Kindergartner Emarie puts paint supplies away at Central Park School For Children in Durham, North Carolina. The charter school promotes a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Credit: Reema Khrais/WUNC.
Florida children participate in a rally in 2014  against the decision of a coalition of groups to sue over that state’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Credit: Lynn Hatter, WFSU
Students at Renew Cultural Arts Academy return to class after their morning "value summit." Credit: Mallory Falk.
Spectators take in a middle-school football game in Wilcox County, Alabama. If Adrienne Milner has her way, these girls -- or at least more girls -- might be on the field instead of watching. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Audio / Tennessee John Morgan, right, presents TBR's 2016 budget requests. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.

Tennessee Board Of Regents Approves Governor’s Temporary Chancellor Pick

The largest public college system in the state has a new leader. David Gregory, the vice chancellor for administration and facilities development with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will be promoted after current chancellor John Morgan leaves at the end of the month.

Louisiana / Voices of Educators Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]

Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana When her son William started taking public transportation to school, Lashunda Dean downloaded a tracking app on her cellphone. She shows off the app while her older son and the family cockatiel look on.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

Closing Costs: Inside The School Close Out Process

When a school announces it’s closing, it doesn’t just shut its doors the next day. There’s a whole closure process. It’s a process Miller McCoy Academy — an all-boys middle and high school — has been following this year. We look inside that process as part of our series “Closing [...]

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Back On Track: A Look At How LSU Gets Young Women Excited About Engineering

Louisiana will be in the spotlight as American Graduate Day features a successful program at Louisiana State University (LSU). It’s called XCITE and it’s getting young girls excited about careers in engineering.

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John Morgan, right, presents TBR's 2016 budget requests. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Tennessee

Tennessee Board Of Regents Approves Governor’s Temporary Chancellor Pick

The largest public college system in the state has a new leader. David Gregory, the vice chancellor for administration and facilities development with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will be promoted after current chancellor John Morgan leaves at the end of the month.

Exterior of Mississippi Department of Education headquarters. File photo.
Audio / Mississippi

Miss Dept. of Education Faces $4 Millon in Budget Cuts

The Mississippi Department of Education will have to cut more than four million dollars from its budget after Governor Phil Bryant ordered state agencies to slash budgets by 1.5 percent to offset a shortfall in revenues.

State Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, discusses his voucher plan with Jim Wrye of the Tennessee Education Association after Wednesday's vote. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Funding / Tennessee

After Years Of Debate, Private School Vouchers Clear A Major Hurdle In Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers are on track to pass the state’s first school voucher program.

A key panel voted Wednesday to approve a plan that would eventually offer up to 20,000 vouchers for private school tuition.

Kindergartner Emarie puts paint supplies away at Central Park School For Children in Durham, North Carolina. The charter school promotes a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Credit: Reema Khrais/WUNC.
Matters of Choice / North Carolina

Matters of Choice: Race, Economics and Choice in North Carolina

In North Carolina, students get their choice of charter schools, but those schools are increasingly divided by race. In this southern state where some of the nation’s most noted school desegregation battles were waged, a recent Duke University study shows that many schools are either predominantly white or predominantly minority. Reema Khrais of WUNC reports on efforts to change that trend.

Florida children participate in a rally in 2014  against the decision of a coalition of groups to sue over that state’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Credit: Lynn Hatter, WFSU
Florida / Matters of Choice

Matters of Choice: Florida — A Hot Spot for School Choice

WFSU-FM’s Lynn Hatter takes a look at the decades-long movement that is school choice in Florida, one of the nation’s hot spots for school choice programs. While many ideas may have originated in other states, Florida has adopted them and created a massive alternative system.

Students at Renew Cultural Arts Academy return to class after their morning "value summit." Credit: Mallory Falk.
Louisiana / Matters of Choice / Uncategorized

Matters of Choice: New Orleans – The Choice Epicenter

Most Southern states allow for some form of school choice – magnet schools, vouchers for private schools, charter schools and more. How do these options affect learning, school demographics, and student success? We explore Matters of Choice beginning with this report from WWNO’s Mallory Falk in New Orleans.

Spectators take in a middle-school football game in Wilcox County, Alabama. If Adrienne Milner has her way, these girls -- or at least more girls -- might be on the field instead of watching. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / school sports

Sociologists’ Book Urges End of Sex Divisions in Sports

Can you imagine a world with no gender divisions in sports? University of Alabama at Birmingham sociologist Adrienne Milner can. Not only that — she wants to help make it happen. Along with University of Miami professor Dr. Jomills Henry Braddock II, she’s written a new book called “Sex Segregation in Sports: Why Separate Is Not Equal.” Our Alabama reporter caught up with her to ask what else she hopes to accomplish, and why.

Administrators at some Metro schools have been accused of redirecting students to boost test scores.
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Audio / Tennessee

Are Schools Cheating With Makeup Classes? Tennessee Lawmakers Take Their Own Hard Look

Tennessee lawmakers are investigating whether school districts are cutting corners to get high school students their diplomas. But school officials say all they’re doing is keeping kids on track to graduation.