We spend about 5.5 percent of the nation’s economic output on education – preschool through college – but we may be missing the most important part – infants and toddlers.
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, listed as one of his priorities — high quality preschool education for every child in the nation. The latest national data available show only 28 percent of 4-year-olds attending preschool.
With most of its students performing below or at grade level, new principal Suzanne Gimenez, was one of 26 administrators charged with turning a school around in one of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s neediest schools.
Almost 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled on the issue of segregation, many districts are still struggling to achieve racially and economically diverse schools.
Nearly one-third of 8th grade math students nationwide report that their math work is often or always too easy and almost a third of those in 8th grade read less than 5 pages a day or write lengthy answers to test questions.
Studies show consistently that children in integrated education have fared better academically than those in segregated schools – making a significant difference in the lives of black children and their children as well.
As the number of students in special education classes swells, some educators question whether the children have legitimate disabilities, or they are failing or unruly for other reasons.
A new study by Jonathan Rothwell at the Brookings Institution identified areas where high levels of economic segregation show the large gaps in education between low-income students and other students.
Citing research by Sean Reardon at Stanford University, an article in the New York Times reports that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening.
A decade ago the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act was renamed No Child Left Behind. Looking back, well known educators share their perspectives in Education Week.
In an article in the The New York Times, Nicholas Krisof suggests early childhood education is more important than Occupy Wall Street.
Summer Learning Initiative combines targeted K-3 instruction with parent training and incentives to keep kids from falling behind during the summer months.
Tanya McDowell, a Connecticut mother, is facing charges as a felon for lying about her 5 year old son’s address so he could attend a better school.
Although children are no longer expected to work on farms in the summer, the school year calendar still reflects an Agrarian society – but that could be changing.
The findings of a national study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation show that those who don’t read proficiently by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.
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