Public Education

The Whiter, Richer School District Right Next Door

Public schools’ dependence on local property taxes means some districts get isolated from the financial resources in their communities.

K-12 Spending Sees Gains, But Still Lags in Many States, Teachers Union Says

An analysis of 2017 data finds education funding remains below pre-recession levels in over a third of states.

There’s a Generational Shift in the Debate Over Busing

COMMENTARY | Kamala Harris took part in a bold experiment as a child—and the experiences of her generation may transform the debate over desegregation.

A Statewide Safety System for Students

Middle and high-school students in North Carolina can anonymously report safety tips by app in the coming school year as part of a partnership between the state and nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.

Out of Order: Schools Quash Delivery Food Trend

Citing security and nuisance concerns, school districts from California to Delaware are cracking down on students ordering up lunch on UberEats or other apps.

Teachers Earn Less Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts, Research Shows

Teachers have a 21.4 percent "wage penalty" compared to college graduates with similar education and experience, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute.

The Other Kind of School Segregation

COMMENTARY | The public focuses its attention on divides between schools, while tracking has created separate and unequal education systems within single schools.

The Children of the Children of Columbine

Twenty years after the shooting at Columbine High School, some survivors—now parents themselves—are figuring out how to talk to their kids about lockdown drills.

Florida Supreme Court to Weigh Government Liability in Parkland Shooting

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alabama tornados and fatalities ... A Kentucky city is creating a registry of convicted animal abusers ... Closures of "board-and-care" homes in California.

The Utter Inadequacy of America’s Efforts to Desegregate Schools

In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools. They thought of it as a quick fix to a passing problem. But the problem hasn’t passed, and METCO isn’t enough to fix it.

U.S. Education Dept. Sued Over Blocking Access to Advocacy Group’s Website From Within Office Building

Alleged Wi-Fi block violates the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act, complaint argues.

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Indiana Lawmakers Seek to Curb Overzealous Active-Shooter School Trainings

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California’s measure to change when police can use deadly force passes out of committee …North Carolina mails millions to fishermen still reeling from Hurricane Florence … Florida braces for courting gators.

How Local Food Banks Can Help Feed Hungry Kids at School

COMMENTARY | It's not just about school meal programs. Organizations can help ensure that students have food after school hours and over the weekend.

Texas May Owe Feds $223 Million for Shortchanging Special Ed

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts city council won’t skimp on laundry units for firefighters… Phoenix police make arrest in fifth road-rage attack in the last three weeks … More hay going to Midwest to help flooded farmers.

The National Teacher Shortage is Worse Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say

The deficit is particularly bad in high-poverty districts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Most States Not Spending Enough on Neediest School Districts

New research found that most states do not allocate resources according to which school districts need it most.

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

'Free College' Is Increasingly Popular—and Complicated for States

At least 15 states now cover two-year or four-year college tuition for some students.

When Schools Tell Kids They Can’t Use the Bathroom

By imposing harsh restrictions on when students can use the restroom, educators are teaching kids to ignore their bladder.