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Alan Richard

A national education writer who contributes occasionally to the Hechinger Report, Alan Richard serves on the board of the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust. He lives in Atlanta.

Recent Stories

OPINION: Many rural schools have been ‘minimally adequate’ for too long

Why other states should monitor South Carolina's school-funding debate

OPINION: Can we trace the roots of Charlottesville to school segregation?

School isolation by race begins with our earliest learners

Can a pre-K boom in D.C. help to end school segregation?

Despite high ratings for quality, the popular preschool program in nation’s capital is one of the nation’s most ‘racially isolated’

The rural school district Obama fought to save

In a small town the president promised to help, here’s what changed, and what didn’t

A poster in a classroom at The Soulsville Charter School in Memphis from a Grizzlies professional basketball game shows the grit students and faculty strive for.

What happens when the Stax Records-connected charter school has to adopt Common Core?

Students in Kalli Harrell’s sixth-grade science class discuss weather patterns at The Soulsville Charter School in Memphis. Photo: Alan Richard MEMPHIS—The Soulsville Charter School in South…

Members of the parents group work on materials.

Parents in poor communities do care about their children’s schooling. Here’s how to get them involved

Sadie Daniels, the co-coordinator of the parents’ group in Greenwood, Miss., looks on as parents and other local leaders discuss their school improvement projects. Photo: Alan Richard…

Students at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C., one of the first schools to desegregate after Brown. (Library of Congress)

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, how segregated are we?

Decades after working families put their lives and livelihood on the line in Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. to win a federal ban on racial segregation in…

Racial segregation continues to impact quality of education in Mississippi—and nationwide

Debate is raging this year in Mississippi about whether state legislators should agree to start public pre-k programs for the first time. They’re also arguing about school funding and charter…