Making the Grade

  • February 23, 2016  

    Public schools in Los Angeles have experienced rapid change in the last decade, and graduation rates for the city’s 80,000 special needs students have nearly doubled since 2003. But greater transitions lie ahead: the district plans to transfer these students from special education centers to neighborhood schools. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2016  

    Across the U.S., many schools have taken full advantage of online learning opportunities. But that’s not so easy for the nearly 10 percent of all students who come from rural areas with inadequate infrastructure. New changes to an FCC program could help schools by offering to fund fiber networks of their own. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports from Mississippi. Continue reading

  • February 9, 2016  

    Detroit’s public schools have been in financial decline for more than a decade as their enrollment plummeted. Now on the brink of insolvency, the district is confronted with decrepit buildings, a chronic lack of resources and fed up teachers who have staged “sick-outs” in protest of the conditions. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2016  

    Children in Oklahoma don’t wait for kindergarten to begin public education; there’s preschool for anyone who wants it. While costly, the government program has been hailed for the long-term benefits and has become a national model. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Tulsa. Continue reading

  • January 26, 2016  

    Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree. How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study? One solution may lie in putting greater emphasis on high school vocational training, but critics disagree. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports. Continue reading

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