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Getting the diploma
December 11, 2017
New York eases graduation requirements for students with disabilities
Students with disabilities will soon be able to earn an alternative diploma without passing any of the state’s exit exams.
December 6, 2017
New York’s free-college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships
One early sign of the program’s effectiveness will be whether students can keep up with their classwork.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 29, 2017
Now up for negotiation: ProComp, Denver’s teacher pay-for-performance system
Teachers have said the system is confusing and complicated.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
A Whole New World
November 21, 2017
Strict rules, Snapchat, and eerie quiet: A first-generation college student adjusts to life on campus
For a New York City teen attending an upstate college, the first semester on campus is a whirlwind of social and academic adjustments.
November 21, 2017
To back up claim that schools must change, DeVos cites made-up statistic about the future of work
Betsy DeVos made a remarkable claim about the future of work — but it appears to have no basis in fact.
path to college
November 15, 2017
Nearly 60 percent of New York City students are heading to college, new data shows
Among city students who entered high school in 2012, 57 percent went on to enroll in college, vocational programs, or “public-service programs” such as the military.
November 9, 2017
For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school
New state reports are highlighting where students are going after graduating from high school.
here's the plan
November 8, 2017
Holcomb’s 2018 education goals skip some of Pence’s most controversial priorities
Holcomb announced his 2018 legislative agenda Wednesday morning.
career and technical education
October 27, 2017
Betsy DeVos returns to Indianapolis to highlight career and technical education during national FFA convention
This was DeVos' third visit to Indiana since taking office.
getting to graduation
October 18, 2017
A capstone project before graduation? New York debates new ways to earn a diploma
As New York continues to rethink what students must do to graduate high school, state policymakers floated their latest idea Monday.
October 4, 2017
New York’s graduation rate could drop under new federal education law
It’s possible the federal graduation rate will exclude New York’s “local” diploma, a less rigorous diploma earned by only about 4 percent of graduating students.
October 2, 2017
22,000 New Yorkers will get new college scholarship from the state after 94,000 applied
Nearly 22,000 New York state students qualified for the first round of the state’s new “Excelsior Scholarship,” which provides free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools.
opening a path
August 30, 2017
College in high school: More Denver schools offer students affordable head start on a degree
“Our students know early on they have a path to college."
August 23, 2017
City plans to slash funding from Young Adult Borough Centers — a last resort option for students
Education officials plan to reduce funding directed to the city’s 23 Young Adult Borough Centers by an average of $254,000.
August 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: Bank Street gives Brooklyn child care providers a boost
BUILDING BLOCKS A new program run by Bank Street College of Education is meeting community-based child care providers where they are — and helping them…
August 10, 2017
What do Nobu 57, the MTA and the DOE have in common? They provided internships in the city’s latest push for career education
Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced 600 city-funded internships have kicked off a new initiative called the Career and Technical Education Industry Scholars Program.
August 10, 2017
One Jeffco program is taking on a big problem: Many low-income students accepted to college never attend
This mentorship program hopes to address a problem that often flies under the radar: 40 percent of low-income students who have been accepted to college don’t show up.
August 7, 2017
Memphis school leaders want to know if ‘million-dollar scholar’ campaigns are hurting more than helping
Two elected leaders promise to look into a former high school student’s complaint of being pressured to apply to 100 colleges in the quest for scholarship money.
August 4, 2017
As Indiana schools try to make every graduate count, educators fear struggling students will lose out
Schools will certainly try to steer more students to the Core 40; if they don’t, their graduation rates will plummet.
August 2, 2017
‘I’m just a little bit angsty’: New York City students talk about what makes them nervous about high school
Last week, a group of rising eighth- and ninth-grade students from Breakthrough New York shared their hopes and fears about high school.
rules and regs
August 1, 2017
Among NY students seeking new Excelsior scholarship, potentially many who aren’t qualified or could pay a price later
Do students understand the terms of the state's new free-tuition scholarship? Experts and interviews suggest the state has more work to do.
July 27, 2017
Colorado’s education plan earns cheers, jeers from national reform groups
Official approval from Washington is still pending.
beyond high school
July 20, 2017
Tennessee leads nation in FAFSA filings for third straight year
Almost three-fourths of Tennessee's high school seniors completed the financial aid form for the upcoming academic year.
July 18, 2017
My high school told me to apply to 100 colleges — and I almost lost myself in the process
"High schools have become obsessed with million-dollar scholars, and it’s hurting students," says Anisah Karim of Memphis.
