Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers

By Melissa Bailey

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– Talizha Jones returned from summer vacation after fourth grade to an unwelcome surprise at school: Students would have to stay in class until 4:15 p.m. four days a week. “I was very upset,” the now-14-year-old recalled. “I was asking my grandma if I could switch schools.” At the time, Talizha was […]

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core

By Jon Marcus

America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation, which finds that “there is little […]

Darlene Paul, principal of West Defuniak Elementary, speaks to a student during a visit to a third-grade classroom. Paul says she has been impressed with the academic success of young students who have been taught only using the new Florida Standards. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Florida counts down to new Common Core standards, exams

By John O'Connor and Jackie Mader

For the past year The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. […]

Katie Bonfiglio, a 9th grade English Teacher at Arlington High School is part of a nationwide push underway to dramatically improve teacher training and evaluation through recording classes, then reviewing critiquing the footage. Arlington uses video routinely in teacher training and evaluation. Here she teaches her (Michelle Pemberton/The Star)

Half of teachers leave the job after five years. Here’s what to do about it

By Alexandria Neason

Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit. A new report, published by the Alliance in collaboration with the New Teacher Center (NTC), a non-profit that helps schools and policymakers develop training for […]

Marshall High School freshman Akeem Lofton graduated from a nearby grammar school and says he enrolled at Marshall for the school’s budding chess team, which made it to state this year. Akeem says he also applied to Westinghouse, a nearby selective enrollment school, but he wasn’t offered a seat. (Photo: Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement

By Linda Lutton

This spring, at grammar schools all across Chicago, thousands of eighth graders donned caps and gowns and walked across auditorium stages to receive their elementary school diplomas. This fall, the graduates from each of those schools will scatter—to more than 130 different Chicago public high schools, and counting. But who goes where? Over the past […]

Adele Williams on the hills above Alice Lloyd College, where she and her classmates pay no tuition.

Free college idea picks up momentum

By Jon Marcus

Adele Williams hears from a lot of her friends from high school about their struggles to afford the cost of college. “I have a best friend who goes to a public university, and she’s in quite a lot of debt,” said Williams. Higher and higher tuition, she said, “is just a scary thought for people […]

Kiara McPherson and Jeremiah Hilliard, two students at Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project. Students say they prefer the iPads to the desktop computers that they used to use in class.

In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven

By Jackie Mader

CLINTON, Miss.—When Kelsi Collins was first given a laptop last year at Clinton High School, she hesitated to change from years of reading textbooks and writing assignments by hand to researching topics and typing papers online. It didn’t help that, after she’d ignored teachers’ warnings to back up her work, her computer crashed and she […]

Sen. David Blount (D - Jackson) discusses education funding.

Senator calls for Mississippians to sign petition for fully-funded education

By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON, Miss. — Members of the Jackson community gathered on July 9 to push forward discussions about fully funding public education in Mississippi. State Senator David Blount (D–Jackson), who led the discussion at the Arts Center of Mississippi, called funding public schools a “constitutional obligation.” The event, organized by Jackson 2000, a nonprofit, focused on […]

Some New Orleans charters take extra steps to reach students with mental health needs

By Jessica Williams

NEW ORLEANS — Around the country, about one in five children suffer from a mental health disorder. In New Orleans, experts say that figure is higher, given the trauma induced by Hurricane Katrina and the city’s violence. Having a mental illness makes it that much harder to concentrate in class.

Ravi Gupta is the founder of Reimagine Prep, the first charter school approved in Mississippi. The school plans to open for the 2015-2016 school year in Jackson, Miss. (Photo courtesy Ravi Gupta)

Q & A with charter school founder Ravi Gupta: ‘We are the opposite of what people fear’

By Kayleigh Skinner

Four years ago, Ravi Gupta started the Nashville Prep School with a mission. He wanted to improve education opportunities for parents and children in Tennessee, so he created a charter school as a part of RePublic Schools, a movement to reimagine public schools in the South. Today, Nashville Prep is one of the highest performing […]

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