January 27, 2012 In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on every state to require students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18. But unimpressive results in states that already have that requirement raise questions about how effective the initiative would really be.
January 24, 2012 In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a "new national commitment" to train 2 million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job. It was not the first time he's proposed this, though.
December 22, 2011 State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion this year from education, one of the largest cuts in the Texas history. More than 12,000 teachers and staff have been laid off. Some districts halted construction on much-needed new schools; others have parents pay for extra programs. And low-income students may fare the worst.
November 30, 2011 Instead of being sent to the principal's office for things like truancy or dress code violations, young people in Texas are "ticketed" by school police and sent to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools are changing their disciplinary policies to keep students from dropping out.
October 25, 2011 At Coral Way, the children of political refugees fleeing Cuba in the 1960s were not only expected to learn English, but also expected to remain fluent in Spanish and hold on to their culture. Today's students can read, speak and write in both languages.
August 10, 2011 As school begins this fall, teachers are not happy. Many say they get no respect and that local, state and federal governments are chipping away at their authority and their hard won rights, not to mention their paychecks. "We're constantly beat down," says one middle school teacher in Florida.
August 9, 2011 In this 1958 film, set in a fictional town on the U.S.-Mexico border, the line between good and evil is rarely easy to trace. But NPR's Claudio Sanchez thought the worst of Touch of Evil's portrayal of the border — until he took a closer look.
July 31, 2011 As the 50 states pass their budgets in trying times, education spending is taking one of the hardest hits. In North Carolina, the cuts are so severe that Gov. Beverly Perdue warns "they will do generational damage" to public education.
July 28, 2011 Accurate dropout figures are very hard to find because most states don't adequately collect or analyze the data. Part of the problem is that every state has had a different definition for dropout. Dropped out and then enrolled in a GED program? Some states don't consider you a dropout.