American RadioWorks

American RadioWorks


American Public Media's American RadioWorks creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet.


What Betsy DeVos might bring to the DOE  

Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos' critics say she wants to dismantle the public-school system. Her supporters say she's going to challenge the education establishment. We ask an expert what to expect at her confirmation hearings.

Are high achievers being left behind?  

In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?

Some College, No Degree  

Getting adults back to school could help revitalize state economies. More people are going to college than ever before. But in the United States, about half the people who start don't finish.

Is literacy a right?  

A group of Detroit students filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their schools are so bad they're being denied a fundamental right to literacy. The state of Michigan disagrees.

Inside a trauma-informed school  

A new movement seeks to reorganize schools to better work with students from traumatized backgrounds.

Keeping black teachers  

Black teachers matter. But they're leaving the profession. A reporter and a teacher talk about why.

Undocumented students after the election  

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to end temporary protections for unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the country as children. We hear from students whose lives feel upended by the election.

College-educated and out of touch  

Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Some say instead of expanding minds, higher education is making graduates more insular.

Election leaves undocumented students in limbo  

The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.

Clinton and Trump on education  

Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.

Racism, stress and learning  

A new study finds that black students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that is known to impact focus and learning.

Talking about race in schools  

Yolanda Moses thinks children as young as four years old should be taught why people look different - and why they are treated differently - in American society.

Low-income students travel abroad  

Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.

What a flipped classroom looks like  

Bueller? Bueller? In-class lectures could be ineffective.

How thousands of kids were denied special ed in Texas  

Strap on your cowboy boots: a new investigation reveals how Texas denied special education services to thousands of kids.

Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars  

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.

What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools  

The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to do things differently.

Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline  

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

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