Public Education

The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition

Mitch Daniels has frozen Purdue’s tuition—at less than $10,000—for seven straight years.

Teachers Unions Urge End of Active-Shooter Drills that Can Traumatize Students

In a new report, two teachers unions and a gun-control group recommend that schools stop using active-shooter drills—or at least revise them—amid fears the exercises are terrifying and damaging to students.

Do Older Taxpayers Balk at Supporting Schools?

COMMENTARY | In certain places, opponents to new school taxes are finding success by courting older voters.

A State Could Require Schools to Play the National Anthem Weekly

An Alabama lawmaker said he decided to sponsor a bill after noticing that schools did not play the anthem at all sporting events.

What School Could Be If It Were Designed for Kids With Autism

Tracy Murray’s kindergarten classroom in New York City has a unique approach to supporting students on the spectrum.

South Carolina Lawmaker Wants to Mandate Media Literacy Classes

The proposal would aim to create a media literacy curriculum for public schools by the 2021-2022 school year.

A State Could Become the First to Fund Searches for Remains of MIA Soldiers

State legislators hope to fund a University of Wisconsin program that identifies remains of missing soldiers, allowing researchers to focus on finding service members from the Dairy State.

A Teenager Needed a Tampon. When Her School Didn't Have One, She Called Her Legislator

A Pennsylvania teen teamed up with a state representative to write legislation that would require schools to provide free pads and tampons for students.

Legislators Aim to Curb Anti-Semitism by Requiring Classes on the Holocaust

A proposed bill would make Massachusetts the 13th state to mandate students learn about the Holocaust as part of public school curriculum.

Preventing Student Violence Through Education

A proposal in Ohio would require public middle and high schools to teach an annual class about suicide and violence prevention.

Arrests of 6-Year-Olds Show the Perils of Putting Police in Elementary Schools

COMMENTARY | About one-third of America's elementary schools have a school police officer on hand. Do these officers make schools safer, or are they turning primary schools into mini police precincts?

Tightening Requirements for Vaccine Exemptions

Under a new law in California, state public health officials will have final authority over the validity of children's medical exemptions for vaccinations.

What Happened After a School District Began Feeding Students Breakfast in Classrooms

Springfield Public Schools offer free breakfast to all students in their classrooms, helping boost attendance and graduation rates while decreasing hunger across the Massachusetts school district.

How to Increase Access to Gifted Programs for Low-income, Black and Latino Children

COMMENTARY | New York City could be on the verge of dismantling gifted programs at its elementary and middle schools. Taking that step could make things even worse for some of the children it aims to help.

Inside One School District's Virtual Classroom

In West Virginia, state law allows K-12 schools to offer virtual curriculum while maintaining their levels of per-pupil funding.

The School Districts Serving Free Lunch to All Students

Tapping into a federal program, more school districts are providing free lunches for all students. Atlanta is among those opting in this school year.

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.