Claudio Sanchez http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-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="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">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 35514 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/early-childhood-education-tulsa-okla-stands-out The federal government spends almost $8 billion on preschool programs across the country, mostly on low income 4-year-olds. States spend billions more. But with at least 30 states planning to expand access to pre-K and President Obama promoting "preschool for all," what constitutes a quality preschool program?<p>NPR's education team set out to better understand what separates the nation's best programs from the rest, and that journey led to a surprising place: Tulsa, Okla. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 35488 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/common-core-turns-business-leaders-against-oklahoma-gop Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.<p>"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 35058 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP College Board Breaks Out Red Pen For SAT Corrections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/college-board-breaks-out-red-pen-sat-corrections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The most widely used measure of a student's readiness for college is getting a makeover. The College Board is changing the SAT. It's the second major revision of the test in nine years.<p>NPR's Claudio Sanchez joins us now to tell us what the new SAT might look like. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 34193 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teachers Unions Mobilize To Delay The Common Core http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teachers-unions-mobilize-delay-common-core Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The nation's largest teachers union is calling for a delay in the adoption of the Common Core. That's the name of new math and language arts standards that are supposed to be in place next fall in 45 states. The 3 million-member National Education Association has been a strong supporter. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 34023 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Administration Has Little Love For 'Zero Tolerance' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-has-little-love-zero-tolerance Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Obama administration says schools need to rethink their disciplinary policies because they're doing more harm than good. To deal with serious offenses like physical assaults or drug possession, many states and school districts developed zero tolerance policies. But the administration says those policies were being applied too often, even for small offenses. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 32868 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kids-pay-price-fight-over-fixing-philadelphia-schools <em>This is the first in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 31616 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 30685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/college-board-concerned-about-low-sat-scores The College Board, sponsor of the SAT, says <a href="http://research.collegeboard.org/programs/sat/data/cb-seniors-2013" target="_blank">latest scores show</a> that roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the test were so lacking in their reading, writing and math skills, they were unprepared for college-level work.<p>The College Board is calling for big changes to better prepare students for college and career.<p><strong>Stagnant Scores</strong><p>The average SAT score this year was 1498 out of a possible 2400. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 30200 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/push-common-standards-many-parents-left-uneducated Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.<p>Meanwhile, proponents of the standards are still struggling to explain the initiative to parents, many of whom say they've never even heard of Common Core.<p><strong>Looking For Direction</strong><p>Cynthia Clay has been a teacher and administrator in Middletown, Del., for 31 years. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 30090 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated