A path to progress Daquan Oliver's family didn't have it easy when he was growing up. But his resourcefulness, drive, and desire to honor his mother's hard work helped get him to college, where he formed a mentorship program.
Shifts in thinking In Boston, more than 3,000 students walked out of school Monday to protest cuts to high schools. It’s a sign of how today’s young people are demanding a seat at the table when decisions are made about their education.
Paths to progress Questions about discipline end up turning unfair judicial practices into roadblocks to college for far too many students of color, some say. Now, schools including New York University are retooling their approach.
Paths to progress The Louisiana legislature passed a law this week returning New Orleans schools to local control for the first time since hurricane Katrina. But critics charge that the handover is in name only.
A college degree is one of the best tickets for climbing the economic ladder. Yet at many schools, low-income students graduate at a rate much lower than that of their wealthier peers.Nothing is inevitable about such uneven outcomes. There are examples of colleges and universities where low-income students attend in large numbers and reach the finish line just as often as everybody else.“Committing to supporting low-income college students fundam...
Breaking barriers Among other things, the new SAT is meant to level the playing field for students who can’t afford fancy test-prep classes and align more closely with the skills that colleges want students to practice.
The highest levels of delinquency on student loans are in neighborhoods with higher concentrations of African-Americans or Latinos, a new analysis finds.
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journalist and mom
I'm a reporter on education, politics, and other national news topics; mother of a preschooler and a toddler, which means acting as referee, lots of running in circles, and imaginary play on spaceships; active church member; lover of dance; and onetime poet who keeps thinking someday there'll be time again for poetry.
Climbed a fourteener in Colorado, got even higher in altitude on a visit to Tibet, and on a more earthly note, committed to cloth diapering!
Women's studies and Government, 1989 - 1993
University of Missouri–Columbia
Journalism master's, 1996 - 1998
City Honors High School
1985 - 1989
The Christian Science Monitor
US news reporter
Buffalo, N.Y. - Kingston, Jamaica - St. Louis, MO - Columbia, MO - Boston, MA - Brookline, MA - Northampton, MA