Articles written by: Christine Jessel

Christine Jessel

Christine Jessel is based at WUOT-FM in Knoxville. She has worked as a freelancer, reporter, anchor, and news director in commercial and public radio. Her broadcast and print work has been recognized with awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Tennessee Associated Press, and the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.

Lessons in Cherokee Teach More Than Language
Audio / Multimedia / Tennessee

Lessons in Cherokee Teach More Than Language

Two hundred and 29 million people speak English in the United States. Around 35 million speak Spanish, and roughly 3 million speak Chinese. But in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, there are only a few hundred people left speaking a language and dialect that was once heard across a wide part of the South.

Foster Care To College: An Uphill Climb
Audio / Foster Care To College Series / Special Coverage / Tennessee

Foster Care To College: An Uphill Climb

Many recent high school graduates are packing away caps and gowns and getting ready for college. But new research shows most kids who grow up in foster care don’t attend college – and those who do are less likely to graduate. In our From Foster Care to College series, Part One, we met Briyana Dunn, who was attending college through a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services program. Southern Education Desk reporter Christine Jessel catches up with Dunn to see how she’s doing nearly a year after starting college.

From Foster Care to College: Getting To “Z”
Audio / Foster Care To College Series / Multimedia / Special Coverage / Tennessee

From Foster Care to College: Getting To “Z”

When foster care kids turn 18, in many states, they’re basically on their own. They have to find a job – figure out how to get there – pay rent, groceries, utilities and insurance … all the things that come with adult life. And these kids are often unprepared. Another thing they’re not ready for: College. Some states have special programs to support foster care kids who want to go to college. In the first part of our series “From Foster Care To College,” Southern Education Desk reporter Christine Jessel introduces us to a young woman who got a state scholarship to attend college last fall.

Monday Reading List: Southern Education News
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Monday Reading List: Southern Education News

Tennessee’s Senate Education Committee will review Common Core standards this summer; Alabama’s list of “failing schools” is expected later this week; Louisiana’s push to overhaul education slowed in the 2013 state legislature and more education news from around the South.

Friday Reading List: Southern Education News
Passing Notes

Friday Reading List: Southern Education News

Mississippi has underfunded its public schools by more than a billion dollars in the last four years; Florida’s graduation rate for Hispanic students tops the nation’s; he American Civil Liberties Union says thanks to its action, an Alabama school system has made single-sex classes co-ed and more education news from around the South.

Thursday Reading List: Southern Education News
Passing Notes

Thursday Reading List: Southern Education News

Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign a bill that would allow Louisiana colleges to increase student fees; Georgia’s Supreme Court may not be the final word on the DeKalb School Board case; Florida’s governor’s office has created a FAQ document about Florida teacher raises and more education news from around the South.

Wednesday Reading List: Southern Education News
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Wednesday Reading List: Southern Education News

The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill that would revise “No Child Left Behind”; the Louisiana House has approved a bill that would require twice-yearly live shooter drills at schools; Tennessee Republicans are looking closely at the state’s textbook commission, claiming bias in student textbooks and more education news from around the South.

Tuesday Reading List: Southern Education News
Passing Notes

Tuesday Reading List: Southern Education News

An Alabama state senator says a congressional push to limit federal influence over Common Core may not stop statewide repeal efforts; the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that school tax dollars may be used on non-educational development projects and is hearing arguments regarding DeKalb County’s School Board; Florida colleges will drop remedial programs in several locations and more education news from around the South.