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Poverty Education

The Karimu Kids: From Class Under a Tree to Their Very Own School

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Two teachers from California traveled to Africa to fulfill a lifelong dream to see the stunning landscapes and safari animals here... but it was the people of Tanzania who captured their hearts.

Exposing the New Plessy v. Ferguson

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Kevin P. Chavous

Thirty years after the landmark 1983 education report, "A Nation at Risk," we spend twice as much on K-12 education. Not surprisingly, the educational outputs of our children are virtually the same as they were 30 years ago, particularly for low-income children of color.

The Challenge of Overcoming Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
John Thompson

A new study indicates that families that move to somewhat less poor neighborhoods saw modest gains, while students who moved to schools that might have been slightly better saw no gains. That is disappointing but not particularly surprising.

Defining and Funding "Need" in Education: Poverty Is Not the Only Indicator

Stephanie Marton | Posted 01.11.2013 | Education
Stephanie Marton

Though the income-based achievement gap is striking, our commitment to such a poverty-centric perspective has led us to overlook other variables that are highly correlated with educational outcomes.

Beyond the Bubble: Children's Books That Illustrate Poverty

Jennifer Dorr | Posted 12.27.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Dorr

Our presidential candidates don't discuss the poor, but I feel that as a parent, I should. In America, it's too easy to live in a bubble that reinforces one's own class reality.

Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

If we're serious about fixing the long-term problems in the schools, we should take a careful look at each of these, determining how they should shape the roles of all players in the system -- be they administrators, teachers, parents, or politicians.

The High Stakes of Child Poverty

David Chura | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
David Chura

I met Amber at a tutoring program for inner city children. It was 1966, my senior year in high school, and the war on poverty was on, a war we've failed to win.

Getting All Children Back to School

Tim Hanstad | Posted 11.06.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

As my three daughters sharpen pencils, don their backpacks, and head back to school, it pains me to remember that far too many primary school aged children -- an estimated 67 million worldwide -- will never enroll in school.

Educating Two Generations

Anne Mosle | Posted 04.20.2012 | Impact
Anne Mosle

When President Obama released his budget last week, he laid out some ideas to loosen the grip of poverty. I have one to add: two-generation strategies that educate both parents and children at the same time. At the heart of this idea is that education is core.

Pass the Blame, Pass the Center, Head for the Truth

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Maybe part of the issue is our own complicity by getting depressed rather than angry.