Funding

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

Private investigator Tina Blanchette rides around on a surveillance mission.

Private eyes track down kids illegally enrolled in suburban schools

Every year, hundreds of kids are kicked out of suburban Philadelphia school districts for residency fraud.

Finding a good preschool isn’t easy: Try it.

Here’s what it’s like to be a parent trying to enroll your child in high-quality, affordable preschool

Segregation incarnated in brick and mortar

Where charter schools are built shows our commitment to integration

Principal Shimelle Mayers gave high marks to the two retired teachers who are among her staff this school year at Brinkley Middle School in Jackson.

Former educators answer call to return to school

Desperate for teachers, districts beg retirees to come back

Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The state’s public universities now rely more on tuition than appropriations for funding.

Report: Universities relying more on tuition than state and local money

More than half of all states now rely more on tuition for revenue

A prisoner's hands inside a punishment cell wing at Angola prison in Louisiana.

A case for educational reparations for the incarcerated

The upper middle class had its turn; now they must pay the privilege forward

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The new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Student Landan Moore says Xavier is his dream school.

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

Not TOPS anymore? Louisiana may cut scholarship program that used to be a national model

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections.

Federal penny pinchers keeping rural schools from the internet

Federal E-rate money could bring these high-speed connections to rural schools, but funding is elusive

Morgane Le Bris, principal of École Mur de Bretagne juggles a class of 27 students and two different grade levels. She wishes she had more money to hire teachers to reduce class size.

This country spends billions on private schools — and has a terrible learning gap between poor and wealthy

In practice, most low-income students can only pick between their local public schools, which many say are under-resourced, and cheaper private schools, which face their own budget challenges.

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