At IU Northwest in 2017, Latinx students like Perez had a six-year graduation rate of just 28 percent, while the graduation rate for white students was 35 percent. Those numbers reflect a nationwide gap: Latinx are half as likely as non-Hispanic whites to hold a bachelor’s degree, and the gulf has widened since the early 2000s.
In interviews, more than a dozen black and Hispanic students who graduated from New York City’s specialized high schools from 1975 to 1995 described the schools as oases for smart children from troubled neighborhoods.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is betting big on transparency as a solution for high student debt burdens.
School districts across the country struggle to hire staff that reflect changing student demographics. But could the answer to that ongoing problem lie in developing a strategy to hire more principals of color?
A working paper by Jason Grissom, an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, and Brendan Bartanen, a doctoral student at the university, strongly suggests yes.
In an investigation for the Connecticut Mirror and ProPublica, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas examines how some of the state’s richest towns fight to maintain housing segregation, and the implications for schools.
A Texas school district’s sex education curriculum could be in jeopardy as the state looks to limit business with Planned Parenthood, reports Melissa Taboada for the Austin American-Statesman.
Twenty-six percent, or about 600 students, at Oroville Union High School District were chronically absent during the 2017-18 school year, according to an EdSource analysis of California Department of Education data.
Statewide, more than 700,000 students, or about 11 percent, were chronically absent. About 10 percent of the 1,000 districts statewide had rates near the level of Oroville Union High’s or significantly higher. Most of those districts were in rural areas, the analysis found:
Underpaid, Undertrained, Unlicensed: In Palm Beach County’s Largest Charter School Chain, 1 In 5 Teachers Weren’t Certified To Teach
Renaissance Charter Schools grew into Palm Beach County’s largest charter school chain with seven years of promises about cutting-edge classrooms and innovative teaching.
But as the schools market themselves to parents with personalized lessons and extended school days, their classrooms are staffed with an extraordinary number of temporary and uncertified teachers, a Palm Beach Post investigation found.
For years, students have filed sexual assault complaints under pseudonyms, which allow them to seek justice without shame or fear of being targeted. Universities have generally accepted the practice.
But in two recent lawsuits — a case against Florida A&M University and a suit by nine women against Dartmouth College — the schools have demanded that students publicly reveal their identities, going against longstanding legal practice intended to protect plaintiffs in sensitive disputes.
For Houston Public Media, Laura Isensee tells the story of one teenager’s slow struggle to rebuild her life after a school shooter nearly took it from her.
The nation’s student loan forgiveness program for public servants is a disaster, writes Kimberly Hefling for Politico.
In a growing number of cities, taxpayers are choosing to foot the bill for high-quality public pre-K, writes Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report.
Thousands of Jefferson County students went to classes this year without their schools ever knowing if they were vaccinated against measles or other highly contagious diseases.
A Courier Journal analysis of vaccination reports found that more than 4,300 students attending Jefferson County Public Schools had no record as of March that they received their shots for measles, mumps and rubella.
That’s despite a state law requiring students to hand in those records within two weeks of enrollment.
A teacher’s aide recently caught on secret recordings berating autistic children at a Pembroke Pines elementary school has gotten in trouble before for her treatment of a student.
Five years ago, Joyce Latricia Bradley, was accused of striking and bruising a 10-year-old autistic boy with a marker after he misbehaved in class. Months after her arrest for misdemeanor battery in September 2014, Broward prosecutors dropped the case, acknowledging something many South Florida parents don’t realize.
If you’re not from Buffalo, Texas, you probably won’t end up there.
That’s how Greg Kennedy sees it from his vantage point as junior high principal in a building that used to be his high school and was his uncle’s high school before that. Once bustling with eager oil field workers, the sparsely populated town halfway between Houston and Dallas counts Buffalo Independent School District as one of its main employers.
At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.
At Weston High School in Connecticut, it is one in four. At Newton North High School outside Boston, it’s one in three.
More High-School Students Are Using This Hack to Get a Head-Start on College — but the Poorest Students Are Being Left Behind
“That was wild.”
That’s how Victor Orduna describes his life as a teenager in southwest Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood. And he isn’t talking about partying with friends or other high-school high-jinks.
Orduna is referring to his schedule. The now 19-year old would wake up around 6:30 a.m., head to his high school until the late afternoon, and then clock in for his job at a local supermarket, where he’d bag groceries until 10:30 p.m. Some weekends, Orduna worked the late shift at a pizzeria, slinging pizzas and cooking burgers until 1:30 a.m.
