News: Education

The best college podcasts of 2022: NPR’s College Podcast Challenge
Eda Uzunlar | April 2, 2022
LA Johnson | NPR College students across the country are back on campus with more stories than ever. They showed up and showed out for their return through NPR's College Podcast Challenge, submitting some of the most creative, intriguing, and exciting podcasts yet. We had entries from 37 states and ...
Exclusive: How the most affordable student loan program failed low-income borrowers
Cory Turner | April 1, 2022
Susan Haejin Lee for NPR Updated April 1, 2022 at 9:28 AM ET A federal program intended to help low-income student loan borrowers, and eventually offer them debt cancellation, has failed to live up to its promise, an NPR investigation has found. More than 9 million borrowers are currently enrolled ...
Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming
Anya Steinberg, Elissa Nadworny | March 28, 2022
Students in the construction program at Texas State Technical College in Waco.Elissa Nadworny | NPR It's a typical school day for Lisa Alaniz — she and her classmates stand in a warehouse-like room, cutting wood and piecing together the rafters of a shed. They're students at Texas State Technical College ...
This university in Lebanon is bringing older people back to class
March 25, 2022
The University for Seniors is not just a university, it's also a "public health intervention" meant to encourage healthy aging, says UfS Program Manager Maya Abi Chahine.Joseph Barrak | AFP via Getty Images Suma Rifai is a woman with lots of responsibility. She has raised two children on her own, ...
This school wasn’t built for the new climate reality. Yours may not be either
Anya Kamenetz | March 21, 2022
On Sept. 1, 2021, 7 inches of rain from the remains of Hurricane Ida hammered down on Cresskill Middle/High School in Bergen County, N.J. Superintendent Michael Burke walks through what's left of the media center.Mohamed Sadek for NPR This story first appeared in NPR's education newsletter. Sign up to get ...
Ukrainian students in the U.S. watch a war on their homeland unfold from abroad
Rachel Treisman, Elissa Nadworny | March 20, 2022
Tetiana Tytko (center) participates in a student protest against Russia's war in Ukraine. She is one of the several Ukrainian students studying in the U.S. who spoke to NPR about their experience in recent weeks.Tetiana Tytko Updated March 21, 2022 at 2:02 PM ET Some 1,700 Ukrainians are studying in ...
As school resumes in Afghanistan, will all girls be allowed to go?
Fatma Tanis | March 20, 2022
Afghan girls participate in a lesson at a high School, in Herat, on Nov. 25, 2021.Petros Giannakouris | AP On the first day back to school in September 2021, one month after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Maryam, a 15-year-old girl from Mazar-i Sharif, remembers the fear and uncertainty she ...
6 in 10 teachers experienced physical violence or verbal aggression during COVID
Anya Kamenetz | March 17, 2022
Hanna Barczyk for NPR Updated March 19, 2022 at 10:13 AM ET Tonya Shonkwiler, a special education teacher in Montana, remembers the moment she realized she had to leave her last job. A high school student, taller and stronger than her, who was "working through lots of significant behaviors," had ...
Education Department will provide grants for HBCUs targeted by bomb threats
Juana Summers, Elena Burnett, Amy Isackson, Christopher Dean Hopkins | March 16, 2022
More than 30 historically black colleges and universities across the country have been targeted with bomb threats in the past three months, and the White House announced Wednesday that they'd be eligible for special Department of Education grants as a result. "The bomb threats against HBCUs, particularly concentrated in Black ...