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Education

Does NYC's Pre-K Expansion Deserve a Failing Grade?

Bill de Blasio's universal-preschool system appears to be favoring families with means.

Why Free Tuition Is Such a Hard Sell

Most of her students could go to college for free. But this Baltimore guidance counselor struggles to convince any of them to take the plunge.

Student Loans Are Bad for Your Health

The mere act of borrowing money for college can take a mental and physical toll.

Is There a Better Way to Deal With Student-Loan Debt?

More flexibility in repayment plans might benefit both borrowers and lenders.

Closing the Achievement Gap, One School at a Time

There are plenty of ways to get more minority students in advanced high school courses. But the first step is to recognize the problem.

No Child Written Off: 'You Can Get Smarter'

In Evanston, a radical experiment is underway to prove that intelligence is not fixed and achievement gaps are not inevitable. 

Get Ready for Calculus in Third Grade, Kids

To increase access to advanced math courses in high school, a suburban Maryland district is focusing on elementary school. 

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The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. On Monday, it features education coverage. Email us with ideas and feedback.