Tag Archives | poverty

State assistance is a welcome boost for full-service community schools

Editorial Board, Star Tribune, January 4, 2016 Improved family access to services can help improve student achievement.  The research is clear: It’s more difficult for children to learn when their lives outside school are unstable and riddled with social and economic challenges. That’s what programs like New York’s Harlem Achievement Zone and the local Northside Achievement […]

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New school accountability measures must be careful not to reinforce student poverty

Michael Hansen, The Brown Center Chalkboard, January 4, 2016  The newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act offers reprieve to states that felt encumbered by No Child Left Behind’s onerous school accountability measures. Not only will the ambitious 100 percent proficiency standard no longer loom over the shoulders of state superintendents, but under the new law, states […]

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What Poverty Does to the Brain

Madeline Ostrander, New Yorker, June 4, 2015 The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the organ’s electrical wiring. Four or five months into gestation, the brain’s outermost […]

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The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America: “Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure.”

Emily Badger, Washington Post, March 6, 2016 Sh Political scientist Bob Putnam is photographed at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Putnam recently wrote a book about the inequality of opportunity for children titled “Our Kids.” (Damian Strohmeyer for The Washington Post) SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Robert Putnam wants a show of hands of everyone in […]

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Public schools aren’t failing

Kay McSpadden, Charlotte Observer, January 30, 2015 New research that factors in socioeconomics shows strong results by American schools. In a stroke of whimsy or irony, two new studies about American education have been released in time to get the most media coverage during School Choice Week. The first, from the National Center for Education […]

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Mapping Minnesota’s Future to Shared Opportunities

Minnesota Budget Project, Clark Biegler, December 11, 2014 In some parts of our state, 1 in 3 children live in poverty, more than 1 in 3 households have high housing costs, or 1 in 8 adults are unemployed. While Minnesota has one of the strongest economies in the nation, too many are not sharing in the state’s overall success. Minnesota’s […]

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Valley View Elementary students beat the odds

…This article highlights an elementary school in Columbia Heights that serves a high percentage of children of color living in poverty, including many students learning English. The principal engages his teachers as professional leaders, they are practicing co-teaching, they place emphasis on building relationships with students, and teachers use formative assessment to inform their teaching. […]

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The Year Ahead in Ed

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, January 7, 2014 – As we look ahead to 2014, I see three major education policy areas that will attract attention. Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy Reform For too long, too many schools and districts have treated discipline as a junior version of law enforcement rather than part of the learning process. While […]

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School-readiness report: Poverty biggest hurdle for Minnesota’s vulnerable children

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, December 9, 2013 – A new statewide report on school readiness shows many of Minnesota’s youngest citizens face hurdles that affect their learning in kindergarten and beyond. At the root of the problem is poverty, says Richard Chase, key author of the first School Readiness Report, which was prepared by Wilder Research for […]

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The Monday after Thanksgiving

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, December 2, 2013 – If you want to really understand what it’s like to be a teacher in American schools today, spend part of today in a public school with high concentrations of students living in poverty. As any teacher will tell you in one of these schools – a growing number, […]

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