Do diplomas count? Not if they're not recognized by colleges, employers, or even the military, argue researchers, policymakers, and education professionals who are concerned about the future of New York City's special education students. Most of the city's special education graduates receive a certificate that signifies only their completion of an Individualized Education program (IEP), and not a real diploma. But, as Beth Fertig reports in this WNYC radio series, such a certificate holds little value in the real world, and offers no guarantee that students can even read when they graduate....


Michele Norris of NPR's "All Things Considered," takes a look at the current state of affairs in Belzoni, Miss.—"...the seat of Humphreys County, still one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states in the United States." Belzoni was also the setting for the 1967 landmark book, Still Hungry in America, with photographs by Al Clayton and text by psychiatrist Robert Coles. The book poignantly documented the lives of former sharecroppers and drove home to Americans that hunger was alive and well right here at home. Norris travels to Belzoni and finds many changes. This time, instead...


Millions of low-income parents in the U.S. struggle daily to provide food for their families. For children in these households, going to school hungry is all too common. Programs administered by the federal government provide students with nutritious meals during the school week, but they often are left to fend for themselves over the weekends. Schools in 30 states have implemented an innovative program to ensure that access to meals does not end on Fridays after the final bell rings....


Internships can be great additions to college applications and give applicants an edge over other students. According to this June 10 Wall Street Journal article, in the never-ending attempt to help their children gain that edge, parents are now buying internships at fundraising auctions*. Morgan Stanely, NBC, Miramax, WebMD, Electronic Arts and many other companies have all donated internships, usually to elite private schools. These internships can bring in big bucks for schools. For example, the Journal reports that the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., raised more than $800,000 for its scholarship fund through its annual spring auction in ...


Increasingly, students are living their lives openly online. Schools have found ways to track what students are saying and doing online. And punishments have followed. All around the U.S. reprimands have been handed down from schools to students who made "inappropriate" postings on sites such as MySpace.com. This June 8 Salon.com article takes a look at the implications of this increased monitoring and the question of public students' right to freedom of expression....


For some Christian high school students, the chance to further their education at a secular university is a welcome challenge. However, problems can arise when courses at religious schools do not match the institutions' admission requirements. In this Education Next article, journalist and author Naomi Schaefer Riley examines what happens when the academic standards of evangelical schools clash with those of public universities....


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