public 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

  • WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 9: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the No Child Left Behind law in the East Room of the White House on February 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama announced that ten states that have agreed to implement reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the mandates of the federal education law. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
    December 10, 2015   BY Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — Calling it a “Christmas miracle,” President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law on Thursday, ushering in a new approach to accountability, teacher evaluations and the way the most poorly performing schools are pushed to improve. Continue reading

  • John Merrow
    October 15, 2015  

    Special correspondent John Merrow has reported on education for more than four decades, and for the PBS NewsHour since the 1980s. Now retiring, he joins Judy Woodruff to talk about what he’s observed over the years. Continue reading

  • new teachers
    July 22, 2015  

    Is it a good time to become a teacher? Salaries haven’t kept up with inflation, tenure is under attack and standardized test scores are being used to fire teachers. And that’s if you get a job. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the struggles for today’s newly trained educators to find work and stay in the classroom. Continue reading

  • testing common core
    April 8, 2015  

    Students in 29 states are taking the Common Core tests for the first time this spring. A few years ago, one school in Washington, D.C., changed how it prepares for standardized tests, adopting home visits, pep rallies and new curricula to give students a boost. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reports on how the educators and students are getting ready to handle the more challenging tests. Continue reading

  • westva3
    February 4, 2015  

    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. Continue reading

  • westvaschool
    February 3, 2015  

    Boredom 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. Continue reading

  • commoncore
    December 25, 2014  

    In 2008, a set of academic standards for U.S. public schools called the Common Core was created for states to voluntarily implement. Intended to raise the bar for American students and teachers, many states that originally signed on are now rewriting the standards or opting out altogether. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports. Continue reading

  • phillyschool4
    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

  • afterthebell
    December 1, 2014  

    Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools. Continue reading

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