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Caroline Preston

Caroline Preston is a senior editor. She previously worked as a features editor with Al Jazeera America's digital team and a senior reporter with The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Her freelance writing has appeared in The American Prospect's online edition, Fusion, Jezebel, The New York Times, The New Yorker Online, and other publications. She holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. As an elementary and middle-school student, her favorite subject was art, and maybe one day she'll again pick up a paintbrush.

Recent Stories

A rural charter school splits an Oklahoma town

A businessman makes an end run around community opponents to bring a charter school to a struggling small town. Now, he wants to expand to others like it.

Oliver Francis, of Philadelphia, was placed in foster care because he was truant. He graduated from George Junior Republic, a residential school in Grove City, Pennsylvania, this spring.

New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

Advocacy groups call for Pennsylvania state government to step up oversight of residential facilities

Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado. The school board liked him (and the idea of saving money) so much that it asked if he’d serve as principal too.

The big jobs of small-town principals

Rural school leaders have some of the most complex roles in education — and some of the highest attrition

Sasha Redlener, a fourth-grade teacher at Mott Haven Academy Charter School, helps her students with an assignment. Classes at the school mix “body breaks” and other playtime with reading and math instruction and lessons in social and emotional skills.

‘A child is not a revolving door’

A South Bronx school started by a child welfare agency has gradually found answers for educating youth in foster care

The Hankinses with their son David. A family court judge rejected the New York City Department of Education’s allegation that the couple had neglected their child by keeping him out of school and having “unrealistic expectations” for his education.

When schools use child protective services as a weapon against parents

Many school employees are legally obligated to report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect, but sometimes that authority is misused

Oliver Francis, of Philadelphia, was placed in foster care because he was truant. He graduated from George Junior Republic, a residential school in Grove City, Pennsylvania, this spring.

Institutions for foster kids aren’t doing enough to educate them

Missing credits and easy, worksheet-based education add to the learning challenges of children in foster care

Matthew Porter, a student at Craig High School, inspects a “collaborative” robot at Prent Corporation, in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Convincing students that learning blue-collar job skills will pay off

In Wisconsin, a school district faces a dilemma: Businesses are desperate for their students, but don’t always pay as well as they used to

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.

Where are all the women apprentices?

Female and African-American workers earn far less than other participants in these increasingly popular workforce training programs

Merger madness? When schools close — forever

Vermont’s push to consolidate school districts continues to provoke anger and debate

Automation will boost demand for science-and-tech skills as well as soft skills such as critical thinking, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Study: The U.S. isn’t doing enough to prepare students for the automation age

The country ranks ninth when it comes to upgrading curricula and teacher training for the labor market of the future

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