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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
Here’s a worrisome trend: The proportion of college graduates with degrees in science, math and engineering who are Black is falling. The troubling drop comes at a time when employment in STEM fields is projected to grow twice as fast as all other occupations in the next decade. And the pandemic is complicating efforts by many universities and scientific associations to address the shortage as part of a new focus on systemic racism.
 
This week, we take a deep look at the problem and potential solutions, an approach you will find in much of our work at The Hechinger Report. Here’s another example: an innovative approach to the critical year of ninth grade. What if we reduced the number of courses ninth-graders take per day and increased the length of each class, giving students and teachers more manageable schedules, fewer transitions and the ability to learn course content in greater depth?
 
How can we improve testing? And what works when it comes to getting underserved students on college campuses? As always, we love hearing your ideas and reading op-ed submissions, even though we can’t publish all of them. Please share this newsletter with a friend and suggest they sign up!


Liz Willen, Editor
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Main Idea 

Even as colleges pledge to improve, share of engineering and math graduates who are Black declines

The supply of Black scientists, engineers and mathematicians is flat or falling even as demand goes up.
Reading List 

Poll: Nearly half of parents don’t want their kids to go straight to a four-year college

Anti-college sentiment greater among Republican, white and rural parents.
 

Rural schools have a teacher shortage. Why don’t people who live there, teach there?

Out-of-towners don’t stay long in rural schools, but convincing qualified locals to stick around and teach is harder than it sounds.
 

When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

Middle school remains a key entry point to the criminal justice system, especially for Black, Latino and Native students and those with disabilities.


OPINION: If you really want more equitable schools, you must first ask some questions

Enough with the reports, surveys and committees: Here’s how to take action.


OPINION: We need a SpaceX for assessment

Testing must be improved, not scrapped, so that we can better understand what students know and can do.
 

OPINION: Let’s change our approach to traditionally overlooked students

We can stave off declining enrollments by finding and helping new populations.
 

OPINION: New research shows that ninth grade matters more than ever

Students with fewer courses to manage during each term stay on track at significantly higher rates.
Solutions 
"Video game-themed writing workshops draw homeless teens together in a time of isolation," The City.

This week’s solutions section came from SolutionsU powered by Solutions Journalism Network and their database of solutions journalism. Search for more solutions.
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