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February 23, 2024
Parents of West Virginia students are moving their children to private and home schools. As public school attendance drops, Harrison County is consolidating and teachers are leaving, fueling concerns that students left behind won’t get the attention they need.
A Texas school has punished a Black student over his hairstyle for months. Neither side is backing down.
February 22, 2024
A trial over the Barbers Hill school district’s dress code will test Texas’ new CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination based on hairstyles.
February 19, 2024
We break down the dizzyingly complex recipe that dishes state and local dollars into school district funds across Montana – where 96% of its public school districts are classified as “small rural.”
February 07, 2024
A Grist investigation reveals how 14 public universities continue to benefit from extractive industries on stolen Indigenous land.
January 29, 2024
Kids at risk of developmental delay can qualify for care through the longstanding federally funded Early Intervention Program, but a dearth of care providers has created a backlog that keeps families waiting for care.
January 26, 2024
College converts its assets into a nonprofit to help local students persist in pursuing higher education.
January 25, 2024
Oklahoma’s Education Department awarded teachers life-changing bonuses — and created a nightmare for some by demanding it back. Teachers working in rural or high-poverty schools qualified for bigger stipends.
An East Texas school district’s flagpole raises questions about America’s separation of church and state
January 24, 2024
The LaPoynor school district frequently flies a Christian flag, but may not be running afoul of the Constitution because it says students are choosing to raise it.
“Cascading failures”: Justice Department blasts law enforcement’s botched response to Uvalde school shooting
January 18, 2024
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that had responding officers followed general procedures, some victims would have survived.
January 18, 2024
New study shows how people’s level of exposure to 11 anti-CRT ‘plots’ shaped their perceptions of their community’s schools.
January 11, 2024
In a news release, the state superintendent alleged, without providing evidence, the organizations “push an anti-parent, woke agenda,” work in tandem with “national extremist groups” and “force failed policies into schools.”
January 09, 2024
In 2024-25, farm value will be deemed an asset on the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – a change that may mean fewer rural students attend college at a time of declining enrollment.
January 07, 2024
Multiple Vermont schools serving hundreds of students use bottled water after detecting toxic PFAS chemicals in their water system. For some, including many in rural areas, the temporary solution has become the new normal.
December 12, 2023
Honeygirl McCloud says her freedom of speech was violated earlier this month when her principal told her she couldn’t use a quote referencing violence against Indigenous women. The district did not confirm or deny those allegations but says that she will be allowed to use her original quote.
December 11, 2023
The far-right takeover of West Bonner school district disrupted learning and prompted an exodus of students and teachers. A group of moms – many of them Republican – organized to fight back.