Lease for scholarships
July 6, 2017
Aurora Public Schools, CSU online degree program hammering out details of new partnership
Seven months after voters backed the project as part of a $300 million bond package, Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating…
access to what
June 27, 2017
This new report underscores a big challenge facing New York City’s college graduation aspirations
A new report looking at what happened to students who graduated under Bloomberg raises questions about Mayor Blasio's approach to getting more students to college.
one barrier down
June 6, 2017
City to eliminate high school admissions method that favored families with time and resources
After a Chalkbeat investigation this fall, New York City will eliminate a high school admissions method that puts low-income families at a disadvantage.
May 30, 2017
New York City’s high school applicant stats paint a misleading picture, Columbia researcher says
To some, the directory, released last week, paints an incomplete picture — one that might cause needless stress or discourage students from applying to schools.
May 25, 2017
Educators working on creating more bilingual students worry new state requirements aren’t high enough
Educators that helped shape the seal of biliteracy offered in Denver, Adams 14 and Eagle have some concerns with low requirements for language proficiency in a new law.
back to the future
May 19, 2017
On display at Automotive High School: A plan to revitalize technical education
A neuroscientist, theoretical physicist and artificial intelligence engineer were among those gathered to talk about the future of career and technical education.
May 18, 2017
How one Memphis charter school’s ACT scores jumped 2.6 points in one year
In Freedom Preparatory Academy's inaugural graduating class, all 50 seniors are headed to college.
Compare and Contrast
May 16, 2017
Two states, two free-college programs. New York’s has more fine print and less support
What can New York learn from Tennessee's experience? The New York Times offered some insights, and we add others.
May 12, 2017
Colorado schools were a hot topic at the state Capitol this year. Here’s what lawmakers did.
Colorado lawmakers this week are celebrating major education-related policy wins, including finding more money for public schools. This year’s legislative session, which ended…
grades for cash
May 9, 2017
Top high school scholars receive top dollar for achievements in Memphis
Shelby County Schools presents checks to valedictorians and salutatorians at its annual senior gala.
May 5, 2017
More Colorado students are entering college unprepared, report says
A report from the Colorado Department of Higher Education showed that more college students were unprepared in the 2015-16 school year.
in the zone
May 1, 2017
Eric Nadelstern, former Klein deputy, has a radical solution for struggling schools: Unzone the city
Eric Nadelstern, who served as deputy chancellor for the education department in the Bloomberg era, thinks of himself as part of a revolution in…
April 24, 2017
Kristina Johnson appointed chancellor of SUNY as state’s controversial free tuition plan kicks in
Johnson, an engineer, served as under-secretary of energy for President Barack Obama.
critics of cuomo
April 18, 2017
CUNY students join chorus of protests against Cuomo’s ‘hypocritical’ college tuition plan
The protest by AQE, an organization that has long criticized the governor, is the latest in a round of backlash against Cuomo’s free college tuition plan.
what's the catch?
April 10, 2017
Cuomo’s promise of free college tuition has a major catch, experts say
Cuomo's tuition plan has a major snag that has so far gone under-the-radar, experts say.
April 8, 2017
New York will make historic investment in free college tuition, part of budget deal reached Friday night
Students across New York state will soon attend college with the promise of free tuition.
April 6, 2017
‘Nobody wins’ when immigrants are blocked from college, says Memphis author
Daniel Connolly, who has reported extensively on immigration issues, talks about opportunities for America's immigrant students.
April 6, 2017
More high school students earning college credit through concurrent enrollment
Colorado's annual concurrent enrollment report shows the number of students taking college classes while in high school went up again.
March 22, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers advance bill to give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition
A proposal to give undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition passed the Senate Education committee with a 7-2 vote and little debate.
down to the wire
March 16, 2017
As New York’s free college tuition debate heats up, experts weigh in on whether a flawed tuition bill is worth passing
A panel of experts tackles the question: Is a bad bill better than no bill?
March 10, 2017
Number of New York City students successfully appealing Regents exam scores in order to graduate triples
Hundreds of New York City students took advantage of new, state-created graduation options.
March 8, 2017
How Colorado education officials have quietly helped struggling schools improve
The State Board of Education will begin a months-long process of determining what changes a dozen schools and five school districts should make to boost student learning.
March 7, 2017
If DSST students do their part, CU Denver will guarantee their admission
DSST has similar partnerships with other campuses in the University of Colorado system.
Up and up
March 3, 2017
More Colorado high school students are going to and staying in college
Colorado's college students are more likely to stay in college than their peers across the nation.
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