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The Metro Nashville Education Association political action committee sent out similar mailers on behalf of the candidates the union endorsed.
Community / Tennessee

Why Is This School Board Campaign Mailer Getting So Much Attention In Nashville?

Middle Tennessee mailboxes are filling with campaign flyers for school board candidates. And one is getting extra scrutiny because it asks that voters re-elect someone who has never held office.

From left to right, rising senior Cameron Taylor, rising junior Taylor Crawford, former principal Martha Barber, rising senior Kayln O'neal, and rising senior James Thornton. Credit: Dan Carsen / WBHM / The Junction.
Alabama / Community

The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama — Holy Family Cristo Rey High School

Fair or not, the words “Ensley” and “success” don’t often appear together in local media reports. But tucked among vacant buildings and weedy lots a few feet from an Interstate, there’s a high school that takes disadvantaged kids from all over Greater Birmingham, and it has a college acceptance rate most schools would envy.

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Audio / Community / Florida

Ziffer, Pons Continue Clash Over Community School; Ziffer Says He Won’t Meet With Pons Alone

A meeting on a proposed community school in Southern Tallahassee was abruptly canceled April 28. It’s the latest in the fight between school superintendent Jackie Pons and City commissioner Gil Ziffer over the plan.

Jen Pike-Vassell walks first grader Bre'Yelle to class on the last day at Lagniappe Academies.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO
Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Community / Louisiana

Closing Costs: The Last Day At Lagniappe Academies

NOTE: This WWNO series, “Closing Costs,” follows three New Orleans schools who lost their charters. Part one is available here. At Lagniappe Academies, some administrators tried to hide a lack of services for students with disabilities. The state and Recovery School District chose to close the school, which is a cluster of [...]

Wilson parents Dana Wade and Miesha Jackson pose in front of the bumper cars at InspireNOLA Family Night. They want to make sure Wilson's new operator won't treat the school, or the students, like failures.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO
Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Community / Louisiana

Closing Costs: Parents Push For Role In Choosing New Charter School Operator

The school year is winding down, and for three New Orleans charters, the last day will bring dramatic changes. Two of those schools are closing for good. The third – kindergarten through 8th grade school Andrew H. Wilson Charter – is getting a new operator. The story of Wilson’s future is [...]

Students at Kelly Mill Elementary School prepare to give presentations. Photo by Yun Mi Park.
Community

Teacher By Day, Student By Night

The most exciting part of student teaching so far is seeing my students rise to challenges. I enjoy setting the bar high and watching students fly over it. But this is the area in which my still being a student has also benefited me the most.

Photo by Yun Mi Park.
Community

Keeping Them In Their Seats

As all states adopt the cohort graduation rate, we will all have a better understanding of where our dropouts are and how many we really have. But that still doesn’t address why students drop out. Schools need to transform, not reform, to keep students ‘in their seats’ and get back those that have left.

Photo by Yun Mi Park.
Community

Does An Ideal Classroom Or School Exist?

I believe it is possible to create an ideal school or classroom environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the US in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers, but I believe they come in different shapes and sizes.