Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are

By Timothy Pratt

There aren’t any Greek columns or sprawling green lawns at Northeastern University’s satellite campus in Charlotte, N.C., which consists of the 11th story of an office building in the middle of the uptown district. The location is no accident. Charlotte is among the nation’s top 10 fastest growing cities with populations greater than one million, […]

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State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you

By Jon Marcus

With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study. The state is 38 percent Hispanic, compared to the national average of 17 percent. But […]

Kameisha Smith, now a college student, was paddled three times between the ages of 10 and 14 in Holmes County public schools. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Why are black students being paddled more in the public schools?

By Sarah Carr

LEXINGTON, MISS. — Students in this central Mississippi town quickly learn that even minor transgressions can bring down the weight of the paddle. Seventh grader Steven Burns recounts getting smacked with it for wearing the wrong color shirt; Jacoby Blue, 12, for failing to finish her homework on time; and Curtis Hill, 16, for defiantly […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo: Jeffrey Keeler)

Students from rural areas less likely to go to four-year colleges, top universities

By Jackie Mader

Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.

St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus. (Photo: St. Petersburg College)

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees

By Jon Marcus

CLEARWATER, Fla. – In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins. It’s an unusually small group for a bachelor’s degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in […]

A student at Townsend Elementary in the Appoquinimink school district in Delaware taking a computer-based test. (Photo by Sarah Garland)

Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too

By Sarah Garland

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take […]

Children in the Richton School District, about 20 miles east of Hattiesburg, play on outdated playground equipment. Across Mississippi, educators say that years of underfunding have left them with inadequate facilities and few supplies. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Can voters force Mississippi to cough up cash and fund schools?

By Jackie Mader and Liz Willen

JACKSON, Miss. – Year after year, school officials in this poor and largely rural state say they scramble to stock classrooms with basic supplies like textbooks and pencils. They seek donations from outside groups and wonder if they’ll ever have enough money to hire coaches and classroom assistants. Now, a newly formed group is taking a fresh […]

Jennifer Schnidman Medbery of Kickboard. (Photo: Melissa Bailey)

When are tech tools worth the investment for schools?

By Melissa Bailey

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An ed-tech discussion at a national conference stalled for 10 minutes while organizers struggled with a high-tech method of figuring out who was in the room. The exercise highlighted new software that has spread to classrooms around the world — and proved a perfect case in point for the discussion, “The […]

Belle Chasse Primary School 4th graders Zachary Davis, left, Bella Gross, Julianna Shipp, Nickolas Farrington, Cody Gaubert, Dante Compton, Emily Hotard, and Matthew LaRoche listen to Mary Beth Newchurch as they look over a reading passage from their writer's binders to determine if the passage was written in First, Second, or Third Person point of view in Belle Chasse, La. Thursday, April 3, 2014. (Photo: MATTHEW HINTON/Advocate)

Common Core has students writing — on just about every subject

By Sarah Carr

In the early elementary school grades, Zachary Davis and his classmates at Belle Chasse Primary School in suburban New Orleans wrote almost entirely from personal experience: describing their ideal vacation, trying to convince readers that a longer school year would be a good (or bad) idea, penning a letter about their adventures during summer break.

Spencer's Kiddieland in Indianola, Miss., where nearly 50 percent of children under five live in poverty. (Photo: Kim Palmer)

Private pre-k programs trying to fill gap in Mississippi

By Mary Margaret Halford

In a state where poverty affects tens of thousands of children and education falls to the bottom of national rankings, community leaders know they have to do what they can to improve opportunities for kids across Mississippi.

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