Puerto Rico

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the Emilio Delgado School in Corozal on June 30, 2021 during a visit to Puerto Rico.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the Emilio Delgado School in Corozal on June 30, 2021 during a visit to Puerto Rico.
Teresa Canino Rivera/GDA via AP
Federal New Federal Team to Work on Puerto Rico School Improvement, Oversight
The Puerto Rico Education Sustainability Team will focus on creating better learning environments and improving financial management.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 15, 2021
3 min read
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during a press briefing at the White House in March.
Andrew Harnik/AP
Federal Miguel Cardona: Puerto Rico's Teachers Are Doing Their Best to Reopen Classrooms
In his first visit as education secretary to the island where he has family ties, Cardona said he sees a drive to improve education there.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 29, 2021
3 min read
In this Oct. 13, 2017 file photo, Education Secretary Julia Keleher gets a hug from a student at Ramon Marin Sola Elementary School, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
In this Oct. 13, 2017 photo, Education Secretary Julia Keleher hugs a student at Ramon Marín Sola Elementary School, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The former education secretary pleaded guilty to two federal fraud conspiracy charges for crimes committed during her time as Puerto Rico’s top education official.
Carlos Giusti/AP
Law & Courts Puerto Rico’s Former Education Secretary Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy
Julia Keleher pleaded guilty to federal fraud conspiracy charges, striking a felony plea bargain and potentially avoiding maximum jail time.
Syra Ortiz-Blanes, The Miami Herald, June 9, 2021
4 min read
Students arrive at the Ramon Marin Sola primary school for the first time in nearly a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as some public schools reopen in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 10, 2021.
Students arrive at the Ramon Marin Sola primary school for the first time in nearly a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as some public schools reopen in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 10.
Danica Coto/AP
Education Funding Miguel Cardona Releases $912 Million for Puerto Rico's Schools, Easing Trump Restrictions
Puerto Rico has regained access to hundreds of millions of dollars for education to address the fallout of COVID-19 and other needs.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 23, 2021
2 min read
Elba Aponte Santos
Elba Aponte Santos, the president of the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (AMPR), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, has been nominated to be Puerto Rico's next education secretary.
via Twitter
States Teachers' Union Leader Nominated to Be Puerto Rico's Education Secretary
The American Federation of Teachers describes Elba Aponte Santos as "a fierce defender of public education" in Puerto Rico.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 2, 2020
1 min read
Education Pandemic Piles on Schools Still Reeling From Fires, Floods, and Storms
The pandemic is compounding problems for students and schools already imperiled by natural disasters in recent years, the Government Accountability Office says.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 14, 2020
3 min read
Education FEMA Awards $2 Billion to Help Repair Puerto Rico's Schools
Puerto Rico's schools struggled with basic infrastructure needs long before Hurricane Maria, but the 2017 storm made the situation worse.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 18, 2020
2 min read
Education Education Department Restricts Puerto Rico's Access to COVID-19 School Aid
"The department cannot ignore the longstanding challenges that have been associated with Puerto Rico and PRDE's fiscal management of federal funds," a top Education Department official told Puerto Rican officials.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 17, 2020
4 min read
Education U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Financial Oversight Board for Puerto Rico
In a decision with implications for the island's schools and retired teachers, the justices turned away a constitutional challenge to the way members of a federal oversight board were appointed.
Mark Walsh, June 1, 2020
3 min read
Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
Student Well-Being Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and COVID-19 Make a Dire Trio for Puerto Rico's Schools
The pandemic is just the latest massive disruption for the U.S. territory's educational system, and has left students and teachers wondering how much they've lost and what comes next.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 27, 2020
11 min read
Education U.S. Supreme Court Nixes Payments to Puerto Rico Catholic School Pension Trust
The justices threw out rulings that required the Archdiocese of San Juan to pay nearly $5 million into a pension trust for employees of Catholic schools.
Mark Walsh, February 24, 2020
4 min read
Education Judge Rejects Ex-Puerto Rico Schools Chief's Bid to Relocate Fraud Trial
A judge has denied a request by Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico's former secretary of education, to have her trial moved from the U.S. territory to the mainland.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 24, 2020
2 min read
Education Puerto Rican Teacher on Earthquakes: 'It's More Difficult Than Maria'
The Puerto Rican government announced Jan. 17, roughly three weeks after earthquakes began hitting the island, that of the 561 schools that had been inspected for damage, 326 were deemed eligible to open.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 19, 2020
2 min read
Education New Julia Keleher Arrest Involves Charge Company Acquired Part of a Public School
In a federal indictment, Keleher is accused of using her position as education secretary to get a sweetheart deal on an apartment, in exchange for allowing a company to acquire public school land.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 16, 2020
4 min read