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OPINION: What does the fusion of academic and social development look like in kindergarten?

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When states across the nation recently turned in accountability plans required under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), they showed great variety in their plans for early learning. With much of the funding going directly to school districts, state and district partnerships will be crucial to ensuring that these plans address the real-life issues […]


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STUDENT VOICE: How a trip with other Pittsburgh students taught me that Chinese and American aren’t two separate concepts

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Editor’s note: This piece is part of an occasional series by PublicSource that asks teenagers in the Pittsburgh region to tell what matters to them and write about it. The first time I went to China I was 5 and with the little I remember from that trip — mostly the heat and bug bites […]


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Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

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A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions. Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, […]


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New research finds it hasn’t gotten easier for poor kids to catch up

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The kindergarten-readiness gap between low-income and high-income students has not closed in a generation, even though parents are more involved than ever in their children’s education and state-funded pre-K, nutrition programs, and prenatal care are more accessible now than in the late 1990s. That is the major finding of a new report by the Economic […]


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Federal data shows 3.9 million students dropped out of college with debt in 2015 and 2016

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The saddest stories among those who owe some of the $1.3 trillion in student loan debt are those of college dropouts. They took out loans to go to school, hoping for a better life. But without college degrees, many don’t find good jobs to help pay back these loans. It not only ruins their lives, […]


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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Read the whole series, “Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. Sign up for our newsletter. About a third of the students with disabilities […]


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OPINION: Research confirms an urgent need to improve how students are supported when choosing college majors

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Earlier this year, a first-generation college student told a disturbing story in The Hechinger Report. She was her sixth year at a four-year college, having changed her major twice and taken time off because she lacked a clear roadmap of what she wanted and how to get there. This, sadly, is not an unfamiliar tale. […]


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Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

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SPECIAL REPORT Turning around struggling high schools is the toughest work in education reform. Research found that a $3.5 billion federal program meant to fix the nation’s lowest performing schools — which focused disproportionately on high schools — did little to improve student achievement. In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools […]


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States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

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Trendy styles tend to flare and fade, only to reappear decades later, back in vogue with a new generation. Education innovation can follow a similar pattern. In the early 1990s, Kentucky districts were among those grading student portfolios and assessing performance tasks, instead of standardized tests, and they found themselves on the cutting edge of […]


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Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students are ‘hurting their future’

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Read the whole series, “Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. Sign up for our newsletter. MONROVIA, Calif. — Mark Nelson was ready to […]


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Better tests don’t lead to better teaching, study finds

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Ever since the federal government mandated annual testing for U.S. public school children in 2001, educators (and parents) have fretted over whether too much class time has been allocated to drilling and preparing students for standardized tests. Unfortunately, there’s very little research on test prep and its effect on teaching quality. Teaching quality is a […]


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How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Read the whole series, “Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. Sign up for our newsletter. COVINA, Calif. — Ryan Parry was dismayed when […]


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Mississippi’s darkest days on display in new museums

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JACKSON, Miss — She didn’t want him to go, but Mamie Till-Mobley put her 14-year-old baby on a train to Mississippi in 1955 to visit his relatives, anyway. A week later, she got him back: gargled down and spat up by the Tallahatchie River. What happened to Emmett Till was brutal, but the tragedy has […]


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Are hazing, sexual assault, drinking and unabashed racism inevitable on campus?

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NEW YORK – A few days after headlines exploded about yet another university president suspending Greek life activities after yet another hazing death, a group of college presidents sat around a dinner table expressing concern about bad behavior at fraternities. But somehow, they couldn’t help singing their praises as well. Fraternities foster a sense of […]


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Psst! When teachers get useful, timely data, they use it

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Over the last couple years, the Tulsa Public Schools district has shifted from using data purely for accountability purposes to using it as a strategic asset to improve students’ learning. When Deborah Gist took over as superintendent in 2015, after leaving her position as the blended-learning-focused education commissioner in Rhode Island, she created a new […]


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It’s time our educational institutions instilled some civic-minded values in students

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Times of crisis give institutions an opportunity to assess what matters most. It’s hard not to notice that democracy is in deep trouble. Trump administration officials’ winks and nods to white supremacists, abundant corporate money in electoral politics, voter suppression, hyper-partisanship and the rising distrust of government suggest that we in society don’t know or […]


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STUDENT VOICE: How one college student found success by “leaning in” to dyslexia

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Here’s the biggest misconception about learning disabilities and mental illness: That you grow out of them and they go away. The truth is you can’t outgrow these things. What you can do is learn methods to cope. As a 20-year old college student who copes daily with anxiety, depression, ADHD and dyslexia, I know this […]


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Almost all students with disabilities are capable of graduating on time. Here’s why they’re not.

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Read the whole series, “Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. Sign up for our newsletter. As a teenager, Michael McLaughlin wanted to go to […]


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How preschool teachers feel about science matters, new research finds

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Whether or not preschool teachers offer science lessons and activities in their classrooms depends largely on how comfortable they are in the topic, according to new research from Michigan State University. Teachers in the study “were very nervous that they were going to teach science inaccurately to children,” said Hope Gerde, an associate professor of […]


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The path to personalized learning is not straight

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Three different districts. Three different time zones. Three different paths to the same general goal — personalized learning. Administrators from Henry County Schools, southwest of Atlanta; School District 51 in Mesa County, Colorado; and CICS West Belden, a Chicago International Charter School campus, discussed their efforts to personalize learning during a panel at the recent […]


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Mysterious bonus makes rich schools richer, critics say

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When New York City officials revamped the way public schools were funded more than a decade ago, they emphasized one goal above the others: Making school spending more equitable in the nation’s largest system. They also included a provision that critics say is doing just the opposite: an annual bonus of almost $1,000 per student […]


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OPINION: How one Colorado boy with autism schooled the Supreme Court on public education for the disabled

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Many parents heralded this year’s Supreme Court decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County Schools as a victory over school districts in the perpetual struggle concerning the rights of students with disabilities. Central to the case was question of whether an Individualized Education Program is adequate. Known as the IEP, this program had been a […]


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Large Mississippi district handed over to public-private partnership

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The future of Jackson Public Schools is now in the hands of a coalition that includes representatives from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, Jackson Public Schools, the City of Jackson, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The commission will oversee research and conduct a listening tour to determine the best next steps to improve the Jackson’s schools, […]


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OPINION: Known for its intense testing pressure, top-performing South Korea dials it back

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In a world where education is supposed to drive the economy, is it possible to be overeducated? Some think that’s the case in South Korea. The unemployment rate is comparatively low, at just over 3.5 percent at the end of 2016. But the unemployment rate for those age 15 to 29 was more than double […]


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Removing racist monuments is about making history, not erasing it

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“I still remember my first trip to UVA, to the hospital, was in the ’50s,” the renowned physician Vivian Pinn recounted to board directors of the National Medical Association and me in a noisy D.C. restaurant in October. “I was there because my grandfather was on the segregated ward in the old hospital.” I leaned […]


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