Migrant children separated from parents experienced severe trauma, government watchdog finds. Here’s what that means for America’s schools
The Trump administration policy of separating migrant youth from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has exacerbated mental health problems including post-traumatic stress among affected children, according to a new government watchdog report. Immigration and education experts predict the debilitating effects of family separation will be felt in K-12 classrooms across the country as the...
By Mark Keierleber | September 4, 2019
America divided: Public support for charter schools is growing — but so is opposition, new poll finds
This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data. Go Deeper: See our full series. Public opinion on charter schools has grown polarized as the number of people who either support or oppose the schools has increased, according to a new...
By Mark Keierleber | August 20, 2019
New teacher survey shows many educators report feeling satisfied in their job — but undervalued by their community
Teachers in the United States work long hours and feel undervalued by the public — but like their jobs anyway. Those findings, from an international education survey released this month, offer fodder for all sides of a debate about teacher pay and working conditions that is mobilizing teachers to protest across the country. The Teaching and Learning...
By Mark Keierleber | June 26, 2019
California voter referendum to ban same-sex marriage led to increase in anti-LGBTQ bullying, study finds
Heated political debates that center on marginalized communities can lead to negative consequences for students, according to a new study that found an uptick in anti-LGBTQ bullying at California schools during a statewide push to ban same-sex marriage. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that high-profile debates involving marginalized groups can lead bullies to...
By Mark Keierleber | May 20, 2019
School districts serving mostly nonwhite students get $23 billion less each year than those serving predominantly white populations — California is among most inequitable
It was nearly three decades ago when the New Jersey Supreme Court found the state’s school funding formula shortchanged its poorest students, and lawmakers directed more money to districts serving large shares of low-income children. Now, a new report suggests the state didn’t go far enough. Despite the landmark decision, the state has one of the nation’s largest...
By Mark Keierleber | March 11, 2019
Lessons from Parkland: 6 big things we’ve learned about student safety, school security and resilience since the tragic 2018 massacre
Valentine’s Day is typically a celebration of love, but the holiday in 2018 will go down in history as a moment of hate, national mourning — and resilience. That afternoon in Parkland, Florida, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, killing 14 students and three adults. Like other mass school shootings —...
By Mark Keierleber | February 13, 2019
Lessons from our year tracking school shootings: Students more likely to be hit by lightning than shot in class, yet fear of mass violence is driving policy
*Updated Jan. 2 In a Baltimore conference room filled with school-based police officers intent on stopping the next school shooting, psychologist Peter Langman offered a perspective that in 2018 seemed underappreciated, if not profound. “When you get out of your car and walk into the school building, you’ve just gone from the most dangerous place...
By Mark Keierleber | January 1, 2019
Trump school safety commission recommends rejection of Obama-era discipline reform, encourages more armed staff and physical security
In a highly anticipated but controversial move, the Trump administration’s school safety commission recommended on Tuesday the repeal of Obama-era school discipline guidance that pushed schools to reduce their reliance on suspensions and warned them that racial disparities in punishments could violate federal civil rights laws. The recommendation is one of many in a new...
By Mark Keierleber | December 18, 2018
Despite post-Parkland surge in youth vote, student activists largely fail to oust pro-gun candidates in midterms
In the months that followed February’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, student survivors launched a large-scale campaign to encourage youth voter turnout — and to knock pro-gun lawmakers out of power. The success of those young people on Election Day, however, is open to debate. While Parkland activists played a role in encouraging a...
By Mark Keierleber | November 8, 2018
In the aftermath of teacher strikes, more Americans support educator raises, poll finds
Following strikes this spring in which teachers in six states demanded higher salaries, a new poll finds a sharp uptick in Americans’ support for increasing educators’ pay. The national poll, last week by the journal Education Next, which has been surveying Americans on high-profile education issues for more than a decade, also found growing support for...
By Mark Keierleber | August 28, 2018