Kevin Carey

Too Weird for The Wire

n November 16, 2005, Willie Bo Mitchell and three co-defendantsShelton Little Rock Harris, Shelly Wayne Martin, and Shawn Earl Gardner appeared for a hearing in the modern federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The four African American men were facing federal charges of racketeering, weapons possession, drug dealing, and five counts of first-degree murder. For… Read more »

Portrait of an Inbox

onday, March 10, 6:45 a.m.: The first e-mail of the week arrives on Margie Yeager’s Palm Treo, from an elementary school principal in the District of Columbia who needs volunteers to restock his library shelves. Yeager reads the e-mail in bed a few minutes after waking. Eventually she gets up, walks into her kitchen, and… Read more »

No Complaint Left Behind

Of the roughly 170 public elementary schools in Maryland where more than 70 percent of students live in poverty, only three had better test scores last year than Tyler Heights Elementary. A K-5 school built near the low-income housing projects of Annapolis, Tyler more than doubled its pass rates on state reading and math tests… Read more »

A Note on Methodology

ur methodology was designed to identify community colleges that excel in using teaching methods that researchers have linked to increased student achievement. We also wanted to identify colleges that are successful in helping students earn degrees. To that end, we relied on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and graduation rate… Read more »