Education

What Makes Urban Charter Schools Effective?

MIT economist Josh Angrist believes demographics and pedagogical approach both play a role.

The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration

For too many American families, this is not a problem that's easily solved.

Why Would Rural and Big City Kids Be Similarly Underprepared for Kindergarten?

They're both lagging behind their suburban and small city counterparts, according to new research.

The New Rise of Segregated Schools

Districts that stopped forcing schools to mix students by race have seen a gradual but significant -return of racial isolation, especially at the elementary level.

What Made Newark Teachers Agree to Pay Reform?

It's the first city in the country to create a comprehensive merit pay system. Here's how they did it.

The Real Reason So Many Teachers Quit Their Jobs

We thought they were fleeing poor training or poor salaries, but it looks like principals are the the problem.

The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Scientific Funding

Data are scarce, but a look at grants from the National Institutes of Health gives us at least a partial picture.

Bicycle Schools, Complete with Bamboo Bikes, On a Roll in Brazil

File under things that make you feel good.

Want to Get More Families Into a City? Pay Their Kids' College Tuition

Promise programs are springing up in Rust Belt cities. But some are working better than others. Here's why.

Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

What the End of the Chicago Teachers Strike Means for the Rest of the Country

A broader debate about the rights of public sector employees is just beginning.

How Yale's Outgoing President Made Peace — and Prosperity — With New Haven

Richard Levin's remarkable legacy on the home front.

Why Eds and Meds Alone Can't Revitalize Cities

Beyond any impending bubble in education and health care spending, these two sectors are not a source of economic development in the first place.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

What Chicago Can Expect From a Long Teachers' Strike

During a 19-day strike in 1987, teachers eventually set up temporary classrooms.

Education and Job Requirements: The Great Mismatch

Gaps between educational attainment and job openings are responsible for our long-term unemployment problems.

Why Hasn't the Harlem Children's Zone Been Replicated Even Without Obama's Help?

As a candidate, Obama promised to bring this transformative program to 20 cities around the country. That didn't pan out, but is the president to blame?

Community Colleges Could Help Solve the 'Skills Crisis'

They play an underrated but important role in getting our high-skill jobs filled.

A Hidden Casualty of the Housing Crisis: Public Schools

Property taxes are still down, which means schools are still cutting staff. Will the teaching economy ever recover?