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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 …

Your Place: Avoid ‘Green Guilt’ Trip

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I hope I am not being too personal, but do you recycle? If not, are you experiencing “green guilt”? You knew someone would come up with a syndrome for people who want to recycle but forget to or don’t have the time, correct? In this case, it’s experienced …

Hero’s Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Grandson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost …

U.S. Producers Fear Retaliation Over Labeling Law

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — California ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to peel away a country-of-origin labeling law they fear will hurt the state. Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a World Trade Organization ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for …

‘Harvey Girls’ Honored For Role in U.S. History

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Santa Fe, n.m. — New Mexico recognized the legacy of the Harvey Girls on Saturday, the thousands of women credited with helping transform the West by taking waitressing jobs along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line. Gov. Susana Martinez and the mayors of Santa Fe and …

Socialite Happy Rockefeller Dead

Sunday, May 24, 2015

“Most people can get a divorce without having the world hang on it,” Margaretta “Happy” Rockefeller once told a reporter. But in 1963, divorce was still a scandal. And she and her husband were not “most people.” That …

Victor Salvi, Who Rescued Harp From Irrelevance, Dies

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Victor Salvi, a scion of an Italian musical dynasty who became one of the world’s pre-eminent manufacturer of harps — a musician, artisan and businessman dubbed the “lord of the strings,” — died May 10 at a hospital …

Attorney Who Defended RFK Assassin Dies at 90

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — Godfrey Isaac always loved celebrities. As a child, he idolized Hollywood movie stars. As an adult, he defended them in the courtroom. When Judy Garland sought an annulment from actor and fourth husband Mark Herron …

Oil Production Soars; So Do Pipeline Leaks

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline last week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual …

Ohio Officer Cleared in Shooting

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cleveland — A white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a …

Senate Lets Patriot Act Lapse

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect domestic phone records is likely to expire with the Senate paralyzed over what to do about the Patriot Act. The Senate left Washington for a weeklong vacation after an early morning session Saturday. With the provision used to justify …