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01/09/2017

By WBUR
January 9, 2017

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education. 

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

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01/09/2017

By Cory Turner
January 9, 2017

He didn’t have long. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was confirmed by the Senate in March 2016 after President Obama’s long-serving secretary, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015. 

01/08/2017

By Alejandra Matos
January 8, 2016

01/06/2017

By Perr Stein
January 6, 2017

D.C. leaders say they will open a middle school in the city’s Takoma neighborhood in 2019 to feed into the under-enrolled Coolidge High School — the latest push in the city’s effort to keep families in D.C. Public Schools beyond the elementary grades. 

12/27/2016

By Claudio Sanchez 
December 27, 2016 

One of the most controversial questions in education has been whether preschool — and specifically Head Start — helps kids succeed as they move through elementary school.

12/23/2016

By Valerie Strauss
December 23, 2016

Lily Howard Scott is an educator who first worked with children as a teaching artist, visiting schools in Brooklyn and using playwriting and creative drama to help kids access curricula in unconventional ways. Lily says she believes that the most meaningful learning occurs when teachers design or adapt curricula to meet the needs, strengths, and interests of their students.

She describes the importance of retaining great teachers in public schools and explores the ways schools can attract them.

12/20/2016

By Christiana Sturdivant
December 20, 2016

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to install Antwan Wilson as D.C. Public School’s new chancellor, despite opposition from some groups that allege the nomination process violated the law. During his two-year stint in Oakland, Wilson was credited with increasing the system’s graduation rate by almost four percentage points, as well as decreasing suspension rates and investing in teacher pay, among other things.

12/18/2016

By Jay Mathews
December 18, 2016

Scores on Virginia’s Standards of Learning math tests have gone up three years straight at Fairfax County’s J.E.B. Stuart High School. The improvement stems mostly from better teaching and more time for instruction, but a little-noticed part of this process deserves special mention.

Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at Stuart, says an innovation has been added involving a fact of human nature not usually taught in education schools.

12/18/2016

By Alejandra Matos
December 18, 2016 

Luke C. Moore High School might not be typical, but the students there have the same big dreams as other D.C. public school students.

One of four alternative schools in the public school system, Luke serves students who did not do well elsewhere; nearly 70 percent of the student body is between ages 18 and 24, and all of them were not on track to get their diplomas in their neighborhood schools.

12/14/2016

By Joe Heim
December 14, 2016

Head Start, the federal program that provides educaiton, nutrition and health services to low-income children and their families, is not adequately funded and is administered so differently from state to state that children do not benefit equally, according to a new report from the Naitonal Institute forEarly Education Research. 

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