Erin Richards, USA TODAY

Erin Richards

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Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Erin:

These activists are too young to vote in 2020 election, but climate change has them fed up

The world has never had so many young people in it. Across the globe, Gen Z is fighting on climate change, segregation, gun control and "youth power." → Read More

New York is in uproar over push to ax gifted programs. This school is doing it anyway

At holiday concerts, one class would be mostly white, followed by a class of mostly black students. Parents at the NYC school ended gifted programs. → Read More

Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven't budged in a decade

Reading scores stagnated. Math scores jumped compared with the early '90s, but haven't gone up in a decade. What's happening to America's students? → Read More

'Sitting in class hungry': Schools wary of Trump plan to end free school lunches for some

Advocates say even more could lose free lunch as cuts ripple across schools, but Trump administration says those concerns are overblown. → Read More

When will the Chicago teachers strike be over?

Chicago Public Schools are likely to cancel class again. 2020 Democrat Elizabeth Warren joined CPS teachers and staff on fourth day of their strike. → Read More

Strikes, pay raises & charter protests: America's teachers' exhausting, exhilarating year

"There's so much more work to do." America's educators have survived a rollicking year in the public spotlight — and no slowdown is in sight. → Read More

These are the best U.S. cities to live in on a teacher's salary

Can you guess the 5 most expensive and 5 least expensive cities to live on a single teacher's salary? → Read More

'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent

New teachers can't afford median rent almost anywhere. Our city-by-city analysis validates a theme in teacher strikes. But that's not the full story → Read More

7 out of 10 wealthy kindergarten students with low test scores were affluent by age 25, study finds

Even among kids with high test scores, blacks and Latinos are less likely to get college degrees and prestigious jobs than white and Asian students. → Read More

These teachers' jobs give fair salary, housing, respect. All they had to do was leave U.S.

In the U.S.: divisive politics, teacher strikes, lots of tests. Overseas: havens of respect for American educators. Is the U.S. losing good teachers? → Read More

Tech and engineering: Girls outperform boys on exam, 'whether they take a class or not'

More U.S. students are taking tech and engineering classes, but girls are improving faster than boys. The reason might be good communication skills. → Read More

'Living with 2 roommates in a dump': Hawaii is too expensive to be paradise for teachers

Homes cost $800,000 -- often more. Rent is $1,625 for a one-bedroom "junk" apartment. So Hawaii's teachers are leaving by the thousands. → Read More

Why Special Olympics gets federal money: It runs school programs

Betsy DeVos' proposed cut made up a small portion of Special Olympics' budget. But the group's federal support runs deep, dating back to JFK. → Read More

Kids who switch schools struggle. Austin has a solution to help parents find secure homes

In gentrifying Austin, low-income families are getting pushed out. The district trained staff to help them find new, cheaper homes close to school. → Read More

Austin is training teachers to help parents find affordable housing so that kids don't have to switch schools

In gentrifying Austin, low-income families are getting pushed out. The district trained staff to help them find new, cheaper homes close to school. → Read More

College admissions scandal involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin was a long time coming. Here's how the system got so rigged.

The scandal is the natural next step in a world of elite college admissions that has long favored the rich over the poor. → Read More

AP exam changes: Helpful for test prep, or more money for the College Board?

College Board is giving AP teachers more test prep materials. But some say new deadlines and fees could scare off students. → Read More

Teacher strikes: What's next in your state

Strikes. Walkouts. Rallies for pay hikes. A bold teacher uprising is underway. Next up: Denver, Oakland and Virginia. Here's what to watch. → Read More

Bible classes in public schools? Why Christian lawmakers are pushing a wave of new bills

New bills in six states would expand Bible studies courses in high schools. Critics say conservative Christian groups are behind the efforts. → Read More

Bible classes in public schools? Why Christian lawmakers are pushing a wave of new bills

New bills in six states would expand Bible studies courses in high schools. Critics say conservative Christian groups are behind the efforts. → Read More