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American RadioWorks


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


Making room for poor kids at rich schools  

A new study shows selective colleges could bring in many more talented low-income students. So why don't they?

A public school that's just for immigrants  

English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.

Is free college free?  

New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.

Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools  

A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.

Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge  

Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.

Improving the odds for young black men  

Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?

Protecting the legacy of HBCUs  

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."

Reforming School Discipline  

If suspensions don't work, what does?

The great equalizer  

Are we asking too much of America's inner city schools?

'Dick and Jane were not my friends'  

There are proven techniques to help children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?

The View From Room 205  

One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.

Chinese students ponder Trump  

How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?

What Betsy DeVos might bring to the Department of Education  

The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.

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.

High achievers left behind  

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

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.

Detroit students sue for better school conditions  

The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.

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.

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