Education

  • August 17, 2004  

    The St. Louis School District turned to a New York firm for help after an audit revealed it was spending around 40 percent more than the national average per pupil and only 5 percent of its high-school juniors could read at a proficient level. John Merrow examines the experiment to allow a private firm to run its public schools. Continue reading

  • July 19, 2004  

    Decreased funding has caused many public schools across the nation to struggle to stay afloat. Spencer Michels reports on the detrimental effect budget cutbacks have on schools located in lower income areas in California. Continue reading

  • June 24, 2004  

    Graduate programs at several U.S. universities have seen a considerable decline in the number of applications from foreign students after stricter post-9/11 regulations for student visas were enforced. Betty Ann Bowser examines the impact at some Colorado universities. Continue reading

  • June 22, 2004  

    What does it take to get into a top liberal arts college? Education correspondent John Merrow takes a behind-the-scenes look at the admissions process at Amherst College. Continue reading

  • June 14, 2004  

    The Supreme Court refused to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting a California atheist’s right to sue his daughter’s school district because he does not have exclusive custody of the child. Margaret Warner discusses the decision with National Law Journal Washington bureau chief Marcia Coyle. Continue reading

  • May 25, 2004  

    John Merrow continues his series on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act with a look at the law’s effects on school programs for gifted students. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2004  

    The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case desegregated America’s public schools, but most minority students still attend schools where they are the majority. Gwen Ifill talks to four experts about the ways Brown has brought about change, and the ways it has failed to do so. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2004  

    In May of 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. KTWU, the Topeka PBS station, produced a look back at the decision through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2004  

    President Bush’s education initiative No Child Left Behind introduced standardized testing to all American classrooms. John Merrow looks at the impact of the act on students in special-education classes. Continue reading

  • March 15, 2004  

    The Department of Education relaxed some of the new standards in the No Child Left Behind program Monday, as part of a series of steps to make the law more palatable in schoolrooms around the country. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives on the relaxed rules. Continue reading