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Not many of South Carolina’s African-American high school grads attend its flagship campus

Hechinger Report - October 18, 2018 4889

 Many of the country’s flagship public universities – taxpayer-funded and designed to serve a state’s students and, by extension, its future welfare – are failing to provide this service equitably. Compare the number of African-American high school graduates in a state to the number of African-American students who enroll at its flagship campus the […]


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New data show some colleges are definitively unaffordable for many

Hechinger Report - October 17, 2018 4834

This story was based on data from Tuition Tracker, a tool produced by The Hechinger Report and Education Writers Association for students and their families. Find out how much students in different income brackets pay at any U.S. college or university. By most measures, Aboubacar Konate was an outstanding candidate for college. Konate graduated second in […]


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Students analyze rap lyrics with code in digital humanities class

Hechinger Report - October 17, 2018 4834

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! In Peter Nilsson’s classes, students use computers to help them analyze text. Nilsson is an English teacher by training, but he has embraced the […]


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OPINION: The Opt Out movement is gaining ground, quietly

Hechinger Report - October 17, 2018 4834

Imagine hundreds of thousands of parents protesting the ways in which schools educate their children. Now imagine that this protest continues for several years in a row and that it takes place in multiple locations simultaneously. Wouldn’t you want to know what parents are protesting and why? New York state is the epicenter of what […]


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To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers

Hechinger Report - October 17, 2018 4810

Kayla Pinto knew she had found her calling from the first day she taught preschool at the YMCA in Somerville, Massachusetts. Pinto had grown up attending programs at the Y in this small city just north of Boston, and she started working there when she was 14. But it wasn’t until her early 20s, when […]


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As more Latinos go to college, schools vie to become Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Hechinger Report - October 16, 2018 4753

ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida opened during the civil rights movement, and from the beginning school leaders made racial diversity a priority. In 1969, the school established a black student union. In 1970, it developed an affirmative action strategy. Now UCF is on a new mission to excel in enrolling, educating and […]


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OPINION: Faculty diversity? ‘When the guy in the white coat isn’t white, or a guy, every time’

Hechinger Report - October 15, 2018 4724

Academics have talked a good game about increasing campus diversity. In the wake of campus protests over issues of racial representation three years ago, some schools committed millions of dollars toward ending the paucity of black faculty. An article in The Hechinger Report last week, though, looked at new data on diversity and found that the needle hasn’t […]


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Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

Hechinger Report - October 15, 2018 4724

“I started to work side jobs in college to earn extra money; now all I have are side hustles,” said 31-year-old ride share driver Andrea as she whisked me to the Chicago O’Hare airport. Andrea, who earned her college degree in English literature in 2012, is a temp in a law firm and drives people around […]


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Putting an ed tech darling in context

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Back in 2011,  the Mooresville, N.C., school district was the toast of the ed tech community  — acclaimed as a shining example of how laptop computers could improve education. That year, the PBS NewsHour broadcast a feature story showing how the district 25 miles north of Charlotte gave every student a laptop from fourth grade on […]


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OPINION: Mister Rogers’ voice of reason in the tumultuous ’60s still rings true

Hechinger Report - October 14, 2018 4669

We are in engaged in a national conversation about consent, privilege and the patriarchy. It is bitter and contentious, and we find ourselves with even fewer role models than we might have previously believed. As a reminder that there once were role models, helpers and forces of good in the world, I suggest the recent […]


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Vote on what we should cover next about the path to the middle class

Hechinger Report - October 14, 2018 4669

Our award-winning series of stories that explains how students are preparing for the jobs of the future has taken us around the country. We’ve reported on how high schoolers in a New England factory town are trying to leave poverty behind; how college students in Texas are preparing to work in the burgeoning wind industry; […]


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As the cost of college increases, more families are saving for it

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. Subscribe today! There’s been a sharp increase in the number of 529 college savings accounts, and the size of these accounts is also growing, according to an October […]


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OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

