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Executive Editor

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland is the executive editor of The Hechinger Report. She started out in journalism reporting on murders and mayhem in New York City for New York Newsday and the New York Times, before joining the New York Sun, where she discovered a passion for the education beat. As a Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she wrote "Divided We Fail" (Beacon Press), a narrative of the landmark enactment and repeal of court-ordered school desegregation in her hometown of Louisville, KY. Garland is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul and has a joint master’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies from New York University. In 2009, Garland published her second book, "Gangs in Garden City," about Salvadoran street gangs in the Long Island suburbs. Her first book, "The Haunted Kitchen," was awarded the best entry by a third grader at Coleridge-Taylor Elementary. During the really cool and somewhat dangerous field trips hosted by her public elementary and middle schools, Garland learned to sail a tall ship, developed a phobia of underwater caves, and cooked pancakes "like a pioneer" over an open fire.

Recent Stories

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Pam Jones of Learning in Motion preschool leads children in an exercise that incorporates movement with academics, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

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Will the Supreme Court strike down affirmative action?

How affirmative action works at University of Texas at Austin

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Children board a school bus in 1978 after the start of Seattle's voluntary school desegregation program, which was the first major city in the U.S. to desegregate the school voluntarily.

There’s one education reform proven to work on a national scale, so why aren’t we trying it?

Children board a school bus in 1978 after the start of Seattle’s voluntary school desegregation program, which was the first major city in the U.S. to desegregate voluntarily.…

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What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job?

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