Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues in Education
September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
5492548429Students Speak Out on the Biggest Issues 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-GDgOEotrue135695Why American students are struggling with small debtsStudent loan balances climbed to $1.2 trillion at the end of 2014, and delinquencies are rising even as they fall for most other types of debt. In fact, students with the smallest balances are most likely to default. Judy Woodruff learns more from Megan McClean of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and William Elliott of the University of Kansas.2015-02-23 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/HIGH-PRICE-OF-HIGHER-ED-monitor-college-money-320x196.jpg2365432071hijy1L-K4M8133653Supporting grandparents raising grandkids in rural W.Va.In the rural West Virginia county of McDowell County, almost half of all children live apart from their parents. Families have splintered in the face of economic and social troubles, leaving many grandparents to take on the role of parenting. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters visits to see how public schools are supporting these caretakers to improve kids’ lives.2015-02-04 06:00 pmhttp://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/westva3-320x196.jpeg4j2jx-gwGyc133489Schools in rural W.Va. aim to improve students' prospectsBoredom can mean trouble and bad health for children in rural America. In communities where resources are few, schools face the extra challenge of keeping students active, safe and healthy. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from McDowell County, West Virginia, on efforts there to improve life for students and to address the teacher shortage.2015-02-03 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/westvaschool-320x196.jpg2365417687a7YhbF1bDAM
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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