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    African American and disabled youth are overrepresented in behavior–focused and academic remediation schools

African American and disabled youth are overrepresented in behavior–focused and academic remediation schools

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School districts in the US often have many different types of high schools – some are traditional neighborhood schools, while others are more innovative or focused on behavior or academic remediation. In new research Aaron B. Perzigian, Kemal Afacan, Whitney Justin, and Kimber L. Wilkerson examine the characteristics of students across these school types. They find […]

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    Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their White peers.

Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than their White peers.

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African American and Hispanic students entering undergraduate education in the state of Illinois are far less likely than their White peers to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Research by Bob Blankenberger identifies changes that can be made in promoting the ACT core curriculum and early enrollment programs such as offering AP and dual credit classes in Illinois’ high schools that […]

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    How high school training for work in blue-collar communities helps manufacture workplace gender inequality.

How high school training for work in blue-collar communities helps manufacture workplace gender inequality.

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In states in the Rust Belt and the Southeast, many high schools emphasize courses related to local blue-collar work in order to better prepare students for careers in local industries. In new research, April Sutton, Amanda Bosky and Chandra Muller find that such emphases are often at the expense of college-preparation courses, which in turn has a knock-on effect […]

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    How families from gentrifying neighborhoods can help break the cycle of school segregation

How families from gentrifying neighborhoods can help break the cycle of school segregation

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Those who traditionally attend racially similar schools tend to seek out a similar environment for their own children, a trend which can reinforce school segregation. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Stefani Thachik and Kim Bridges have studied families in a gentrifying neighborhood, finding that many who came from privileged backgrounds wished to send their own children to public schools and to invest in […]

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    Better schools lead to higher house prices, which can price out lower income families.

Better schools lead to higher house prices, which can price out lower income families.

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Since the 1990s, state governments have introduced policies to encourage greater school choice, with one aim being that high-income families concentrate less on particular schools. In new research, Sylvia He examines the relationship between house prices and school quality in Orange County, California between 2001 and 2011. She finds that better schools are associated with higher house prices nearby, […]

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    There is no evidence to suggest that charter schools increase school segregation.

There is no evidence to suggest that charter schools increase school segregation.

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Charter schools are a controversial part of the US education system, with opponents expressing concern that more advantaged students will tend to choose them, taking resources away from traditional public schools and potentially increasing how segregated they are. In a new study of charter schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, Gary Ritter and colleagues find that levels of segregation were […]

February 19th, 2017|Education, Gary Ritter|0 Comments|
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    In Milwaukee, school vouchers have helped many private schools to fail

In Milwaukee, school vouchers have helped many private schools to fail

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The incoming Donald Trump administration has sparked a new debate over the value of school vouchers in American education policy. But just how effective are school vouchers? In new research which examines a school voucher program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael R. Ford finds that more than 40 percent of schools which received school voucher revenues now no longer exist. […]

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    How the rich wanting the best for their kids is segregating our neighborhoods

How the rich wanting the best for their kids is segregating our neighborhoods

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The past 25 years have seen a 20 percent increase in segregation between families with children, with this segregation being greatest for the rich. In a new analysis, Ann Owens finds that as rich families with children become even richer, they spend more of their income on living in their ‘ideal ‘neighborhood. This trend works alongside the tendency for […]

December 22nd, 2016|Ann Owens, Education|1 Comment|
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    The appointment of Betsy DeVos as US Education Secretary is a green light for market forces in education

The appointment of Betsy DeVos as US Education Secretary is a green light for market forces in education

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This week president-elect Donald Trump picked billionaire conservative activist, Betsy DeVos to be his Secretary of Education. Ursula Hackett writes that Trump’s choice shows that he is serious about implementing a radical new program of school vouchers, which would expand the role of the market in the US education system even further. She comments that while Trump’s plan to […]

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    How No Child Left Behind encourages more affluent parents to flee poorly performing schools.

How No Child Left Behind encourages more affluent parents to flee poorly performing schools.

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For a democracy to function properly, its citizens need to be informed. In order to raise how informed people are and to increase democratic accountability, the US has implemented performance accountability measures for public and private goods and services. In new research, John B. Holbein examines the effects of the No Child Left Behind policy, which gives citizens information […]

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