charter schools

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

    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

  • Photo by Flickr user Nick Kenrick.
    October 10, 2014   BY Walter Mischel 

    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 Elizabeth Jones 

    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

  • nolacharterschool
    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

  • The Akili Academy charter school in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans will be absorbing some students from the city's closing public schools. Photo by Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post
    May 29, 2014   BY April Brown 

    When students in the New Orleans Recovery School district head back to class next fall, not one will be attending a traditional public school. The Louisiana city’s Recovery School District, formed after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, closed its last five neighborhood schools this week, making it the first in the country comprised completely of charters.
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    April 24, 2014  

    Charter school enrollment has soared from about 300,000 a little more than a decade ago to nearly 2 million students nationwide. But the expansion of charter schools, whose public funding is supplemented with private donations, has created serious competition for limited resources and space. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on the ongoing battle in New York. Continue reading

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration filed court papers Thursday to drop a city appeal of a judge's order for major reforms of the New York City Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
    April 24, 2014   BY News Desk 

    In New York City, a conflict is brewing between city government and one of the most successful charter school networks in the city. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2013  

    Good teachers can help students stay in school and keep them from dropping out. But what must schools do to keep top teachers from burning out and leaving the field? Hari Sreenivasan has the story of a Connecticut school that uses a checklist to evaluate and keep the best teachers in the classroom. Continue reading

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