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A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College

The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school. They overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, October 28, 2014

Parents benefit from Head Start program, pattern especially strong in African-Americans

Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers. The study is one of the first to examine whether a child's participation in the federal program benefits mothers and fathers – in particular parents' educational attainment and employment. morenext

From, October 20, 2014

The glue that really holds a school together — and that reformers ignore

In the era of “big data,” it can be easy to forget the importance of the human connection in certain enterprises, including the education of children. School reformers have set up funding programs that are competitive rather than collaborative, and evaluation systems don’t pay attention to collaboration and school culture. In the face of all of this, here is a post that talks about the importance of relationships between teachers and between teachers and administrators. After all, these connections are really what hold a school together. morenext

From The Washington Post- Answer Sheet, October 19, 2014

It’s universal: What it takes to ensure high quality pre-kindergarten

Mayor DeBlasio’s universal pre-K initiative has presented challenges to policy-makers and service providers in regard to finding funding, space, and teachers for the multitude of new classrooms opening across our city. morenext

From The Hechinger Report, October 16, 2014

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Taking a two-generation approach to helping families impacted by the justice system

Taking a two-generation approach to helping families impacted by the justice system

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Top Ten Policies to Lift Children and Parents out of Poverty

Top Ten Policies to Lift Children and Parents out of Poverty

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