Education http://wnpr.org en 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 Hartford Charter School Organization CEO Resigns http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-charter-school-organization-ceo-resigns <p>The CEO of a charter school organization in Hartford has resigned following revelations that the academic credentials he’ had claimed in school materials, biographies, and legislative testimony are untrue.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:44:25 +0000 Diane Orson 24102 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Charter School Organization CEO Resigns To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym http://wnpr.org/post/boost-attendance-milwaukee-schools-revive-art-music-and-gym In the stuffy, little gymnasium at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee, 16 boys and girls are stretching, jumping and marching to music. <em></em><p>Two years ago, the school had no gym, art or music classes due to budget cuts. But now, Kluge students get a so-called "special" class three days a week.<p>Milwaukee Public Schools is one of several school systems across the country — including Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn. — that are re-investing in subjects like art and physical education. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:32:00 +0000 editor 24083 at http://wnpr.org To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym A Former Drug Dealer Gives A Great Defense Of The Liberal Arts http://wnpr.org/post/former-drug-dealer-gives-great-defense-liberal-arts In preparation for my visit to the 11th annual commencement ceremony of the <a href="http://bpi.bard.edu/">Bard Prison Initiative</a>, I sat down for a conversation with Donnell Hughes, an alumnus of the program. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:03:00 +0000 editor 24037 at http://wnpr.org A Former Drug Dealer Gives A Great Defense Of The Liberal Arts The Politics Of The Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/politics-common-core Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">Common Core State Standards</a>, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.<p>"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:05:05 +0000 Juana Summers 23997 at http://wnpr.org The Politics Of The Common Core Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnipiac University http://wnpr.org/post/concern-over-faculty-layoffs-quinnipiac-university <p>The Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Professors said it's deeply concerned about the way Quinnipiac University recently laid off members of its faculty.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Diane Orson 23841 at http://wnpr.org Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnipiac University East Haven Students Produce Short Film On Energy Conservation Lessons From Birds http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-students-produce-short-film-energy-conservation-lessons-birds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of students at East Haven High School created a short documentary, “Weaving the Way: Lessons From the Weaver Bird.” The film recently won outstanding documentary short at the </span><a href="http://filmfest.skills21.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Connecticut Student Film Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:45:58 +0000 Heather Brandon 22926 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Students Produce Short Film On Energy Conservation Lessons From Birds Do Autistic Kids Fare Better In Integrated Or Specialized Schools? http://wnpr.org/post/do-autistic-kids-fare-better-integrated-or-specialized-schools The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.<p>But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools are emerging specifically for autistic children.<p>Some parents see these specialized schools as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions.<p>Carson Ellis' son, Hank, is autistic. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:48:35 +0000 editor 22953 at http://wnpr.org Technical High School Students Detail Energy Use http://wnpr.org/post/technical-high-school-students-detail-energy-use <p>Students in five Connecticut technical high schools are set to present findings and recommendations from a year-long investigation of the environmental impact of their school's energy use.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:06:15 +0000 Associated Press 22713 at http://wnpr.org Technical High School Students Detail Energy Use When College Isn't Worth It http://wnpr.org/post/when-college-isnt-worth-it The <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/upshot/is-college-worth-it-clearly-new-data-say.html?_r=0">highlighted new data</a> 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 <em>Science</em> that the value of a degree is <em>rising</em>. College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as workers without a four-year degree. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 editor 22641 at http://wnpr.org When College Isn't Worth It How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents http://wnpr.org/post/how-do-you-get-latino-kids-classical-music-bring-parents Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 22621 at http://wnpr.org How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents Bridgeport Students Work With Legendary Artist Chuck Close http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-students-work-legendary-artist-chuck-close <p>Three years ago, members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities identified eight of the lowest-performing schools in the country, and enrolled them in <a href="http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/" target="_blank">a new program called the Turnaround Arts Initiative</a>. The goal: to prove that arts education could improve academic achievement and overall school culture.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Diane Orson 22257 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Students Work With Legendary Artist Chuck Close U.S. Education Secretary in Hartford to Talk About Paying for College http://wnpr.org/post/us-education-secretary-hartford-talk-about-paying-college <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Hartford Monday to speak with high school seniors about paying for college.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:04:33 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22137 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Education Secretary in Hartford to Talk About Paying for College Abramson To Wake Forest Grads: 'Show What You're Made Of' http://wnpr.org/post/abramson-wake-forest-grads-show-what-youre-made When Wake Forest University officials invited Jill Abramson to deliver this year's commencement speech, they probably didn't realize they'd be in the midst of one of the biggest media controversies of the year.