High school students in Pomona, Calif., articulated the struggles of millions of Americans by making a video called, “Is Anybody Listening?” about the economic hardships they have faced. KCET’s “SoCal Connected” examines their story, which ends with a visit by President Obama. Continue reading
President Barack Obama called for big changes in education earlier this week. John Merrow profiles Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who will be heading up the president’s calls for reform and who may bring new strategies to the education policy arena. Continue reading
As governors and state legislatures examine the economic stimulus bill President Obama plans to sign Tuesday, they are assessing whether it could help them avoid raising taxes, cutting jobs or scaling back programs to close growing budget deficits. Continue reading
The Peekskill, N.Y., public school district is suffering from the deepening recession’s ripple effects, which will force administrators to cut student bus services, teachers’ positions and arts programs. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports. Continue reading
An old piano factory in the South Bronx might not be the first place you’d look for a movie studio, but that’s just where you will find the Ghetto Film School and a group of aspiring teenage filmmakers putting the finishing touches on their first movie.
In New Orleans, truancy is a continuing problem for schools struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. John Merrow continues his series on troubled public schools. Continue reading
Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee closed 23 schools and fired 40 principals last summer as part of an overhaul of the public school system. John Merrow reports on one principal’s reaction to Rhee’s dramatic approach and how her reform efforts are faring. Continue reading