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June 20, 2018

This Is What Hundreds of School Closures in Puerto Rico Looks Like

The U.S. territory's education department has decided to close 263 schools before the 2018-19 school year. Our new map shows you the location, name, and other key information for each.

May 09, 2018

Democrats Slam Plan to Close Hundreds of Schools in Puerto Rico

In a letter to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, more than 30 members of Congress say closing these schools in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria would hurt 66,000 students and teachers and have a "disastrous impact" on student learning.

April 30, 2018

DeVos Announces $693 Million in Disaster Aid for Calif., Puerto Rico, Texas Schools

The Puerto Rico Department of Education will receive $589 million of this Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations program money, while the Texas and California will receive smaller amounts.

April 06, 2018

Puerto Rico to Close Nearly 300 Schools, But Ed. Secretary Pledges No Layoffs

The move would leave Puerto Rico with 828 public schools in a system that currently serves about 320,000 students. The planned closures would fuel growing debate over the direction of the island's school system after Hurricane Maria.

April 04, 2018

Teachers' Union in Puerto Rico Files Lawsuit to Stop Charters and Vouchers

The Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers working in the U.S. territory, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in response to a new education law signed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló late last month.

March 21, 2018

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Bill to Expand Choice and Revamp Public Schools

Puerto Rico's legislature has approved a major education bill that will overhaul the island's educational system and pave the way for vouchers, as well as schools intended to resemble charters.

March 01, 2018

Sens. Sanders, Warren Blast Plans to Change Puerto Rico's School System

Senators and AFT President Randi Weingarten shared their views on the best ways to help Puerto Rico's public schools after Hurricane Maria hit the island last September.

February 16, 2018

'It's Dark in the Classrooms': Stories From Puerto Rico Show the Stress on Schools

Check out the stories, videos, and more from our most recent reporting visit to Puerto Rico. Hundreds of schools could be shut down and the island's education system could soon undergo a serious overhaul.

January 26, 2018

Plan Would Close More Than a Quarter of Puerto Rico's Public Schools

The island and its school system were already struggling with dire financial problems before Hurricane Maria struck. Last summer, Puerto Rico's education department closed 179 schools

January 02, 2018

Senators Push for Hearings on the State of Schools in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Eight senators said in a letter that such proceedings would help provide "a detailed understanding of the health and education challenges facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

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