• executive director Sep 4, 2019

    Study Finds Carving Up School Districts Worsens Segregation

    A new study finds that the carving out of new school districts in the South is increasingly dividing white students from their black and Latino peers, reinforcing segregation. The study examines 18 districts created since 2000 across Alabama, around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and around Memphis, Tennessee. The study found that an increasing share of segregation between black and white students...

  • Facebook Jul 27, 2019

    Girls Are Bearing the Brunt of a Rise in US Cyberbullying

    Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to others online. The cyberbullying was so distressing that Whalen said she contemplated suicide. Once she got help, she decided to limit her time on social media. It...

  • Facebook Jul 26, 2019

    Girls Report More Harassment Amid Rise in US Cyberbullying

    There’s a rise in cyberbullying nationwide, with three times as many girls reporting being harassed online or by text message than boys, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The U.S. Department of Education’s research and data arm this month released its latest survey, which shows an uptick in online abuse, though the overall number of students who report...

  • Reporter May 20, 2019

    Amid #MeToo, States Debate Teaching Consent to Kids

    Inside a Catholic school in Portland, Oregon, high school sophomores break into groups to discuss some once-taboo topics: abusive relationships and consent. At one desk, a girl with banana-colored fingernails begins jotting down some of the hallmarks of abuse: Physically hurting you, verbally abusive, can be one-sided. She pauses to seek input from her classmates, boys and girls alike, before...

  • Associated Press May 16, 2019

    Many Online Climate Change Lessons Are Actually Junk

    When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. “It is a pretty scary topic to take on,” said Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior High School, in southern Maine. “There are some...

  • NBC Nov 26, 2018

    Mississippi's ‘Segregation Academy' History Highlighted in Senate Race

    It took more than 15 years for Mississippi and other Southern states to catch up to the Supreme Court’s landmark desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, and many public schools found ways around the new system, NBC News reported. The issue came to light again last week when the Jackson Free-Press reported that Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith a school...

  • Facebook Nov 2, 2018

    2 Dead as Storms Fray Nerves in Hurricane-Tossed Gulf Coast

    At least two people were dead after powerful storms blew through the Gulf Coast region Thursday, jangling the nerves of people whose lives were ripped apart by Hurricane Michael less than a month ago....
    At least 12 tornadoes had been confirmed by Thursday night in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with the damage surveys expected to continue Friday....
    Storms covered a wide area...

  • New Jersey Jul 2, 2020

    US School Districts Weigh Duty to Migrants in Shelters

    When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help. The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning environment resemble one of his schools. While a government contractor...

  • Associated Press Jul 16, 2018

    Billionaires Fuel Powerful State Charter School Groups

    Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed...

  • Associated Press Mar 20, 2018

    Storms Strike College, Leave Trail of Damage Across South

    Emergency crews were converging on Jacksonville State University Tuesday in east Alabama, where storms slammed into the campus and did major damage to the coliseum. Jacksonville was among the hardest-hit communities as storms swept across the South, part of a large system that prompted tornado warnings Monday in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Several shelters opened, local schools were closed, trees...

  • Governor Jan 13, 2018

    Winter Storm Drops Snow, Ice in South, Making Roads a Mess

    James A. Jones saw enough cars stranded along the icy highway to know it was time to pull over as a winter storm blasted parts of Tennessee and Kentucky with sleet, freezing rain and snow Friday. Jones counted 25 cars stuck by the road as he drove from Memphis to McMinnville, Tennessee, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) away. He decided...

  • Massachusetts May 22, 2017

    Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Secrets of Transgender Kids

    Each morning, Joanna Smith’s 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends. But teachers may soon have to disrupt his routine by revealing a...

  • Facebook Apr 29, 2017

    '13 Reasons' Sparks Discussion Over Teen Suicide Depiction

    It’s a scene as painful to watch as it is graphic: A 17-year-old girl climbs into a bathtub with a razor. We see her slice into her skin, we see the blood pour out, hear her cry and struggle to breathe. Then she is still....
    The suicide of the heroine in Netflix’s new popular series “13 Reasons Why” shouldn’t come as...

  • Donald Trump Apr 3, 2017

    Know Your US Constitution? More States Look to Teach It

    Should U.S. high school students know at least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing an American citizenship test? In a growing number of school systems, having such a basic knowledge is now a graduation requirement. But states are taking different approaches to combating what’s seen as a widespread lack of...

  • North Carolina Jan 9, 2017

    US Weather Woes: West Preps for More Flooding With East Coast in Deep Freeze

    As the East Coast waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. At least four deaths have been blamed on the East Coast storm, which dropped more than a foot of snow in southern New England, caused a...

  • Pennsylvania Mar 18, 2016

    Pennsylvania Stuck in Historic Budget Gridlock

    Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.

  • Pennsylvania May 1, 2015

    How is Special Education Paid For in Pennsylvania Public Schools?

    In the Multiple Choices podcast, Keystone Crossroads senior education writer Kevin McCorry joins with Paul Socolar, publisher and editor of the Public School Notebook, and Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa to explain and explore the history, complexities and controversies of public education funding in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania Mar 14, 2015

    Pennsylvania's Spending Gap Between Rich, Poor Schools Cited

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Pennsylvania has the largest spending gap between rich and poor school districts — and that must change.

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