The impact of income inequality in America is more severe because it extends to education, explains Jared Bernstein of Salon.com. The issue, it appears, is not only that the difference between the low-income and high-income individuals is wide and getting wider, it's that the chief means to overcome it -- education access -- is growing wider, too.
I don't believe that I've ever mentioned this before, but my grandmother worked as a school lunch lady when my father and my uncles were young. She was always quite proud of that fact. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why I enjoy Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady series so much (see my reviews here, here, here, here, and...
Book: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick (@seecatwrite)
Age Range: 12 and up
The Originals is a young adult novel about three identical-looking girls forced to live a single life. One of them goes to school in the morning, another in the afternoon, and the third goes out in the evenings. Whenever one of them is out of the house, the other two have to remain hidden at home. No one can suspect that Elizabeth Best is actually the combined front for Lizzie, Bets...
State pre-K funding shrunk by over half a billion dollars from the 2010-11 to the 2011-12 school year. That was the largest one-year decrease in the last 10 years, leading the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) to declare it the "worst year in a decade" for high-quality pre-K access across the United States.
Here's a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities and school leadership positions, higher graduation rates and higher rates of college enrollment and completion.
Schools throughout the Quad-Cities are part of a national education trend placing a greater emphasis on developing children's reading skills, with a target of making sure students are reading at grade-level by the time they finish third grade. This is a critical benchmark in a student's academic career, experts say.
The District's summer program for elementary- and middle-school students used to be open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Officials have reconfigured the program to target lagging readers, a strategy meant to maximize limited resources and reach students who are likely to benefit the most from the five-week program. But there's a trade-off: The new summer program is not designed to meet the intensive needs of students who are most profoundly below grade level.
There's nothing in this school reform era, it seems, that can't be aligned with school content standards -- even Girl Scout badges. It turns out, according to the Girl Scout Web site, that the "content" of every single Girl Scout national proficiency badge and journey has been correlated by grade level to a whole series of standards for every state plus the District of Columbia.
When President Obama recently declared the importance of early childhood education and literacy, he pointed to strategies that many advocates, researchers and parents have believed in for years: Investing in children during their younger years will better help them succeed in school and life.