Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues in Education
September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
5492548429Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issue in EducationIt's American Graduate Day - a national call to action on PBS stations around the country where community organizations in education and celebrities are all coming together to focus on improving graduation rates in America. The NewsHour Student Reporting Labs decided to ask students around the country what their most pressing issues in education were -- here's a sample of what we heard. 2013-09-28 17:43:00disabled23650886929hsj-GDgOEotrue154686Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?Ten years ago, New Orleans public schools were headed for academic rock bottom. And then Hurricane Katrina came, a disaster so devastating that it offered the rare opportunity to start over. Charter schools, empowered to take over, have raised test scores and graduation rates. But some say that success comes from bending the rules. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.2015-08-28 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/katrinacharterschool-320x196.jpg2365554290rrft5Cp4gtE154070ASU opens its doors to more low-income studentsUnder its current president, Arizona State University has increased its student population to 84,000, making it the largest university in America. In particular, the focus has been on boosting the number of low-income students. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ASU transformed itself, and why some are questioning the outcomes of its rapid expansion.2015-08-21 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/college-320x196.jpg2365550517oABSy1m5PEs153953How community colleges can help close graduation gapIn Florida, a unique educational agreement is helping community college students reach graduation at a four-year university. The DirectConnect program allows those who earn a two-year community college degree to jump straight to a state school – thus saving thousands of dollars for low-income students who might not otherwise get that chance. Hari Sreenivasan reports.2015-08-20 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/RETHINKING-COLLEGE-320x196.jpg2365549620wVz6ZSHQGYQ
On American Graduate Day, community organizations, celebrities and educators acknowledge their commitment to keeping at-risk students in school. PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs participated by asking students around the country about their most pressing issues in education.
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