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2011 AUGUST
Aug. 31, 2011
Update
Student Education Reform Protests Rock Chile
What started as a student demonstration has turned into the largest protest against the Chilean government since the return of democracy two decades ago, and has harmed the popularity of the current conservative government.


Aug. 19, 2011
Report
Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes Jeopardize Quality of Higher Education in California
Students preparing for college this fall are facing higher tuition rates as their schools face budget cuts in this troubled economy. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the fallout in California's public universities.

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Aug. 10, 2011
Report
NYC Schools Labeled as Dropout Factories Fight to Raise Graduation Rates
As some New York City high schools dubbed "dropout factories" face closure, they are fighting to increase their graduation rate. This report was produced in partnership with People's Production House after-school journalism program and the NewsHour's educational division. It was researched and reported by 10 New York students.

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Aug. 8, 2011
Analysis
Obama Orders Revamp of 'No Child Left Behind'
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday that President Obama would sign an executive order to allow schools who are falling short of No Child Left Behind to circumvent the law. Gwen Ifill discusses the policy shift with Justin Snider of The Hechinger Report.

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Aug. 8, 2011
Report
Atlanta Starts New School Year Under Cloud of Cheating Scandal
Students and teachers return to Atlanta classrooms for the start of a new school year Monday, but a major cheating scandal is still raising big questions. Learning Matters Television's John Tulenko reports.

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JULY
July 22, 2011
Blog
Conversation: Imagination in Education
This week, the Lincoln Center Institute in New York is holding what it bills as the "first national conference focused on making imagination an integral part of American education."

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July 6, 2011
Analysis
Schoolhouse Shock: Report Finds Widespread Cheating by Atlanta Educators
A new report found that nearly 200 Atlanta school administrators, principals and teachers cheated to raise student test scores for as long as a decade. Gwen Ifill discusses the report's findings, and the problem that has surfaced in school districts across the country with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Heather Vogell.

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July 4, 2011
Report
Chefs Cook Up Ideas for Healthy School Lunches
A pair of chefs has stepped out of their kitchens and into school cafeterias to lend their services in hopes of crafting healthier menus for school lunches. Betty Ann Bowser has this encore report.

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July 4, 2011
Blog
One Can Still 'Rock' Out to 'Fireworks,' 35 Years Later
Fireworks have become synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations, from large explosions of colors that light up the night sky over your town to small sparklers that can be enjoyed from your own yard. Songwriter Lynn Ahrens discovered in 1976 that fireworks could also be a tool for education.

JUNE
June 29, 2011
Report
Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education?
Miles O'Brien reports from a gathering in California on a growing movement that embraces the art of making cool things and a quirky do-it-yourself spirit. Supporters see "making" as one way to overcome a crisis in American science and math education.

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June 22, 2011
Blog
Students in 'Dropout Factory' Schools Explore Why Kids Quit
Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma, according to data compiled by Education Week. F

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June 20, 2011
Report
N.Y. Teacher Takes Students on a Virtual Trip to Learn Realities of Refugee Life
A high school teacher in New York City decided to set aside the usual curriculum and take her students on a virtual five week journey to the Middle East to learn about the millions who have fled the war in Iraq and became refugees. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports.

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June 20, 2011
Update
Making Sense: Not-So-Simple Solman
Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Monday's query considers whether Paul's audience understands what he's talking about.


June 8, 2011
Blog
College Professors and Conflicts of Interest?
Paul Solman answers a reader's question about a supposed link between economics college professors and corruption on Wall Street.

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June 6, 2011
Report
Grading Schools: How to Determine the 'Good' From the 'Bad'?
Students get graded by test scores, but how do we best determine if a school is "good" or "bad"? Education Correspondent John Merrow examines that question.

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June 1, 2011
Blog
Teachers of The World: How to Use our Videos in Class!
Paul Solman answers a question from a viewer on his piece on the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

MAY
May 27, 2011
Analysis
Is a College Diploma Worth the Soaring Student Debt?
As a growing number of students suffer soaring college debt, many questions are being raised about the value of higher education amid meager job prospects in a struggling economy. Jeffrey Brown gets four views on whether today's diplomas are worth the cost.

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May 27, 2011
Blog
Is College Worth It? Join in a LIVE Chat on Tuesday
Are today's diplomas worth the debt? It's an old question being debated anew in these economic times.


