poverty

Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Nettie explains to her daughter the meaning of the high court's ruling in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

Any educational reform that ignores segregation is doomed to failure

A new report finds that such reforms only placate white people, don't bring equity

Mitch Askew, a history teacher at Flagstaff High School, marches with his two-year-old son.

Are teachers losing their grip on the middle class?

Red-state teachers are walking out, not just over low pay but the erosion of their profession as a valued, white-collar occupation

New housing is popping up near Vaux high school, one piece of a $500 million redevelopment project in blighted North Philadelphia.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

Philadelphia’s housing authority bought a high school. It hopes the institution can help reverse the fortunes of one of the city’s poorest areas.

Wes McEntee works on one of several manufacturing machines students use at Vermont Technical College.

Colleges are adding programs in a once-decimated industry — manufacturing

But few young people are seeking out the skills to fill these jobs

Segregation incarnated in brick and mortar

Where charter schools are built shows our commitment to integration

Dominic, 3 and Zaire, 2, play while their moms take part in a conversation about bullying at a Family Scholar House Café Night.

These formerly homeless single moms beat the odds and are now college grads

They're hoping to give their children a better chance, too

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Sarat Atobajeun started as an apprentice with Zurich Insurance last August. She said she appreciates the stability of the job and the diversity of the tasks she’s learning.

Are apprenticeships the new on-ramp to good jobs?

The earn-and-learn model could spread, but the Trump administration has done too little to facilitate its growth

Laquon Jackson receives help from his Introduction to the Health Care Professions instructor, Elizabeth Dalianis.

An Rx for poverty? A career in nursing

Most of the growing health-care occupations are low-wage, but nursing offers a robot-proof path to the middle class

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