Emily Hanford

Recent Stories

Teachers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, use a curriculum that mixes teacher-directed whole-class phonics lessons with small-group activities.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

Schools too often leave out a key piece of the reading puzzle because teachers aren't trained to teach phonics

Katy Sorto, photographed at her home in August 2018.

Nine years to earn a degree: Was it worth it?

For Katy Sorto, college seemed like the way to a different life. But she had no idea how hard it would be.

Mario Martinez, photographed in August 2018.

After an arrest for suspected gang activity, a young man bets on college

The odds that Mario Martinez, 19, would earn a degree and achieve the life he wanted were against him. Did he make the right choice?

How well does your state support children with dyslexia?

Scientists estimate that between 5 and 12 percent of American kids have dyslexia.

For millions of college dropouts, second chances prove difficult

John McGee stands on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College, Sunday November 20, 2011, where he started his education two and a half years ago. He is…