April 2016 Archives

The school-to-prison pipeline is a real phenomenon, especially for students of color. Here are some facts for you that detail the reality of the school-to-prison cycle.

Since the 1918 decree that all American children must attend at least elementary school, public schools have been considered a basic right. That widespread access certainly led to a better educated public but in the process the privilege of learning has been lost.

Child Trends Hispanic Institute reports that Latino students' reading scores for fourth and eighth grade have increased by half a grade over the past decade but only 21 percent of fourth grade Latino students achieved the "proficient" reading level over the decade studied.

Can providing more personalized options for summer reading programs increase interest in them -- and help prevent the dreaded summer slide?

Oklahoma University's Debt-Free Teachers Program pays $5,000 each year after for up to four years after graduation if students commit to teaching children in high needs areas throughout the state.

Michelle Obama and World Bank recently announced $2.5 billion dedicated to help adolescent females attend school in low-income countries. The money is intended to empower women to live higher-quality lives and end generational poverty.

Though graduation rates and overall success for Hispanic students have risen, the demographic still lags too far behind white counterparts.

Emerging research from Stanford University supports using visual learning techniques when teaching math to K-12 students, and even college ones too.

Kentucky's Republican Governor Matthew Bevin cut all education funding in the state by 4.5 percent -- a move that prompted state Attorney General Andy Beshear to sue.

Security officers outnumber school counselors in three of the nation's top five school districts -- in some cases, by six times.

The "My Brother's Keeper" program championed by President Obama just received $20 million in funding at the state level in New York. The program is designed to guide black young men through academic journeys, among other pursuits.

By splitting a group of 100 students into four groups, four teachers were able to rotate the classes through a cross-curricular STEM project.

Students who are exposed to arts education show promise in other academic areas and show behavioral benefits too. So why aren't all educators doing more to save these programs in K-12 schools?

A report from three respected education organizations has found that K-12 schools in the U.S. are underfunded and unable to keep up with what students must know to get ahead.

Donald Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he believes the U.S. Department of Education plays a vital role in how children are educated in America -- a departure from a previous statement when Trump said he would get rid of the Department altogether.

Parental engagement should tap technology, beyond email, to really involve families in what students are working to accomplish in classrooms.

Sean Combs, better known as "Diddy," has put his name and clout behind a new charter school that will open in East Harlem this fall. Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will work in conjunction with charter school leader Steve Perry's Capital Prep Magnet School that's based in Connecticut.


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