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Teachers: What we want everyone to know about working in our high-needs school

We were saddened after reading “Teacher: What I Wish Everyone Knew About Working In Some High-Needs Schools.” All four of us taught at schools exactly like the one written about in that column at the earliest stages of our careers, and we know that there are many Title 1 schools like the one described.  But not all Title 1 schools are alike.
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College readiness declines when school's focus is improving test scores, study finds

Education reform policies that penalize struggling schools for poor standardized test scores may hinder -- not improve -- students' college readiness, if a school's instructional focus becomes improving its test scores, suggests a new study that explored efforts to promote a college-going culture at one Texas high school.
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The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares

The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Children who grow up in some places go on to earn much more than they would if they grew up elsewhere.
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A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation's Public Schools - Southern Education Foundation

A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation's Public Schools - Southern Education Foundation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

See also: NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/us/school-poverty-study-southern-education-foundation.html?ref=education

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Our View: Maine schools’ high rankings don’t mean problems are over (The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial)

Our View: Maine schools’ high rankings don’t mean problems are over (The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Low-income families need more support so their kids come to class ready to learn.
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Five stereotypes about poor families and education

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"Here is an excerpt from a new book called “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” by Paul C. Gorski, associate professor of integrative studies at George Mason University. The book, which draws from years of research to analyze educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students,   is part of the Multicultural Education Series of books edited by James A. Banks and published by Teachers College Columbia University."

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The number of high-poverty schools increases by about 60 percent

The number of high-poverty schools increases by about 60 percent | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Poverty is getting so concentrated in America that one out of five public schools was classified as as a "high-poverty" school in 2011 by the U.S.  Department of Education.
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Social Class Divides the Futures of High School Students

Social Class Divides the Futures of High School Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Low-income students lower their hopes of finishing a bachelor's degree in the final years of high school.
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Aren’t libraries already doing that?

Aren't libraries already doing that? - The Message - Medium
My questions about the current big plan to give ebooks to poor kids
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Why you should care about other people's kids

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Since Robert Putnam's youth, America has become more racially and religiously integrated, but more segregated by class. In his new book "Our Kids," the Harvard professor -- of "Bowling Alone" fame -- argues that social immobility presents an economic problem for all Americans -- not just the poor kids.
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More than 1 in 4 Counties Still Have More Kids in Poverty Now Than Pre-Recession

The U.S. Census releases in-depth longitudinal data on county and school district poverty rates for preschoolers and school-age children.
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50 Years Later, War on Poverty Yields Mixed Success

50 Years Later, War on Poverty Yields Mixed Success | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While child poverty remains a stubborn enemy, the federal anti-poverty initiative launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson has led to health and IQ gains for disadvantaged students.
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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students. 

Via Buffy J. Hamilton
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In many Maine schools, one-fifth of students in poverty

In many Maine schools, one-fifth of students in poverty | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New census statistics reveal a large gap between have and have-not communities in the state.
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