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May 26, 2017
In Commencement Speech, Hillary Clinton Jabs Trump Administration
"When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society," Clinton said at Wellesley College.

May 26, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, 'A Sense Of Purpose'
The Facebook CEO said fighting authoritarianism and nationalism is "the struggle of our time." Some have speculated he may run for office, though Zuckerberg has denied it.

May 25, 2017
Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?
Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.

May 25, 2017
What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town
Politics in Haines, Alaska — population 2,500 — has grown intensely bitter lately, reflecting the volume and heat of national politics.

May 25, 2017
Goodwill Helps 43-Year-Old Finally Get Her High School Diploma
Most American adults have finished high school. For those who haven't, wages are rock bottom and the unemployment rate is more than 7 percent. That's why Goodwill opened a charter school for adults.

May 24, 2017
Here's What Betsy DeVos Said Wednesday On Capitol Hill
The education secretary testified before a House subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal, which calls for deep cuts to education.

May 24, 2017
Black Ministry Students At Duke Say They Face Unequal Treatment And Racism
The dean says pushing the school to be a more diverse and inclusive environment is a top priority.

May 24, 2017
Preschool, A State-By-State Update
The National Institute for Early Education Research has a new state-by-state report on preschool funding, enrollment and teacher quality. The findings are both encouraging and sobering.

May 24, 2017
Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students
By 2020 more than half of children in the U.S. will be part of an ethnic or racial minority. Colleges and universities are figuring out how to prepare for them.

May 23, 2017
Trump Budget Reduces Education Spending, Raises Funding For School Choice
President Trump's newly released budget proposal would cut overall education spending by 13.5 percent while increasing funding for school choice. The NPR Ed Team will unpack the administration's new budget and what it means for parents, teachers, students and taxpayers.

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May 26, 2017
Opinion: An Atlanta school died today, victim of gentrification and school choice
Patti Ghezzi, a former education journalist, now works in university communications. (Ghezzi covered education for the AJC from 1997 to 2006.) Ghezzi volunteered for many years at…

May 25, 2017
After 23 years as a K-12 parent, I’m done. Five parting tips for schools.
My twins, the youngest of my four children, graduate high school today, ending my 23 year relationship with K-12 public schools in Georgia. I have been…

May 24, 2017
School awards should not treat student differences or struggles as punchlines
I remain dismayed over end-of-the-year student awards that are insulting to the recipients and wish schools would end the practice now. If students want to informally…

May 24, 2017
National preschool report: Georgia shows little growth in pre-k enrollment
The National Institute for Early Education Research released its State of Preschool Yearbook for 2016. Georgia meets most of the standards in the yearbook, although falls short of…

May 23, 2017
Should schools provide second chances to cops with checkered pasts?
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Actions News investigation of officers hired by school police departments revealed a troubling practice: School police forces employ officers who have been…

May 23, 2017
Should students expect material on AP or IB exams they never studied in class?
I’ve been spending time around graduating high school seniors this week, my twins and their classmates as well as the children of friends. So, I’ve been hearing…

May 22, 2017
Too loud to learn: Do schools ignore the impact of noise pollution on kids?
Educational researcher C. Aiden Downey is a Decatur parent and an associated faculty at Emory University. (We are not related). Dr. Downey writes today about noise levels in…

May 19, 2017
Does Trump’s proposed expansion of school choice shortchange rural Georgia?
U.S. Secretary of Education and champion of school choice Betsy DeVos continues to promise schools that her U.S. Department of Education will grant them more flexibility…

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