December 17, 2013 In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.
December 14, 2013 More than 60 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through grade 5 reported increased security precautions, according to a recent poll. It was the first national survey since the 1999 Columbine tragedy to ask parents how schools reacted to a mass shooting.
December 4, 2013 In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.
November 22, 2013 A few short years ago, Simon Gratz in North Philadelphia was among the state's most troubled, violent and academically underachieving high schools. Today, now a charter school, Gratz is very much on the rebound. But critics say Philadelphia can't charter its way out of its school crisis.
November 21, 2013 Close to 40 percent of kids in Philadelphia live in poverty — but discussion of the link between poverty and student achievement is almost absent from an ongoing debate to fix schools. Public health and education experts say poverty and hunger undermine children's development.
November 7, 2013 Schools nationwide are under growing pressure to add instructional time, and recess is often one of the first things to get squeezed — particularly in low-income districts. But some schools are pushing back, embracing play time and physical activity as central to learning.
November 1, 2013 As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they're debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.
October 25, 2013 Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.
October 16, 2013 Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.
October 15, 2013 Amid skyrocketing real estate and rental prices, low-income families are fighting to stay put in order to access world-class public schools. One group of families battling the closure of Palo Alto's last mobile home park is getting help from a local PTA that values diversity.
August 14, 2012 Germany has announced plans for a total nuclear phaseout in 10 years and an ambitious transition to renewable energy. But one big challenge is distribution, and new power lines are planned. Opposition is growing among Germans who say the power-grid expansion will hurt their homes, land and lives.
August 13, 2012 Poland is part of the EU but hasn't yet adopted the euro single currency. An economic success story during rough times, Poland's economy grew an average of nearly 4 percent annually since 2008. But now there is concern that the crisis in the eurozone may threaten the country's post-communist run of prosperity.