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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

By Sarah Garland

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 some of the city’s most struggling schools. Many of them remained unemployed, however, because Seattle didn’t really need more teachers. In fact, the district had […]

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For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way

By Gail Robinson

AUSTIN, Texas — Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks. Kindergarteners in a Spanish-language technology class learned to log on to […]

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What makes a good Common Core math question?

By Emmanuel Felton

Both the math and English Common Core standards have their share of critics but it’s math that gets special condemnation, as the new problem worksheets land on kitchen tables across the country. Parents are taking to the Internet to air their frustrations by posting puzzling problems from the new standards. And even writers of the […]

Barbara Kurshan. (Photo: submitted by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.)

Q and A with Barbara Kurshan: New program trains educators online so they can teach online

By Nichole Dobo

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education has developed a new, online course on blended learning. Expected to launch this spring, the course is intended for teachers spanning preschool, K-12 and higher education. It comes at a time when a number of state boards of education and school districts are testing new methods of […]

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Pipeline to Prison: Special education too often leads to jail for thousands of American children

By Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz

GRENADA, Miss.— Cody Beck was 12 years old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada Middle School. Cody had lost his temper in an argument with another student, and hit several teachers when they tried to intervene. He was taken to […]

Shirlinda Robinson, an English teacher at Oakley Youth Development Center, walks through new standards with her second period class. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Pipeline to Prison: How the juvenile justice system fails special education students

By Sarah Butrymowicz and Jackie Mader

Caledonia Miss. — Toney Jennings was illiterate when he was arrested at age 16. In the six months he spent at the Lowndes County Jail in Eastern Mississippi, he says he played basketball, watched TV and “basically just stayed to myself.” A special education student, Jennings qualified for extra help in school. Those services should […]

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Opportunity gap narrows in Mississippi

By Jackie Mader

The latest national survey that looks at the ability of young people to better their lives through economic opportunity and education comes with some good news for Mississippi: More students are graduating from high school and more people are going to college. But even with these positive measures of upward mobility, the state lags behind […]

Pittsfield Middle High School English teacher Jenny Wellington observes a student-led discussion. (Photo: Emily Richmond)

Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap

By Emily Richmond

In an 11th-grade English class at Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, Jenny Wellington’s students were gathered in a circle debating Henry David Thoreau’s positions on personal responsibility. “Do you think Thoreau really was about ‘every man for himself’?” asked one 16-year-old boy. “He lived alone in the woods and didn’t want to […]

Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

By Greg Toppo

Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride. Educators have long held new technology at arm’s length, and probably for good reason: For more than a century, they […]

Students study at Akili Academy, one of dozens of charter schools in New Orleans.  (Photo: Sarah Garland)

Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution

By Marta Jewson

As public school students settle into the school year, they can’t seem to shake off a bit of inaccurate national attention: The belief that New Orleans has the country’s first all-charter school system.

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