Underserved Students

Carissa Purnell, director of the Family Resource Centers for the Alisal Union School District in Salinas, Calif.
Carissa Purnell, director of the Family Resource Centers for Alisal Union School District in Salinas, Calif., provides essential services and critical information to vulnerable families.
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Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Relying on Community Values: How One School Leader Advocates for Vulnerable Families
Carissa Purnell’s work at the Family Resource Centers in Salinas, Calif., is a lifeline for families, many of them migrant farm workers.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 17, 2021
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Kahlil Kuykendall, program manager with Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, stands for a portrait at the Anacostia Community Museum, in Washington D.C., on Dec. 8, 2020.
Kahlil Kuykendall has worked through Crittenton Services of Greater Washington this year to help keep low-income students academically focused.
Graeme Sloan for Education Week
Student Achievement Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth
When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action.
Christina A. Samuels, January 6, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Sure, Envision a New Public School System. But Don't Ignore the Emergency at Hand
As we work to address the centuries of injustice in education, families need short-term solutions as well, writes Michael J. Feuer.
Michael J. Feuer, August 11, 2020
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Federal Opinion What the Looming Economic Collapse Could Mean for Education
The best guide to the future is the recent past, writes Pepperdine University professor Kfir Mordechay. Here are the most urgent lessons from the Great Recession.
Kfir Mordechay, June 29, 2020
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Staff members from ourBRIDGE for Kids, a Charlotte, N.C.-based after-school program, package meals for families.
Staff members from ourBRIDGE for Kids, a Charlotte, N.C.-based after-school program, package meals for families.
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Student Well-Being Coronavirus Upends After-School World
With schools shut down, social distancing in place, and parents at home, after-school programs are laying off staff and switching gears to meet families' needs.
Corey Mitchell, May 6, 2020
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Equity & Diversity In Pursuit of Equity
Educational equity is more than just a philosophy to embrace—it is a goal realized through concrete actions.
Christina A. Samuels, March 3, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Data Reveal Deep Inequities in Schools
New data tools allow users to see how public schools fall short when it comes to providing all students the resources they need to meet their highest potential.
Christina A. Samuels, March 3, 2020
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Equity & Diversity The Simple Policy Change That's Getting More Students of Color in Advanced Courses
By automatically enrolling all students in high-level courses, schools in Washington state are working to erase a long entrenched form of inequity.
Evie Blad, March 3, 2020
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Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
Price Chambers for Education Week
Data Number of Homeless Students Hits All-Time High
An 11-percent increase in homeless students, including many without an adult to care for them, is posing challenges for schools from coast to coast.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
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States 'At-Promise'? Can a New Term for 'At-Risk' Change a Student's Trajectory?
California no longer uses the term “at-risk,” with supporters arguing it stigmatized students. But some are skeptical that the new term is better.
Christina A. Samuels, January 9, 2020
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English-Language Learners Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
Education Week catches you up on the week gone by with a thoughtful look at recent news in K-12 education.
October 29, 2019
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Michael Helverson studies a vial of "blood" to see if it's healthy during a summer program that provides academic and social supports for vulnerable students.
Michael Helverson studies a vial of "blood" to see if it's healthy during a summer program that provides academic and social supports for vulnerable students.
Emily Kask for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Camp Giving Vulnerable Students an Academic 'Home' for the Summer
While many students eagerly count down the last few days of the school year, the start of summer break is a more anxious prospect for students in and on the verge of homelessness.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 18, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Brothers Who Fled Dangers in Honduras Face New Menaces in U.S.
When Eric and Alberto left Honduras with their mother in 2017, they were hopeful for gaining asylum. But their mom was deported and now the boys attend school in a high-crime neighborhood that is making them question if their lives can be better here.
Kavitha Cardoza, April 9, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Longing for His School, Grandmother, and Friends in Guatemala
Fernando, 12, is grateful he made it to the United States to reunite with his mother after years apart. But his new life in Maryland is difficult and he misses many things about home, including being a top student in school.
Kavitha Cardoza, April 9, 2019
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