Economy Is a Tough Subject for the Nation’s Public Schools
States traditionally have been reluctant to cut school funding during hard times, but in the current severe downturn schools are not immune.
One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School Students
The number of Latino students in public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth in school enrollments. Projections now show there will be more school-age Hispanic children than school-age non-Hispanic white children by 2050.
Explaining the English Language Learner Achievement Gap
A new analysis finds that lagging scores of students designated as English language learners can be partly explained by their concentration in low-performing schools.
Writing, Technology and Teens
Most teenagers spend a considerable amount of their life composing texts, but they don’t regard most of the material they create electronically as real writing. Does e-communication help – or hurt – students’ writing skills?
Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence
An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.
Do State Tests Make the Grade?
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of standardized tests in public schools today, but differences in state standards and the reluctance of some states to spend money for high-quality, challenging tests have caused a great disparity from state to state.
Report: Teachers Earn Less than Peers
In 40 states, public school teachers fail to make as much as workers in comparable professions, such as reporters and insurance underwriters, according to a new report by the Education Research Center.
In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help
A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.
Much Campus Crime Goes Unreported
Schools and colleges across the country do not report violent incidents on campus consistently or accurately — in many cases because they are not required to, according to safety experts and a new report by 27 state attorneys general.
A Changing Racial and Ethnic Mix in U.S. Public Schools
A new analysis of public school enrollment data by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that in the dozen years from 1993-94 to 2005-06, white students became significantly less isolated from minority students while, at the same time, black and Hispanic students became slightly more isolated from white students.