nalpathanchil 25508 at http://wnpr.org UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit Connecticut Colleges Vary on Policies to Handle Dating Violence http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-colleges-vary-policies-handle-dating-violence <p>One in three women nationwide say they've been in an abusive dating relationship while in college.</p><p>With that in mind, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and Hartford Hospital <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/2014_campus_report.pdf" target="_blank">have released a report examining what policies exist at state colleges and universities to address the problem</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25482 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Colleges Vary on Policies to Handle Dating Violence Schools a Haven for Many Unaccompanied Minors http://wnpr.org/post/schools-haven-many-unaccompanied-minors <p>For tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border, primarily from Central America, U.S. schools are one of the few government institutions where they are guaranteed services.</p><p>While their cases are processed, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/central-american-migrant-children-arrive-connecticut" target="_blank">most are released to family members or sponsors</a> who are told the children must be enrolled in school.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:17:31 +0000 Associated Press 25341 at http://wnpr.org Schools a Haven for Many Unaccompanied Minors Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools http://wnpr.org/post/thousands-hartford-students-waiting-list-high-performing-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Concerned parents gathered for a rally in Hartford on Thursday afternoon. At issue is the large number of Hartford students currently waiting for a seat in a high-performing school. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Ray Hardman 25098 at http://wnpr.org Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools Financing Higher Education http://wnpr.org/post/financing-higher-education <p>Some people say that bachelor’s degrees are the new high school diplomas; they are becoming more and more necessary for job seekers to be competitive in the job market. But as the cost of higher education rises, students who attend college are now saddled with decades worth of debt in loans.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Allison Ehrenreich 24843 at http://wnpr.org Financing Higher Education Hartford's New Superintendent Sees Internal Achievement Gap http://wnpr.org/post/hartfords-new-superintendent-sees-internal-achievement-gap <p>Hartford's new school superintendent held her first press conference on Monday. She said her top priority is to eliminate the achievement gap within Hartford's schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:57:01 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24110 at http://wnpr.org Hartford's New Superintendent Sees Internal Achievement Gap