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Dashawn Smith, 6, left, looks over at his friend Malachi Davis, 10, outside the Potomac Gardens public-housing complex in Washington.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

50 Years Later, Housing Programs' Reach Is Limited

The housing programs expanded through the War on Poverty provide stability for many assisted families, but their children still often grow up in concentrated poverty and struggle academically. (March 25, 2014)

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Rancorous debate between those who view themselves as school reformers and teachers and their unions needs to give way to constructive conversation and K-12 policy progress, Patrick Riccards says.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
More students than ever are taking the college-entrance exam, including a record 57 percent of the 2014 high school graduating class.
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a wide range of individuals with varying educational strengths and needs, Rich Lee says.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
States still relish flexibility from portions of the outdated law, but critics grumble about a thicket of federal conditions and second-guessing.
August 18, 2014 - Education Week
States must tell the Education Department by April how they'll make sure poor and minority students aren't taught by unqualified teachers at a higher rate than other students.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Three innovative and durable programs offer lessons in how to build the supportive school communities that can help low-income children thrive, Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane say.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
U.S. Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat, and Aaron Schock, a Republican, introduced a bill last week that would create a competitive-grant program to expand such schools.
July 28, 2014 - Education Week
International test data show high percentages of American students are in classes where teachers report that sleepiness gets in the way of instruction "some" or "a lot" of the time.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Higher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college options, writes Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week

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