Indiana, one of the 45 states that adopted the national Common Core educational standards, has became the first state to drop them. Across the country, anger over the federal government’s role in schools has been focused at Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on Duncan’s role in the evolution of American educational policy. Continue reading
Public schools in New York state are the most segregated in the nation, according to a report out this week from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project. The overall rate of segregation was heavily weighted by New York City schools, which the researchers say is the most segregated school system in the country. Continue reading
Indiana has become the first state to drop the Common Core standards for teaching math and English in public schools. Continue reading
The Department of Education published a report that shows sweeping patterns of disparity by race in public schools across the country, including fewer advanced classes available to students of color and a disproportionately high percentage of suspensions. Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. Continue reading
Minority students are less likely to have access to advanced math and science classes and veteran teachers. Black students of any age, even the youngest preschoolers, are more likely to be suspended. And students with disabilities are more likely than other students to be tied down or placed alone in a room as a form of discipline. Continue reading
Legislators in Michigan have proposed a creative solution for financing college tuition — make it free. That’s the first step. Second step: require the student to “pay it forward.” Continue reading
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The percentage of students who receive music education has been in decline for decades. The Harmony Project, a music program for inner-city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children. Continue reading
More than half of the nation’s public school facilities are in desperate need of repairs or modernization, according to a new survey released Thursday.
On average, school building were at least 44 years old and the renovations would cost roughly $197 billion to improve those schools, researchers from the National Center for Education Statistics said. Continue reading
One of the most frequently taken college admission exams in America has just undergone a significant makeover. The College Board, which administers the SAT, announced Wednesday the first major changes to the test since 2005.
The changes, which will not take effect until 2016, include the removals of mandatory essays, penalties for incorrect answer and obscure vocabulary words. Continue reading
The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a top score of 1600 and create new fee waivers for lower-income students, among other changes. Judy Woodruff turns to special correspondent for education John Merrow to examine the measures and what they mean for students. Continue reading