The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — As a guarantor of student loans that specialized in collecting from students on the precipice of bankruptcy, the Educational Credit Management Corporation saw up close the “impact of students taking on debt, dropping out of school and being no better off than when they started college in terms of being able to find well-paying jobs,” according to David Hawn, the nonprofit guaranty agency’s chief executive officer. Continue reading
In one of Karachi’s toughest neighborhoods, where the reality of violence and terrorism looms, the Kiran School encourages disadvantaged children to dream big. The goal: prepare them to attend top schools alongside children from the upper class, despite the huge odds stacked against them. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Pakistan. Continue reading
Some schools in areas of Nepal that were hit by two powerful earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 reopened Sunday. Continue reading
In the United States, the number of college students pursuing degrees in math and science fields lags well behind dozens of industrialized countries. The numbers are even smaller for women and people of color. But one program is using robotics as a way to inspire interest young people while they’re still in high school. NewsHour Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr reports. Continue reading
Evanston Township High School outside of Chicago offers its students nearly 30 Advanced Placement classes. But despite the plentiful offerings, administrators noticed that minorities were underrepresented in these courses that can be a boost to a college application. How did the school bridge the gap? Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports from Chicago. Continue reading
In the Netherlands, the approach, known as “comprehensive sex education,” starts as early as age 4. You’ll never hear an explicit reference to sex in a kindergarten class. The goal is bigger than that. It’s about having open, honest conversations about love and relationships.
As the school year draws to a close, many students are taking standardized tests tied to the Common Core. But in some communities there has been a strong backlash, with parents deciding to opt out of having their children participate. The NewsHour’s William Brangham talks to special correspondent for education John Merrow and Motoko Rich of The New York Times. Continue reading
DEER ISLE, Maine — Fifteen-year-old Elliot Nevells spends his summers working on a lobster boat. The days are long and grueling, but he doesn’t mind. He comes from a family of fishermen and, like many teens in his island community … Continue reading