Biden’s tough-on-crime mantra led to school ‘militarization,’ critics say. Why his legacy on campus cops matters ahead of the SC primary
Just one month after the worst K-12 school shooting in American history, then-Vice President Joe Biden held back tears as he addressed a nation mourning the 26 people killed, most of them young children. “We have a moral obligation — a moral obligation — to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that...
By Mark Keierleber | February 26, 2020
Trump budget proposal would merge federal education programs into single block grant, cut billions in school spending
The Trump administration announced a proposal Monday to cut billions of dollars in education aid, in part by merging dozens of federal education initiatives, from charter school expansions to educating homeless children, into a single grant program. The move, which is practically assured not to win House approval, is part of the fiscal 2021 budget proposal...
By Mark Keierleber | February 10, 2020
Do parents actually want their kids in integrated schools? New Harvard survey reveals mixed messages
As schools across the country remain starkly segregated by both race and income, parents expressed widespread support — in theory — for integrating America’s public schools, according to a new report. For many, however, that support appears to stop at their own doorstep. Across America’s increasingly partisan political divide, parents say they support racial and...
By Mark Keierleber | February 3, 2020
Listen up, candidates: Most teachers feel their voices aren’t being heard, new survey reveals
As the Democratic presidential hopefuls release campaign promises to woo America’s K-12 educators — a key voting bloc — teachers feel left in the dark on major policy conversations, a new survey revealed. Just a third of educators said their perspectives are considered a “great deal” in teachers union policy decisions, and the numbers fall...
By Mark Keierleber | January 27, 2020
Haves and have-nots: The borders between school districts often mark extreme segregation. A new study outlines America’s 50 worst cases
The Rust Belt city of Rochester in upstate New York has the most economically segregating school district border in the country, walling off the high-poverty education system from its affluent neighbors next door, according to a new report. About half the children in Rochester live in poverty, many of whom struggle to get adequate food,...
By Mark Keierleber | January 22, 2020
Supreme Court’s conservative majority appears to back Trump plan to end DACA, potentially putting thousands of students and teachers at risk of deportation
Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared during oral arguments Tuesday to side with the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate a program that protects some 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children. The case could deal a hard blow to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and put its...
By Mark Keierleber | November 12, 2019
Americans view principals positively, according to Pew study comparing school leaders to lawmakers, journalists, tech execs
A majority of Americans hold a positive view of K-12 public school principals, who are typically seen as caring and trustworthy. How about tech executives, journalists and members of Congress? Not so much. A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found that Americans hold mixed views about the job performance of people in positions of power,...
By Mark Keierleber | September 24, 2019
Millions of students are chronically absent each year. Improve school conditions and more kids will show up, report argues
An obvious educational rule of thumb is that in order for students to learn at school, they first have to show up. But with millions of children counted “chronically absent” each year, a new report argues that educators can improve attendance by first making their schools more welcoming places to attend. The report, released Tuesday...
By Mark Keierleber | September 23, 2019
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