Alia Wong

Alia Wong

Alia Wong is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the education section. She previously wrote for Honolulu Civil Beat.

A classroom with students and two teachers viewed through a window in the classroom door

The Controversy Behind Chicago's Diploma Mandate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to set students up for success after graduation. But at public schools, even the best ideas often have unintended consequences.

Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.

Inside Detroit's Failing Public Schools

How did the school district decline so dramatically?

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC's Elite Public Schools

Hint: Their test-only admissions policy isn’t the real issue.