Claudio Sanchez http://wfpl.org en The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate http://wfpl.org/post/sad-death-adjunct-professor-sparks-labor-debate The death of a long-time, part-time professor in Pittsburgh is gathering the attention of instructors nationwide. The trend of relying on part-time faculty has been in the works for decades, and Margaret Mary Vojtko's story is seen by some as a tragic byproduct.<p>Last spring, months before her death, Vojtko showed up at a meeting between adjunct professors at Duquesne University and the union officials who had been trying to organize them. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:20:31 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 6936 at http://wfpl.org The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues http://wfpl.org/post/charter-school-vs-public-school-debate-continues Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.<p>But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?<p>There have been lots of skirmishes over charter school data over the years. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:34:58 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 6151 at http://wfpl.org The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1 http://wfpl.org/post/student-loan-rates-set-double-july-1 The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday.<p>Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. Lawmakers say a deal is still possible after the July 4 recess. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:37:07 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 5942 at http://wfpl.org Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1 30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report http://wfpl.org/post/30-years-educators-still-divided-scathing-schools-report Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan's administration released "A Nation at Risk," a report warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education.<p>According to the report, only one-third of 17-year-olds in 1983 could solve a math problem requiring two steps or more, and 4 out of 10 teenagers couldn't draw inferences from written material. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:14:20 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 5165 at http://wfpl.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts http://wfpl.org/post/student-loan-deal-pales-against-other-education-cuts It came down to the wire, but finally, Republicans and Democrats agreed on a deal that keeps the interest rate on government-backed student loans from doubling. It will save the average borrower about $1,000 a year, but the compromise is likely to cost students a lot more than that over the long term.<p>The agreement that lawmakers passed Friday will keep interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 18:48:25 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 866 at http://wfpl.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts