For an Increasing Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention, Learning Is Possible

A new program is trying to give young inmates a chance, but more teachers are needed.

Sept. 29 2017 12:05 PMRegulation of Credit Recovery Courses Slowly Gains SteamThis practice seems to be falsely boosting graduation rates at the expense of students. Some people are starting to pay attention.
May 25 2017 5:55 AMWhy Bad Online Courses Are Still Taught in SchoolsBecause many of the laws regulating them are toothless—and because of an aggressive political effort to maintain that status quo.
May 24 2017 9:00 AMBottom of the ClassSchools have countless choices for online courses. Here are some of the worst.
May 23 2017 5:57 AMI Am an Online Credit Recovery DropoutTo understand the computer-based courses many high-schoolers must take, I signed up for some. It was even less fun than you’d think.
May 23 2017 5:55 AMThe New Diploma MillsRushing to boost graduation rates, more school districts are relying on “online credit recovery”—a form of instruction that may be selling students short.
March 30 2017 2:14 PMBetsy DeVos’ American CarnageEchoing her boss, she sees horrendous decline in America’s schools—but even the numbers she cites undermine her point.
March 8 2017 5:50 AM“That Place Was Like a Prison”Camelot Education takes the students public schools have given up on. But the for-profit company’s approach to discipline has led to allegations of aggression and abuse.
Feb. 2 2017 5:50 AMHow to Inform a More Perfect UnionFaith in—and basic knowledge of—America’s most essential institutions has rarely felt so tenuous. Can our educational system save us?
Jan. 17 2017 10:05 PMThe Real Betsy DeVosDonald Trump’s pick for secretary of education tried to sound like a moderate—and revealed that she’s either underprepared or a zealot.
Dec. 1 2016 2:29 PMWill Trump Overhaul Public Education?From privatization to civil rights, his Department of Education could transform the American system.
May 25 2017 9:00 AMJust Take It AgainOnline courses’ tests might be too easy for students to game—and that just might be how school districts like it.
May 24 2017 11:43 AMOnline Education Doesn’t Have to Be IsolatingThis pioneering high school in the Bronx is proving it.
May 24 2017 5:50 AMTake These Students, PleaseSchools across the country are pursuing an extreme form of online learning: It’s all their struggling students do.
May 23 2017 5:56 AMFast. Isolating. Superficial.What class is like for the millions of high-schoolers now taking courses online.
April 12 2017 1:13 PMCamelot Education Still Has Explaining to DoStudents and teachers have accused the alternative schools company of abuse—and now a Georgia school district is reconsidering a $6.4 million Camelot contract.
March 29 2017 5:55 AMCamelot Under SiegeFollowing allegations of student abuse, several cities are questioning their relationships with Camelot Education, a for-profit manager of alternative schools.
Feb. 7 2017 11:43 AMThe Conservative Case Against Betsy DeVosHer nomination as education secretary has united liberals, rural Republicans, and Breitbart writers in disdain.
Jan. 23 2017 11:08 AMBetsy DeVos’ Big Education Idea Doesn’t WorkShe embraces an outmoded version of school choice without government interference—even though the movement she claims to champion has realized that model is bunk.
Dec. 6 2016 5:14 PMFree. Effective. And Underenrolled.Why is Head Start, the federal government’s ambitious program for young kids, struggling to fill all of its seats?