Education

3:56pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Education

Why teacher pay needs to increase at the lowest paying districts

Ryan Smith, executive editor of The Education Trust West.

Teacher pay can vary widely across just a single county. For instance, in Oakland the average teacher pay is $55,000 a year. In nearby Pleasanton it is $84,000 a year.

Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust - West spoke to KALW's Hana Baba about how wide ranging teacher pay is in districts around the state and why salaries need to increase in the lowest paying districts.

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3:56pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Education

Why are teachers leaving Oakland?

Oakland High School

It’s 8:08am, the Friday before spring break, and under other circumstances Kathleen Byrnes would already be at work.

“We would be in our classrooms preparing for the day, which is where we would rather be,” she says.

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5:38pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Education

How much will it take to change fraternity culture?

flickr user Arvind Grover

 

It’s a Saturday night, and I’m standing just across from the UC Berkeley campus on Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley’s fraternity row. Young women like Trixie Scolari and Tara Harmon wander past: The two are deciding whether or not to go to a fraternity party that evening. I ask them if they feel safe when they go to these parties.

“I do!” says Scolari. “It’s your attitude...I go in and we’re really careful.”

Harmon says, “In general, I think we’re both pretty smart. And if we are drinking, we’re watching our drinks, and not drinking too much.”

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3:28pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Education

The city by the Bay (without kids)

Dolores Park in San Francisco with no child to be found.
Flikr user Jeff Croft

The number of children in the city of San Francisco is dwindling. Back in the 1960s, kids made up a full quarter of the population. The latest census numbers showed the city was made up by only 13.4 percent of them. But now, after a concerted effort by City Hall, there’s been a dramatic change.

A note for our readers: the following story is of an adult nature.

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5:08pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Education

Robots: a hands-on approach to STEM education

Stephanie Tam

 

California eighth graders are ranked 45th in the country in math, according to the most recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Meanwhile, the pool of jobs requiring math, science, and engineering experience is growing, especially in the Bay Area. For people with the right skills, these jobs have become the latest iteration of the American dream -- steady, livable wages, and plenty of demand.

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