Kyle Spencer

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A path out of trouble

How one state supports its teenagers while a neighboring state punishes them

Bullied by the badge?

Thousands of police officers are now stationed inside public schools. What does this mean for students?

Hailed as a ‘bold vision,’ an innovative school plan hits roadblocks

Controversy over a California community center that would unite a school district and a city shows how popular ideas can lose favor once they are executed

Students meet with the center’s creative director Shirl Buss and representatives from the National Organization of Minority Architects as part of the school’s revitalization efforts. Buss tells the students to “talk up” their ideas.

Can schools integrate when neighborhoods do?

Parents and educators at a San Francisco elementary school hope their changing community means better times ahead

Rocketship Education, California’s tech-heavy charter network, is growing, some say too fast

Supporters insist the schools are just what poor kids in Nashville, Milwaukee and D.C. need

Fourth graders at Washington Elementary in Berkeley discuss an article in The San Francisco Chronicle about baseball ethics.

How one California school district is dealing with students who don’t live there

How welcoming is too welcoming? Some Berkeley parents wonder if their school district is too nice to outsiders.

Can you steal an education?

Wealthy school districts are cracking down on “education thieves”

High School students at the American Indian Model Schools work in small classrooms at desks piled high with Advanced Placement textbooks.

Can a California charter chain ditch tough discipline and retain its high ranking?

Leaders of the American Indian Model Schools say they are moving past their controversial past

Bobby Jindal

Louisiana’s Common Core debacle

Can John White survive Louisiana’s education reform tumult?

Family service workers Yeny Gutierrez and Daniela Hernandez talk to local farm workers about the area’s Migrant Head Start centers. (Photo: Kyle Spencer)

In Central California, Head Start finds new ways to reach children of migrant workers

On a sun-drenched afternoon in late September, Gricelda Mitchell, a 36-year-old Migrant Head Start program director, drove a white minivan filled with staff members down a dusty farm road 20…