Young lives. Old problems. New solutions.

Bridging the Gap

  • Focus First US 'microcollege' helps single moms become liberal arts graduates

    Run by Bard College and The Care Center in Holyoke, Mass., the free-tuition program takes an education-first approach to ending poverty.

  • How Boston achieved its record high school graduation rate

    Even more encouraging, experts say: The number of African-American and Latino students graduating jumped by double digits over the past decade – 13.6 and 16.5 percentage points respectively.

  • Focus How did Lawrence, Mass., turn its schools around? Cooperation.

    Lawrence is seen as a model, both for academic results and the inclusive and pragmatic way it got beyond ideology to get traditional public schools, charters, nonprofits, and families to work together.

  • Why Cal State L.A. turns the most low-income students into top earners

    Sure, a degree from Harvard or Stanford can change a low-income student's future. But consider the twist in this story by Josh Kenworthy: It turns out that public education, done right, is actually better at hoisting low-income kids into high-paying jobs. – Yvonne Zipp, EqualEd Editor

  • Test-lab states: New York's groundbreaking plan for free college

    All students whose families make less than $125,000 a year would be eligible to attend New York state colleges for free. It suggests that a time of state experimentation might be ahead.  

  • The push to help 50,000 more low-income students get degrees

    The American Talent Initiative, a collaboration of 30 colleges and universities, announced its goal to enroll 480,000 low-income students by 2025, up from 430,000 today.

  • For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma

    Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help.

  • What universities are doing to protect their undocumented students

    From calls to continue DACA and petitions for 'sanctuary campuses' to resource fairs and legal advice, colleges and universities are taking steps to safeguard undocumented students under a Trump administration.

  • Coding at the homeless shelter

    A national nonprofit opens doors – and potential career opportunities – to homeless girls by teaching them how to program computers.

  • In Massachusetts charter school vote, a debate on how best to serve all children

    The vote, on whether to lift a cap on publicly funded but privately run charter schools, is being seen as a national referendum on how best to serve all children.

  • In Wisconsin, rural superintendents turn to voters to keep schools going

    When state aid on education drops, Wisconsin districts must seek voter approval for specific ballot measures. Where they used to request money for things like building a new school, now the referendums are for money to keep the schools running.

  • Mexico's new push to improve schools: Get parents involved

    Parent involvement hasn't traditionally been part of the culture of education in Mexico. Now, programs are emerging to change that, with encouraging results.

  • PCBs in schools: US needs to invest in its classrooms, report says

    A new report on PCBs leaking out of caulk and fluorescent lights in public schools has refocused the national spotlight on the intersection between America’s aging infrastructure and children’s well being. 

  • Want preschoolers to succeed? Help their teachers.

    Connecticut offers free mental health services to all preschool programs that request them. As concerns grow about suspensions of young children, the approach greatly reduces troubling behaviors, a new study finds.

  • How US schools are combating chronic absenteeism

    Nationally, 13 percent of students – about 6.5 million – miss more than 15 days of school each year. First-ever national data show that just 4 percent of school districts account for half of chronically absent students.

  • Cover Story The school that art saved

    How music, dance, and painting helped revive a struggling school in Bridgeport, Conn. – and how it could show others the way. 

  • The Boston summer school students reach by ferry – not bus

    Summer programs like the one on Thompson Island off Boston aim to offer low-income students the kind of immersive summer learning program usually available only to wealthier students.