May 9, 2011
Report
'Last In, First Out' Among Teacher Layoff Policies Under Scrutiny
As the end of the school year approaches, thousands of teachers across the U.S. are facing the prospect of being laid off. NewsHour special correspondent John Tulenko reports on questions over layoff policies in Hartford, Conn.

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APRIL
April 25, 2011
Blog
Stanford Debates: Reinstate ROTC?
Spencer Michels looks at the debate at Stanford University over bringing ROTC back to campus, decades after the Vietnam War.


April 21, 2011
Report
Autism Now: Demand for Educational Resources for Children Outstrips Supply
For public school systems, the demand for special educational and treatment resources for children with autism often outpaces what is available. In the fourth report in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil looks at how two schools in the New York City area handle teaching children and teens with autism.

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April 12, 2011
For Teachers
Autism Lesson Plan: Do You Have a Friend Who Thinks in Pictures?
This lesson plan asks students to listen to facts about autism, and then design and create tools to assist their peers and friends with autism in social settings, such as the classroom or on a field trip, using what they have learned about the disorder.


April 11, 2011
Report
Are California's Schools Ready for the Next Big Earthquake?
The earthquake in Japan is prompting concerns about the ability of U.S. buildings to withstand a similar disaster. Special correspondent Anna Werner reports on the seismic safety risks in many California schools. Her report was jointly produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED.

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April 11, 2011
Blog
'On Shaky Ground' Shows Oversight Faults in California School Buildings
A new report by California Watch found that hundreds of California's public schools do not meet the legal construction codes for earthquake safety.


April 8, 2011
Report
North Carolina School Engages Tech Generation With Digital Learning Tools
John Tulenko of Learning Matters, which produces education stories for the NewsHour, reports on a North Carolina school district switching from textbooks to all-digital learning materials.

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April 7, 2011
Analysis
NAACP Report Says Shift in Funding Toward Prisons 'Failing Us'
A new report from the NAACP shows states are devoting increasingly larger portions of their budgets to prisons, while education gets smaller and smaller portions. Judy Woodruff discusses the report with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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April 7, 2011
Update
Discarded Plastic Bottles Put to New Use in Schools
A project to build a school using empty plastic bottles brought together a community in Guatemala. The idea now is spreading to other sites.


April 7, 2011
Blog
John Merrow on 'The Influence of Teachers,' Education Debate
Many school district superintendents -- and the mayors who appointed them -- are demanding teachers be held up to closer scrutiny and tougher accountability while facing possible replacement.

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April 7, 2011
Slide Show
Building a Plastic Bottle School
When former Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner was asked to help find funding to finish constructing two classrooms in the elementary school where she worked in Guatemala, she decided to use -- or rather reuse -- a common piece of trash.


April 5, 2011
Report
Chicago Program Aims to Close Achievement Gap for Youngest Students
Education correspondent John Merrow reports on a Chicago program that targets high-risk, low-income young children before they begin falling behind in school.

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MARCH
March 14, 2011
Blog
President Obama to Push for Reforms to 'No Child Left Behind'
As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama was often critical of the implementation of No Child Left Behind and the lack of full federal funding accompanying the law, but he always placed himself in the camp that thought the law should be mended, not ended.


March 14, 2011
Blog
Obama Pushes Overhaul of No Child Left Behind, but Testing Remains Central
On at least one of the major domestic issues he campaigned on -- education -- there's general consensus that President Obama has been plowing ahead as advertised, even if both sides don't agree with him.


March 4, 2011
Blog
In War Zones, Education Takes a Backseat to Other Needs
Education is often another casualty in countries wracked by violence, a recent U.N. report found, as more immediate needs such as food and shelter take priority. But some aid groups say education should be viewed with more urgency as a means to stabilize war-torn places.

FEBRUARY
Feb. 17, 2011
Blog
Duncan Holds Labor Summit Amid Increasing Teacher Tensions
Even as Education Secretary Arne Duncan opened what he called an "historic" summit in Denver this week between union leaders and education administrators, relations between those two groups have perhaps never been more strained.


Feb. 15, 2011
Blog
Teaching Egypt: Lessons in Democracy, Culture, Technology
As PBS NewsHour continues to cover the latest events in Egypt and beyond, our site for students and teachers, PBS NewsHour Extra, partnered with Independent Television Service) to pull together some unique perspectives on the situation for a live online discussion Tuesday, Feb.


