In September, New Orleans will be the country’s first all-charter school district. The evolution was accelerated after Hurricane Katrina, when state officials and others seized the opportunity to overhaul the city’s troubled schools. Special education correspondent John Merrow and Sarah Carr, author of “Hope Against Hope,” join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the transition and its national implications. Continue reading
- Bridging America’s ‘digital divide,’ National education organizations urge FCC to increase E-Rate funding
Many school districts across the country are unprepared to support the bandwidth it takes to accommodate new education trends in digital learning and testing. In fact, fewer than one in three of America’s classrooms have Internet access, according to the … Continue reading
The Common Core standards for math and English could be out in two more states. State legislatures in Oklahoma and South Carolina have sent bills to their governors’ desks to withdraw from the standards, which have been adopted by 45 … Continue reading
The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to use more wholesome ingredients and set fat, sugar and sodium limits. But Republican lawmakers have proposed a one-year waiver, arguing that students won’t eat the new offerings or that schools can’t afford them. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign and John Dickl of the School Nutrition Association. Continue reading
When students in the New Orleans Recovery School district head back to class next fall, not one will be attending a traditional public school. The Louisiana city’s Recovery School District, formed after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, closed its last five neighborhood schools this week, making it the first in the country comprised completely of charters.
When Vanessa Hurst graduated from college in 2008 she became part of a rare breed: women who hold bachelor’s degrees in computer science. In the U.S. in 2001, 27.6 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science went to women, according to the National Science Foundation. By 2008, that number had dropped to a low of 17.7 percent. Though more recent numbers show a slight uptick to 18.2 percent in 2010, the field is still overwhelmingly male. Continue reading
Pre-fab classroom buildings, or “portables,” are supposed to provide a temporary, affordable solution to overcrowded schools. But many are kept in use well beyond their intended expiration dates, accumulating additional costs and sometimes causing difficulties. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS Seattle reports on how one Washington state school district is tackling this challenge. Continue reading
Next Tuesday, students from around the country are headed to the 2014 White House Science Fair hosted by President Barack Obama. In an effort to address gender gaps in scientific research and careers, this year’s fair will focus specifically on girls and women who are excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known widely in the education community as STEM. Continue reading
A Philadelphia first grader collapsed in his classroom at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia Wednesday and died two hours later, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
The 7-year-old boy was the second student to die in the Philadelphia’s public schools this school year. A sixth grader died in October 2013 from an asthma attack that started at school. In both instances, the schools’ part-time nurses were not on campus. Continue reading
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