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Nicole Young, at center in white sweater, a City Connects coordinator at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, leads a tour of the school for college students who will be volunteer tutors there. New research suggests there is an academic payoff from the City Connects program, which links students and their families to supports and resources that align with their needs.
—Charlie Mahoney/Prime for Education Week

Learning Payoff Found for 'City Connects' Program

The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says. (September 30, 2014)

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Fix, don't close, neighborhood schools and three other reform ideas can change education for the better, AFT President Randi Weingarten says
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A study of 7th graders from two Connecticut school districts finds a significant achievement gap for the ability to read information critically on the Internet.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warns that the office may investigate states, districts, and schools that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Behind the recent upswing are grant programs in Michigan and Virginia aimed primarily at reducing time out of school for students from low-income families.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
The College Board's first combined release of data from three of its college-readiness testing programs illuminates "missed opportunities" for students with academic potential, the board says.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Gwinnett County, Ga., and Orange County, Fla., were the two winners—and the only two finalists—for the prestigious Broad Urban Education Prize.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The controversial standards share the stage with school finance in the campaign for Arizona's top state schools job, creating some unlikely alliances for this year's election.
September 22, 2014 - Education Week
Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week

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