<p>Abramson's comments to the university's graduating class Monday morning were her first <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312516951/new-york-times-replaces-jill-abramson-as-executive-editor">since being ousted as </a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/14/312516951/new-york-times-replaces-jill-abramson-as-executive-editor">New York Times</a></ Mon, 19 May 2014 15:34:26 +0000 Juana Summers 22087 at http://wnpr.org Abramson To Wake Forest Grads: 'Show What You're Made Of' John Kerry Delivers Class Day Address at Yale http://wnpr.org/post/john-kerry-delivers-class-day-address-yale <p>Secretary of State John Kerry was in New Haven Sunday to address Yale University graduates. Kerry delivered the Class Day lecture.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:42:40 +0000 Diane Orson 22079 at http://wnpr.org John Kerry Delivers Class Day Address at Yale Connecticut High School Graduation Rates Increase http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-high-school-graduation-rates-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New data from the State Department of Education <a href="http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/EvalResearch/cohortgraddocumentation.pdf" target="_blank">show high school graduation rates continuing to improve</a> in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:27:49 +0000 Diane Orson 21877 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut High School Graduation Rates Increase Child Advocate Says Legislative Session Was Good For Connecticut's Children http://wnpr.org/post/child-advocate-says-legislative-session-was-good-connecticuts-children <p>Connecticut's Child Advocate Sarah Eagan said the 2014 legislative session was beneficial for the children of Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Overall, Eagan said she's happy with what was accomplished in this short legislative session, including finding room in the budget to pay for 1,020 new preschool spots statewide.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:10:33 +0000 Ray Hardman 21788 at http://wnpr.org Child Advocate Says Legislative Session Was Good For Connecticut's Children Blue Mic Radio Talks Fashion on Hartford's Pratt Street http://wnpr.org/post/blue-mic-radio-talks-fashion-hartfords-pratt-street <p>Students at the Journalism and Media Academy in Hartford took to Pratt Street downtown recently to talk to people on the street about fashion.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:09:11 +0000 Catie Talarski & Heather Brandon 21746 at http://wnpr.org Blue Mic Radio Talks Fashion on Hartford's Pratt Street Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar http://wnpr.org/post/re-enactment-satanic-mass-planned-harvard-causes-uproar Harvard University Extension School's Cultural Studies Club has ignited a maelstrom of criticism over its plans to reenact a black mass on Monday.<p>The university and the Catholic Church have condemned it, but the club says the Satanic mass is simply for educational purposes.<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/05/09/church-condemns-planned-satanic-mass-harvard/jQjsH7935RloW1r2dsJicK/story.html">The AP reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The club said in a statement 'the performance is part of a larger effort to explore the religious facets that continue to influence con Mon, 12 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21723 at http://wnpr.org Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar Rick Mastracchio Receives Honorary UConn Degree From Space http://wnpr.org/post/rick-mastracchio-receives-honorary-uconn-degree-space <p>Commencement season is underway, and graduates of Quinnipiac University, Western Connecticut State University, and UConn were among those to receive their diplomas this weekend. Four hundred&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">graduates of the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut had the chance to hear a commencement speech delivered from a unique perspective -- from space.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:20:59 +0000 Diane Orson 21688 at http://wnpr.org Rick Mastracchio Receives Honorary UConn Degree From Space What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph http://wnpr.org/post/whats-your-major-4-decades-college-degrees-1-graph In honor of college graduation season, we made a graph. It answers a few questions we had: What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today, and how has the mix changed over the past several decades?<p><em>Hover over the graph to see how the popularity of each category changes over time. Click or tap to see a category individually.</em><p>A few notes:<p><strong>The persistence of business.</strong> Business majors, which include accounting, marketing, operations and real estate, grew even more popular over the past several decades. Fri, 09 May 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Quoctrung Bui 21554 at http://wnpr.org What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph Tackling Violence in Our Schools http://wnpr.org/post/tackling-violence-our-schools <p>Earlier this week, the General Assembly passed a bonding package allocating $22 million to strengthen school security across the state.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21449 at http://wnpr.org Tackling Violence in Our Schools Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work http://wnpr.org/post/poll-prestigious-colleges-wont-make-you-happier-life-or-work There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/en-us/education.aspx">new Gallup poll</a> suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. Tue, 06 May 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 21365 at http://wnpr.org Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work More Children in Connecticut Could Have Access to Preschool Soon http://wnpr.org/post/more-children-connecticut-could-have-access-preschool-soon <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut General Assembly </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=HB-5596" style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">passed a budget</a><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;"> this past weekend, which -- along with two other bits of legislation -- expands access to pre-kindergarten education. Advocates have said it doesn't reach the ideal goal of universal preschool, but it's an important step in that direction.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Alan Yu 21311 at http://wnpr.org More Children in Connecticut Could Have Access to Preschool Soon After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors http://wnpr.org/post/after-decades-university-and-latinos-will-shut-its-doors The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.<p>NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. Mon, 05 May 2014 16:41:48 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 21308 at http://wnpr.org After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors