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Top K-12 educators from around the country were asked about barriers to student success as part of a broad survey about their views on public education.

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems. Those were the factors named in a survey of the 2015 state Teachers of the Year, top educators selected annually in every U.S. state and jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia and Guam. The survey, released last Wednesday by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., polled the 56 Teachers of the Year, a small but elite group of educators …

Native American Schools Due for Repair

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — Official Washington has rarely paid much attention to the Bureau of Indian Education, a long-dysfunctional corner of the federal bureaucracy that is responsible for overseeing nearly 200 schools serving approximately 50,000 Native American children in 23 states. But now that might be changing. President Obama is seeking to boost funding for Indian education by $150 million, including nearly $60 million to …

Campaign Ramps Up To Teach Computer Science

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Code.org, the nonprofit organization that has gotten children as young as 5 years old to try computer coding, has joined with the College Board to try to expand computer education in U.S. public schools, particularly to girls and minorities. Seattle-based Code.org, founded by two tech entrepreneurs, and the College Board, the New York-based non-profit that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, are …

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old …

Dogs Keep Farmers on the Farm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DeKalb County, Mo. — As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things. On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring. “She don’t like ’em getting too close …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 24-30

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don’t Miss Aquarius — It’s the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ( The X-Files ), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of “historical fiction.” He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 — a probe that leads …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

Breathtaking and High Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New York — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens …

Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ Doesn’t Quite Fit the Bill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a veteran with 23 years of service, and I’m uncomfortable with the traditional “Happy Memorial Day” greeting that the news and entertainment media have foisted upon the public. However, I do not know what is actually acceptable to use in its place. Are …

Night Crew Keeps U.S. Icon in Capitol Shape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — It’s 2 a.m. and the only noise in the Senate’s vast Kennedy Caucus Room is the soft wipe of a duster on marble. A lone figure with a spray bottle is busy in the wee-hours hush, …

Using the ‘Crowd’ To Choose the Best Seeds For the Soil

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steve Pitstick has been farming for 42 years. He grows corn and soybean in Illinois. Pitstick, who has always been tech savvy, recalls using PC cards to transport data from his farming equipment to his beige PC. As the digital revolution has unfolded, Pitstick has watched it get …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Outside-the-Box Thinking by Honda

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions. While successful, the model lacked the conservative, sophisticated elegance that buyers had …