American's aren't great at standardized tests, but our education system is relatively equal, compared to other nations.
Data-gathering has helped kids learn more, Oregon's schools chief says.
TANF was envisioned as a runway for the poor to launch themselves out of poverty, but a troubling fraction still skid along the rock bottom of the economy.
For America's poor, the security of public benefits can outweigh the risks of a low-paying, uncertain job.
Online merchants are running into a particularly troubling quirk of international postal law.
Maybe demography - and not geography - is the key to understanding high costs of care.
A new report finds employers are requiring BAs more than ever -- and not always because it's necessary to do the job.
National gas development is big for Youngstown, but less so for workers
A case for pessimism about the divide between companies and workers.
The mystery of why people who live near fracking report more health problems.
Employers like to dodge taxes by pretending its workers are just "contractors."
The house cleaning startup Homejoy can offer better pay -- at the cost of zero protection for workers.
An anecdotal - and personal - measure of the economy's health.
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The Affordable Care Act has been controversial -- but it's changing the many small health decisions that make up everyday life.
A selection of indie music from Minneapolis, Athens, Chapel Hill, and Portland.
Music geographer Michael Seman on how music can transform cities.
What research from 17th century classical musicians tells us about creative clusters.
Omaha's lesson in music as economic stimulus, as told through one up-and-coming Nebraska band.
Many would-be borrowers are 'boxed out' from loans. Lenders blame muddled regulations.
In Richmond, bad luck and bad choices collide with bad policy.
This owner of a sports grill chain thinks so.
A guide to separating the data from the generational cliche.
A sour economy is locking America's most dynamic generation of workers into less-than-ideal jobs.
What low today's job churn tells us about the economy.
What U.S. policymakers got right on the job front.
The head of the CDC says the 'window of opportunity' to contain Ebola is closing.
In Sierra Leone, authorities are scrambling to contain the Ebola outbreak, and using some surprisingly simple tools.
Not every city supports the unemployed in the same way. What's working in your town?
Can the city of Richmond fix problems hundreds of years in the making?
The evidence is in: worker training programs lead to higher wages.
Health-care sharing gives some Americans a faith-based support system -- as long they pledge to refrain from sin.
A look at the culture of guns in Nucla, Colorado, where the nearest stop light is two hours away.
Photos from a small town that passed a law requiring a gun in every household.
Hours after the merger announcement, Twitter rose up to say: Don't mess with my coffee.
The coal economy in Central Appalachia is in an unprecedented freefall. Which isn't making it easier for workers to move on.
Is coal country suffering from what economists call the 'resource curse'?
A photo gallery of one West Virginia family's struggle to find work as the coal industry shrinks.
Tough choices in coal country: A family struggles to move away from mining
As Chico Harlan writes today, after two decades as a coal miner in Logan County, W.Va., Michael Estep was jobless. Now he and his son are thinking of looking for mining work in Wheeling, W.Va. More than 10,000 miners have lost jobs over the past two-and-a-half years in southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.
All photos by Katherine Frey / The Washington Post
Aug. 13, 2014: Coal miners, from left, Lucian “Luke” Lusk, Edward “G Baby” Robison and Michael Estep — together at Robison’s home in Logan County, W.V. — were laid off June 30 when the mine they worked for shut down. Lusk, 59, said he will probably retire; Robison, also 59, doesn’t know what he will do when unemployment insurance runs out. Estep, 51, is considering a move to Wheeling, W.V., to look for another coal mining job.
Edward “G Baby” Robison bids goodbye to Michael Estep at Robison’s home in Logan County, W.Va., on Aug. 13, 2014.
Coal miner Michael Estep at home in Omar, W.Va., on Aug. 14, 2014.
Michael Estep, his son, Jobe, 22, and Jobe’s live-in girlfriend, Kristen Goodman, prepare to settle in on the front porch in Omar, W.Va., on Aug. 13, 2014.
Michael Estep jokes around with his wife, Vada, son, Jobe, and Jobe’s live-in girlfriend, Kristen Goodman, on Aug. 14, 2014.
Vada and Michael Estep hold a photograph of their younger selves. They have been together for 29 years.
Michael Estep’s ponytail is saved for posterity in what he calls the family Bible — his and his wife’s wedding album.
Jobe Estep helps his father, Michael Estep, move a pool table Jobe received as a Christmas gift. Jobe sold the pool table for spending money. Michael lost his mining job and money has been tight.
Vada Estep holds Merle, the runt of the litter, who has been nursed back to life a couple of times.
Jobe Estep researches housing options in Wheeling, W.V., as his parents, Vada and Michael, relax in their living room, on Aug. 14, 2014. Jobe recently dropped out of college, where he was studying to become a nurse, because his father was laid off from his coal mining job. The two are considering a move four hours away to look for mining jobs.
Jobe Estep, 22, eats breakfast on the living room floor, on Aug. 14, 2014.
Jobe Estep shares a slice of American cheese with Beef, the family pit bull, on Aug. 14, 2014.
Jobe Estep, 22, runs to catch up to his dad and girlfriend, on Aug. 14, 2014.
Michael Estep delights in catching a “horny head” within minutes of casting his line in the creek across the street from his home in Omar, W.V. The creek is polluted with raw sewage so everything he catches he throws back.
Michael Estep fishes in the creek across the street from his home.
Michael and Vada Estep cross the street on the way to the creek near their home in Omar, W.Va.
The streets are nearly deserted and many businesses are shuttered in the downtown Logan, WV, as seen on Aug. 12, 2014. The area has lost many of the mining jobs that used to fuel the local economy.
Michael Estep, who has lived his entire life in the same hollow, ponders his next move. He is thinking of relocating to seek another mining job four hours away in Wheeling, WV.
Whitney Shefte is a Peabody, Emmy and Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Award-winning senior video journalist at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2006. Whitney is also the visuals editor for Storyline.
How kids' livestock shows have become a cutthroat - and competitive - business.
Inside the world of competitive pig shows.
A look back at how the WashPost covered the county fair.
As young people flee the Heartland, it's getting harder and harder to find a lawyer in rural America.
The younger your neighbors, the healthier your town
What it's like to work as a lawyer in sparsely-populated towns.
It's not clear that just adding minorities makes a police force more empathetic.
Economists forgot that government response to a disaster can be a stimulus.
Workers in one California town have become collateral damage in the push for globalization.
Where jobs could be at risk because of increased global competition.
Workers in the town of Fremont, California are slowly picking up the pieces.
The city's police chief on policing Latinos, the “swagger years,” and why he loves his MRAP.
'I didn't want to be another statistic': Stories from readers on teen pregnancy
What you need to know about the $17 billion hospice industry.
'I am an example of how you can turn an unplanned pregnancy into a wonderful part of your life.'
The hospice industry is booming, but concerns are rising about treatments for patients who aren't near death.
Wonkblog has a rundown of the uneven drop in teen births.
The lessons and stories from Colorado's surprisingly effective approach.
Why we should treat teen pregnancy as more than just a medical event.
It's hard to put a number on it, but over the long run they justify the cost.
Because supply and demand aren't that simple.
'We have far too many reminders that race still matters'
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