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Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland is the executive editor of The Hechinger Report. She started out in journalism reporting on murders and mayhem in New York City for New York Newsday and the New York Times, before joining the New York Sun, where she discovered a passion for the education beat. As a Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she wrote "Divided We Fail" (Beacon Press), a narrative of the landmark enactment and repeal of court-ordered school desegregation in her hometown of Louisville, KY. Garland is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul and has a joint master’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies from New York University. In 2009, Garland published her second book, "Gangs in Garden City," about Salvadoran street gangs in the Long Island suburbs. Her first book, "The Haunted Kitchen," was awarded the best entry by a third grader at Coleridge-Taylor Elementary. During the really cool and somewhat dangerous field trips hosted by her public elementary and middle schools, Garland learned to sail a tall ship, developed a phobia of underwater caves, and cooked pancakes "like a pioneer" over an open fire.

Recent Stories

Pam Jones of Learning in Motion preschool leads children in an exercise that incorporates movement with academics, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

Should college tuition be free or paid on a sliding scale? Just ask preschool advocates

Clinton’s and Sanders’ higher ed plans revive the universal vs. targeted preschool debate

From the archive: Will the Supreme Court strike down affirmative action in education once and for all?

In 2008, two young women with similar academic records applied to the University of Texas at Austin for spots in the freshman class. One of the women, Abigail Fisher, was…

A student tells teachers: Show students you care and high schools will improve

What mattered at a high school that went from a 26% grad rate to 66%

Children board a school bus in 1978 after the start of Seattle's voluntary school desegregation program, which was the first major city in the U.S. to desegregate the school voluntarily.

There’s one education reform proven to work on a national scale, so why aren’t we trying it?

Children board a school bus in 1978 after the start of Seattle’s voluntary school desegregation program, which was the first major city in the U.S. to desegregate voluntarily.…

Leeanna Rayes, 16, was looking for something “different” when she applied to the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy, which gives students hands-on training and then guarantees them a job upon graduation.

What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job?

A new vocational school in Waco makes an unheard-of promise to its graduates

Common Core standards are posted on a bulletin board in a second grade classroom at George Buck Elementary School in Indianapolis.

Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive?

NEW YORK – Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. His youngest, Claire, 4, draws…

The two sides of TFA: An internal memo shows the teacher group’s defensiveness over a story about how it changed in the face of criticism

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, The Hechinger Report published a story about a group of idealistic young Teach For America recruits who arrived in Seattle hoping to start jobs teaching in…

Why is a Reagan-era report driving today’s education reform?

Staten Island, N.Y. — On the last day of school in June, Principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating…

Fifth graders Aiyanah Tyler, Trinity Coker and Hakim Walker work with 13-inch Apple MacBooks from late 2009 running Mac OS 10.8.5 at James G Blaine K-8 school in Philadelphia Monday, June 2, 2014. (John Brecher / NBC News)

Can high-poverty urban districts like Philadelphia close the digital divide?

When it comes to speedy Internet access in schools, which technology advocates say will be critical to ensuring that American students stay competitive globally, Philadelphia is way ahead of many…

How can schools close the technology gap and how much will it cost?

Reaching the goal of putting every teacher and student on an Internet device, and making sure it can actually connect to the Internet, will require a major financial investment: Billions…