Education

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Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class: It Won't Work

These initatives cannot substitute for reforms that address the root causes of concentrated poverty, budget shortfalls, and failing schools.

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One City's $88 Million Plan to Send More Kids to College

In 2008, Syracuse started promising graduates full college tuition. Now it's rising above the national averages for enrollment.

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There's an Obvious Way to Make Community Colleges Better: Let's Rank Them

A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.

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How Little Things Add Up to Keep Homeless Kids From School

Baltimore's neediest students often struggle to find transportation and afford things like uniforms.

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Why Aren't More Ph.D.s Teaching in Public Schools?

They're highly qualified, and they need jobs. And yet fewer than one percent of all teachers have doctorates.

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Kids With a Diverse Group of Friends Feel Safer at School

And educators need to figure out ways to encourage social mixing opportunities among students.

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A Key to Getting More Low-Income Kids to Go to College: Better Advising

The National College Advising Corps is placing recent graduates in high-needs schools to help guide students through the application process.

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The Power of Teaching Girls to Code

A growing summer camp is giving young women the skills they need to get high-paying tech jobs, before they've even graduated from high school.

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Why Our Kids Need Play, Now More Than Ever

Unstructured time allows children to develop creativity and empathy. But too often, it's missing from the schedule.

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The GOP Plan to Sabotage Raleigh's Successful Growth

The area attracts more young families than any other. But conservative attacks on public education could change that.

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Why Prisoner Education Is Key to Reducing Crime

Educating an inmate reduces their odds of recidivism by 43 percent. 

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Even if Private Schools Didn't Exist, There Would Still Be Rich Suburbs

Families with options find all sorts of ways to avoid under-performing schools.

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When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race

In 1963, kids in the 10th percentile of income fell behind children in the upper echelon of wealth by about a year or so. Today, that gap is closer to four years.

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The Astounding Odds That You'll Be Shot if You're a Black Man in Oakland

Over the past decade, the number of African American men killed nearly matched the number who graduated from high schools ready to attend university.

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Poverty Is What's Crippling Public Education in the U.S.—Not Bad Teachers

We are becoming a nation of test preparation factories, and there's no evidence this strategy actually works.

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A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolence

In a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by 90 percent.

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It's Almost Too Bad That Bloomberg Wants His Legacy to Be Education

There's no doubt the mayor deserves credit for major improvements to New York City schools, but the one thing he'd like to be remembered for is also his least clear-cut success story.

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The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.

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Ask Your Kid's Teacher to Open a Window

New research suggests better ventilation in classrooms could cut down on illness-related school absences.