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From Charter Schools to Dropouts: American Education Issues Echo in Pakistan

News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee recently completed a reporting fellowship in Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists. While she was there, she interviewed students and educators and found some interesting connections between the issues facing educators both in Pakistan and the United States. For example, charter schools are starting to spring up in […]

Girls study and compete in chess, just one of several extracurricular activities added to this girls' public school in Pakistan since the Zindagi Trust adopted it in 2007. (Photo: Laura Isensee, News 88.7)News 88.7's education reporter Laura Isensee recently completed a reporting fellowship in Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists.

While she was there, she interviewed students and educators and found some interesting connections between the issues facing educators both in Pakistan and the United States.

For example, charter schools are starting to spring up in Pakistan (and the rest of the world) just like they have over the past 20 years in Houston and the rest of the United States. Laura takes us inside the expansion in Pakistan and explains how some of those schools are getting some funding help from Houston.

Then, she examines why millions of Pakistani children don’t attend school at all.

(Above: Girls study and compete in chess, just one of several extracurricular activities added to this girls' public school in Pakistan since the Zindagi Trust adopted it in 2007. Photo: Laura Isensee, News 88.7)

MORE:
Laura Isensee’s Reporting From Pakistan
US Charter School Model Goes Global In Pakistan (News 88.7, Nov. 29, 2016)
Students Pulled Between Work and School In Pakistan (News 88.7, Nov. 30, 2016)

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Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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