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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 Phys.org, 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

A business-nonprofit partnership remedy for high turnover

How do you convince companies that social spending and government “handouts” are good for the bottom line? Randy Osmun has a pitch: reduced employee turnover. morenext

From The Washington Post Opinion, October 09, 2014

At a poverty conference. In Aspen. Waiting on a call from prison.

At a poverty conference in Aspen, the event's "two-generational" approach is personal for Brooklyn's Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin. morenext

From The Washington Post, Story Line, October 08, 2014

This Little Piggy Went to College

WASHINGTON — WHEN her son, Cole, came home from his first day of kindergarten at a public school in San Francisco two years ago, Lauren Sigurdson, a single mom who struggles to pay basic expenses, found a welcome surprise tucked in his backpack: a flier announcing that Cole would be getting his own savings account, with an initial $50 deposit. morenext

From The Washington Post, The Opinions Pages, October 06, 2014

Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation

Vladimir de Jesus, a community college student, dreams of becoming an art teacher. But after first enrolling at LaGuardia Community College in 2008, he’s still working toward his degree. morenext

From The New York Times, October 03, 2014

All Kindergartners in Nevada Given College Savings Accounts

In Nevada, starting kindergarten means starting to save money for college. morenext

From Education Week, September 15, 2014

The Way to Beat Poverty

As our children were growing up, one of their playmates was a girl named Jessica. Our kids would disappear with Jessica to make forts, build a treehouse and share dreams. We were always concerned because — there’s no polite way to say this — Jessica was a mess. morenext

From The New York Times, September 12, 2014

What is the True Poverty Rate in America?

Poverty is less about particular people than about particular places. Which helps explain why the odds of escaping poverty in the U.S. (i.e. economic mobility) haven’t changed in 20 years. morenext

From The Las Vegas Informer, September 08, 2014

The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus

One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. morenext

From The New York Times- The Upshot, September 06, 2014

Help Families From Day 1

The opening of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program this week will give 53,000 children access to free, full-day pre-K in New York City, compared with 20,000 enrolled last year. This is well worth celebrating, and other cities and states should follow suit. But this investment in school preparation is not enough. If we want to close the income-based achievement gap, we need to begin much earlier. morenext

From The New York Times Op-Ed, September 02, 2014

This Labor Day, Let’s Remember Those Who Can’t Afford a Day Off

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Jodi Kantor describes the challenging lifestyle of Jannette Navarro, a 22-year-old single mother who is a Starbucks barista with an erratic work schedule. The article chronicles Jannette’s seemingly impossible balancing act of seeking childcare, pursuing an education, and providing for her family. morenext

From Talk Poverty, September 02, 2014

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

Teen Moms: The Difference Two Years and a Diploma Make

What would happen if teen mothers waited a few years to have children? What if they simply got their high school diploma? What if they did both? These are three of the “what-if” scenarios considered in a recent Child Trends research brief, co-authored by our own Isabel Sawhill. morenext

From Brookings Institution Blog, August 18, 2014

Want to live longer? Send your kids to college.

New research by Esther Friedman of the RAND Corporation and Robert Mare of UCLA finds that parents of college grads live two years longer than parents whose kids didn’t graduate high school. That two-year bump in life expectancy for parents of the most-educated kids is surprisingly large – it amounts to about two-thirds of the longevity benefit of running every day. morenext

From The Washington Post Education, August 17, 2014

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