News: Education

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 ...
Two years ago schools shut down around the world. These are the biggest impacts
Anya Kamenetz | March 15, 2022
Students play at recess on an outdoor court at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on March 7, 2022, in New York City.Michael Loccisano | Getty Images Two years ago this month, schools closed their doors in 185 countries. According to UNESCO, roughly 9 out of 10 schoolchildren worldwide were out ...
Why your student loan payments may be delayed (again)
Cory Turner | March 14, 2022
Fernando Cobelo for NPR This story first appeared in NPR's education newsletter. Sign up to get early access to exclusive stories like this. Federal student loan payments are supposed to resume in May, more than two years after they were paused because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Education Department ...
Love at first listen: Early favorites from the College Podcast Challenge
Anya Steinberg | March 12, 2022
LA Johnson | NPR From deep space to their own backyard, students were eager to take us on a journey for this year's College Podcast Challenge. And they brought their best storytelling to the second annual NPR contest – we've been tickled, moved, and even enlightened by some of the ...
Do you have student debt, but no degree? Are you in default? Tell us
Elissa Nadworny | March 6, 2022
Hanna Barczyk for NPR More than 41 million people have outstanding federal student loans, totaling more than $1.5 trillion. But not all borrowers have the same experience. For a start, more than a third of borrowers have an outstanding balance of $10,000 or less. Second, about 20% of borrowers are ...