When a student with cerebral palsy struggled to open his high school doors, he challenged his classmates to spend a day in a wheelchair — a fundraiser to add automatic doors. Not only did he make his school more accessible for everyone, this report by NewsHour’s Student Reporting Lab in Austin, Texas, was one of 15 chosen for the White House Student Film Festival. Continue reading
Kash Shaikh, whose company #BeSomebody calls itself “the World’s Platform for Passion,” addressed students at Austin High School on Jan. 5 about the experience of leaving his job to pursue other goals. Shaikh’s visit sparked a school-wide discussion about passion, privilege and perspective. Continue reading
For the hundreds of residents of Pahoa, located downslope from the Kilauea volcano, the last eight months have been a time of fear and uncertainty. But for students at the at the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences, the lava that has threatened their communities has also been a source of inspiration. Continue reading
More American high schoolers are graduating on time than ever before, according to federal data released today.
Students at Oakland’s Life Academy are getting a head start on health science careers by integrating academics with career-based training and a workplace environment. The high school, which serves low-income and minority students, also has the city’s second highest rate of graduates who go on to college. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on making the benefits of learning clear to students. Continue reading
Philadelphia’s public school system is suffering a severe budget crisis, leaving classrooms packed, faculty understaffed and the district in debt. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines what led to the shortage of funds and what lawmakers are doing to fix it. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools.
Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. Continue reading
For years, the performing arts students at Detroit’s Cass Tech performed the traditional plays and musicals that high schools across the country stage. But last fall — inspired by the city’s beloved Heidelberg Project — they decided to create their own. Continue reading
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that that middle and high schools abandon the usual 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. start times. With after-school responsibilities that include homework, sports and academic clubs, it becomes increasingly difficult for students to fall asleep before 11 a.m. The AAS has suggested that most students should get 8.5 to 9.5 of sleep, which would mean that start times would need to be 8:30 a.m. or later. Continue reading
“Life isn’t like a normal song, in 4/4 time,” says Grace Kari, a singer and banjo player with the band Gerygone and Twig. She and her fellow bandmates are self-proclaimed “misfits” who met during high school in Wasilla, Alaska. They discovered they they all shared a passion for writing and making music, but music that reflects who they are: unconventional, passionate, even a bit “weird. Continue reading