What federal funding for civics reveals about American political discourse

Nov 6, 2019
As Americans grapple with questions of impeachment, many schools have shifted attention away from civics education.
Teacher Oumar Diallo at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., says he tries to use current events to keep his students interested in civics.
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An educator takes her frustration to the streets

Sep 10, 2018
Teresa Danks is known as the "panhandling teacher."
Teachers rally at the state capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 4.
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Can Baltimore's new funding approach solve the "education debt"?

Jan 26, 2018
This week in Baltimore, the school board approved a new plan to fund city schools based on poverty rates. Previously, funds were distributed based on test scores, with schools getting extra money for advanced students as well as for low-performing…

Access to high-quality preschool remains unequal

May 12, 2016
While national numbers are up, not every state is increasing its funding for preschool.
Pre-K spending per child is up overall, but that's not the whole picture.
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When celebrities get behind schools

Mar 30, 2016
Plenty of stars try their hands at financially supporting education, but their mileage varies.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean 'Diddy' Combs reacts after delivering the commencement speech at Howard University's 146th commencement exercises on May 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. 
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What happens when big philanthropy efforts fail?

Sep 22, 2015
A new book explores the flaws in Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to Newark schools.
Dale Russakoff's "The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?" explores the flaws in one group's plans to reform education in New Jersey.
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American students head to Germany for free college

Apr 1, 2015
More American students are getting degrees in other countries with free college.

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Can tech transform education for juvenile offenders?

Feb 23, 2015
Thousands of kids are locked up and losing ground in the juvenile justice system.

With Common Core testing, you get what you pay for

Feb 9, 2015
A look at economics of testing and new assessments tied to Common Core standards.

Obama proposes free community college plan

Jan 9, 2015
"No one with the drive and discipline" should be denied a college education, president says.