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Minnesota’s suburban districts struggle to close discipline gap

In 2012-13, black students made up 10 percent of the Minnesota’s enrollment and 40 percent of suspensions and expulsions.


In one Gulf Coast program, every teen mom graduates

Gautier High School student Cecilia Cox talks with Early Beginnings program director Connie Jo Williams about the goals she set during her first semester. (Photo: Kayleigh Skinner)
By Kayleigh Skinner

GAUTIER, Miss. — It’s a Monday morning at Gautier High School, and three teenage girls are talking about their weekends. Instead of discussing Taylor Swift’s latest song or what they posted to Instagram, though, they are immersed in another topic: their children. That means potty-training and first words, first steps and other milestones. It also […]


Summer school seems to work better for math than for reading

By Jill Barshay

Back in 2007 a team of Johns Hopkins researchers found that low-income children tended to improve in reading just as much as their wealthier peers did during the school year. The problem, at least for a group of Baltimore children these researchers studied for 18 years, was summertime. During those three idle months, the poorer […]


Obama ratings would divide colleges into high and low performing

By Jon Marcus

The Obama administration is considering putting four-year undergraduate and graduate institutions and two-year institutions into such categories as high performing, low performing, and those in the middle based on measures including completion rates and job placement. As unsurprising as it was long awaited, the broad outline of the Obama ratings plan is now available for […]


A taste of victory, finally, for a struggling Newark school

The learning environment at Quitman Street Renew School has improved significantly in Erskine Glover’s time as principal. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)
By Sara Neufeld

NEWARK, N.J. — The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of the 2014-2015 academic year at Quitman Street Renew School. Students and teachers were crowded into the combined cafeteria-auditorium, and Glover’s boss, Assistant Superintendent Peter Turnamian, […]


Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

People protesting the Common Core education standards demonstrate near the hotel where the meeting of Tennessee's Education Summit is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday's event titled "Progress of the Past, Present and Future" will involve elected officials and representatives from 24 organizations focusing on K-12 and higher education. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
By Emmanuel Felton

Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education , the Republican sweep of state legislatures – the party is now […]


Preschool access, teacher quality focus of new education plan for Mississippi

Advocates of early childhood education are surprised by new legislation that could bring state-funded pre-k to Mississippi for the first time. (Photo by Jackie Mader)
By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON – Mississippi will focus on boosting access to high quality preschool programs and increasing quality of teachers and leaders by 2020, according to a five-year plan released Thursday by the State Board of Education. The plan, which was detailed by Chairman John Kelly at a press conference, also aims to make all students proficient […]


Who is the biggest victim of America’s prison boom?

Carmen Demourelle and her youngest son, Steven Alexander. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)
By Katy Reckdahl

NEW ORLEANS – Steven Alexander was in sixth grade when his mother, Carmen Demourelle, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for pickpocketing in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Though she was held in a women’s prison just an hour away, her four children could not telephone her and visited only about once a year. At […]


Where is the outrage about the pipeline to prison for gifted students?

Sabrina Truong
By Florina Rodov and Sabrina Truong

NEW YORK — Our table at La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights, New York, buzzed with excitement as we reunited with our former students, whom neither of us had seen in a year, since we transitioned to other jobs. While the other graduating seniors fretted about college loans, Lamont regaled us […]


College costs rise fastest for the poorest

By Hechinger Report

The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates. The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus is interviewed. You can find the podcast here.


Where have all the black and brown teachers gone?

Alexandria Neason taught English language arts at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii from 2011-2013 through Teach for America. She graduated from the same school in 2006.
By Alexandria Neason

As a fifth grade student in Clarksville, Tenn., a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I didn’t always know what I’d done wrong. But I knew the pink slips weren’t good and that three of them added up to detention. That’s […]

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