Inside the Nationwide Effort to Tackle the $1.5 Trillion Student-Debt Crisis — With the Help of High-School Students
There’s not much Barack Obama and Betsy DeVos see eye-to-eye on.
But the 44th president of the United States and the Trump administration’s controversial education secretary have found some common ground.
Obama and DeVos — as well as many local, state and federal politicians — have heralded the idea of students taking college courses and earning college credits while still in high school.
It was a hot, sticky morning in Atlanta on Sunday when billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith stood atop an outdoor stage on the campus of Morehouse College and started delivering a speech that the nearly 400 graduates probably thought would be the usual commencement fare.
It had been six days since Olivia Shea Paregol walked out of the University of Maryland health center without an answer for why she felt so awful.
Now, the 18-year-old freshman was curled up in the fetal position on the floor of her dorm room at Elkton Hall in College Park, her brown hair resting on the shaggy white rug. She warned her friends, Sarah Hauk and Riley Whelan, to stay away from a plastic bag where she had just vomited.
Nearly half of the students in Montgomery County Public Schools underperformed on reading exams last year.
Sarah and Jay Friedman’s daughter was among them. But unlike many of the other 78,000 underperforming students, Friedman’s daughter wasn’t just missing benchmarks on tests — she had severe dyslexia that had gone undiagnosed for years.
Sharon Braat is glad she’s going to college in the Netherlands and not the U.S.
It’s not just the nearly-free tuition her country offers. It’s the practical and hands-on classes aimed at her career. In her case, it also includes real work for actual businesses while in school.
Thousands of records examined by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show a yearslong history of abuse and neglect allegations at Northwest Academy, a private boarding school for at-risk youth.
In the months before the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, some parents raised concerns about bullying and inadequate security, reports Jenny Brundin for Colorado Public Radio.
STORY: "There was really no sense of security.” / "A perfect storm."/ "The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.” STEM School Parents Warned The District Of Their Security Concerns Months Before Shooting https://t.co/MSR4ZUWmTK #TellEWA #edcolo pic.twitter.com/lOynOI7Y1p
STORY: "There was really no sense of security.” / "A perfect storm."/ "The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.” STEM School Parents Warned The District Of Their Security Concerns Months Before Shooting https://t.co/MSR4ZUWmTK #TellEWA #edcolo pic.twitter.com/lOynOI7Y1p— Jenny Brundin (@CPRBrundin) May 10, 2019
The two school shootings in as many weeks have prompted officials to discuss the risk of students confronting active shooters, writes Tawnell Hobbs for The Wall Street Journal.
Should schools keep teaching students to confront shooters? “They can sit there and become victims, or they can do something and become a hero,” said one provider of active-shooter training. #schoolsafety #tellewa https://t.co/MDL2z7VAF0
Should schools keep teaching students to confront shooters? “They can sit there and become victims, or they can do something and become a hero,” said one provider of active-shooter training. #schoolsafety #tellewa https://t.co/MDL2z7VAF0— Tawnell Hobbs (@Tawnell) May 12, 2019
Betsy DeVos hinted Monday that should President Donald Trump get re-elected in 2020 that she might not serve as education secretary during his second term.
“I’m not sure my husband would be OK with that,” said DeVos of her husband, Dick DeVos, a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate, after hesitating before delivering her response.
Leaky roofs. Corroded pipes. Faulty fire alarm systems. Detroit’s school buildings are broken, but the district lacks the resources to fix them, reports Jennifer Chambers for The Detroit News.
Continuing the wave of teacher activism that began last year, Oregon educators are poised to walk out of their classrooms next week, writes Natalie Pate for the Statesman Journal in Salem.
.@salemkeizer schools closing early on day of expected statewide teacher walkout https://t.co/jKJOjPEPTW via @salem_statesman @salemkeizerea @oregoneducation @OregonGovBrown #tellEWA #orpol #orleg #SJEducation #Oregon #educationfunding #K12schools
.@salemkeizer schools closing early on day of expected statewide teacher walkout https://t.co/jKJOjPEPTW via @salem_statesman @salemkeizerea @oregoneducation @OregonGovBrown #tellEWA #orpol #orleg #SJEducation #Oregon #educationfunding #K12schools— Natalie Pate (@Nataliempate) April 29, 2019
Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan with dreams of changing the world, struck up an unlikely friendship with an evangelical Christian girl. The two became inseparable—until the day a fellow student opened fire.
