public schools

  • 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

  • teacherled
    August 18, 2014  

    In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years. Continue reading

  • A new Pew Research Center poll finds liberals and conservatives disagree on where to live, how big their house should be and whether walking to stores and restaurants is important.  Photo by Flickr user Chris Dlugosz
    June 12, 2014   BY Domenico Montanaro 

    Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much when it comes to politics. But it runs even deeper than that, a new Pew Research Center poll finds. The most polarized on the right and left disagree on where to live, who … Continue reading

  • tenure
    June 10, 2014  

    A California judge ruled that the state’s tenure protections for public school teachers are unconstitutional. Students who sued the state argued that the tenure policies denied their right to a quality education. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, and Russlynn Ali, former assistant secretary to the Department of Education. Continue reading

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