Claudio Sanchez en Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 58132 at Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education The Obama administration said Tuesday that the vast majority of the 6.5 million students with disabilities in U.S. schools today are not receiving a quality education, and that it will hold states accountable for demonstrating that those students are making progress.<p>Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced what he calls "a major shift" in how the government evaluates the effectiveness of federally funded special education programs.<p>"It's not enough for a state to be compliant if students can't read or do math," Duncan said. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 57040 at A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.<p>A <a href="">study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality</a> argues that teaching colleges are too lenient in their admissions criteria and have failed to prepare their students to teach subjects like reading, math and science.<p>The study is the group's second in two years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 56661 at Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 56314 at College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea Despite Expansion, Many Pre-K Programs Fail To Reach Immigrant Kids Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 55900 at Segregation: Six Decades Dead In Court, But Still Alive In Many Schools Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, black and white children still attend segregated schools in many parts of the country. Majority black schools are less likely to have good teachers, and kids there are more likely to be poor. That, experts say, is the single biggest obstacle to their academic success. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 55036 at New Rules Aim To Keep School Doors Open For Undocumented Students Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Obama administration today reissued guidelines for America's schools. The goal is to keep states from turning away children who cannot prove that they are in the U.S. legally. A 1982 Supreme Court ruling allowed undocumented students free access to a public education. Thu, 08 May 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 54616 at Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Flat, stagnant, static, those are words that the U.S. Department of Education has used to describe the latest reading and math scores for the nation's 12th graders.<p>As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, most high school seniors appear to be graduating without the skills they need to succeed in college or work.<p>CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: If this was your teenager's report card, you'd probably be on the phone with your kid's school right now, demanding to know why your child's reading and math scores have remained so low for so long. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 54556 at As Testing Season Opens In Schools, Some Ask: How Much Is Too Much? Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>If you're a high school student or you have one at home, then you know it's testing season. America's teenagers spend countless hours taking standardized state and district tests, not to mention the alphabet soup of SAT, ACT, AP, and the list goes on.<p>Well, that got the NPR Ed Team wondering how many such tests can a high school student take in a year - five, 10, 20, or none of the above? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 54203 at Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 53776 at Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa