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We explain what’s working, what’s not and what matters in education. Our stories are deeply researched, carefully written and rigorously edited. Our mission isn’t only to expose problems. We want to find out what’s being done to fix them and whether those solutions are working and can be replicated.

federal student loan limits

Some experts have a new idea to help students afford college: more federal loans

Raising the limits could avoid indebting parents and forcing students to work while in school

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

Fledgling state-funded pre-K shows strong signs of success in one southeast town, but nearly two out of three state students are still not ready for kindergarten

Fighting for Mississippi’s struggling 5-year-olds, one student at a time

As access to state pre-K lags, almost one in 10 Mississippi kindergarteners are still held back

vocational high schools in nj

Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing

New Jersey’s county-run career and technical high schools are helping to revive vocational education — but critics say some cherry-pick the best and the brightest

After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

A new book details obstacles, from encountering closed cafeterias to cleaning clogged toilets

Colleges start looking for ways to house and feed their students who are homeless

Often demanded by fellow students, small fixes chip away at a surprisingly big problem

A sign inside an AVID elective classroom tries to motivate students.

This program is helping fast-diversifying suburban schools promote success for all students

Georgia’s Fulton County is among a number of suburban districts turning to national nonprofit AVID to shrink achievement gaps and get kids of color ready for college

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Students at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, work with machinery in the school’s mechatronics lab.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

Companies need more people with degrees but struggle to find them

Matthew Johnson speaks in his writing class.

Unusual new program seeks to cut urban crime by pushing gang members into college

Advocates say education can transform offenders — and the neighborhoods where they live

Career advising

Some colleges start using their long winter breaks to help students plan for jobs

Instead of staying shut down for weeks, a few bring back students early for career advice

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