National / International News

VIDEO: US Yazidis lobby for Iraq community

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:30
The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher meets Yazidi Americans who have dropped everything to keep Washington's attention on the tragedy in their homeland.

Call to bar rape footballer's return

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:26
More than 60,000 people sign a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-employ footballer Ched Evans once he completes his rape sentence.

VIDEO: North Korean daily life on film

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:22
A new film called Enter Pyongyang chronicles daily life in the North Korean capital, a city rarely covered by Western mainstream media.

I did not order killings - Mubarak

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:21
In his first statement in court, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak denies ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters in 2011.

Dutch canal death remains a mystery

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:07
It remains unclear how a British student met his death in an Amsterdam canal, an inquest concludes.

Council seeks Galloway legal advice

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 04:05
Belfast City Council says it is seeking legal advice on a speaking event to be addressed by Respect MP George Galloway.

Drunk trucker jailed for lorry flip

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:56
Darren Moorhouse is jailed for a year for flipping a 44-tonne lorry on a busy Dundee roundabout after drinking half a litre of vodka.

Oil prices dip to nine-month low

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:45
Global oil prices have fallen to their lowest level in nine months, despite fears that conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq would inflate prices.

Spain sees surge of migrants by sea

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:42
More than 1,200 migrants enter Spain illegally by sea over two days as the government denies reports that Morocco failed to mount patrols.

Iraq Update: France Will Arm Kurds; More Refugees Leave Mountain

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:41

France says it will deliver weapons to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours," moving quickly after the European Union voted to allow such operations.

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VIDEO: Invictus Games UK squad announced

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:36
The squad for the inaugural Invictus games is announced as Prince Harry, who helped set it up, meets members of the UK squad.

Robin Williams' daughter quits Twitter

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:33
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda says she is leaving Twitter following social media abuse after her father's death.

Man United bans tablet computers

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:33
Manchester United says fans will not be allowed to bring tablet computers or laptops into matches at Old Trafford, because of security concerns.

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:16
Six people, including two journalists, were killed in Gaza when an Israeli missile exploded as attempts were being made to dismantle it.

Day in pictures: 13 August 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:11
24 hours of news photos: 13 August

Smith to return to BBC's Countryfile

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:07
Former Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith is to return to the BBC rural affairs programme next month.

New site sought for Nato peace camp

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:04
A new site is sought for an anti-Nato "peace camp" in Newport after an outcry from local residents.

Unemployment continues to fall

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:00
Unemployment continues to fall in Wales and the UK, with both governments claiming credit for the figures.

What can and can't you put on headstones?

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:00
A priest allegedly asked a family to remove a headstone with an "inappropriate" inscription.

School staffing up nearly 400%, but not with teachers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 03:00

School staffing has shot up 377 percent over the past several decades, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. A huge chunk of that growth is the number of teacher aides — the Girl and Guy Fridays (sort of) of the classroom.

They're the ones that help a teacher corral 25 kids on a playground, or run to the copier when there's a room full of kids to supervise. It's no wonder teachers love them.

Graphic courtesy of the Fordham Institute.

"Parents are positive toward aides because they give their kids more attention," says Robert Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, who has done research on teacher aides.

Aides are especially appreciated by parents of kids with special needs. Over the years, federal laws have empowered parents to make sure their kids are getting the education they need. Having an aide is often part of that plan, says Matthew Richmond, who wrote the Fordham report.

"So as those expectations have risen over time," he says, "I think that what you've seen is just an increase in number of personnel in order to help provide those services." 

Plus, Richmond says, because they're not certified, they're cheaper than teachers, and they're easy to find.

Slavin says, while aides might help teachers, they haven't had an impact on student grades. 

School staffing in the U.S. – what "non-teachers" actually do

Graphic courtesy of the Fordham Institute.

The Fordham Institute's study uses several different categories to classify non-teaching staff positions:

Teacher Aides – Staff members assigned to assist a teacher with routine activities associated with instruction.

School Administration – School administrators (principals and assistant principals) and administrative staff.

Student Support Staff – Staff that "nurture" students but do not provide or directly support instruction (psychologists, speech pathologists, etc.).

Guidance Staff – Guidance counselors.

Library Staff – Librarians and library support staff.

Instructional Coordinators – Staff that supervise instructional programs (curriculum coordinators, home economics supervisors, etc.).

"Other" Staff – Staff not included in another category (custodians, food service staff, etc.).

CORRECTION: The report from Fordham University incorrectly stated that staffing increased 500 percent. The increase was to 6.2 million from 1.3 million, a 377 percent increase. 

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