Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 8:49am
Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools—from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks—than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 11:59am
Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, the police predicted chaos. But instead, results show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 3:22pm
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.
Submitted by ANGELA PASCOPELLA on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 11:48am
Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread protests over school closures in the city.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:47pm
In his revealing book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” Charles Murray spends hundreds of pages using statistics to illustrate the rising inequality that is increasingly putting the white working class on the path toward generational poverty.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:43pm
Philadelphia’s problems with its schools are due to its being one of the poorest cities in America. That didn’t happen by accident. Choices were made that drove businesses, jobs, and taxpayers out of the city. Our poverty is directly related to high tax rates, irrational tax structure, corruption, mismanagement, and misplaced spending priorities.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 3:12pm
It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter. But this wasn't a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 1:21pm
A new report argues that humanities and social sciences are as essential to the country's economic and civic future as science and technology. The study, commissioned in 2010 by a bipartisan group of members of the Congress and conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, comes at a time when the value of liberal arts is being challenged.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 3:08pm
Fremont High School's campus in gang-entrenched East Oakland is just three blocks away from International Boulevard, famous for its booming sex trade. The school is known for abysmal test scores, numerous student suspensions, and low graduation rates.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 2:09pm
It isn’t just parents who should worry about kids who waste their time thumbing video games and text messages instead of doing their homework. America’s position as a world leader is at stake.