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27:14Separate and UnequalJul. 15, 2014
13:34Middle School MomentJul. 17, 2012
17:59Educating Sergeant Pantzke Jun. 28, 2011
53:47Football HighApr. 12, 2011
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The Uncomfortable Reality of Community Schools

More often than not they’re racially and economically segregated

Does Integration Still Matter in Public Schools?

One longtime education expert, Richard Kahlenberg, says integration in public schools today is increasingly about class, not race.

The Return of School Segregation in Eight Charts

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, racial divides are back on the rise inside America’s classrooms. What happened?

How the Supreme Court Shaped School Segregation

From the mid-1800s, when the court defined “separate but equal” to recent challenges to integration, here’s a look at some of the landmark decisions.

“I Have Grown to Be Resilient”

Omarina and Ms. Miller on filming “Middle School Moment” and how they bonded during Omarina’s high-school application process

Middle School Moment

Dropout Nation

A Return to School Segregation in America?

Public schools are more segregated now than in 1968. Does it matter? FRONTLINE goes inside one school district’s debate.

Report: School Segregation Is Back, 60 Years After “Brown”

White students are the most isolated in the country, even as the number of minority students increases. That’s bad for everyone, a new report finds.

Bill Tries, Again, to Curb For-Profit Colleges’ Share of GI Cash

For the second time in two years, Congress is trying to close a loophole that allows for-profit colleges and universities to collect billions of federal dollars in tuition from veterans.

A Note from Dropout Nation’s Marco: “I Love My Life”

Marco is now a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and wrote in to FRONTLINE with some advice for would-be graduates.

For-Profit Colleges Under Scrutiny, Again

When FRONTLINE viewers last saw Sgt. Chris Pantzke, he was struggling to deal with the fallout from signing up for courses at a for-profit college that he couldn’t complete.

Live Chat 3:30 pm ET Thursday: Assessing Rhee’s Reforms

Join a live chat on “The Education of Michelle Rhee” with the film’s correspondent, John Merrow, and a panel of leading journalists and experts. You can leave a question now.

The Battle over Education Reform

The debate over how to improve K-12 public education in America has long been highly charged and contentious, but in recent years, it’s taken on a polarizing either or mentality.

After Michelle Rhee: What Happened Next in D.C.’s Schools

Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s protégé and successor, has maintained a lower profile while continuing many of Rhee’s controversial reforms.

How Do You Measure Success in School Reform?

Michelle Rhee has taken her education reform agenda nationally, yet supporters and critics alike continue to wrestle with the same questions that dominated her tenure in Washington. For example, how do you turn around a struggling school? What makes a good teacher? Three experts weigh in.

Education Department Finds No Evidence Of Widespread Cheating On D.C. Exams

A Department of Education investigation has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the Washington, D.C. school system in response to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former principal.

Michelle Rhee: “The Bee Eater”

As a young elementary teacher in Baltimore, Michelle Rhee struggled to capture the attention of her students. That is, until the day she won over her classroom with a surprising move.

StudentsFirst Gives 11 States Failing Grades on Public Education

Today the education reform group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a report grading states based on adherence to its platform, giving 11 states failing grades of F. The highest grade any state received was a B-.

Dropout Nation’s Marcus Finally Gets to Play Ball

When we last saw Marcus, the stubborn, charismatic student in Dropout Nation, he had just punched another kid in the face two hours before the school year ended, an act that jeopardized his chance to stay in school and play football.

A Changing of the Guard at Houston’s Disciplinary School

After 15 years of pioneering a private model of disciplining public school students — and arousing persistent controversy from Florida to Texas — Community Education Partners (CEP), one of the nation’s largest private education firms, says it is closing its doors.

ARCHIVED PROGRAMS

Jul. 3, 2003

Public Schools, Inc.

(60 minutes) Ten years after "edupreneur" Chris Whittle first announced his bold plan to revolutionize the way we educate children, Whittle's Edison Schools continue to be a lightening rod for the issue of for-profit, public education. FRONTLINE and the PBS education series The Merrow Report join forces with The New York Times to investigate the intertwined fortunes of Edison Schools and its charismatic yet controversial leader, and examine whether it's possible to create world-class schools that turn a profit. (Web site »)
Mar. 28, 2002

Testing Our Schools

(60 minutes) President Bush's proposal for mandatory public school testing in grades three through eight signals the beginning of a new era in public education, one marked by increased federal involvement in schools and an unprecedented expansion in the role of tests. A business school graduate and self-styled "CEO President," Bush envisions a business model where educators set objectives, measure performance, and hold students and teachers accountable for results. But will the business model work in education? FRONTLINE correspondent John Merrow examines how the quest for higher scores is changing teaching and learning in America. (Web site »)
May. 23, 2000

The Battle Over School Choice

(60 minutes) With more students than ever enrolled in kindergarten through high school, education is now a top voter concern. What's needed to improve our public schools-better teachers, smaller classes, greater parent involvement, higher standards, more tests? Or, is privatization the answer? Democrats and Republicans differ sharply on the hot button issue of school vouchers and whether public funds should be used to pay for private or parochial schools. FRONTLINE explores the heated political debate over the reform of public education and investigates the spectrum of "school choice" options-from vouchers to charter schools to for-profit academies-and their growing popularity in troubled inner cities. FRONTLINE also interviews presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush about their views on reform initiatives and looks at their track records on improving public schools. (Web site »)
Oct. 5, 1999

Secrets of the SAT

(60 minutes) How fair are standardized tests? What do they measure? And what's their impact on racial diversity on America's college campuses? FRONTLINE examines the debate over fairness in college admissions, looking at the national obsession with test scores, the multimillion dollar test prep industry, and the legal challenges to race-sensitive admissions policies. A diverse set of students are followed through the stressful college admissions cycle as they dream of attending some of the country's most prestigious universities. (Web site »)
Apr. 28, 1992

Who Cares About Children?

(60 minutes) With 410,000 children in foster-care and over half a million expected by 1995, child advocates across the country say nearly every state is in, or approaching, a crisis. Frontline examines the child-welfare crisis in Arkansas and the struggle to reform the system-a political battle that focused squarely on Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton as he launched his presidential campaign.
Jun. 12, 1990

Teacher, Teacher

(60 minutes) Frontline explores the hopes and frustrations of public school teachers in one midwestern town as they face the threat of funding cutbacks, the criticism of parents, and a growing number of troubled children from troubled homes.
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