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

At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break. Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from … More At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

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

‘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