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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The link between housing policy and student achievement

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class… that’s why housing policy has a strong link to education outcomes.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas.” (more)

Monday, October 6, 2014

States see more poverty among children, unemployed

USA Today – Marisol Bello and Paul Overberg

“While the overall percentage of people living in poverty nationwide did not change significantly between 2010 and 2011, individual states saw increases in overall poverty and poverty among children and the unemployed. Seventeen states saw poverty go up, while 14 saw increases in child poverty and more than half, 27 states, had increases in the number of unemployed people living in poverty last year.” (more)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why Education Trumps Poverty in ‘Schools That Work’

Forbes – Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

“Of course, poverty throws up huge obstacles. And then great schools help students clear those barriers away.” (more)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Child poverty rate declines in America for first time since 2000 (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“Poverty in America declined in 2013, and the poverty rate went down faster for children than for adults – which is notable not only because they are children but also because the poverty rate for children has long been higher than for adults.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The real crisis in public education: Guest opinion

Oregon Live – Ramin Farahmandpur

“With all eyes on the governor’s race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient. Oregon’s education system suffers not from a poverty of policy, but from a poverty of investment.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

U.S. diet quality improves, but gap widens between rich and poor

Reuters – Shereen Lehman

“A new study of Americans’ eating habits finds that people are choosing more healthy foods and less of the unhealthy ones, overall, and consumption of trans fats has plummeted over a decade.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

To have and have not

The Economist – Staff Writer

““POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might drive someone to misdeeds sounds plausible. But research by Amir Sariaslan of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, and his colleagues, just published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, casts doubt on the chain of causation—at least as far as violent crime and the misuse of drugs are concerned.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts The Nation’s Youngest Learners

The Huffington Post – Sara Neufeld

“As big anniversaries do, this one provides a natural opening to look at how we have fared. Trends were both positive and troubling during a time of major demographic shifts: The nation’s population of children climbed from 64 million to 74 million. The percentage of white children declined, Latinos doubled and mothers of young kids entered the labor market in record numbers.” (more)