First-person education stories

This week’s episode of P.S. Weekly looks at teen mental health, following one family’s journey with therapy and looking at NYC’s new effort to expand free therapy to teens.

The charter authorizer also approved the expansion of GEO Next Generation Academy, which is on the same property as Indy STEAM.

Some city and state lawmakers say laundry services are critical for schools, but installing them can come with challenges.

Elementary and special education teachers who don’t teach literacy won’t have to earn a new literacy endorsement required by state law.

CPS says the proposal to build the controversial $150 million high school is still “under review,” but a website has been taken down, and stakeholders say it’s been months without an update.

Just months before the fall college semester, students in Detroit who need financial aid are stuck in limbo.

Maryland’s diverse Montgomery County epitomizes the challenges faced by school communities worried about both a spike in anti-Jewish hate and Israel’s conduct since Oct. 7.

Seniors in Rooted School’s first graduating class were among the students who entered high school at the height of the pandemic.

Roughly 12% of Chicago residents age 16 to 24 are not working or in school. Black teens are most impacted.

Students at a Washington Heights elementary school were frustrated with Eric Adams’ school food cuts. But their advocacy had a bigger impact than bringing back their favorite chicken dish.

Proposed high school diplomas for the class of 2029 will place a greater emphasis on work experience, which some educators say will push students to neglect academic opportunities.

Some families travel hours each day so their children can attend the Bright MINDS program in Lakewood.

The national effort will also support young people who want to enter the behavioral health workforce with stipends and experience.

Mayor Eric Adams has insisted all families who want spots in the city’s preschool programs would receive them, despite budget cuts to early childhood education.

Illinois high school juniors will have to take the ACT to graduate starting spring 2025. This comes at a time when most colleges and universities are again requiring students to take entrance exams for the admissions process.

The district’s plan calls for training on alternative discipline practices and aims to focus on the “root cause” of student behavior.

The program will train young adults ages 18 to 24 to act “as navigators serving middle and high school students,” according to state officials.

Daniel Kiel, whose documentary chronicled the ‘Memphis 13,’ sees vouchers and ‘colorblind’ policies eroding progress on desegregation.

The changes tweak previous language on homework assignments, dress code, and how to approach discipline.

lllinois lawmakers overhauled K-12 funding seven years ago and promised to 'adequately fund' every district by 2027. A new report finds that won’t happen until 2034, unless more education money is budgeted every year.

A survey of Michigan residents found wide support for higher salaries for beginning teachers.

Organizers of the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago are inviting high school students to design buttons and other memorabilia.

In P.S. Weekly’s food episode, fourth graders visit NYC schools’ test kitchen, high schoolers rate grilled cheese sandwiches, and students dish on having microwave access.

Many states have rules to protect student athletes during extreme heat but not children during recess. The family of a 12-year-old who died after running in the heat wants to change that.

If restorative justice funding is cut, advocates worry schools will increasingly resort to suspensions instead of alternatives like peer mediation.

Under state law, schools must conduct at least four lockdown drills each year. Lawmakers and advocates say that’s “excessive and ineffective.”

Students, parents, educators, and advocates have big asks for the 2024-25 School Aid Budget. They worry the state won’t be able to fund them.

Before the pandemic, at least 137 schools serving roughly 70,000 students did not have a school nurse, according to one estimate.

Advocates say there are about 45 outdoor preschool programs in Colorado.

History often pays attention to Oliver Brown and the male lawyers behind the landmark case. But 12 Black mothers from Kansas also played a crucial role in challenging inequities in their children’s schools.

The contract provision in question has to do with the end of the so-called budget stabilization factor, which withheld funding from Colorado’s K-12 schools.

Unintentional marijuana use is spiking among young children, while the district is dealing with hundreds of incidents involving weed and vape pens.

Mock legal and legislative proceedings dispel notions of teen disengagement in Adam Williamson’s class.