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
Use our searchable database to see how these trends are playing out in your high school. Continue reading
The National Dance Institute of New Mexico aims to instill in young people the lessons of success through lessons in dance: hard work, perseverance and health. This year, NDI taught nearly 8,000 students — a majority from low-income families — across the state, and academic performance has improved across the board. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports. Continue reading
- [caption id="attachment_103650" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools[/caption]
While a report released earlier this year shows the U.S. has reached a record milestone achievement of an 80 percent graduation rate, GradNation and The Center for Promise at Tufts University set out to understand why young people leave high school before graduation, investigating experiences that lead them astray in a new report released today. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Count on singing and dancing, maybe even a few magic tricks, when the curtain goes up Tuesday on the very first White House talent show.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, we asked our network of Student Reporting Labs across the nation if integration should be a national goal. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say. Continue reading
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the question of how far we’ve come in eliminating segregated education is not a simple one. Gwen Ifill leads a discussion with Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University, Catherine Lhamon of the Department of Education and Ron Brownstein of Atlantic Media. Continue reading