Politics

New Orleans finally has control of its own schools, but will all parents really have a say?

Can a locally elected school board bring true accountability to the city’s diffuse network of charter schools, or will the corruption and favoritism that plagued the city’s school board before Katrina return, giving an upper hand to savvy, well-connected parents and communities?

public preschool

How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool

Seattle, Cincinnati and San Antonio are just three of a growing number of cities to develop high-quality public preschool programs paid for by new local taxes.

tuition free college

Sometimes politicians’ lofty promises of free college are too good to be true

Students are increasingly bumping up against the fine print in free-tuition programs

reparations

Voting for reparations, one institution at a time

Georgetown University’s students provide a blueprint for atoning for slavery

Getting rid of the ‘gotcha’: College students try to tame political dialogue

Rebelling against political discourse that polarizes people, new campus groups seek common ground and informed discussion of hot-button topics

federal work study program

Do federal work-study jobs prepare students for careers – and should they?

The Trump Administration proposes cutting work-study funding almost by half

Regulations for child care hard to roll back, as Trump proposed, because there aren’t many

According to reporting by The Hechinger Report, the lack of tight regulations is contributing to an epidemic of poor quality care offered to young children in the U.S.

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Most Mississippians can’t pass U.S. citizenship exam. Is American history education the problem?

Nearly 70 percent of Mississippians failed test of basic knowledge of American history

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist visits a first-grade class at Penn Elementary School.

Switching sides in the teacher wars

In Rhode Island, Deborah Gist was an education reformer pushing school accountability. Then she came to Oklahoma, where the biggest challenge is getting schools the basics.

High schoolers in a social studies class at Patchogue-Medford work on a lesson about the history of nationalism.

After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

Patchogue, Long Island, site of a brutal anti-immigrant murder in 2008, has revamped its school programs to better assist young people fleeing violence in Central America

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