The Rise of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

By THEO FRYE YANOS, age 10 Illustrations by IVETTE SALOM In April each year, one phrase floats around in all the classrooms that almost every student fears: standardized tests. But where did these standardized tests come from, and how did they become what they are...

The Struggle Over Schools

IMAGE: Leo Garcia . Are Charter Schools Good for Public Education? By AMANDA VENDER and LISA GOODMAN About 70 percent of the nation’s schools are traditional public schools. Public schools are paid for with everyone’s tax dollars and all kids can attend them. Many...

A Battle for Books

Community members gather outside the field house of Whittier School in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools wanted to tear it down, but the school’s families want it turned into a library. PHOTO: Flickr/Sarah-ji A Chicago School Community’s Fight for a Library...

The Education Race

By AMANDA VENDER A contest between states is underway to see which ones will win $4.35 billion from the federal government to be spent on education. The contest is called Race to the Top. Some states are winning money, and others aren’t getting any. The program...

Group Goes to Court to Seek MORE MONEY for Schools

By Kazembe Balagun We all know that public school is free, but ever think about who pays for stuff like teachers, books and desks? Most money comes from the state through taxes grown-ups pay. On average, around the country we spend about $900 less per student each...