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    Mariette Sargios, from left, Abigail Melton, 15, Lily Chu, 13, and Jayna Viswalingam, 14, put on makeup in preparation for the summer camp’s Masquerade Ball. The Lafayette College residential site is one of two dozen operated by the program at various college campuses, intended to offer academically adept students camaraderie, enrichment, and a taste of college life. —Melanie Burford/Prime for Education Week

    Rural Connections

    August 3, 2012

    857 Empty Desks

    June 21, 2012
    Ruby Pacheco, 7, plays outside her trailer home after school in Foley, Ala. She is in 2nd grade at Foley Elementary School and has tested out of ESL classes. Ruby was born in the U.S. but the rest of her family is undocumented. --Nicole Frugé/Education Week

    ‘The Friendly School’

    June 8, 2012
    Students gather around a game of battle tops during recess Thursday morning, March 22, 2012 at Robert Kerr Elementary School in Durand, Michigan. The school recently adopted the common-core standards which emphasize higher level thinking, wondering, questioning, and partnering with other students.

    Common Core

    April 24, 2012
    in Angela Glover's 6th grade science class at Key Middle School in Houston Friday, February 10, 2012. Houston Independent School District, one of the largest districts in the country, is deliberately trying to learn lessons from its charter schools and apply them to regular public schools (Michael Stravato for Education Week)

    Charter Lessons

    March 8, 2012
    Students head for the doors after school past a mural celebrating the cultural diversity at David Lewis Public School in Agincourt, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. --Nicole Fruge/Education Week

    Quality Counts: Canada

    January 13, 2012
    Stephanie Dressler takes a shot during field hockey practice. The 3,100 student Juniata County School District has started charging student-athletes $250 per sport to help offset budget cuts. —Sean Simmers for Education Week

    Price to Play

    November 4, 2011