How changing demography is changing a nation

Across the Border and Into School

Thousands of Central American children made a harrowing journey to the United States. Now they are navigating the arduous process of getting an education.



  1. Communities
    Alexia Fernández Campbell

    Can a Private Company Teach Troubled Kids?

    At the Richmond Alternative School in Virginia, 97 percent of students are black and 87 percent are poor, and the city just outsourced their education.

  2. Higher Education
    Mark Zaleski / AP

    From Convict to College Student

    California’s public universities are starting to embrace a program that helps transition people from prison to campus.

  3. Criminal Justice
    Dani Cardona / Reuters

    'Policing the Teenage Brain'

    One organization’s approach focuses on the adults, not the kids.

  4. Communities
    Courtesy of the India Association of Virginia

    The Overlooked Consumer Group With Billions to Spend

    While American companies fixate on Latino consumers, the growth of Asian American buying power is outpacing everyone else’s.

  5. Criminal Justice
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Feds End Use of Private Prisons, but Questions Remain

    The government’s decision to stop using corporations to manage the federal prison population could have unintended consequences.

  6. Higher Education
    Matt Sayles / Invision / AP

    How Colleges Would've Handled the Nate Parker Case Today

    Campus sexual-assault guidelines have changed significantly since the '90s.

  7. Criminal Justice
    Kate Brumback / AP

    The U.S. Government's Verdict on Private Prisons

    The Justice Department announced it plans to stop using private prison to house inmates.

  8. Higher Education
    Noah Berger / Reuters

    The Problem With Public Colleges Going Tuition-Free

    Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make public higher education more accessible to lower- and middle-income students could have the opposite effect.

  9. Higher Education
    Bob Child / AP

    The Fine Line Between Safe Space and Segregation

    Schools want black students to feel welcome, but sometimes their attempts go awry.

  10. Criminal Justice
    Jeffrey Phelps / AP

    The Milwaukee Police Department Knows It Needs Help

    Months before the violent protests this weekend, the city’s mayor and police chief sought out a voluntary review from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  11. Communities
    Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    Will Immigrants Today Assimilate Like Those of 100 Years Ago?

    Two sociologists recently looked into whether the barriers facing people of color in the U.S. make it harder for most new arrivals to build wealth.

  12. Higher Education
    Claro Cortes / Reuters

    The Burden of Being Asian American on Campus

    The arrival of Chinese international students comes at a cost to some.

  13. Criminal Justice
    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Elusiveness of an Official ID After Prison

    A bureaucratic maze within the federal government leaves scores of former inmates without the key to a fresh start.

  14. Higher Education

    Just Paying Teachers More Won’t Stop Them From Quitting

    Most educators don’t leave the classroom for higher pay.

  15. Criminal Justice
    Eric Thayer / Reuters

    The Horror of the Baltimore Police Department

    A Department of Justice report finds widespread constitutional violations, the targeting of African Americans, and a culture of retaliation.

  16. Higher Education
    Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

    How Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Fix Schools

    Activists are calling for an end to charter schools and juvenile detention centers.

  17. Criminal Justice
    Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    A Governor Ordered to Serve as a Public Defender

    Amid a funding crisis, Missouri’s top public defender appointed Governor Jay Nixon to represent a poor client.

  18. Higher Education
    Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

    The Pitfalls of Free Tuition

    Bernie Sanders’s idea has made its way into Hillary Clinton’s education plan, but private schools are pushing back.

  19. Higher Education
    Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    The Complicated Process of Adding Diversity to the College Syllabus

    From physics to forestry, schools are asking professors to reconsider the lens through which they teach.

  20. Criminal Justice
    Nacho Doce / Reuters

    7,000 Deaths in Custody

    A first-ever database provides a detailed look at how people died during encounters with the criminal-justice system in Texas.