The award focuses on urban schools that are closing the achievement gap between minority and low-income students and their white higher income peers.
The Oyler School in Cincinnati has undergone a 21-million-dollar renovation, adding air conditioning, a new daycare and preschool center and providing its low-income students with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Academically, the services are making a difference.
The New Teacher Project, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools,” found that only 47% of high performing teachers were praised by their bosses for their good work.
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.
The Baltimore Public Schools system has adopted portfolio management, where a portfolio of diverse schools are accountable for performance. In five years the district has greatly improved student achievement.
by KYW’s Dr. Marciene Mattleman Most people agree that much education in urban areas shortchanges kids and isn’t preparing them well. We all want to know “what works.”