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Michael LaMont is the executive director of the Data and Information Group in Atlanta Public Schools. He has overseen the creation of new data dashboards that give teachers important information to help them tailor instruction to their students’ needs.

Study: Students work harder when they think they are being watched

Computerized instruction offers the promise of a technological version of a personal tutor, giving instant feedback and tailoring lessons for each child’s needs. Yet even advocates of educational technology recognize the motivating power of a human teacher to encourage a demoralized student or clear up a point of confusion.


The coronavirus is upending our education system, with schools and campuses closing, classes going remote and students missing out on milestones like graduation. We’ll bring you stories of how the virus is exposing educational divides, disrupting the way students learn, and forcing education institutions to adapt to a new reality.   

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How do you turn around a school amid a pandemic?

When it was time for Kelly Ragas to choose a middle school for her son three years ago, John Q. Adams was certainly the most convenient option: She worked as its school secretary and already had a child there. But she had doubts. The school was rated a C by the state, and while Ragas was comfortable with its increasing diversity, she knew other longtime residents felt differently.

Inequality is the biggest story in education. We investigate disparities and solutions that might close the gaps. We’re a nonprofit and provide this in-depth independent journalism to you for free…

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Race and Equity

There is perhaps no issue in American education more intractable or more painful than the persistent gaps in educational outcomes between black and brown students and their white peers. In our ongoing coverage of education, The Hechinger Report explores how white students are given advantages every step of the way, how racism is woven into the system — from the way schools are funded to the material students are taught — and what’s being done to make change.

VOICES: Students, teachers, principals and experts weigh in

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