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Obama ratings would divide colleges into high and low performing

By Jon Marcus

The Obama administration is considering putting four-year undergraduate and graduate institutions and two-year institutions into such categories as high performing, low performing, and those in the middle based on measures including completion rates and job placement. As unsurprising as it was long awaited, the broad outline of the Obama ratings plan is now available for […]

The learning environment at Quitman Street Renew School has improved significantly in Erskine Glover’s time as principal. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

A taste of victory, finally, for a struggling Newark school

By Sara Neufeld

NEWARK, N.J. — The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of the 2014-2015 academic year at Quitman Street Renew School. Students and teachers were crowded into the combined cafeteria-auditorium, and Glover’s boss, Assistant Superintendent Peter Turnamian, […]

People protesting the Common Core education standards demonstrate near the hotel where the meeting of Tennessee's Education Summit is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday's event titled "Progress of the Past, Present and Future" will involve elected officials and representatives from 24 organizations focusing on K-12 and higher education. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

By Emmanuel Felton

Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education , the Republican sweep of state legislatures – the party is now […]

Advocates of early childhood education are surprised by new legislation that could bring state-funded pre-k to Mississippi for the first time. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Preschool access, teacher quality focus of new education plan for Mississippi

By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON – Mississippi will focus on boosting access to high quality preschool programs and increasing quality of teachers and leaders by 2020, according to a five-year plan released Thursday by the State Board of Education. The plan, which was detailed by Chairman John Kelly at a press conference, also aims to make all students proficient […]

Carmen Demourelle and her youngest son, Steven Alexander. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Who is the biggest victim of America’s prison boom?

By Katy Reckdahl

NEW ORLEANS – Steven Alexander was in sixth grade when his mother, Carmen Demourelle, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for pickpocketing in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Though she was held in a women’s prison just an hour away, her four children could not telephone her and visited only about once a year. At […]

College costs rise fastest for the poorest

By Hechinger Report

The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates. The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus is interviewed. You can find the podcast here.

Alexandria Neason taught English language arts at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii from 2011-2013 through Teach for America. She graduated from the same school in 2006.

Where have all the black and brown teachers gone?

By Alexandria Neason

As a fifth grade student in Clarksville, Tenn., a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I didn’t always know what I’d done wrong. But I knew the pink slips weren’t good and that three of them added up to detention. That’s […]

Jennifer Calvert, director of the ABC Pre-School & Nursery Inc. in Aberdeen, Miss., helps a student build a pattern during a morning activity earlier this year. Educators say early education is critical to fix Mississippi’s education deficiencies. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Why did Mississippi lose out on preschool funding — again?

By Jackie Mader

Mississippi’s flawed application and underdeveloped plans to provide preschool for all children is partly to blame for why the state’s youngest learners were bypassed once again for federal funds that could have provided a boost to early education, a review found. Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a preschool grant that would have tripled […]

Enterprise Attendance Center Principal Shannon Eubanks says the suggestion to drop Mississippi’s standards is “political pandering.”. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Eubanks)

Mississippi principal predicts ‘chaos’ if state drops Common Core

By Kayleigh Skinner

Earlier this month, Mississippi’s Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves spoke out for the first time against the Common Core state standards, which Mississippi adopted in 2010 along with 44 other states and Washington, D.C. Reeves said that the state should create its own “task force” to create new, better standards. Gov. Phil Bryant responded with a […]

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Getting kids online at home is key to closing the digital divide — and harder than you might think

By Rachel Monahan

KENT, WA — As students stream off the schools buses here, the typical end-of-day scene unfolds with a twist. Thrown over the kids’ shoulders are sleek black laptop bags with the name of their district emblazoned on them. As part of an effort to bridge the so-called digital divide – the gap between rich and […]

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