Member Stories

June 9-June 16

“When neighborhoods gentrify, schools often don’t follow—at least not nearly as quickly,” writes Jessica Huseman for Slate. “It’s a phenomenon playing out across America as middle-class white families move into urban neighborhoods that real estate agents might have once called ‘undesirable.’”

“We are loading up a lot of middle- and lower-income parents, who may have only a decade or so of work life left, with large amounts of debt,” says a scholar to Emmeline Zhao in her deep look at the debt loads of Parent PLUS loans that ran in RealClearPolitics.

More than 18,000 people in Hawaii speak Hawaiian, a language that a generation ago all but disappeared. “The increase is partly the result of a growing community of immersion graduates who have brought the language back into their homes,” reports Alexandria Neason in Slate.

Arianna Prothero parses the good and bad of charter schools on their 25th anniversary. “While the charter movement has benefited significantly from wealthy funders—which have been crucial in fueling its growth—it still faces a litany of criticisms. Among the most persistent: Charter schools have a harmful lack of diversity,” she writes in Education Week.

In Wisconsin, the higher education system won no points with its critics by withholding key financial data. “The annual operating budget that University of Wisconsin System officials refused to release publicly until 90 minutes before the Board of Regents approved it was actually finalized last week,” reports Karen Herzog of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Lillian Mongeau of The Hechinger Report investigates whether “a three-year grant [is] really enough to pull Montana’s reservation schools back from the brink?”

While digital education has been marketed as learning at one’s pace, a shift may be occurring at universities that will have more learning – online and in-person – occurring in real time rather than on demand, reports Goldie Blumenstyk of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rebecca Klein describes a group of students at New York’s public schools who are attempting to influence public policy to integrate the city’s segregated classrooms. This story appears in The Huffington Post.

Where math was once the common denominator, the subject is now optional: Non-mathematics majors no longer are required to take a math course to graduate from this Detroit university, reports David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press.

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