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OPINION: Black students’ ‘unprecedented and unequal’ college debt should cause alarm

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Today, students from all backgrounds are choosing to go to college, and many borrow money to make that possible. While education debt is of genuine concern for a wide range of students and families, the broad-brush narrative of student debt in this country ignores sharp differences in borrowing across racial and ethnic groups. As a […]


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After years of inaction, Delta teacher shortage reaches ‘crisis’ levels

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MARKS, Miss. — Not long after Cortez Moss accepted the job as principal of Quitman County Middle School in 2016, he realized that his first months would be devoted nearly entirely to teacher recruitment. He was studying an Excel hiring tracker at home one March afternoon when the reality sunk in: Only four of the […]


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How a federal free meal program affected school poverty stats

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In 2014, schools had a new way to give students free breakfast and lunch, paid for by Uncle Sam. Instead of asking low-income families to apply for the meals, a school district could opt to give everyone free food if at least 40 percent of the student population was already on other forms of public […]


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TEACHER VOICE: Three classroom trends gain ground

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I have been teaching humanities to ninth-graders at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston for the last 12 years. It’s the middle of my first year back in the classroom after a year away as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. While on my journey, I observed three patterns in particular that I’d like […]


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Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?

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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! Hundreds of students at tribal colleges and universities who need financial aid are waiting until the last minute to ask for it, according to report […]


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OPINION: How one school came together to create a safe place for immigrants

Hechinger Report - February 13, 2019 4726

The Donald McKay School in East Boston, where I serve as principal, has always reflected our community not only in terms of population, but also in spirit and approach. For generations, immigrant strivers have called East Boston their Gateway to America. Today, East Boston is home to the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens in any […]


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Data analysis reveals keys to student success

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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! Trilogy Education partners with universities around the world to offer fast-paced certificate programs in high-demand fields including web development and cybersecurity. Since 2015, more […]


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Going back to school after 50

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This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to financial stability. This question comes from Carolyn Porzilli in California. She asks: How common is the practice of returning to school for vocational training in workers over age 40, […]


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Denver teachers are next to take to the picket line

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In an era of fractured politics, teachers of different ethnicities, with varying levels of seniority, in school districts big and small, in both Democratic and Republican states, seem unified on at least one front: They are not being paid as they should. Over the last two years, insufficient pay was at the core of statewide […]


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The other victims when colleges decline or close: their hometowns

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PLAINFIELD, Vermont — When Justin Cote and his partner started a vegetable farm six years ago, they landed an important and presumably reliable early client: Nearby Goddard College said it would buy all the Chinese cabbage they could grow. Goddard remains a significant customer for the two-acre Flywheel Farm in Woodbury. But there has been […]


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OPINION: Transportation costs can block student success at community college

Hechinger Report - February 11, 2019 4615

Be it car, bus or subway, students often overlook the cost of transportation when calculating the price of attending community college. Commuters comprise 99 percent of all community college students, with just 28 percent of their institutions offering on-campus housing. Excessive transporation costs can not only impair students’ academic performance but also force students to change […]


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Mississippi one of ten states leading the nation in encouraging well-rounded, ‘healthy schools,’ report finds

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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! Mississippi has been highlighted in a new report as one of ten states in the nation that has robust policies that encourage “healthy schools,” defined as those […]


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If girls are bad at math, should we blame their mothers?

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There are loads of theories for why girls tend to do worse in math than boys, from differences in innate ability to discrimination by teachers. Many argue that our culture discourages girls from excelling at math. Now a team of economists has produced a study that calculates how a family’s attitudes about women can impede […]


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STUDENT VOICE: There aren’t enough mentors — so I became one myself

Hechinger Report - February 10, 2019 4561

My life was turned upside down when Hurricane Katrina forced my family to leave New Orleans in 2005 and relocate to Texas and then Georgia. I wasn’t thinking about the future. My family lost everything in the storm. And I always seemed to find some way to get myself in trouble. Then I found a […]


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How teachers are helping students affected by deportations

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Albuquerque teacher Juan Ortega saw a change in one of his fourth graders after the boy came home from school one day to find his father had been deported. The student was one of Ortega’s strongest in the high-achieving bilingual program at Armijo Elementary, located in an area often patrolled by […]


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OPINION: The power of education data for Mississippi’s littlest learners

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More Mississippi students than ever before are gaining access to high-quality early learning this year thanks to increased funding for the state’s pre-K program. One big reason is the strong data on education outcomes that we have collected and shared in our state. Since we began our first state-funded pre-K program four years ago with […]


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When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability. This question comes from Kieran Hanrahan. He asks: What are the projections for the size of the middle class assuming current economic and demographic trends? How large […]


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A 17-year-old wants to spice up science classes and, eventually, democratize education

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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! Steven Wang got into the tech field about seven years ago – as a pre-adolescent. Now, at 17, he has a startup that is […]


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When acceptable attire depends on the color of your skin

Hechinger Report - February 04, 2019 4231

Every day educators teach students the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Many are familiar with the biblical verse, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that one day we’d live in a nation where children (and their parents) “will not be judged by the color of their […]


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OPINION: College athletics departments do a better job counseling students than career offices

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Ohio State football phenom Nick Bosa is expected to be among the first picks in this year’s NFL draft. But his career trajectory is far from typical. Out of 500,000 student-athletes competing at NCAA and NAIA schools, fewer than 1.5 percent of college football and basketball players make the transition to the pros. The rest […]


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Weakest students more likely to take online college classes but do worse in them

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Online college classes and degrees give working adults a lot of flexibility in furthering their educations but there’s a big policy debate over whether students are learning much. According to the most recent federal statistics from 2016, roughly one out of every three or 6.3 million college students learned online. That number is growing even […]


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TEACHER VOICE: Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?

Hechinger Report - February 03, 2019 4176

I sat at my computer in the summer of 2013 pondering whether I’d be able to begin my student-teaching. I wondered whether spending four years learning to teach was worth the time and money, and whether my dreams of leading a classroom would ever come to pass. I wondered if I should wait to apply […]


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Switching sides in the teacher wars

Hechinger Report - February 03, 2019 4137

TULSA, Oklahoma — On a fall morning in 2018, veteran technology teacher Abraham Kamara was working with his robotics team at Memorial Junior High School when Tulsa school superintendent Deborah Gist entered the classroom with a TV news crew. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing him […]


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College spending comes under closer scrutiny

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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! WASHINGTON, D.C. – We know that college costs are increasing, but what’s harder to find out is where the money is going. The American Council of […]


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Among preschoolers, bullies who get bullied are at high risk for depression

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It turns out the old saying about sticks and stones breaking bones but words never hurting is bunk. According to research newly published in the peer-reviewed Early Childhood Research Quarterly, emotional bullying in the preschool years hurts quite a lot. When a child both bullies and gets bullied, the findings are especially clear: Depression symptoms […]


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