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    Delaware’s case shows why the racial achievement gap in education remains stubbornly large

Delaware’s case shows why the racial achievement gap in education remains stubbornly large

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More than six decades after the historic Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which desegregated the nation’s schools, a significant achievement gap between Black and White students still remains. Theodore J. Davis, Jr argues that the slow progress in closing this gap comes down to the politics of race, involving past and present discriminatory institutional policies and […]

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    College textbooks often present a biased interpretation of affirmative action policies.

College textbooks often present a biased interpretation of affirmative action policies.

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Affirmative action policies go beyond race; they now also cover women, age, disability, and veterans. But such policies are often framed by a misinterpretation of their intent. In new research into how college textbooks discuss affirmative action policies, Sherri L. Wallace and Marcus D. Allen find that such policies tend to be framed as being “controversial” rather than as […]

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    To address generational poverty, dropout prevention programs must serve those most in need

To address generational poverty, dropout prevention programs must serve those most in need

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The Mississippi Delta is a region in the United States that has been strongly impacted by poverty; childhood poverty in particular is especially high. Related to childhood poverty are dropout rates that are a function of both individual and environmental factors. T Price Dooley examined the effectiveness of school programs designed to keep children in school in seven school […]

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    Students who use drugs in high school are less likely to attend or complete college.

Students who use drugs in high school are less likely to attend or complete college.

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In recent years, students’ experiences of college have become much more diverse, with some delaying post-high school enrollment, and attending both 2 and 4 year institutions. In new research which uses national survey data, Megan E. Patrick, John E. Schulenberg and Patrick M. O’Malley give an overview of trends in college attendance and its influences. Among their results, they […]

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    Children in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to see their local schools close.

Children in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to see their local schools close.

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Shrinking public finances have meant many cities and municipalities have looked to cut costs, with education not being spared. In new research, Jin Lee and Christopher Lubienski examine the effects of Chicago’s school closures, which have been justified by falling enrollment numbers. They write that schools in poorer areas are often likely to be the first targets for closure, a trend which means […]

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    Families hold the key to increasing African American achievement in schools

Families hold the key to increasing African American achievement in schools

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In recent decades progress in addressing racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps between African American and Latino students and white and Asian American students has been painfully slow. William Jeynes has conducted two meta-analyses examining which factors reduce this achievement gap, and the extent to which to parental involvement helps African American students perform well in school. He finds that […]

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    How teachers can mediate the impact of poverty in low income schools

How teachers can mediate the impact of poverty in low income schools

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Recent years have seen an increasingly difficult environment for America’s teachers; half now leave the profession within five years. These difficulties in retaining quality teachers only makes the existing problems of educational inequality experienced by poor black and Hispanic students worse. So how can teachers help to address poverty’s negative impact on education? In new research which covers thousands […]

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    How having a college education can add a decade or more to your life expectancy.

How having a college education can add a decade or more to your life expectancy.

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That there are gaps in the life expectancies between different groups is very well known – but what about the effect of education on how long people are expected to live? In new research, Isaac Sasson looks at the effects of having a college education on the life spans of different groups. He writes that white women with a […]

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    For people in their 20s, exploring education options can benefit their later careers, while job instability can be harmful.

For people in their 20s, exploring education options can benefit their later careers, while job instability can be harmful.

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With economic instability and precarious work on the rise, career paths for young people as they enter adulthood have become increasingly complicated. Can young people still afford to ‘explore’ education and job opportunities in the early stages of their careers? In new research which surveys high schools seniors over 14 years, Nancy Galambos and Harvey Krahn find that fluctuating […]

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