Suburban Education

Education news, analysis, and opinion about suburban education and suburban schools
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School & District Management Divisive Politics Are Harming Schools, District Leaders Say
A new survey reveals how tough the politics are for some leaders, especially in the suburbs.
Denisa R. Superville, January 26, 2023
8 min read
Evanston, IL - August 24: Teacher DarLisa Himrod poses for a portrait in her classroom for ages 3-5 at Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Evanston, Ill. Nimrod previously worked with ages 0-3 and completed a yearlong residency to receive her teaching certification.
After one of the most challenging years of her life, DarLisa Himrod landed a position as a certified preschool special education teacher at the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center in Evanston, Ill.
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Recruitment & Retention A New Teacher at 50: Inside the Struggle to Rebuild America's Black Teaching Workforce
A suburban Chicago school district was desperate to hire more teachers of color and root out racism. Enter DarLisa Himrod.
Benjamin Herold, October 11, 2022
25 min read
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Equity & Diversity From Our Research Center Suburban Schools Saw Huge Drops in White Enrollment During the Pandemic
Suburban public schools lost 5 percent of their white students in a single year, a new EdWeek Research Center analysis found.
Benjamin Herold & Xinchun Chen, August 29, 2022
5 min read
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Families & the Community As Book Bans Spread, Suburban Moms Who Oppose Them Are Fighting Back
These mothers have deployed a series of unique strategies to convince board members to keep books about racism and homophobia.
Eesha Pendharkar, February 17, 2022
4 min read
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
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Equity & Diversity Data The 'Dramatic' Demographic Shifts Reshaping Suburban Schools: 7 Key Data Points to Know
A new analysis by the EdWeek Research Center shows sharp declines in white enrollment in suburban schools.
Xinchun Chen, Yukiko Furuya, Alex Harwin & Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2021
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Collection The Changing Face of Suburban Schools
Dramatic demographic shifts in America's suburban schools have sparked tensions over diversity, equity, and inclusion.
March 17, 2021
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
Ash Ponders for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Suburban Public Schools Are Now Majority-Nonwhite. The Backlash Has Already Begun
Fierce fights over equity and inclusion have followed steep drops in white enrollment across America's suburban public schools.
Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2021
19 min read
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Equity & Diversity Suburban Schools Have Changed Drastically. Our Understanding of Them Has Not
A growing body of research has begun to document the demographic shift and inequities in suburban education, but more work remains.
Corey Mitchell, January 26, 2021
2 min read
Federal Two Black Democrats Beat Republican Incumbents to Transform a Suburban School Board
The school board in Gwinnett County, Ga., will shift from a 4-1 white Republican majority to a 3-2 Black Democratic majority, mirroring demographic changes in the county.
Mark Lieberman, November 4, 2020
3 min read
School Climate & Safety School Reopening Plans and the Suburban Challenge
Equity, innovations, and logistical challenges were among the patterns found in an analysis of 18 suburban districts' reopening plans as they cope with the pandemic.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 30, 2020
3 min read
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School & District Management How the Fight for America's Suburbs Started in Public Schools
A heated school board election in the fast-changing Atlanta suburbs pits Black Lives Matter vs. the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream.”
Benjamin Herold, October 26, 2020
26 min read
Privacy & Security Large, Well-Off Suburban Districts Most Likely to Get Hacked
Bigger, wealthier districts make easier targets for hackers, a GAO analysis found.
Alyson Klein, October 15, 2020
2 min read
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School & District Management Race and Schools Are at the Core of Trump's 'Suburban Lifestyle Dream'
The president’s supposed suburban ideal draws attention to the ongoing debate about how housing and schools are inextricably linked. What does the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream” have to do with education?
Andrew Ujifusa, August 10, 2020
7 min read
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School Climate & Safety Project Hate in Schools
Data on hate-related incidents in schools are skimpy, but it's clear hate and intolerance are being boldly expressed in some schools.
Francisco Vara-Orta, August 6, 2018
27 min read