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Opportunity Gap

Robert Putnam's Our Kids and Reclaiming the American Dream

John Thompson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I doubt that Putnam fully realizes how appreciative teachers are of his efforts to shift our toxic education debates to a conversation about the real problem, the opportunity gap. To close the racial and economic achievement gaps, we must regain the confidence required to tackle out-of-school issues as well as in-school issues.

Broke With Privilege

Steve Rhode | Posted 06.14.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

No matter how many times I cry broke or fear the threat of unemployment or dwindling bank account balances, I will always know my privilege.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

Poverty Is Quicksand

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.12.2015 | Money
Peter A. Georgescu

Poverty, especially now, is more like quicksand. Once you fall into it, it's harder and harder to get out. Opportunity to improve one's life has disappeared for most Americans, especially those who are poor.

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

Rebecca Klein

These Are The Barriers Black Girls Face In School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

When Georgia high school student Tiambrya Jenkins was in ninth grade, the teen, who is black, got into a fight with a white classmate. Both girls were...

Rebecca Klein

Minority Students Don't Only Get Less Experienced Teachers, They Also Get Less Effective Ones

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices

It's already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress r...

Rebecca Klein

The Racial Groups Facing The Biggest Barriers To Success In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday. Wh...

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

The Worm Is Turning on School Reform

John Thompson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

During the Obama administration, corporate reformers got everything on their wish list and billions of scarce dollars funded their pet hypotheses. But, now, teachers, parents, students, and many policy makers are in "open rebellion."

How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Innovation

Eric Schwarz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

America, it's time to solve the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) crisis. Great scientists -- innovators like Edison, Einstein, and Rachel Carson -- think outside of the box.

The Time Tipping Point

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

Schools are approaching a tipping point on time. Throughout the country, educators are reconsidering the traditional school day and school year calendar and exploring ways to increase the amount of learning time provided to students.

Other People's Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

Most people are committed to pointing their own kids toward a bright future. If we're able, we'll spend a small fortune on sports equipment and tuition. To ensure that our kids inherit an America like the one that we inherited, however, we need to start worrying about other people's children.

The Wealth Gap Is an Opportunity Gap

Valerie Ervin | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Valerie Ervin

We have to do more than tread water. The sense of urgency is great. A new wave of civic engagement in communities of color is necessary to move this agenda forward. It is the only way that opportunity for all will be attainable.

Moving Education Forward: It Starts With School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Diann Woodard

It is now time to re-evaluate our education policy, starting with the voice, tools, and support that we provide for our school leaders, the principals and administrators responsible for overseeing the scholastic performance and physical operations of our schools.

Opportunity Gap or Knowledge Gap

Dr. Susan Neuman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Dr. Susan Neuman

Without information capital, children in poverty can't take their rightful place in the ever-growing knowledge economy. Their hopes and dreams for social mobility are doomed.

Message to Feds: Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road and Call AAA

John H. Jackson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.

Find Out How To Use Our Education Data For Your Reporting

ProPublica | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
ProPublica

By Sharona Coutts, and Al Shaw, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Education recently released the largest and most comprehensive snapshot of the edu...

Why Charters and College Access Programs Should Cream

Robert Schwartz | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education
Robert Schwartz

The achievement trap has become an unintended effect of high-stakes testing under NCLB.