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We cover inequality and innovation in education with in-depth journalism that uses research, data and stories from classrooms and campuses to show the public how education can be improved and why it matters.

Mission: Informing the public about inequality and innovation in education through quality journalism.

Enrollment and financial crises at public universities threaten a growing list of academic disciplines including philoso...
05/28/2020
Crises at public universities threaten a growing list of academic disciplines

Enrollment and financial crises at public universities threaten a growing list of academic disciplines including philosophy, languages, the arts and women’s and black studies. (In partnership w/ WLRN Public Radio and Television)

Even before coronavirus, public universities were cutting programs with small enrollments, or that politicians said they didn’t think led to jobs.

"If this is our chance to reimagine schools, remembering this history and prioritizing the protection of the black teach...
05/27/2020
The educational value of a black teacher

"If this is our chance to reimagine schools, remembering this history and prioritizing the protection of the black teaching force will be essential to create better places for black students to learn." An excerpt from columnist Andre Perry Page's new book #KnowYourPrice.

Having a black teacher in classrooms has a lasting impact on students, especially on Black students' future outcomes and worldview.

Higher education has never been fair, but now a book has some big ideas for change and reform. Coronavirus might help fi...
05/26/2020
Will the coronavirus transform or destroy higher education as we know it?

Higher education has never been fair, but now a book has some big ideas for change and reform. Coronavirus might help finally move the needle, but the system may still be gamed by those with means.

The coronavirus has created a huge higher education crisis, but will it transform or destroy higher education as we know it?

Misleading research claims are increasingly common in the world of education software. A Hechinger Report review found d...
05/20/2020
Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

Misleading research claims are increasingly common in the world of education software. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

A Hechinger Report review found dozens of education software companies promoting their products with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

Nationwide, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the child care industry: an estimated 50 percent of licensed child c...
05/14/2020
Without more federal funds, half of all child care centers could close forever

Nationwide, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the child care industry: an estimated 50 percent of licensed child care centers in the nation are at risk of closing permanently.

Without enough federal funding, local organizations and officials have stepped up to save child care centers. But even that isn’t enough.

In another measure of the massive economic toll of the pandemic on higher education, the resulting shutdowns have been s...
05/13/2020
Little-noticed victims of the higher education shutdowns: college towns

In another measure of the massive economic toll of the pandemic on higher education, the resulting shutdowns have been singularly devastating to the college towns in which these campuses are situated.

In another measure of the massive economic toll of the pandemic on higher education, the shutdowns have been devastating to the college towns.

Coding in kindergarten, tablets for all and digital badges spearhead innovation in suburban village, but even in a place...
05/11/2020
Schools on a screen: New York school district goes all in on technology to prepare students for whatever comes next

Coding in kindergarten, tablets for all and digital badges spearhead innovation in suburban village, but even in a place where technology permeated education educators are finding limits to how much it can do during the coronavirus crisis.

In Mineola, NY kids have spent hours a day on screens as, over the past decade, educators have sought to transform learning with technology in schools

How school counseling in Arizona, where counselors already served the highest numbers of students in the nation, works d...
05/10/2020
Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

How school counseling in Arizona, where counselors already served the highest numbers of students in the nation, works during an age of campus closures and social distancing.

How school counseling in Arizona, where counselors served the highest numbers of students in the nation, works during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus fears are about to produce the biggest-ever gap year for college students. But travel restrictions and a loo...
05/09/2020
Coronavirus fears could produce the biggest-ever gap year for students

Coronavirus fears are about to produce the biggest-ever gap year for college students. But travel restrictions and a looming recession will restrict what they can do with that time.

Roughly 1 in 6 seniors say they definitely or most likely won’t attend college in the fall due to coronavirus; of those 16 percent plan to take a gap year.

This is a critical time for The Hechinger Report’s distinctive style of education journalism — stories that humanize, wh...
05/07/2020

This is a critical time for The Hechinger Report’s distinctive style of education journalism — stories that humanize, whether they are long-form narrative stories, ambitious data investigations, multipart series on a single topic, or pointed, argument-driven news analyses or op-eds about the topics we cover.

Will you consider making a donation to The Hechinger Report in honor of our 10th anniversary and to support the stories that we bring to light? Thank you in advance!
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Will you consider making a donation to The Hechinger Report in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow? We hope to raise $10,000 by t...
05/05/2020

Will you consider making a donation to The Hechinger Report in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow? We hope to raise $10,000 by the end of this three-day fundraising campaign, to benefit Hechinger’s nonprofit journalism work. Your support will allow our journalists to continue to bring you essential reporting during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. It also happens to be our 10th anniversary so please consider making a gift and then sharing your support with the hashtag #Hechinger10.

At The Hechinger Report, we believe education journalism will continue to be essential in the coming months, especially as the future of learning and of education shifts to meet the new realities of a Covid and post-Covid world. Please help us to tell these important stories. Thank you in advance!
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The coronavirus-induced shift of learning off campus was dramatic, but it accelerated a trend that has been growing over...
05/02/2020
Coronavirus accelerates higher education’s trend toward distance learning

The coronavirus-induced shift of learning off campus was dramatic, but it accelerated a trend that has been growing over the past several years.

The coronavirus-induced shift of learning off campus was dramatic, but it accelerated higher education's trend of growth in online college enrollment

Traditional higher education will be upended if high school seniors stay home. We talked with students from across the c...
04/30/2020
With decisions coming due, sleepless high school seniors worry college may not be worth it

Traditional higher education will be upended if high school seniors stay home. We talked with students from across the country to see how they are handling college decisions in the coronavirus era:

High school seniors are stuck at home finishing classes online, stripped of graduation rituals and making college decisions amidst coronavirus uncertainty.

Teachers, those wise souls who deal with kids as a professional responsibility, offer their wisdom to parents now tasked...
04/30/2020
Teachers’ wisdom on how to stay sane dealing with your kids’ crazy behavior

Teachers, those wise souls who deal with kids as a professional responsibility, offer their wisdom to parents now tasked with non-stop child behavior management

Teachers, who deal with kids as a professional responsibility, offer wisdom and help to parents now tasked with non-stop child behavior management

Higher salaries for 'breaking bad' in the classroom
04/25/2020
Higher salaries for 'breaking bad' in the classroom

Higher salaries for 'breaking bad' in the classroom

A working study found rich kids with externalizing behavior in school tended to make more money as adults than their well-behaved school mates.

Free classes! Free parking! Prime dorm rooms! More cash! Admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges a...
04/23/2020
Desperate for students, colleges resort to previously banned recruiting tactics

Free classes! Free parking! Prime dorm rooms! More cash! Admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges and universities resort to previously banned recruiting tactics. Co-published Washington Post:

Worried about whether students will show up in the fall, colleges and universities have started offering college admission incentives to entice them.

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