Correspondent John Merrow reports on the progress of Detroit’s public school system, following last year’s tumultuous takeover by the state of Michigan, following allegations of corruption, a $316 million hole in its budget and tumbling enrollment. Continue reading
Earlier this week, 53 students from around the nation gathered in Washington for the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, an annual event that encourages the love of spoken word among young people.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to announce Thursday afternoon that he will run as an independent in the race to fill an open Senate seat. How would Sunshine State voters react to a three-way race? We ask two political watchers. Continue reading
Thursday on the NewsHour, a book about war that has stood the test of time. Jeffrey Brown talks to Tim O’Brien about his landmark work, “The Things They Carried,” a piece of fiction based on the author’s experience serving in the Vietnam War.
Community colleges are playing an increasing role in the country’s higher educational system, but a high percentage of their students never finish their coursework. Jeffrey Brown talks to experts about a new national accountability standard aimed at bolstering graduation rates. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal about two major cases before the Supreme Court. The first is a clash over free-speech rights of religious groups on college campuses and the second deals with text messages and workplace privacy. Continue reading
Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has reached a tentative deal with the city’s teachers’ union for a new five-year contract. Rhee came to Washington in 2007 with an ambitious plan to reform the city’s troubled schools, but has had … Continue reading
In his ongoing look at efforts to turn around ailing schools in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. John Merrow reports on the use of alternative school programs in Louisiana and progress on negotiations between a teachers union and public schools in the nation’s capital. Continue reading
Jaime Escalante, the former Los Angeles mathematics teacher whose work with low-income students inspired the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver,” died Tuesday after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 79. Escalante was a strong advocate for education reform, pushing … Continue reading
President Barack Obama will cap the overhaul to health care on Tuesday when he travels from the White House to a local community college to sign the package of “fixes” to the legislation passed by Congress last week. While the … Continue reading