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As News Deserts Expand, Student Journalists Step Up

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From student-staffed statehouse bureaus to papers run by journalism schools, academic-media partnerships are bolstering local coverage.

‘Wraparound Support’ Meets Black and Hispanic Girls’ Overlooked Mental Health Needs

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At a time when teen girls’ mental health is in crisis, Working on Womanhood offers help where they spend the most time: school.

The Arizona School Setting Kids With Autism Up for Success

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Whether it’s working in a campus coffee shop or caring for the schools tortoises, hands-on experience propels students into a life beyond the classroom.

The Over-50s Turning to Teaching

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Second-career teachers” are helping to alleviate the teacher shortage in England and making schools more diverse places.

Why Schools Are Welcoming Intergenerational Tutoring

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When senior citizens are paired with elementary-aged pupils, the benefits go both ways.

How Books Are Reaching Kids in ‘Book Deserts’

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Millions of children in the US grow up without books at home. A book bank aims to change that.

A Surprising Way to Stop Bullying

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The strategy behind the “No-Blame” approach is counterintuitive but effective: enlisting the bullies’ help to solve the problem.

A High School for Dropouts

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A “curated” approach — including on-site childcare and academic coaching — gives adults a second chance at a diploma.

Putting Green Jobs in the Curriculum

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California students are becoming more environmentally aware while lowering their high school’s carbon footprint.

Housing Help Turns Indiana’s Single Mothers Into Scholars

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A residence for single moms removes some of the burdens of daily life to ease the path to a college degree.

The ‘Barefoot College’ Reinventing Rural Education

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Teaching everything from emergency medicine to solar engineering, a radical new university is serving the needs of India’s rural poor, whether they can read or not.

The School That Solved Its Teacher Shortage by Recruiting Its Students

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Teacher burnout from remote learning has left many schools struggling to retain faculty. One Florida principal’s solution? Convert students into staff.

The City Where Third Graders Train to Be Engineers

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Since Greenville, South Carolina started offering “career education” for its youngest students, the number of graduates earning industry certifications has soared.

In Washington, Students Learn About Climate Change Like Nowhere Else

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Food justice classes and mock G7 summits are on the curriculum in the first US state to fund “climate change education” in public schools.

Home Sweet School District

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Burnout, low pay and high-cost housing have driven teachers away from rural schools. One town gave them a reason to come back.

Why Wisconsin Kids Figure Out Their Futures Early

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The Badger State’s students start mapping out a career path in the sixth grade, saving them time, confusion and college debt they didn’t need.

The British Schools Reinventing Themselves as Refugee Sanctuaries

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As pupils arrive from Ukraine, Afghanistan and beyond, hundreds of UK schools are recalibrating to embrace them.

Talent-Hungry Companies Are Teaming Up With Historically Black Colleges

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From Google to the NFL, major companies are confronting the labor crunch through deep partnerships with HBCUs.

What Happened When France Sent Low-Income Kids to Wealthy Schools

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Bussing disadvantaged students to top-notch public schools has led to higher grades, lower drop-out rates and a call for more integration.

The Texas University That Charges Low-Income Students Precisely Zero

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University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley keeps tuition low and offers generous aid to its majority-Hispanic student body. The results are paying off.

The Guarantee That Gets More Low-Income Students into College

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When the University of Michigan made a minor change to how it talks about financial aid, enrollment among kids from low-income families surged.

How a Homeless Shelter in a School Paid Off in the Classroom

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A school in San Francisco lets unhoused students and their families sleep on site. The students who stay there are improving scholastically.

What’s Behind Black Girls’ Spectacular Graduation Rates in Memphis?

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Defying the odds, Black girls are graduating at a higher rate than any other demographic in the city’s public schools.

The Exchange Program Sending American Teens Across State Lines

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In a divided country, experiencing another state can expand your worldview as much as studying abroad.

For a Lesson in Pre-K Excellence, Look to Alabama

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As the U.S. considers universal preschool, Alabama’s free pre-K stands out as a model for long-term, bipartisan success.

Building an Athletics-to-Med-School Pipeline for Black Men

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Focus, teamwork, grit: High-performing athletes possess many of the attributes physicians need — and could be the key to getting more Black men into medicine.

Clearing a Path from Prison to the Bar Exam

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A movement to empower formerly incarcerated people to become lawyers is changing the criminal justice system from the inside out.

In Paris, More Student Diversity Means Less Private School Flight

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An experiment in shuffling kids from school to school saw more families stick with the public system.

Idled by Covid, School Bus Drivers Are Becoming College Counselors

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When an Indiana school district ran short on student case managers, it looked to its road warriors for help.

Free the Playgrounds!

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Elaborate, over-programmed playgrounds increasingly dictate how kids should use them. Can a new type of playscape unwrite the script?

The Transformative Power of Replacing Guns With Jobs

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Youth involved in gun violence would rather be working than shooting. One group decided to give them what they want.

In this Connecticut Prison, the Guards Double as Mentors

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What happens when incarcerated people see a correctional officer not as an overlord, but as someone who can help?

Inside the Student-Led Movement to Depolarize College

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Beyond the ideological brawls and anti-speaker protests is a push to make disagreement on campus cool again.

‘Microcredentials’ Are Changing the Pandemic Job Hunt

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Some universities are offering college credits as industry-recognized certificates instead, allowing students to use them in the job market long before they graduate.

The Youth Who Turned a Prison Into a Farm

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In North Carolina, teens who were once at risk of being locked up have created a place where good things grow.

Do School Plays Lead to PhDs?

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A new report shows a correlation that’s held for decades: People with more education are more involved in the arts. Or is it the other way around?

The High School That Follows Its Students to College

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A school in Detroit deploys counselors to make sure its graduates are staying on the collegiate track. Unlock your phones, kids.

Can California’s Colleges Be Saved?

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Soaring tuition and slipping graduation rates have challenged the UC system’s renown. Now, an attempt to restore its former glory is underway.

A School Where Character Gets a Grade

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An A+ for accountability? How one school grades students’ “character data” as much as their homework, and gets a decent report card on future success

My Alternate Route to Harvard

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Raised on the plains of North Carolina by parents who grew up in the segregated South, I wasn’t put on the “Harvard track” early. I got there anyway—thanks to one of the best-kept secrets in higher education.

Reversing the Tide

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College degree programs like the Bard Prison Initiative give jailed students a chance to thrive once they’re released—and drive down the costs of incarceration for us all.

I’m Not That Guy Anymore

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I hated school—until I got slapped with a 15-year prison sentence and discovered calculus, Mandarin and the college degree I never knew I wanted.

The School Where Refugees Thrive

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At Fugees Academy, students who arrived in the U.S. as refugees—sometimes without parents or English skills—are graduating at a rate of 90 percent.

“The Best Worst Mistake You Ever Made”

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Before they became places to warehouse so-called problem kids, alternative learning centers were designed to help at-risk students succeed. Some are rediscovering that mission.

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