Kyle Spencer

Recent Stories

Fourth graders at Washington Elementary in Berkeley discuss an article in The San Francisco Chronicle about baseball ethics.

How one California school district is dealing with students who don’t live there

How welcoming is too welcoming? Some Berkeley parents wonder if their school district is too nice to outsiders.

Can you steal an education?

Wealthy school districts are cracking down on “education thieves”

High School students at the American Indian Model Schools work in small classrooms at desks piled high with Advanced Placement textbooks.

Can a California charter chain ditch tough discipline and retain its high ranking?

Leaders of the American Indian Model Schools say they are moving past their controversial past

Bobby Jindal

Louisiana’s Common Core debacle

Can John White survive Louisiana’s education reform tumult?

Family service workers Yeny Gutierrez and Daniela Hernandez talk to local farm workers about the area’s Migrant Head Start centers. (Photo: Kyle Spencer)

In Central California, Head Start finds new ways to reach children of migrant workers

On a sun-drenched afternoon in late September, Gricelda Mitchell, a 36-year-old Migrant Head Start program director, drove a white minivan filled with staff members down a dusty farm road 20…

Should wealthy towns be able to secede from higher-poverty, higher-minority school districts?

MALIBU, Calif. — For years, Craig Foster, a retired Wall Street executive turned public school activist, has been zipping up and down the Pacific Coast Highway seeking support for a…