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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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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
Shirley Franklin writes that she wishes she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Borrowing for the first time on the federal government's new method of calculating high school graduation rates, Education Week's annual Diplomas Count report notes that 81 percent of the class of 2012 graduated on time, although gaps remain among some racial and ethnic groups.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
At a time when more states are moving to retain struggling students in lower grades, research shows that such efforts are counterproductive, Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo say.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Performance on the national exams has stagnated since 2009, including among racial and ethnic groups, prompting renewed concerns about the persistence of achievement gaps.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of education that matters, and segregation the inverse, writes Derek Black.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its race-based student-assignment plan, Jefferson County is maintaining diverse schools and improving achievement.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week

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