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Amy Scott

16 June 2015

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Cincinnati is making efforts to close the achievement gap between poor children and more advantaged students by fighting the effects of poverty. Lower Price Hill’s Oyler School is part of a growing national movement t...

The New York Times

Motoko Rich

9 June 2015

Pasadena, Maryland, United States

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As American classrooms have focused on raising test scores in math and reading, an outgrowth of the federal No Child Left Behind law and interpretations of the new Common Core standards, even the youngest students hav...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

8 June 2015

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

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Rama Arora defied tradition and secretly pursued her PhD as a young woman in India, succeeding at becoming the first female professor at a women's college. Now she is inspiring more Indian girls to further their educa...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

30 May 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A nonprofit organization, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, delivers a first-class education to the children of illegal immigrants, helping to break the cycle of poverty and provide them a path to advance...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marc Sollinger

8 May 2015

Central African Republic

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The developing world lacks teachers, doctors, and mental health care workers. A professor in London suggests training capable civilians via online classes and chats to quickly and effectively fill these needs.

Bright Magazine

Alex Madison

6 May 2015

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States

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Low budget schools across the U.S. are having students use their smartphones as learning tools inside and outside the classroom. At no extra cost they can incorporate technology into the curriculum through a myriad of...

The Huffington Post

Samantha Lachman

6 May 2015

Claremont, California, United States

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Women's colleges are changing their definition of eligible students to include transgender and non-gender conforming students. Though policies differ from school to school, the impact is a nationwide reevaluation of t...

Bright Magazine

Jessica Sutherland

5 May 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Homeless and impoverished kids still have the chance to receive a college education, they just need to have the confidence that they can do so and a little pushing from outside forces. The author shares her own story...

NPR

Amy Martin

2 May 2015

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden, but now they are helping to preserve ...

Bright Magazine

Diana Prichard

27 April 2015

Gonzales, California, United States

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Half of U.S. farm workers are Hispanic, but few make it to leadership positions. A historically white non-profit, FFA, is creating equal education programs in California to increase leadership opportunities for minori...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

9 April 2015

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Yonkers Partners in Education offers free SAT test prep and college guidance counselors in Yonker's high schools. The program aims to increase college enrollment rates for low-income students who lack the same access ...

Bright Magazine

Sarika Bansal

31 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The physical classroom environment can have profound effects on a student’s academic performance, sense of belonging, and self-esteem. What would the Platonic ideal classroom look like, illustrated? It might include m...

The Boston Globe

Amy Crawford

28 March 2015

Massachusetts, United States

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There are many reasons why a student might leave university without graduating. Match Beyond helps students who dropped out of college finally receive their degree through personal counselors who make sure that the st...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

16 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After implementing the International Baccalaureate curriculum, graduation rates at Seattle's historically underperforming Rainier Beach High School increased 25 percentage points from 2011 to 2015. In a city whose pub...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 March 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Middle School 88 in Brooklyn is part of a broad evolution in teaching math, employing technology through a non-profit called School for One (Teach for One) to provide each student with a personalized lesson generated ...

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Chris Peak

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Educational nonprofit OneGoal has proven that its model of education helps provide low-income students in Chicago and Houston with the tools needed to pursue a college degree. Now, the nonprofit hopes to improve the c...

Latino USA

Emily Wilson

31 October 2014

Davis, California, United States

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Undocumented students face unique legal hurdles and obstacles, as well as feelings of fear and shame. To help, the University of California Davis opened up a resource center that is just for undocumented students. The...

The New York Times

Jeffrey Selingo

29 October 2014

Stanford, California, United States

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 October 2014

India

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Volunteers with the Annual Status of Education Report test children's math and reading skills in villages across India. While 96 percent of Indian children are in school, ASER reveals that many of them are not receivi...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

20 September 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Universal preschool is a policy that is often hard to pass on voter referendums. But, as evidenced by examples in Detroit and New York, such an investment means that more children would do well in kindergarten, fewer ...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

16 September 2014

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to thei...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

29 August 2014

Cairo, Egypt

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Service learning is a United-States based term and is often referred to as community or project-based learning in the Arab world. Courses were first labeled “community-based learning” at the American University in Cai...

Latino USA

Elly Yu

1 August 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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About half the states in the US don’t allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition. In Georgia, a state law banned undocumented students from enrolling in the top five universities in the state. In response...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

27 July 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Early education translates into higher graduation rates and lower probability for criminal behavior later in life, yet less than 30 percent of children in the United States go to preschool. Oklahoma leads the nation i...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

10 June 2014

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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Delaware has been working to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to college. With financial reasons standing in the way of many qualified students, the state has wor...

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