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Rebecca Klein
Rebecca Klein is the editor for Huffington Post Education. Prior to working at HuffPost, she worked as a producer for National Public Radio affiliates in New York and Boston.

Entries by Rebecca Klein

The Education System Is Rigged Against Low-Income Students, Even In Kindergarten

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 7:23 PM

Students born into poverty enter kindergarten at a disadvantage to more affluent peers. As they advance through the grades, they receive lower test scores. They're more likely to drop out and less likely to enter higher education. 

The all-too-familiar cycle, in some ways, is getting worse,

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We Want To Feature Graduation Speeches From Students!

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:37 PM

Sometimes the best advice at graduation events doesn't come from the college president, school principal or celebrity brought in to speak at the ceremony -- it comes from the graduates themselves. 

Don't get us wrong, we love hearing what famous authors, politicians, movie stars and business...

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The Model Minority Myth Is Hurting Struggling Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:57 PM

Senior Savenaca Gasaiwai is only one of around 30 Pacific Islander undergraduates out of over 24,000 at the University of California, Irvine.

That's why he was surprised last year when a senior administrator at the school told him that that his population is actually not...

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Why New York Cops Spent Their Workday Playing With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:58 PM

Fifth-graders at Public School 112 in Brooklyn, New York, were handed mock police badges Tuesday morning instead of name tags or gold stars. Rather than rattling off the Pledge of Allegiance, they followed New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in reciting a pledge to "study hard, to work hard,...

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Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse.

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:04 PM

It has been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schools unconstitutional. Yet the number of black students attending separate and unequal institutions is on the rise, according to a new U.S. watchdog agency report

The Government Accountability Office released its report...

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Girls Understand Technology Better Than Boys On This Test

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 12:25 PM

There's a dearth of female employees at tech companies, but that doesn't mean girls don't have the skills or knowledge to succeed in that field.

New results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress -- also known as the Nation's Report Card -- show that eighth-grade...

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The Key To Reducing School Suspensions? Treat Kids With Empathy, Says Study

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 5:45 PM

A little bit of empathy can go a long way.

Students who get suspended from school are more likely to later drop out and face jail time. By making students stay home, school suspensions -- which disproportionately impact students of color -- sometimes push kids out...

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At This Rate, It Will Be A Very Long Time Before Every Child Gets Access To Preschool

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:34 PM

Slowly but steadily, states are making progress in the number of students they serve in high-quality, state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. However, this progress is uneven, and leaves out droves of impressionable learners.

On Thursday, the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University released its annual report...

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A Police Officer In This School Allegedly Choked And Body-Slammed Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 11:28 AM

School resource officers -- police officers who are stationed in schools -- are increasingly under scrutiny for their harsh practices.

There have been a number of recent, high-profile examples of SRO misbehavior, starting with an October incident at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina --...

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In A Lot Of Ways, Schools Are Safer Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 12:17 PM

As schools have taken steps to beef up their security measures, violence in schools has taken a dive. 

The latest school safety numbers from the Department of Education, released Wednesday, show that schools have overall become safer places. While the data, which presents the most recent national indicators...

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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:21 PM

When Jahana Hayes got the phone call that she had been selected as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, she was silent for a few moments. Then she asked: "Why?"

For Hayes, going above and beyond is just part of the job. 

"I didn’t pray...

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Families With Kids Are The Reason Neighborhood Segregation Is Getting Worse

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 7:09 PM

Neighborhoods have become increasingly segregated by income, and it's because of children.

Families with children have driven neighborhood segregation since the 1990s, according to a new study from University of Southern California professor Ann Owens. While families without children -- both high- and low-income -- continue to live in diverse...

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Even In Equal Societies Girls Have Higher Math Anxiety Than Boys

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 1:08 PM

Math anxiety -- the phenomenon of having such negative emotions about math that one avoids the subject -- affects females at higher rates than males, but only in developed nations, according to a new study. 

The researchers from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the...

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Only A Fraction Of Students Are Prepared For College When They Leave High School

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 10:58 AM

The gap in literacy performance between star students and struggling students is getting larger.

While the nation's top students continue to attain higher, more impressive reading scores, the number of students left in the dust with scant skills is also growing, according to new results from the...

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Department Of Education Wants To Learn More About Charter School Students

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:28 PM

When charter schools were envisioned by then-teachers' union president Albert Shanker in the late 1980s, he described them as potential educational laboratories for children of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

That vision hasn't exactly panned out. Decades later, charter schools -- which are publicly funded, but independently...

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Education Secretary John King Says This Is An Urgent Moment For School Desegregation

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 4:33 PM

The issue of school segregation has gotten relatively little federal attention the past few decades, despite a series of court decisions dismantling the promise of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling and schools that in some cases have regressed into separate and unequal environments. 


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Education Secretary John King: It's Time To Stop Ignoring The Arts And Sciences

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 2:29 PM

The No Child Left Behind Act, the controversial Bush-era education law, promoted an emphasis on reading and math, sometimes at the expense of other subjects. Now, the nation's new education secretary is calling on schools to expand their focus to other subjects and give students a more balanced set...

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Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 8:16 PM

As policymakers and school districts gear up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation's new major federal education law, parents of color are worried about the lack of funding for their schools. 

A new survey out from The Leadership Conference Education Fund --...

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Are White Parents The Only Ones Who Hate Standardized Testing?

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 6:33 PM

Students in the Commack Union Free School District in New York do well. The district’s high school is consistently ranked as one of the best on Long Island

However, the district’s students have been opting out of standardized tests in droves. During the 2014-2015 school...

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The Policy That Could All But Eliminate Achievement Gaps Between Rich And Poor Students

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 3:26 PM

The odds are stacked against low-income, black and Hispanic children before they even start school.

Low-income children enter kindergarten 13 months behind their more affluent peers in reading. Black and Hispanic children are nearly seven months and 12 months behind white students in reading, respectively. The initial disparities...

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