In a three-part series for KNKX, Ashley Gross examines how Washington state’s graduation rates exclude many students who are most at risk of dropping out.
Easy nominee for #tellEWA: A three-part @ashleykgross series on the students who go missing in Washington's district-level graduation rates. Part one on the less-than-straightforward math in @HighlineSchools and @tacomaschools: https://t.co/Nj7JW74Arg #WAedu pic.twitter.com/wD0ZJY88Gy
Easy nominee for #tellEWA: A three-part @ashleykgross series on the students who go missing in Washington's district-level graduation rates. Part one on the less-than-straightforward math in @HighlineSchools and @tacomaschools: https://t.co/Nj7JW74Arg #WAedu pic.twitter.com/wD0ZJY88Gy— Neal Morton (@nealtmorton) April 25, 2019
As Colorado considers a bill to encourage more students to take advanced courses, Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin finds that many students and schools aren’t waiting for official action.
Max Eden didn’t even want to read about Parkland. He saw the news on Valentine’s Day, after a dinner date with his girlfriend at a little French place in Washington, D.C., taking an Uber home. There was the gut-punch—“oh shit, another school shooting”—then the queasy afterthought that none of this hits as hard as it used to. He knew what would follow. For a few angry weeks, Democrats would demand gun control and Republicans would call for arming teachers. He decided he’d sit it out this time, ignore the news as much as possible.
A new report shows wealthy school districts are increasingly splitting from poorer, more racially diverse ones, reports Emmanuel Felton for The Hechinger Report.
The lack of diversity on one North Texas school district’s board is the subject of a voting rights lawsuit filed this week, reports Eva-Marie Ayala for The Dallas Morning News.
Frisco is one of the few places in Texas where Asians makeup a majority of students on some campuses. But the school board is not diverse. A lawsuit aims to change that. #TellEWA https://t.co/1yGR2haqHf
Frisco is one of the few places in Texas where Asians makeup a majority of students on some campuses. But the school board is not diverse. A lawsuit aims to change that. #TellEWA https://t.co/1yGR2haqHf— Eva-Marie Ayala (@EvaMarieAyala) April 17, 2019
A series of stories this week from education reporters describe the challenges some places face in attracting and keeping teachers. For USA Today, Erin Richards explains how soaring housing prices are fueling a chronic teacher shortage in Hawaii.
In response to #tellEWA: Me and my @USATODAY colleagues are working on another big piece about teacher salaries and affordability, but for now, here's what's happening out in 'paradise:' https://t.co/snGiDJDZmf
In response to #tellEWA: Me and my @USATODAY colleagues are working on another big piece about teacher salaries and affordability, but for now, here's what's happening out in 'paradise:' https://t.co/snGiDJDZmf— Erin Richards (@emrichards) April 10, 2019
In Colorado, officials are trying a novel strategy to attract teachers to rural communities. Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin reports on the “rural immersion” program.
For Education Week, Madeline Will examines how a lack of paid parental leave forces many teachers to return to the classroom before they’re ready.
“I don’t want to not teach anymore, but I also want to be a mother and have my family as well. ... When do teachers get to be humans?” Many teachers don't receive paid parental leave, forcing them to return to class before they're ready. #tellEWA https://t.co/9LMzbQTpqk
“I don’t want to not teach anymore, but I also want to be a mother and have my family as well. ... When do teachers get to be humans?” Many teachers don't receive paid parental leave, forcing them to return to class before they're ready. #tellEWA https://t.co/9LMzbQTpqk— Maddy Will (@madeline_will) April 3, 2019
As the scandal grows concerning the lucrative children’s book deal by Baltimore’s mayor, Liz Bowie and Talia Richman of The Baltimore Sun ask: “Where did all the books go?”
My pick for this week's #tellEWA: The @baltimoresun is delivering master class in investigative reporting. @lizbowie & @TaliRichman even took time to check literary merits of mayor's picture book at heart of widening scandal. Local. Journalism. Matters. https://t.co/hnE89a6hZ8
My pick for this week's #tellEWA: The @baltimoresun is delivering master class in investigative reporting. @lizbowie & @TaliRichman even took time to check literary merits of mayor's picture book at heart of widening scandal. Local. Journalism. Matters. https://t.co/hnE89a6hZ8— Emily Richmond (@EWAEmily) April 3, 2019
A Connecticut school district’s decision to hire security guards while laying off mental health professionals has sparked a debate about school safety, reports Brian Zahn for the New Haven Register.
