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It Just Got Easier For Detroit Students To Pay For College

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.25.2016 | College

It's been a year of strife for students in Detroit public schools, but on Tuesday, a promise to help kids in the underfunded district was kept. Mayor ...

After Baltimore: No Need to Repeat History, Let's Get to Work

Michael McAfee | Posted 06.11.2016 | Impact
Michael McAfee

Freddie Gray's death is a tragedy, and unfortunately a tragedy that is being repeated in low-income communities across the country. But maybe it will force us to face up to our mistakes and embrace common-sense, large-scale solutions to support more children, young people and their families to succeed.

Think Promise Neighborhoods Before Promise Neighborhoods Were Cool

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The school's ambition is an integral part of an even bigger one -- to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that has been endemic to its section of Atlanta.

Promise Zones Provide Opportunity and a Pathway to an Equitable Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

First announced by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, the Promise Zone Initiative aims to build a broader middle-class through partnering with local communities and businesses to create a pathway to greater economic stability for struggling families.

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

This Is What A Promise Zone School Looks Like

| Brenda Iasevoli | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES – Most days, you can find Melissa Estrada at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School in Central Los Angeles where her son Angel Her...

Promise Neighborhoods: Will They Work?

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Kyle Hutzler

It is too early to say that the concept itself works. In many ways, this is all beside the point. The question is much more than whether Promise Neighborhoods will work or not, it's whether the success will be large enough to matter.

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

Let's Not Settle for Less

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

A new national survey of African-Americans paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years. But what of the other half, who report lower satisfaction with their lives -- especially lower-income African-Americans?

Don't Pull Up the Ladder

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation heads toward a multicultural, multiracial future, sustained growth hinges on our ability to apply everyone's talents and creativity to building the next economy.

Paul Tough: The Obama Administration's Big Missed Opportunity

| Posted 11.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. What if much of what we think we know about success is wrong? What if the metrics we use i...

Need Inspiration for Your Graduate? Start With the Time 100 List

Michael McAfee | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Michael McAfee

If we want a generation of well-rounded leaders making positive contributions to society tomorrow, we need to provide pathways to success today.

The Lesson We Can Learn From 'The Hunger Games'

Michael McAfee | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Michael McAfee

If we don't prepare all of our children today to be the leaders of tomorrow, our entire economy will suffer. We cannot be indifferent to those held back most by the painful inequality in our country; if we are, it will be the downfall of this great nation.

Should Schools Alone Be Held Accountable For Student Achievement?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. What if schools didn't have to work alone to improve student achievem...

A Promise to Bobby

Max Skolnik | Posted 12.05.2011 | DC
Max Skolnik

Last week, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson revealed some startling statistics about our youngest citizens. We learned that 10% of current eighth graders have attempted suicide.

Is Poverty Not "Sexy" Enough?

Morna Murray | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Morna Murray

One in five children now lives in poverty, up from 17% in 2000. This is an increase of 2.4 million children. These are not just statistics. They are real children, waking up hungry and suffering.

Obama Administration Keeps Eyes on the Prize

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a wonderful investment in America! President Obama and his administration have seen the challenges facing young people in our country today who ...

Hitting the "Opportunity Ceiling"

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

By slashing programs like Pell Grants and YouthBuild, the Ryan budget would knock the legs out from under the next generation, denying them the skills and tools they need to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Geoffrey Canada On Harlem Children Zone's Ripple Effect

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone CEO, sat down with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night to talk about how his efforts to give back to Harlem child-by-ch...

Rewriting NCLB: The Promise of Neighborhoods

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

We need to be paying more attention, and driving greater investment, to Promise Neighborhoods, a critical initiative in the Administration's blueprint for NCLB reauthorization.

Eliminate the "Health Gap"

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

When it comes to reducing disparities in health, New York State still has a long way to go. So what is the solution?

Washington DC's 'Promise Neighborhood' Makes School Reform A Community Concern

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

This time last year, the Parkside-Kenilworth area in Washington D.C. mirrored struggling communities across the United States -- low-performing schoo...

When Walking to School Is Unsafe

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

No child should feel unsafe on their walk to school. If we are to turn around struggling schools, we owe this issue a bit of attention. Our children's lives and futures depend on it.

Education News: Themes from the week of August 15, 2010 - College readiness, teacher effectiveness and community development

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sawyers

A round-up of the week's education stories brought to you by The Hechinger Report. Although it's still summer in the city, student achievement and te...

Failing Students, Not Failing Schools

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

We need to give poor parents the resources and support they need so they can devote the time and energy necessary to prepare their children for academic success.