Tara García Mathewson/Hechinger Report

Tara García Mathewson/Hechinger Report

Tara García Mathewson covers inequality in K-12 education, nationally, for The Hechinger Report and she oversees coverage for Hechinger en Español as the languages editor.

Overrepresentation of Black, Hispanic students among those suspended for missing school could violate civil rights law

By: , and - December 13, 2022

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Camron Olivas has been suspended at least five times throughout middle and high school for being late to class. While his mother cares for his toddler sister, his older brother drives him in, and they frequently arrive after the first bell. During the day, Camron said, he sometimes remains in the hallways […]

Suspending students for absences, tardies compounds learning loss

By: and - December 6, 2022

PHOENIX—Guadalupe Hernandez’s attendance problems started in kindergarten. The boy, who has two attention disorders and oppositional defiant disorder, often refused to sit still for circle time. He also experienced separation anxiety while away from his grandmother, Frances Yduarte, who raised him. He’d spend his days distracted from lessons, wishing he was home with her. Guadalupe […]