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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.

February 21, 2019

Possible Conversions to Charter Schools Mark Puerto Rico's Latest Education Fight

The island's teachers' union says decisions about changing traditional public schools to charters are being made in the dark, but the education secretary says that's a misinterpretation of the process.

January 13, 2019

What's the Price Tag for Fixing Up Puerto Rico's Schools? Try $11 Billion

Puerto Rico's education secretary warned that if President Donald Trump diverts disaster-recovery funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, she doesn't have other money to conduct school repairs.

November 20, 2018

Paul Pastorek, Louisiana Schools Chief After Katrina, Gets Contract in Puerto Rico

Pastorek, who helped lead the overhaul of New Orleans' schools after Hurricane Katrina, will help the island with everything from ESSA to philanthropic support as its schools recover from Hurricane Maria.

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