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November 05, 2019

Lawmakers Seek Funding Fix to Help Students Who've Left Puerto Rico

Schools that have welcomed students relocating from Puerto Rico after devastating storms in 2017 are not receiving their fair share of federal aid, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers says.

August 19, 2019

Questions About Education Contracts Shake Up Puerto Rico Yet Again

The president of Puerto Rico's teachers' union said her decision to step down was not connected to questions about her husband's contracts with the U.S. territory's Department of Education.

July 19, 2019

Audit of Puerto Rico Education Dept. Finds Lack of Oversight for Disaster Aid

Puerto Rico's education department "lacks critical mechanisms for safeguarding Restart and other Federal program funds from fraud, waste, and abuse," the U.S. Department of Education's office of inspector general says.

July 18, 2019

Puerto Rico Is in Turmoil, But Dramatic Changes to Its Schools Might Endure

Political volatility has renewed the spotlight on major education policy changes on the island over nearly the past two years, including charters, vouchers, and school closures.

July 15, 2019

Leaked Puerto Rican Leaders' Messages Include Reference to Teachers' Union as 'Terrorists'

One of the Puerto Rican governor's top officials labeled the teachers' union as a group of "terrorists" in messages that were made public by an investigative reporting team.

July 10, 2019

Puerto Rico's Former Education Secretary Arrested on Fraud Charges

Julia Keleher, the former education secretary of Puerto Rico, has been arrested by federal agents in Washington on charges related to fraud and corruption, a U.S. attorney confirmed.

April 17, 2019

Puerto Rican Students Need Jobs. These Efforts Are Meant to Help. Will They?

Education leaders in Puerto Rico say ensuring students are prepared for jobs on the island is key to the U.S. territory's long-term future. But will its efforts be enough to make young people stay?

April 09, 2019

The Leadership of Puerto Rico's Schools Is in Turmoil

The replacement of one interim education secretary with another highlights ongoing uncertainty about the U.S. territory's public schools, which educate more than 300,000 students.

April 04, 2019

In Swift Reversal, Julia Keleher No Longer Adviser to Puerto Rico Ed. Department

Days after stepping down as the U.S. territory's education secretary and transitioning to a role as a paid adviser at the island's education department, Keleher said she was leaving that new role.

April 01, 2019

Puerto Rico's Education Secretary Julia Keleher Is Stepping Down

Julia Keleher is leaving her position as Puerto Rico's top K-12 official, but will serve as an adviser at the island's education department to help with the leadership transition and ongoing policy changes.

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