Liz Willen

Q&A with the College Board’s Sandy Baum: ‘Too many low- and moderate-income students are being left behind’

Sandy Baum Sandy Baum, an independent policy analyst for the College Board, discovered recently that colleges and universities awarded $5.3 billion in grants beyond the…

NYC’s strategy for shutting schools leaves some students lost in transition

Tilden High School An eerie silence pervades the cavernous hallways as Samuel J. Tilden High School prepares to graduate its final class. After 80 years, the…

For-profits gaining ground, but changes loom

Photo by Hvnly on Flickr SACRAMENTO – A year ago, Joseph Carrillo Jr. had to fight to get into overcrowded classes here at the public American River…

Survey: Recession, budget cuts derail Pre-K expansion

(Photograph courtesy of Pre-K Now) Early education programs are struggling to serve all the children who qualify for them, as the worst financial crisis since the Great…

Lafayette lessons: Attacks on Asian students mirror experience at Brooklyn school

Lafayette High School in Brooklyn is being “phased out” after many years of service. (Photo courtesy NY Daily News) BROOKLYN, N.Y – History teacher Patrick Compton is…

Can career and technical classes be rigorous too?

In a hallway of Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School in New York City, paper stars emblazoned with the names of successful students proclaim: “I’m going to college!”…