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One school teaching life skills through hockey

Jan 1, 2013
Educators continue to experiment -- trying to find formats that engage kids and help prep the workforce of the future. One new private school near Minneapolis offers a particularly "Minnesota"-style approach.

Chicago parent relieved her daughter is back in school

Sep 19, 2012
The seven days that schools were closed in Chicago felt more like an eternity to parents who had to find childcare during the teacher strike. Kai checks in with Sheila Coleman, whose 12-year-old daughter was actually happy to return to school Wednesday.

Laid-off teachers look for their Plan B

Sep 5, 2012
A trip to the airport paid off for former technology teacher Chris Bjuland.

Every new school year, uncertainty for teachers

Aug 27, 2012
A language arts teacher in Minnesota describes the anxiety that comes with every new school year -- wondering if she will have a job.

Bribing your kids to study: Does it work?

Aug 14, 2012
Listener Geri-Ellen Dow heard our Freakonomics segment on paying kids to do better in school, and tried the experiment out on her own son.

How a school district's bond went from $100 million to $1 billion

Aug 7, 2012
The Poway Unified School district borrowed just over $100 million for building renovations in 2008, but because of a form of creative financing called a capital appreciation bond, the total debt is now adding up to close to $1 billion.

Chicago mayor hopes to lengthen school day

Apr 11, 2012
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving ahead with controversial plans for a longer school day. That would make Chicago an outlier, because a longer day costs more money -- which most districts don't have at the moment.

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Michigan town takes school zone sign to the next level

Feb 16, 2012
In suburban Detroit, there's a speed limit sign telling drivers to slow down to 25 mph on school days -- but it's a little different than the signs you might be used to seeing in your neighborhood.

New school lunch guidelines set

Jan 26, 2012
Congress is still allowing French fries and pizza to count as vegetables, but what else is about to change on school lunch trays across America?

Mid-day Extra: Teaching preschoolers about finance

Nov 16, 2011
A new program set to launch in January will have preschoolers learning basic business and finance skills at the Chicago Public Library. The program is inspired by a Sesame Workshop multi-media kit.
Sesame Street characters pose under a 'Sesame Street' sign in New York City.
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