Feb. 11, 2011
Analysis
Chicagoland Students See Success Hitting the Gym, Then Hitting the Books
PBS's Need to Know examines a school in a Chicago suburb transforming academics by emphasizing physical education immediately before some of students' toughest classes.

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JANUARY
Jan. 21, 2011
Report
In Hypercompetitive South Korea, Pressures Mount on Young Pupils
Margaret Warner reports from Seoul, where extraordinary student commitment has helped the nation's 15 year olds rank second in the world in reading and fourth in math, well ahead of their American counterparts. Many students take private lessons in addition to required coursework, but the pressure can create serious stress.

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2010 DECEMBER
Dec. 30, 2010
Report
Whose Version of History Is Taught? Arizona Law Bans Ethnic Studies Classes
An Arizona law is going into effect Friday aimed at shutting down ethnic studies classes in Tucson's public schools, but is binding on all public schools in the state. Lucky Severson reports on the new law in a story that aired on the PBS program, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

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Dec. 23, 2010
Report
In NYC, Small Schools Touted to Make a Big Difference in Education Reform
An effort to create smaller schools in New York City has spurred some success stories -- and controversy -- among educators. John Tulenko reports.

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Dec. 23, 2010
Blog
Who Wins and Who Loses When Big Schools Are Closed Down?
For years, educators, parents and experts have debated the merits of whether smaller schools truly provide a better opportunity and atmosphere where children can learn.


Dec. 14, 2010
Report
Ohio School District Uses Unique Peer Evaluations to Grade Teachers
Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports how public schools in Toledo, Ohio, are implementing a unique peer-evaluation program for educators that looks to nurture teachers, but make it easier to remove ineffective ones.

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Dec. 10, 2010
Analysis
In U.K., More Demonstrations Appear Likely After Tuition Tripling
Protests intensified in London after legislation passed to triple university tuition fees. Margaret Warner gets the latest on the protests, what's behind them and what's next with Ned Temko from The Observer.

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Dec. 10, 2010
Report
Violent Tuition Protest Encounter Roils Royals
The vote to triple university tuition in Britain triggered protests that turned violent and encountered a Rolls Royce carrying Prince Charles. ITN correspondent Simon Israel has more.

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Dec. 10, 2010
Report
News Wrap: Tensions Run High in Haiti Amid Election Recount
In other news Friday, police were out in force in Haiti as officials checked vote tallies from the disputed presidential election. The U.S. has issued a travel warning to Americans and flights to and from Port-au-Prince were halted as well.

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Dec. 9, 2010
Blog
British Parliament Approves Controversial Tuition Hikes
Surrounded by student protests outside, British lawmakers voted Thursday to triple the university tuition fee cap in a move meant to help stabilize the country's ailing economy.


Dec. 7, 2010
Newsmaker Interview
Secretary Duncan: Schools Must Become Centers of Communities
The results from a new global survey show U.S. students are falling behind much of the world in reading, math and science. Gwen Ifill speaks with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the results and the the state of American schools.

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Dec. 6, 2010
Blog
Join 'Education for Innovation' Online Town Hall on Tuesday Morning
The NewsHour is taking part in a special town hall meeting Tuesday on education and innovation. Gwen Ifill and Hari Sreenivasan will moderate the event, which will include an interview with Education Secretary Arne Duncan. You can watch it live on The Rundown starting at 8:45 a.m. ET.


Dec. 1, 2010
Analysis
Chicago High School Prepares Students for Real-World Manufacturing Jobs
With unemployment holding steady above 9 percent, the jobs market looks bleak. But there is one industry that has added jobs: manufacturing. Ash-har Quraishi of Chicago News Cooperative reports on one public school that's retooling to help its graduates take advantage of these jobs.

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NOVEMBER
Nov. 30, 2010
Analysis
Graduation Report 'Encouraging,' But Many Schools Risk 'Dropout Factory' Status
New nationwide statistics show a rise in high school graduation rates, but there is still significant disparity between school districts in different parts of the country. Margaret Warner talks to the report's co-author, John Bridgeland, about what the findings mean.

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Nov. 30, 2010
Blog
Patchwork Nation: Mapping High School Dropout Rates
Of all the factors that go into making a community the local school system may be the most critical. Better schools not only equal better-educated kids, but often better property values and a better quality of life.

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