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The after-school program at East Fordham Academy in the Bronx is filled to capacity and has children on a waiting list. (Photo: Meredith Kolodner)

NYC’s ramped-up after-school programs offer safety, supper and sports

By Meredith Kolodner

NEW YORK CITY — Thousands of kids stream into Fort Greene Park each afternoon as local middle and high schools let out, but Daquan McKethan is no longer among them. On a recent Wednesday, the seventh-grader was two blocks away ensconced in a basketball scrimmage at his school, where he now stays until 6 p.m. […]

A community volunteer checks out the playground at Bow Elementary school. Excellent Schools Detroit, a Detroit-based nonprofit, rates all schools and preschool programs in the city based on test scores and unscheduled volunteer visits. (Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz)

Can Detroit attract middle-class families to one of the worst school systems in the country?

By Sarah Butrymowicz

DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed […]

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Unaccompanied minors bring hope, past trauma to American schools

By Lillian Mongeau

Brandon, 18 and a recent immigrant from Guatemala, jumped eagerly into a recent conversation exercise in his English language class. He was supposed to ask a classmate, “What color are your eyes?” With liquid brown eyes of his own, and carefully cultivated biceps, the Oakland International High School student had no intention of wasting this […]

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In rural Mississippi, optimism for Common Core

By Jackie Mader

LAMBERT, Miss. — It’s early morning in Tyler Corbin’s third-grade math class at Quitman County Elementary, and Corbin is about to teach his students how to divide. He draws 24 stars on his electronic whiteboard, and then draws three circles below them. With the class counting along, he drags stars one at a time into the circles to create three equal groups.

University of North Dakota. (Photo: University of North Dakota)

Why two states have poured money into public higher education

By Jon Marcus

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — Construction cranes sprout like stalks of wheat from the windswept, tabletop-flat campus of the University of North Dakota. More than a quarter of a billion dollars’ worth of new facilities are going up here or have been opened in the last few years. Another $80 million is being spent at […]

Lori Smith (left) and Heather Hobbs (right), two teacher leaders in the Kingsport City Schools district, participate in a Common Core training session in Kingsport, Tenn.

Tennessee’s Common Core backtrack strands teachers, students

By Lauren Camera

Kingsport, Tenn. – On a hot August day during the first week of school, Heather Hobbs, a 26-year-old teacher at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., asked her third-grade class to do something she knew that they wouldn’t be able to do. She handed out two passages, one about Eliza Scidmore, a writer and […]

Sixth grade students Miracle Roberson, left, Darion James, and Brianetay Martin, right, read during literature intervention class at ReNEW SciTech Academy, a charter school in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New Orleans charter schools not in any rush to rejoin local district

By Marta Jewson

It’s that odd time of year again in New Orleans when academically improving charter schools must decide if they want to stay with a special state system or rejoin the traditional Orleans Parish School Board. When the state-created Recovery School District took control of more than 100 schools in 2005, the public presumption was that […]

D’Andre’s grandmother, Jean, reviewing a school map as he pointed out his new classrooms for seventh grade, is a constant presence at Quitman events. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

At Newark school striving for turnaround, a 12-year-old’s fragile success

By Sara Neufeld

NEWARK, N.J. –– On his 12th birthday, the first Friday in June, D’Andre took the day off from school. It was out of character for the boy, an honor roll student at Quitman Street Renew School who was the sixth grade’s student council ambassador. D’Andre was elected duke of Quitman’s winter dance last January for […]

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Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide

By Jordan Shapiro

The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated […]

Sunset Park Elementary School third grader Anaya Hardy, 9, uses an iPad during digital morning math at Sunset Park Elementary School in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Mike Spencer)

Billions more in spending for school Internet connections under FCC proposal

By Nichole Dobo

After months of pleas from the nation’s school leaders, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission agreed Monday that billions more dollars each year are needed to improve school and library Internet connections. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising the cap on such spending by about $1.5 billion a year to support work to link nearly […]

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