Charters

teaching in New Orleans

For better student outcomes, hire more black teachers

Supporting teachers and communities will boost children’s academic achievement

Sci Academy

Nearly all the seniors at this charter school went to college. Only 6 out of 52 finished on time

In 2012, almost all of Sci Academy’s seniors were accepted at college; seven years later, 65 percent had dropped out

A charter with a D grade is allowed to stay open, but for how long?

Obstacles for one of Mississippi’s first charter schools include teacher and leadership turnover

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South

In rural parts of the South, school choice has long been linked to private segregation academies opened for white families fleeing desegregation and busing. Mississippi’s first rural charter school challenges that legacy, but threatens the struggling traditional public schools most black children still attend

African American teachers

Two percent of teachers are black men. A city is trying to recruit more.

Part 2 of 2: In New Orleans, a reluctant teacher finds his voice and, possibly, his purpose

New Orleans loses teachers at double the rate of other cities like it

PART 1 of 2: A new report finds the attrition rate for New Orleans teachers to be twice that of other cities, a number that’s been increasing sharply in the last decade. New training programs aim to stem the flood.

A school where character matters as much as academics

A Washington, D.C., charter school prioritizes students’ emotional development — and finds ways to grade them on it

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States increasingly extend charter-like flexibility to district schools

24 states now give districts or individual schools freedom from state regulations to innovate

Charter schools aren’t a radical solution and neither is blaming them

Slamming charters won’t address systemic inequality or put families to work

A graduating student wears a money lei, a necklace made of US dollar bills, at the Pasadena City College graduation ceremony, June 14, in Pasadena, California. With 45 million borrowers owing $1.5 trillion, the student debt crisis in the United States has exploded in recent years and has become a key electoral issue in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

To boost black students, we should give free college to students who don’t need it

Bernie Sanders has the right idea: Debt forgiveness and free college for everyone is the only politically feasible way to get relief to the students who desperately need it

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