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Denmark Vesey is honored. His slave revolt was thwarted and he was executed
Victoria Hansen | July 19, 2022
Statue of Denmark Vesey at Hampton Park in Charleston, S.C. Formerly enslaved, Vesey bought his freedom with money he was allowed to earn and winnings from a lottery ticket, and he planned an insurrection to kill slaveholders and free Black people on July 14, 1822. Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio ...
A small, growing group of survivors advises school leaders after mass shootings
Leila Fadel, Christopher Dean Hopkins | June 22, 2022
Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis listens to his students, survivors of the shooting, in April 2019 as he attends "Columbine 20 Years Later: A Faith-based Remembrance Service" at Waterstone Community Church in Littleton, Colo. A dozen students and one teacher were massacred by two heavily armed students. Joe Amon | AFP ...
6 things we’ve learned about how the pandemic disrupted learning
Cory Turner | June 22, 2022
Michelle Kondrich for NPR Updated June 22, 2022 at 12:54 PM ET How did the pandemic disrupt learning for America's more than 50 million K-12 students? For two years, that question has felt immeasurable, like a phantom, though few educators doubted the shadow it cast over children who spent months ...
Getting a bachelor’s degree in prison is rare. That’s about to change
Elissa Nadworny , Lauren Migaki | June 21, 2022
Daniel Duron and Kenny Butler, who started college in prison, participate in a mountain hike with their Pitzer College classmates and professors after resuming their classes on campus. Elissa Nadworny/NPR Updated June 23, 2022 at 7:01 AM ET NORCO, Calif. — Behind the wire fences and guard towers, there's a ...
Supreme Court rules Maine’s tuition assistance program must cover religious schools
Nina Totenberg | June 21, 2022
Drew Angerer | Getty Images Updated June 21, 2022 at 8:11 PM ET The U.S. Supreme Court handed school choice advocates a major victory on Tuesday. By a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the court opened the door further for those seeking taxpayer funding for religious schools. In its clearest ...
Dartmouth College is eliminating loans from its financial aid packages
Ayana Archie | June 21, 2022
In this May 22, 2018 file photo, the spire of the Baker-Berry Library stands above The Green at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Charles Krupa | AP Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university in New Hampshire, said Monday it will no longer offer loans in its financial aid packages ...
We asked teachers how their year went. They warned of an exodus to come
Manuela López Restrepo, Ailsa Chang | June 18, 2022
After a rough couple of years, teachers are feeling the pressure. Mary Altaffer | AP School is out, but teacher stress and burnout is still in session. Last December, we spoke to teachers about the challenges of educating during a pandemic and their hopes for the coming year. While many ...
Student loan borrowers get a rare win as Senate approves a fix
Sequoia Carrillo | June 16, 2022
Senator Mark Warner in 2021. Graeme Jennings-Pool | Getty Images The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow borrowers stuck with student loan debt linked to a spouse or ex-spouse to separate those loans. For many, it could also open a path to having their loans erased as part ...
As we approach 50 years of Pell Grants, tell us what this aid meant to you
Taylor Jennings-Brown | June 1, 2022
LA Johnson | NPR The federal Pell Grant turns 50 this month and we want to talk about it! The Pell Grant is a need-based government aid program for higher education. Tens of millions of students have received Pell Grants since the program was created as part of a federal ...