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State financial-aid money dries up before many low-income college students get help

Hechinger Report - July 16, 2018 4987

Jocelyn Ramirez enrolled in a two-year program to earn her associate’s degree from Wilbur Wright College in Chicago back in 2014. She was working more than full-time at a podiatry clinic and raising her daughter. Money was tight, so she applied for and received a grant from the state of Illinois for low-income students called […]


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Supply and demand: Getting low-income kids into better jobs by getting them into better schools

Hechinger Report - July 15, 2018 4963

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — CAST Tech, San Antonio’s newest public high school, looks like an outpost of Google. Young people huddle over tablets, fiber optic cables run along the ceilings and a cybersecurity lab occupies the basement. The school, located in the heart of San Antonio’s slowly revitalizing downtown, is just a stone’s throw from […]


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STUDENT VOICE: Lost on campus in the Supreme Court’s shuffle?

Hechinger Report - July 15, 2018 4963

Students often find their voices are left out of important discussions that directly affect their education. As a 21-year-old rising senior and two-term student body president at Chapman University in Southern California, I find this unjust. It is imperative that we bring all-important student voices to the table. Many of us here on campus are […]


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Helping even middle-of-the-pack students see themselves as leaders

Hechinger Report - July 11, 2018 4743

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! The February 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gave new life to student activism, prompting a level of […]


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OPINION: Choosing a career is no game for today’s students

Hechinger Report - July 11, 2018 4743

Popularized by “The Price is Right” television show, the often-infuriating game of Plinko presents a metaphor for life’s unexpected twists and turns. You know the drill: The contestant drops a six-inch disk down the side of a flat Plinko board. The disk bounces off of a dozen or so pegs on its way down the […]


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How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

Hechinger Report - July 11, 2018 4743

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — One of the longtime goals of public education is to produce young people capable of participating in the democratic process. Experts say that requires regular and high-quality social studies lessons, starting in kindergarten, to teach kids to be critical thinkers and communicators who know how to take meaningful action. Yet, as teachers […]


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A conservative Supreme Court could threaten the education of immigrant students

Hechinger Report - July 11, 2018 4724

When we think of what’s at stake in education with the impending conservative swing of the Supreme Court, I bet most would say, “Affirmative action.” But there’s another case that may soon become top of mind for us: the 1982 case of Plyler v. Doe. The ruling prohibited school officials from considering immigration status when […]


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Where are all the women apprentices?

Hechinger Report - July 11, 2018 4711

Apprenticeships date to the Middle Ages, but modernized versions of the workforce training programs are spreading as a way to combine classroom and on-the-job instruction. In at least one respect, however, the programs still seem less-than-modern: gender and racial equity. According to a new study by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, […]


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Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Hechinger Report - July 10, 2018 4688

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. It provides real life applications for reading and math and develops critical thinking skills that help students solve problems in other subjects. Plus, it’s interesting. It helps answer all those “why” questions — Why is the sun hot? Why do fish swim? Why are some people […]


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Search the data on white charters

Hechinger Report - July 10, 2018 4668

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OPINION: Defending the ‘right to be here’ on campus

Hechinger Report - July 09, 2018 4633

The higher-education sector has witnessed significant angst and change during my lengthy career — from violent protests over what were believed to be unjust wars to increases in representational diversity to affirmative action challenges decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet our recent propensity to disinvite speakers who are controversial, or with whom we don’t agree, […]


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When students are better role models than school leaders

Hechinger Report - July 09, 2018 4633

Students need to be able to express themselves; the freedom to do so is not only a question of their intellectual development but also one of human rights. School kids may well rebel at the rules. They may challenge authority, or, God forbid, even resist. But punishing students for their political beliefs or their opinion […]


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How to help struggling young readers

Hechinger Report - July 09, 2018 4633

BRONX, N.Y. — The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. This crucial juncture, and its far-reaching implications for those who don’t meet the […]


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In 6 states, school districts with the neediest students get less money than the wealthiest

Hechinger Report - July 09, 2018 4592

Advocates for the poor often make the argument that the neediest children need more resources at school to overcome the disadvantages of poverty. For example, a child from a poor home whose mother works an overnight shift might need more one-on-one attention at school to learn to read. That costs money. Historically, the decentralized U.S. […]


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How to boost math skills in the early grades

Hechinger Report - July 08, 2018 4580

BERWYN, Ill. — In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. But the early-grade math skills of these same low-income children have not received equal attention. Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and […]


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OPINION: Is U.S. higher education headed for ‘Wild West’ tumult?

Hechinger Report - July 08, 2018 4578

Everyone in America should be concerned about recent news that the U.S. Department of Education has quietly but steadily deprioritized investigations into fraud and abuse by a number of for-profit institutions. This doesn’t just impact current and future students — it affects every tax-paying citizen in our country. Higher education is more than a series […]


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As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

Hechinger Report - July 06, 2018 4472

Signs of trouble at the Charlotte School of Law percolated for years. In exchange for the median $161,910 graduates had borrowed to pay tuition, fees and other costs, according to the American Bar Association, only 45 percent were passing the bar exam. That was far below the state average. Only about one in five of […]


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Facts about race and college admission

Hechinger Report - July 06, 2018 4436

The Trump administration has reversed Obama-era policies encouraging universities to consider race as a factor in admission. The Justice and Education departments jointly announced this week that they had rescinded guidelines encouraging colleges to racially diversify their campuses. The guidelines are nonbinding but represent the view of the departments, which said in a joint statement […]


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Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

Hechinger Report - July 05, 2018 4386

CHICAGO – Laser cutters, robots, 3D printers: when people talk about educational makerspaces, images of expensive, high-tech gadgetry comes to mind. In Colleen Graves’ library, they make use of a much cheaper resource. “It’s trash,” she said. “But don’t call it that.” The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how […]


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More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

Hechinger Report - July 04, 2018 4360

TEXARKANA, Texas — New buildings are shooting up around the sun-baked grounds of the Texas A&M University System’s northernmost outpost here. There’s a $32 million glass-fronted complex near completion that will house the nursing program and administrative offices, and a new $11 million recreation center that will also have a lab to study kinesiology, or […]


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Many mostly black and Hispanic schools in New York City lack access to sports

Hechinger Report - July 03, 2018 4276

When Shaffiou Assoumanou moved to New York City from the African nation of Togo in December 2013, he dreamt of becoming a professional runner. He was “always the fastest” among his peers back home, and he looked forward to further developing his talent in America. “When I moved to the U.S., I was like, okay, […]


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Mississippi improves in child well-being rankings, but still has room to improve

Hechinger Report - July 02, 2018 4248

Mississippi has made gains on economic, education, health and community factors that indicate children’s well-being but the state still places near the bottom in the nation overall, according to a new annual report by the Annie E. Casey foundation. The state improved in nearly all of the 16 indicators examined in the report, and moved […]


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OPINION: How school segregation hit home for one white father

Hechinger Report - July 02, 2018 4248

I am a white father who spends two hours on the New York City subway every day with my 10-year-old so he can attend an underfunded, desegregated public elementary school with a majority of black and Latino students and a majority of economically disadvantaged students. The Earth School in the East Village is not a […]


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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you don’t work over the weekend, thank a union

Hechinger Report - July 02, 2018 4248

“Is this Supreme Court decision the end of teachers unions?” asked an NPR article responding to last week’s shattering decision in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In the 5-4 decision, the justices overturned an older ruling that said public sector unions could require non-union members to pay “fair share […]


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