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Emmanuel Felton

Emmanuel Felton is a staff writer. Prior to joining The Hechinger Report, he covered education, juvenile justice and child services for the New York World. He received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He grew up in the music rich city of New Orleans, but learned the hard way that he had no musical talent during one very long week in middle school. Luckily, he found journalism.

Recent Stories

I got to choose private schools, but will vouchers really help other kids make it?

One of the first cities to embrace private school vouchers thinks not

What happened when a city full of teachers, most of them black, was fired

Research shows that half of the 4,300 New Orleans teachers fired after Hurricane Katrina never taught in Louisiana again

What can Betsy DeVos really do?

Experts on left and right assess possibilities for expanding school choice and limiting the work of the Office for Civil Rights

In a city still struggling with segregation, a popular charter school fights to remain diverse

Bricolage Academy hopes new admissions system that sets aside seats for poor kids will keep classrooms integrated

Educators worry schools are botching student discipline reform

This story appears courtesy of Education Week. Teachers in Fresno, California, and Des Moines, Iowa, have come out against their districts’ efforts to reform how students are disciplined. Teachers…

Should an urban school serving black and Hispanic students look like schools for affluent white kids?

An Oakland charter school founder pushes against the no-excuses stereotype

The reason so many black teachers leave the job early

New report probes why African-American teachers become frustrated with a profession that desperately needs them

New Orleans’ uphill battle for more black and homegrown teachers

Kristi Walton works with a student. Photo: Courtesy of Firstline This story is part of a series looking at a shortage of black and Hispanic teachers and…

Do black students really need college to get high paying jobs?

An educator bets a school focused on tech careers, not college, will launch students of color to the middle class

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