Achievement Gap

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Kimora Gantt, 8, right, does homework while Jason Gantt, 5, gets his head shaved by his father, Bobby Gantt. After struggling with homelessness, the family has found stability in a home they rent through the housing authority in Tacoma, Wash.
—Ian C. Bates for Education Week

K-12, Housing Partner to Aid Homeless Students

A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility. (December 9, 2014)

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In a new book, Robert Putnam, the author of Bowling Alone, contends that a growing share of low-income children are growing up without the community supports that bolstered earlier generations.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Amid new efforts to improve outcomes for black and Latino boys, some civil rights advocates ask if districts are violating federal protections meant to ensure educational quality for girls.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Researchers are finding that having a parent in prison can be more traumatic to students than a parent's death or divorce, and can create problems for children's education and health.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
The portrayal of a retooled Annie as poor, black, and illiterate is a realistic portrayal, writes Lydia Carlis. ​
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Even the wealthiest and best-educated young Americans lag behind peers in other countries in literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Southeast Asian students are a sometimes-forgotten group with specific language and learning needs, say Quyen Dinh and Brenda Shum.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
The common core offers the promise of equal educational opportunity for poor and minority children, writes Wade Henderson.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
Public schools could help disengaged youths by replicating a successful military program that has bolstered student achievement, writes Hugh B. Price.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week

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