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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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Whatever its potential benefits, the actual common-core package will almost certainly exacerbate the policy failures of the past decade, writes author Kevin G. Welner.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week
Authors Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane question if income inequality is undercutting the effectiveness of schools serving disadvantaged populations.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week
While President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative is promising, like many such programs it neglects to direct resources to helping minority girls succeed in school and life, Julia Grant writes.
March 21, 2014 - Education Week (Web)
New federal civil rights data show persistent and widespread disparities for disadvantaged students on key education indicators, from pre-K through high school.
March 21, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
February 24, 2014 - Education Week
February 24, 2014 - Education Week
With a federal NCLB waiver prodding it along, Minnesota pushes hard to cut disparities between various subgroups of students.
February 21, 2014 - Education Week
States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
An equitable finance formula must consider whether the proportion of state aid is enough to level the playing field between rich and poor districts, write Marin Gjaja, J. Puckett, and Matt Ryder.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week

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