- Richer school districts in 23 states are receiving more local funding than their poorer counterparts
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that in 23 states, “per-pupil spending” by state and local governments is lower in poor school districts than in rich ones, in some cases as much as 33 percent lower. Nationwide, the average amount spent on students in poor school districts is $9,270 versus $10,721 for students in wealthy districts, based on U.S. Census data released by the National Center for Education Statistics last month.
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
Eleven Wesleyan University students were hospitalized this weekend with symptoms consistent with use of the club drug known as Molly. One sophomore is in critical condition.
During a speech at the Detroit Economic Club last week, Jeb Bush veered from topics strictly fiscal. He touted his record improving Florida’s schools during his time in the governor’s office, including claiming that Hispanics in the state were “two grade levels ahead of the average.”
The report measured poverty among students by the number of those that qualified for free and reduced lunch. Continue reading
The high school graduation rate for Native Americans is the lowest of any ethnic or racial group in the United States. How can the government assist reservation schools while respecting autonomy of tribes? Judy Woodruff talks to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about a series of initiatives announced by the president on how to undo deep-seated education challenges for Native Americans. Continue reading
The events in Ferguson have sparked discussions in homes and communities, including schools. Correspondent Jeffrey Brown speaks with #FergusonSyllabus creator Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Liz Collins of Washington Latin Public Charter School on how teachers can use Missouri history and the role of the media to teach and discuss what is happening in Ferguson. Continue reading
Forty-three students disappeared in Southern Mexico more than a month ago. In late September, local police allegedly opened fire on the group, then handed them over to a drug gang on the orders of the mayor. As investigators search for a possible mass grave, public outrage over a lack of results has fueled increasingly violent protests. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Fifty years ago this month, long before the Vietnam War, students on the U.C. Berkeley campus ignited protests over a ban on political activity — a student movement that would morph into the huge, confrontational demonstrations of the early 1970s and beyond. Continue reading