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The new War on Poverty: Tackling two generations at once

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Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo

High-quality instructional materials are essential for American students to succeed in the global economy. Recent research suggests that curriculum choice rivals teacher quality in influencing student achievement outcomes, and that access to good content correlates more strongly with student performance than ethnicity or socioeconomic status. As we discuss in another article, the past few years have been frustrating for educators who want good curricula, but instead are faced with a complex and often underwhelming set of options. morenext

From Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 27, 2014

To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

For the 16 million American children living below the federal poverty line, the start of a new school year should be reason to celebrate. Summer is no vacation when your parents are working multiple jobs or looking for one. Many kids are left to fend for themselves in neighborhoods full of gangs, drugs and despair. Given the hardships at home, poor kids might be expected to have the best attendance records, if only for the promise of a hot meal and an orderly classroom. morenext

From The New York Times Education, August 25, 2014

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

As the shaded quadrangles of the nation’s elite campuses stir to life for the start of the academic year, they remain bastions of privilege. Amid promises to admit more poor students, top colleges educate roughly the same percentage of them as they did a generation ago. This is despite the fact that there are many high school seniors from low-income homes with top grades and scores: twice the percentage in the general population as at elite colleges. morenext

From The New York Times Education, August 25, 2014

How a Part-Time Pay Penalty Hits Working Mothers

Women get paid less than men in almost all jobs, but when women in low-wage jobs need to take time off work to care for children, they are at an even greater disadvantage. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, August 21, 2014

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