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Equity & Diversity Audio Irreconcilable Differences: A Clash Over Academics at D.C. School for Young Black Men
At Ron Brown, lofty ideals crash into reality. Many students are on track to fail, and faculty are revolting against the grading policies.
Equity & Diversity Audio Let Brotherly Love Continue: An All-Male Public School Opens
As Washington D.C.'s first all-male public high school opens, 100 9th graders will experience a school grounded in love and empathy.
Equity & Diversity Series Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep
EdWeek and NPR explore the trials and triumphs of Washington, D.C.'s new public high school for young black men, Ron Brown College Prep.
Student Well-Being Video Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep
The students at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School are “kings.” All freshmen. All young men of color. All determined to change the dominant narrative about young black men in Washington: too many read below grade-level and won’t graduate high school. This new public school in Washington D.C. opened its doors in August 2016 and is radically different. Not just because it is a public school for boys, but because it's designed specifically to meet the needs of D.C.’s young men of color. The school’s principal and the majority of its teachers are black men. They begin each morning in a schoolwide circle, navigating conversations that include neighborhood violence and police shootings, protest and poverty. Many schools do one or two of these things, but few do them all – and with the conviction of Ron Brown’s staff. For the past year, through a partnership between Education Week and NPR, we visited Ron Brown weekly -- and some weeks, daily -- to witness the birth of this new school and to see how its staff tackles some of the toughest challenges in education today. We spent hundreds of hours there, from the earliest days to the last bell. Filmed by Swikar Patel and Erin Irwin Edited by Deanna Del Ciello Interviewed by Kavitha Cardoza and Cory Turner Photos by Jared Soares and Kavitha Cardoza
Equity & Diversity Single-Gender Schools Prove Best for Some Students
Dallas and other urban districts opened new single-gender schools this year, aiming to boost access to specialized programs and compete with charter, private, or suburban schools.
School Choice & Charters Video Slideshow: An All-Girls School in Dallas
Nancy Bernardino, the principal of Solar Preparatory School for Girls, discusses her school's focus on preparing girls for careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Solar Prep is one of three single-gender schools the Dallas school district opened this year as part of its effort to expand schooling options for students and families.
Law & Courts Districts' Boys-Only Programs Prompt Legal Questions
Amid new efforts to improve outcomes for black and Latino boys, some civil rights advocates ask if districts are violating federal protections meant to ensure educational quality for girls.
School & District Management Scholars Say Pupils Gain Social Skills in Coed Classes
Studies suggest that coeducational classrooms are an ideal setting to dispel gender biases and teach boys and girls to get along.
School & District Management Study Finds Single-Sex Schools Benefit Some—But Not All
Just as single-sex schools are undergoing scrutiny in the U.S., a Caribbean study schools finds that they are academically beneficial for girls who prefer that environment but not for most boys or girls.