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The Martin Luther King Bridge, top, and Eads Bridge, bottom, connect East St. Louis with downtown St. Louis. Little of the economic boom that has transformed St. Louis has made it across the river.

Will turning schools into hubs for services help revive dying cities?

In East St. Louis, the school district is helping parents get back on their feet

Hakeem Bey’s laminated list of Oakland schools’ achievement data, which he uses while canvassing for Oakland REACH.

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

It’s tough to help a child succeed when school “report cards” are full of confusing jargon

Jennifer Townsend reads to two of her children before a parenting class in the Leland Medical Clinic’s parent center.

Her daughter was suicidal, but this mother was told the soonest she could get help was in six months

Rural children often go without critical mental health treatment

The route school buses can take toward racial equity

A Washington, D.C. public transportation program can be a national model

Inside New York City’s segregated high school system

How policies and procedures prevent integration in one of the nation’s most diverse cities

Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Nettie explains to her daughter the meaning of the high court's ruling in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

Any educational reform that ignores segregation is doomed to failure

A new report finds that such reforms only placate white people, don't bring equity

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Mitch Askew, a history teacher at Flagstaff High School, marches with his two-year-old son.

Are teachers losing their grip on the middle class?

Red-state teachers are walking out, not just over low pay but the erosion of their profession as a valued, white-collar occupation

New housing is popping up near Vaux high school, one piece of a $500 million redevelopment project in blighted North Philadelphia.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

Philadelphia’s housing authority bought a high school. It hopes the institution can help reverse the fortunes of one of the city’s poorest areas.

Wes McEntee works on one of several manufacturing machines students use at Vermont Technical College.

Colleges are adding programs in a once-decimated industry — manufacturing

But few young people are seeking out the skills to fill these jobs

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