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  • Omaha in Black and White

    One out of every three high school freshman in Omaha fail to graduate in four years, and the dropout problem is even worse for black youths. Findings include: graduation rates slide sharply as attendance drops; middle school grades track closely with graduation rates; students with poor test scores in elementary school are significantly less likely to graduate; few students who enter high school with both poor attendance and poor grades in 8th grade are successful, only 20% graduate on time
  • A Passing Offense

    "The WFAA-TV series, "A Passing Offense," revealed a systematic problem inside the Dallas public schools in which athletic excellence was prized over academic success. Despite a statewide "No Pass, No Play" rule that required athletes to achieve passing academic scores to continue to play sports, the rule was often flouted to win championships."
  • Class of 2011

    An examination on Chicago's Marshall High, a school with a history of troubles, found that the school threatened to derail the success of the Chicago Public Schools' $80 million project to overhaul failing schools.
  • School Poison: Lead in Drinking Water

    WBNS-TV exposed the unhealthy levels of lead in the drinking water at several public schools and revealed the breakdowns in the state government system that is supposed to monitor the water's quality.
  • Schools Flunk Finance; The Fleecing of Alabama; JPMorgan's Muni Morass

    In "Schools Flunk Finance" (March 2008), reporters Martin Z. Braun and William Selway revealed how JPMorgan had deceived school districts in Pennsylvania by promising them free money if they entered into swaps deals. In Erie, for example, a banker said all the district had to do was sign a contract, and JPMorgan would give $750,000. The bank didn't disclose the exact terms of the contract or its fee. Three years after the schools took the upfront money, Erie paid $2.9 million to JPMorgan to get out of the rapidly souring swaps deal. After their reporting in Pennsylvania, Braun and Selway went back to Jefferson County, Ala. In "The Fleecing of Alabama: The Bills Come Due" (July 2008), the reporters found that Jefferson County was nearly broke because it couldn't make its monthly payments to JPMorgan. In "JPMorgan's Muni Morass" (December 2008), Braun and Selway exposed more cases in which the bank victimized taxpayers in states and municipalities.
  • PRP Football Player Dies

    A 15-year-old football player collapsed at practice and died three days later. Jefferson County Public Schools found nothing wrong, but reporters found witnesses of the practice while watching a soccer game next to the football field. Coaches were overheard denying the players' requests for water during practice.
  • The F-School Bomb

    "F-School Bomb" tells the story of English teacher Erika Selig's attempts to address a serious lack of discipline at Allapattah Middle School where she taught. Through Selig's eyes, readers were able to get a first-hand look into the daunting problems facing children, teachers and administrators inside a title 1 school. From racially charged fights between Hispanic and black students to the pressures of teaching students to pass Florida's standardized tests, Allapattah Middle School exemplified everything that is wrong with inner-city failing schools.
  • A Class Apart

    This book follows the lives of several students and teachers at Stuyvesant High School, including a 17-year-old heroin addict, a 10-year-old prodigy and a depressed teacher. The school is public but has a rigorous entrance exam that only 3 percent pass. The book addresses racial themes, explores the concept of elitism in education, and examines the education system in the United States.
  • Charter Schools: Missing the Grade

    Many of Florida's "300-plus, tax-supported charter schools have escaped the primary accountability measures that regular public schools in Florida must abide by." These schools often do worse than the public schools and to have financial problems.
  • Leaving to Learn: DPS' Enrollment Gap

    The reporters used data from Denver Public Schools, the US Census Bureau, and the Piton Foundation of Denver to determine where Denver's school age children were going to school. Their analysis found that nearly a quarter of Denver's children do not go to public schools, and that many students from certain areas of the city are attending suburban schools instead of city schools.