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September 20, 2018

Top Democrat Asks GOP for Hearing in Congress on Puerto Rico's Schools

There has been a tremendous amount of upheaval for education on the island since Hurricane Maria, including hundreds of school closures and a significant drop in enrollment.

August 10, 2018

Puerto Rico's High Court Clears Way for Vouchers, Charter Schools

The teachers' union in Puerto Rico argued that the new school choice programs supported by Puerto Rico's education department violate the U.S. territory's Constitution.

July 09, 2018

Setback for Vouchers, Charter Schools in Puerto Rican Court's Ruling

A judge's ruling in Puerto Rico limits the scope of who can operate new schools similar to charters, in a decision that would limit the ability of operators from the U.S. mainland to open the independent schools on the island.

July 02, 2018

Betsy DeVos OKs Puerto Rico's 'Student-Centered' Funding Plan

Puerto Rico is the first district to take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act's weighted student-funding pilot.

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.

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