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  • The Teachers Who Cheat

    This investigation found that at least 123 public schools in California have admitted to cheating or other testing irregularities over the last three years. One problem with the system is that school districts are supposed to voluntarily report incidents of cheating. The Chronicle's analysis found cheating to be more widespread than state records say.
  • Hard Lessons: The Struggle to Keep Milwaukee Schools Safe

    "The investigation showed that the intensity of the violence in Milwaukee Public Schools is increasing. WE discovered that more teachers were filing workers compensation claims after getting assaulted in school, and that the number of studens expelled for guns had doubled in recent years, among other things."
  • Learning to Leave

    "An in-depth examination of where Denver's children ages 5 to 17 are enrolled in school. The newspaper partnered with Denver Public Schools and a local foundation to provide the first data on the impact of school choice in Colorado on the states most urban school district."
  • Fault Found in Scoring of Ohio Schools

    "The success of nearly 40 Ohio schools - mostly charters- is inflated by a hidden default in how the state measures them. An analysis by The Repository found that some 30 charter schools and five public schools in Ohio got the state's third-highest designation - 'continuous improvement' - not because of student achievement but because of the state's measure, adapted from federal guidelines, of 'adequate yearly progress.'"
  • School Security

    A team of 14 reporters "tested security at 37 local schools by walking into unlocked elementary, middle and high school and moving through the halls until stopped by a school employee or student." The reporters were able to walk around without beinmg confronted for 10 minutes or more. In one of every four schools, the reporters were never challenged. Some schools did have their gates locked, and reporters were confronted at the gate.
  • Left Behind, The Failure of East St. Louis Schools

    KMOV-TV looks into the state of the public schools in the East St. Louis area, finding that they are not providing an education that meets state and federal standards. Among the issues are: a shortage of special-education teachers, a lack of at-home teachers, the fact East St. Louis is one of five public school districts (of 900 total in the state) that are on state academic probation, friends and relatives being hired for security, secretarial and custodial jobs and a high number of managers without teacher certifications, administrators taking expensive trips for seminars on taxpayer dollars.
  • Schools that Work

    An analysis of three years of Minnesota elementary school test scores found 13 schools that seem to have found a way to overcome education's biggest challenge- teaching high numbers of poor students well.
  • Public Schools, Private Money

    Reporters exposed problems with the management and transparency of nonprofit foundations associated with the North Carolina State University system, and excessive fees charged by Bank of America to run the North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation's endowment.
  • No Relief in Sight

    The authors investigated the overcrowding in elementary schools in the Chicago area. Despite Chicago Public Schools spending $680 million dollars since 1995 to ease the situation, little has changed with one in four schools meeting the district's criteria for not being overcrowded.
  • Sexual assault at Mifflin High School

    When news first broke that a developmentally disabled girl said she had been sexually assaulted in a high-school auditorium, it seemed to be the story of a tragic crime. But digging by Bill Bush and other Dispatch reporters revealed a much more troubling story--school officials had resisted calling police because they feared that would attract attention of the media. Further reporting found critics suggesting that this was a pattern within Columbus Public Schools.