Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

They showed up for a recent Portland school board meeting by the dozen wearing black T-shirts with the words “Black Students Matter” emblazoned in green and yellow across their chess. Students, parents, community members and activists alike, all to support a small public charter school in North Portland: Kairos PDX. For the second year in … More Zest, grit and more: School tries new approach to closing the achievement gap in Portland

Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

Squash is a global game, but in the U.S., it’s a sport primarily associated with white players. Squash courts tend to be located at private schools and members-only clubs. “The elite, affluent communities … have access to squash, and unfortunately it hasn’t been a super accessible sport for most people,” said Meg Taylor, executive director … More Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home. “More than ready,” Lasalle, 21, said with a laugh. Check out the full story By Vanessa de … More For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico. She wants to make sure they understood her instructions. But Allison doesn’t speak … More In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help

What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

Thomas Jefferson High School, or ‘Jeff’ as alumni and locals fondly call it, is a historic pillar of North Portland. Its first graduating class was in 1912, and the school has the largest populations of African-American high school students in the state. But some people are questioning whether the founding father is an appropriate representative for … More What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

‘Devastating’ School Closure Proposal Ignites Concerns In Hartford

Antonio Cruz is the father of a 9-year-old at Hartford’s Batchelder Elementary, one of the city neighborhood schools that the superintendent has proposed shutting down this summer. “I work for you every single day and I’m proud to do it,” Cruz, a school bus driver, told the Hartford school board at a public hearing this … More ‘Devastating’ School Closure Proposal Ignites Concerns In Hartford