Meanwhile, an Indiana elementary school received national attention after teachers there were shot with plastic pellets as part of an active-shooter drill, reports Arika Herron for the Indianapolis Star.
And, ICYMI, here's the incident that prompted the proposed amendment. Teachers at an Indiana elementary said they were left with welts, bruises and abrasions after the training. #TellEWAhttps://t.co/CKHtjmFSId via @indystar
And, ICYMI, here's the incident that prompted the proposed amendment. Teachers at an Indiana elementary said they were left with welts, bruises and abrasions after the training. #TellEWAhttps://t.co/CKHtjmFSId via @indystar— Arika Herron (@ArikaHerron) March 27, 2019
For Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning examines schools’ use of seclusion and restraint for students with disabilities.
As Tennessee considers a private school voucher program, Chalkbeat’s Laura Faith Kebede explores how a history of racism and distrust could affect families’ willingness to participate.
What happened when a charter school in Tennessee replaced in-school suspensions with something called a reflection room? Chalkbeat’s Caroline Bauman examines one effort to rethink discipline.
For The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Vasquez explains how a major chain of for-profit colleges “came crashing down” this month.
In what some are calling “The Trump Effect,” an increasing number of students are considering H.B.C.U.s and single-sex colleges, reports Alina Tugend of The New York Times.
As New York City seeks to diversify its prestigious high schools, some see an opportunity to challenge affirmative action before the U.S. Supreme Court, writes Mark Keierleber for The 74.
#TellEWA. Advocates see @NYCSchools plan to diversify elite schools as a K-12 version of Harvard admissions case — a chance to see whether reconstituted #SCOTUS will roll back affirmative action. @mkeierleber with a smart, lively take. #edequity @The74https://t.co/03LSqWAge1
#TellEWA. Advocates see @NYCSchools plan to diversify elite schools as a K-12 version of Harvard admissions case — a chance to see whether reconstituted #SCOTUS will roll back affirmative action. @mkeierleber with a smart, lively take. #edequity @The74https://t.co/03LSqWAge1— Andrew Brownstein (@Misterodney) March 7, 2019
Chalkbeat’s Christina Veiga reports on how the deteriorating conditions of New York City’s public housing buildings are affecting the child care centers nestled within them.
Despite an injection of nearly $1 billion into Washington’s public school system, a majority of the state’s districts are projecting budget shortfalls, reports Neal Morton and Dahlia Bazzaz for The Seattle Times.
Can I nominate @nealtmorton’s story on Washington’s school funding debacle for #tellEWA story of the week? https://t.co/pVvdPfHm8n
A) it’s excellent and v. important
B) his handling of its reviews #perfection href="https://twitter.com/alexanderrusso?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@alexanderrusso @EWAEmily https://t.co/UeGtBM6Ny3
Can I nominate @nealtmorton’s story on Washington’s school funding debacle for #tellEWA story of the week? https://t.co/pVvdPfHm8n
(Report) Nonwhite School Districts Get $23 Billion Less Than White Districts Despite Serving the Same Number of Students
The story of our communities can in many ways be told through the lens of the school districts that serve our children. More than organizations that enable learning, school districts are geographic boundaries that serve as magnifying lenses that allow us to focus on issues of race and wealth. They are both a statement of “what is” and “what could be” in our society.
As a teachers strike begins in Oakland, principals struggle with decision to cross picket line or not, reports Chalkbeat’s Sharon Noguchi.
On the eve of the nation’s next teacher strike, Oakland #principals balance loyalties to students and teachers #CAschools @OUSDNews #teacherstrike #tellEWA #oaklandteachersstrike https://t.co/mZPFmtXQsk pic.twitter.com/jhtpHXaLiz
On the eve of the nation’s next teacher strike, Oakland #principals balance loyalties to students and teachers #CAschools @OUSDNews #teacherstrike #tellEWA #oaklandteachersstrike https://t.co/mZPFmtXQsk pic.twitter.com/jhtpHXaLiz— Sharon Noguchi (@NoguchiOnK12) February 20, 2019
For The Denver Post, Elizabeth Hernandez details the dramatic back-and-forth that helped end the city’s teachers strike.
