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Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr is a contributing editor who also oversees the Teacher Project at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on battles over school vouchers, efforts to educate China’s massive population of migrant children, and the explosion of charter schools in New Orleans. Sarah is the author of Hope Against Hope, a nonfiction account of New Orleans schools post Hurricane-Katrina, which she reported as a Spencer Education Journalism fellow. Sarah has contributed to the Atlantic magazine, Slate, New Orleans public radio and numerous other media outlets, winning several national awards. She is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Sarah attended the Nauset Regional School District in Massachusetts, and got her start in journalism interning at the Cape Cod Times newspaper. A local high school kicked her out for trying to cover a student protest rally her first day as an intern, and Sarah is grateful to the many schools since then that have let her stay.

Recent Stories

As study abroad becomes more crucial, few low-income students go

TOKYO — When Ricardo Parras flew across the Pacific to study in Japan, the turbulence he encountered was of the emotional variety. Having grown up in predominantly Hispanic Los Banos,…

Kameisha Smith, now a college student, was paddled three times between the ages of 10 and 14 in Holmes County public schools. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Why are black students being paddled more in the public schools?

LEXINGTON, MISS. — Students in this central Mississippi town quickly learn that even minor transgressions can bring down the weight of the paddle. Seventh grader Steven Burns recounts getting smacked…

Belle Chasse Primary School 4th graders Zachary Davis, left, Bella Gross, Julianna Shipp, Nickolas Farrington, Cody Gaubert, Dante Compton, Emily Hotard, and Matthew LaRoche listen to Mary Beth Newchurch as they look over a reading passage from their writer's binders to determine if the passage was written in First, Second, or Third Person point of view in Belle Chasse, La. Thursday, April 3, 2014. (Photo: MATTHEW HINTON/Advocate)

Common Core has students writing — on just about every subject

This is the third in a series looking at how the Common Core standards are shaping teaching and learning at one Louisiana elementary school. You can read the first two…

Out of the mouths of babes and trumpeters: Documentary triumphs in its child-centered perspective

NEW ORLEANS – Many of my favorite moments in ‘The Whole Gritty City,’ a new documentary about the power of school marching bands in New Orleans, feature everyday glimpses of…

How to boost college graduation rates for black and Latino males

While black and Latino men attending community college have some of the highest educational aspirations of any racial or gender group, they are also the least likely to achieve those…

Will Louisiana’s students be ready for online testing?

NEW ORLEANS — Starting next school year, thousands of Louisiana schoolchildren will begin taking standardized tests online as the state moves to a new test aligned with the Common…

After countless setbacks, New Orleans teens make final effort to earn their high school diplomas

Just a few months ago, Kendrell New felt stuck. The 20-year-old had bounced between several different New Orleans high schools since Hurricane Katrina, before finding one she liked. But a…

How to stop the revolving door of teachers, principals at charter schools

Nationally, many charter school networks have higher rates of teacher and administrator turnover than their traditional school counterparts. In New Orleans, where nearly 90 percent of the public…

Black colleges face uphill battle to survive

NEW ORLEANS — Jasmine Stewart applied to only one college — the historically black Southern University at New Orleans. It was near home, willing to take her despite her mixed…

Parents return to school to help children with Common Core-inspired homework

Editor’s note: This is the second in an occasional series looking at how Belle Chasse Primary School, in suburban New Orleans, is adjusting to the Common Core standards that are…