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Tennessee’s Common Core backtrack strands teachers, students

On the first week of school, Heather Hobbs, a 26-year-old teacher in Kingsport, Tenn., asked her third-grade class to do something she knew that they wouldn’t be able to do.


Are American class periods too short for Common Core?

Under the Common Core State Standards, students will be asked to spend more time learning certain math concepts and will skip others. The idea is to give them a stronger foundation for algebra. (Photo: Sarah Garland)
By Emmanuel Felton

As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to […]


An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context

Tony L. Talbert
By Tony L. Talbert and Jason Trumble

Every student arrived with a smartphone. Ask a question, and instantly, thumbs began to effortlessly search for a digital answer. High school history had changed during my 21 year absence from teaching it. Now a professor of education at Baylor University, I returned to a local area public high school last fall on a research […]


Poorest states cut what experts say could help the most: higher ed

Students at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi participate in a mock funeral to protest the university's decision to eliminate several academic programs. (Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report)
By Jon Marcus

CLEVELAND, Mississippi—Conor Bell may give up on the Mississippi Delta. Bell is a junior at a public university in the heart of this poorest corner of the poorest state in America—the birthplace of the blues. But the program that drew him here is being shut down. Bell studies journalism, victim of newly announced cuts to […]


Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money

Students in Oglala Lakota’s automotive program work on a car in the first week of classes. Administrators say there aren’t enough jobs at area mechanics to go around after graduation. (Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz)
By Sarah Butrymowicz

FORT YATES, North Dakota — Breanne Lugar says the only reason she enrolled in college was so she could move away from the house she shared on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her parents, her boyfriend, and her five children. “I never wanted to come to school,” says Lugar, 26, who signed up at […]


Oregon Trail computer game lingers, amid a slew of new educational games

The Oregon Trail
By Nichole Dobo

A computer game invented by Minnesota history a teacher in the late 1970s might seem like a bore these days, with its lo-fi graphics and lack of interactivity. The Oregon Trail remains a common denominator for American students born in that generation. It has its own meme. BuzzFeed publishes cheeky lists dedicated to it — […]


Is this is what the next phase of the ‘parent trigger’ movement looks like?

Parent activist Winter Hall talks about her daughter’s low-performing school at the Nov. 15 Parent Power convention in Los Angeles. (Photo: Parent Revolution)
By Brenda Iasevoli

The news earlier this month from the Los Angeles superintendent’s office was deceptively simple: “I remain committed to the community and expanded parent choice as it relates to the education of our children.” Implicit in that statement is a decision, one of the first from the newly installed schools’ chief Ramon Cortines, that could have […]


NYC’s ramped-up after-school programs offer safety, supper and sports

The after-school program at East Fordham Academy in the Bronx is filled to capacity and has children on a waiting list. (Photo: Meredith Kolodner)
By Meredith Kolodner

NEW YORK CITY — Thousands of kids stream into Fort Greene Park each afternoon as local middle and high schools let out, but Daquan McKethan is no longer among them. On a recent Wednesday, the seventh-grader was two blocks away ensconced in a basketball scrimmage at his school, where he now stays until 6 p.m. […]


Can Detroit attract middle-class families to one of the worst school systems in the country?

A community volunteer checks out the playground at Bow Elementary school. Excellent Schools Detroit, a Detroit-based nonprofit, rates all schools and preschool programs in the city based on test scores and unscheduled volunteer visits. (Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz)
By Sarah Butrymowicz

DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed […]


School kids to New Orleans bureaucrats: Show us the money

By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS – School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6. It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over […]


As a police officer kills without consequence in Ferguson, let’s look at profiling, education’s silent serial killer for black kids

Protesters listen to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS — It took 14 weeks for the Grand Jury in Ferguson to decide no charges will be filed against the officer in Michael Brown’s shooting. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch noted that numerous eyewitnesses gave different accounts of what happened on August 9, 2014. But we don’t need a jury to tell […]

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