charter schools

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    January 7, 2016  

    Despite a historic Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregated schools, today huge numbers of students remain in separate and unequal schools, most in inner cities. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks with Pedro Noguera of the University of California, Los Angeles, about the consequences of such inequality and what can be done. Continue reading

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    October 12, 2015  

    At the largest charter school network in New York City, strict academic and behavior standards set the stage for learning. That doesn’t exclude children as young as 5 or 6 years old, who can be given out-of-school suspensions if they don’t follow the rules. Special correspondent for education John Merrow explores what that policy means for both the child and the school. Continue reading

  • WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 15:  Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates (L) and his wife Melinda attend a ceremony presenting them with the 2010 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding at the Library of Congress October 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Fulbright Prize recognized the Gates' philanthropic work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their work and charitable contributions in improving the health and education opportunities of people around the globe.   (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    October 7, 2015  

    Bill and Melinda Gates, two of the world’s leading philanthropists, sit down with Gwen Ifill in Seattle to discuss their efforts to support education reform and the political battles over the Common Core standards. Continue reading

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    August 28, 2015  

    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. Continue reading

  • George Ramirez, a senior at Yale, talks to Paul Solman at Yale. NewsHour still image.
    January 8, 2015   BY  

    The marshmallow test is famous: Give a kid a marshmallow and see if he or she can show enough self-control to hold off eating it and, as a reward, enjoy a second. Its results have often be viewed as fatalistic — you either have self-control or you don’t. But nothing could be further from the truth says Walter Mischel, who designed the experiment 50 years ago. Paul Solman caught up with one student who learned how to delay gratification and, as a result, has a brighter future to look forward to. Continue reading

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    December 2, 2014  

    Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools. Continue reading

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    October 10, 2014   BY  

    If taught young, self-control skills can have strong protective effects, even helping those whose vulnerabilities might make them more likely to fall behind economically. That’s according to Walter Mischel, author of “The Marshmallow Test,” in part four of his conversation with Paul Solman. Continue reading

  • Before Yu Ming Charter School had a playground of its own, kindergarten students played in a public park during recess. Photo by Yu Ming Charter School
    September 1, 2014   BY  

    Wynee Sade and her husband along with four other families decided to establish their own dual-language Mandarin immersion school. Meeting at each other’s homes with just a blank sheet of paper, they began the long and arduous process of establishing what would one day be the Yu Ming Charter School. It took two years, but in 2011, Yu Ming Charter School opened its doors with its inaugural 100 students. Read a step-by-step process of how they made their dream school a reality. Continue reading

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    July 22, 2014  

    Charter schools have often been seen as a threat to traditional schools, diverting resources and students to these publicly funded but privately run institutions. In Houston, Texas, the superintendent of one school district has invited competing charter schools to set up shop alongside a regular middle school. Special correspondent John Merrow reports on their evolving partnership. Continue reading

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    June 5, 2014  

    In September, New Orleans will be the country’s first all-charter school district. The evolution was accelerated after Hurricane Katrina, when state officials and others seized the opportunity to overhaul the city’s troubled schools. Special education correspondent John Merrow and Sarah Carr, author of “Hope Against Hope,” join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the transition and its national implications. Continue reading

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