Replication may be education's biggest challenge. America has lots of great schools, but no one has figured out how to mass produce them, at cost. Could this model out of San Jose, CA do it?
Reports by John Merrow
John Merrow is currently Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters. He began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio nearly 40 years ago with the weekly series, Options in Education, for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. In subsequent years, he expanded into broadcast television, documentaries, and print. In 2012, he became the first journalist to receive the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education.
He has received George Foster Peabody Awards for School Sleuth: The Case of An Excellent School (2000) and Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet (2006), Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, and 2007, four CINE Golden Eagles, numerous awards from the Education Writers Association and more. An occasional contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of The Influence of Teachers (2011), Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).
What would happen if most students graduated from HS with college credit under their belt? This South Texas school district -- in which 99% of the students are Hispanic and over 89% are economically disadvantaged -- is finding out.
A student drops out of HS. The district locates him, and encourages him to attend ... COLLEGE? Can this plan work? In south Texas, the answer is yes.