Hechinger Report - October 10, 2018 4449

It’s never easy to be the new kid in school, especially if it happens multiple times in a school year and comes with added stress from outside school. Students who change schools during the academic year are more likely to fall behind in school and experience a loss in their sense of confidence and belonging. […]


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A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! In Havre Public Schools in northern Montana, it’s not uncommon for middle schoolers to arrive early. Parents need to get to work and the […]


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Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today! Some online preschool programs boast “award-winning curriculum” and offer money-back satisfaction guarantees. Others offer subjects like science and art and virtual field trips to animated farms. One […]


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Five elements of a good preschool

Hechinger Report - October 09, 2018 4394

We know preschool makes a big difference for kids and that its effects can last a lifetime. But to have that kind of impact, early care has to be high quality. Faced with constraints on price, availability and location, parents are often unclear about what actually matters when evaluating a potential preschool. No matter what […]


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In the fight over Kavanaugh, echoes of a battle being waged on college campuses nationwide

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The allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in high school and college stirred up arguments familiar to many who handle sexual misconduct cases on college campuses: What’s the best way to adjudicate cases that lack eyewitness testimony, and that involve alcohol and hazy memories? In elevating Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, a slim […]


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Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed

Hechinger Report - October 09, 2018 4365

POLSON, Mont. — Braced on the deck of a 30-foot aluminum research vessel, four local high school students bent to the task of measuring the temperature, acidity and other characteristics of sparkling-blue Flathead Lake. So intent were they on their instruments, they appeared oblivious to the seemingly endless sky above this largest freshwater body, by […]


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OPINION: How one city got math right

Hechinger Report - October 08, 2018 4339

High failure rates in math, especially for low-income and minority students, and small numbers of students enrolled in advanced courses: Like many educational systems, San Francisco Unified School District faced this dual problem. Every system wants to help students with a math interest learn the subject at high levels because students get a leg up […]


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Time to change how we think about early education, international study finds

Hechinger Report - October 08, 2018 4339

The U.S. could learn a lot about early education from our international counterparts. That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive, multi-year study of six early education systems that are beating the U.S. on money spent per child, percentage of children enrolled and math achievement at age 15. The project, published in September as a book called […]


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At a growing number of colleges, faculty get a new role: spotting troubled students

Hechinger Report - October 08, 2018 4324

CARLISLE, Penn. — When she walked into his first-year seminar at Dickinson College, Steve Riccio was impressed by his new student’s enthusiasm. A dancer, “she was bubbly. Excited,” remembered Riccio, a lecturer in international business and management. “Like a lightning bolt.” Then the student stopped submitting her assignments. She came to class but looked as […]


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GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

Hechinger Report - October 08, 2018 4298

High school graduation rates have soared in recent years, hitting a new record of 84 percent for 2015-16 in the most recent federal government count, but there are still millions of Americans who didn’t get a diploma in high school. Their best shot at earning one is passing a high-school equivalency exam, what was known […]


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TEACHER VOICE: Helping underserved students in Jamaica to learn, while learning a few lessons of my own

Hechinger Report - October 07, 2018 4284

In July, I worked in Jamaica, where I developed and led an educational summer camp for students from underprivileged backgrounds. The experience prompted me to see my role as a teacher in a whole new light. Jamaicans bring a new meaning to community. Despite having access to fewer resources than many Americans, the people I […]


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An upscale Florida auction yields millions for local preschool programs

Hechinger Report - October 07, 2018 4252

This story about preschool was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA and the Naples Daily News. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter. NAPLES, Fla. — Gathering outside the Ritz-Carlton golf resort in Naples, Florida, home to the nation’s 15th-richest ZIP […]


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Change is on the way for the College Scorecard

Hechinger Report - October 05, 2018 4142

The U.S. Department of Education is planning to add a lot more data to its College Scorecard, the online database of information about two- and four-year colleges and universities. It has been heavily criticized for lacking information on the earnings and debt for college students. Users can look up individual institutions to find details on […]


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