The Houston Chronicle’s Jacob Carpenter explores how a new Texas law is creating tension between state and local school accountability systems.
On today's A1: A new law allows Texas school districts to grade their campuses, with scores counting for up to 50% of state-issued ratings. Educators say it reduces emphasis on STAAR. But can districts be trusted to critically grade themselves? #tellewa https://t.co/gOE8iyIqLd
On today's A1: A new law allows Texas school districts to grade their campuses, with scores counting for up to 50% of state-issued ratings. Educators say it reduces emphasis on STAAR. But can districts be trusted to critically grade themselves? #tellewa https://t.co/gOE8iyIqLd— Jacob Carpenter (@ChronJacob) February 18, 2019
3 States Tried to Shutter Failing For-Profit Online Charter Schools. A Suspicious Pattern of Allegations, Accusations, and Legal Complaints Quickly Followed
On their face, the allegations describe public officials being bought — and for a pittance. Drinks in a hotel lobby. Airfare reimbursement for a meeting. A $4,000 “personal payment” appearing just before a mid-level functionary inks a government contract for the consultant offering the so-called perks.
Indeed, the legal complaints filed in South Carolina, Georgia, and Nevada have resulted in a string of juicy headlines. And later, though ostensibly unrelated, in the resignations of two of the state employees named.
A growing body of recent research asserts that a black man in the classroom is both rare and critically needed in American public schools.
Since 2014, ethnic and racial minorities make up more than half of the student population in U.S. public schools, yet about 80 percent of teachers are white and 77 percent of them are female. People of color make up about 20 percent of teachers; a mere 2 percent are black men.
Like many people coming out of prison, Perry Cline never thought he’d get a college degree.
Cline, a 51-year-old black man and Chicago native, just graduated from college. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work. He also co-founded a non-profit to help those battling addiction, and he recently landed a job as a case manager at a substance abuse treatment facility in Champaign, Illinois.
In North Carolina, where minority students make up 52 percent of the traditional public school body, 80 percent of teachers are white. For students of color, especially black and Hispanic boys, that means they may seldom – or never – have a teacher who looks like them during their kindergarten through 12th grade years.
Over the past year, the Globe has tracked down 93 of the 113 valedictorians who appeared in the paper’s first three “Faces of Excellence” features from 2005 to 2007. We wanted to know, more than a decade later, how the stories of Boston’s best and brightest were turning out.
The question is no longer “should we arm teachers?” Now, it’s “how many armed teachers are already out there?” GQ flew down to Ohio to embed with the men and women behind FASTER Saves Lives, a group that has trained thousands of teachers from all across the country how to shoot to kill.
Next year, the Common Application used by hundreds of colleges and universities will stop asking potential students about their criminal histories. Despite legislative efforts in Illinois, most campuses in the state continue to ask the question. Nationwide, roughly two-thirds of colleges and universities that completed a 2009 survey reported asking prospective students about their criminal histories.
On a bulletin board at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a flier advertised a storytelling event for first-generation students to share their experience in their own words.
The event was part of a larger project headed by Senior Associate Dean of Students Luis Inoa. Inoa spent the summer working with a first-gen Skidmore student to research the best practices in first-gen student support at liberal arts colleges around the country. He discovered that storytelling, in particular, is very powerful.
West Virginia unveiled a campaign this year for 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 64 to have earned a degree or certificate by 2030. But in this county of fewer than 19,000 residents, just 38 percent of recent high school graduates sought more education, according to the latest available data from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. That’s well below the statewide rate of 55 percent. And in 2016 just 8 percent of McDowell County residents of working age held an associate degree or higher, compared to 31 percent statewide.
On a sunny Saturday in October, about 500 prospective students and their families gathered on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso for Orange and Blue Day. They met with representatives from financial aid, admissions, and various academic departments in a festival-like atmosphere spread across campus.
The university uses events like this to make college more inviting for families sending their first-ever student to college.
The University of Virginia can seem like a textbook college campus: white columns and porticos, long lawns and statues of Thomas Jefferson and Homer.
In 2017, though, UVa’s Rotunda steps were transformed into a maelstrom as white supremacists carried torches and attacked protesters. For months, the school was roiled by protests and political soul-searching.
In order to meet its top educational goal, Idaho will need to reinvent itself. And rethink success.
State leaders want more high school graduates to continue their education — to prepare young adults for a changing labor market, and to help Idaho compete economically. This ambitious aim runs headway into hard realities.