"Students from impoverished areas generally have not met STEM professionals, do not know about STEM careers. It’s generally out of the realm of their experience,"

Can more educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math help close the achievement gap — especially for low-income and minority students?

Linda Rosen, the CEO of Change the Equation.

Can more educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math help close the achievement gap — especially for low-income and minority students?

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Can Rocketship Launch a Fleet of Successful Schools?

Nobody has figured out how to mass-produce high-quality, cost-effective schools. John Danner is the latest to give it a shot. He’s built seven “Rocketship” charter schools, whose model has produced results at or above average in low-income neighborhood by using technology, community engagement, and teaching coaches. More…

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If Washington doesn’t reach a deal by Jan., across-the-board trigger cuts could reduce discretionary spending by roughly 8 percent. This could potentially hurt programs such as early childhood development and special education, which serves some of the neediest students in the country. 
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How concerned are you about the fiscal cliff’s impact on education funding? Do you think education is or should be a priority in fiscal cliff negotiations?

If Washington doesn’t reach a deal by Jan., across-the-board trigger cuts could reduce discretionary spending by roughly 8 percent. This could potentially hurt programs such as early childhood development and special education, which serves some of the neediest students in the country. 

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How concerned are you about the fiscal cliff’s impact on education funding? Do you think education is or should be a priority in fiscal cliff negotiations?

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How do you fix a failing school?

In some places, turning around a failing school means dismissing the principal and half the teaching staff. But in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Broadmoor Middle School partnered with non-profit groups to provide onsite social workers and mentors, and track students before they drop out.

"We can really map where the schools and where the kids are," explained Diplomas Now founder Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University. "It’s almost like insider trading for the social good."

Coolidge High School graduate Chuck Gaines grew up moving from homeless shelter to shelter. Now, he is the first in his family to attend college. He credits a village of supporters who helped him get to where he is today, including his high school football coach, Natalie Randolph.

“A lot of people at Coolidge just helped me through everything I needed,” he says. “It’s a big family…That’s where my family is.”

Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

"The tragedy here is that they’re all too well aware that this isn’t good. So, what you see is children who know this isn’t the way it should be, but have no way of changing it for themselves." — Jezza Neumann, filmmaker
What can children tell us about growing up poor?

"The tragedy here is that they’re all too well aware that this isn’t good. So, what you see is children who know this isn’t the way it should be, but have no way of changing it for themselves." — Jezza Neumann, filmmaker

What can children tell us about growing up poor?

Adding “reading” to the check-up list: National literacy program Reach Out and Read’s new breed of pediatricians — part doctor, part teacher — help parents share books with their children to encourage cognitive development. 


But why the doctor’s office? Because that’s the one place where all children, including those most at risk, go regularly before they enter school.


Without some school experience before first grade, most low-income children are almost guaranteed to begin school behind everyone else.


And we are talking about a lot of children here; 5.1 million American children under the age of 5 are growing up in poverty. So what are states doing to get these kids ready for first grade? See for yourself.


Only 10 states and the District of Columbia tell schools they must provide full day kindergarten; 34 states require half-day programs, and six states do not require any kindergarten at all.


Preschool programs like Head Start reach about one-third of 3- and 4-year-olds. And in spite of their proven success, early education programs are now being cut.


That leaves it to programs like Reach Out and Read to pick up the slack. About 11,000 children a year come through the clinic at Bellevue. All are from low-income homes and, for most, English is their second language… More


NOTE: After this segment was filmed, Bellevue Hospital was flooded by Hurricane Sandy and almost all the program’s books were lost. Help rebuild their library by making a monetary contribution here (Donation Category: Reach out and Read) or contact Marie Betancourt at roramarie1@aol.com to determine other ways you can help.

As Civilian Casualties Rise, Syrian Children Attend Secret Schools

According to estimates by activists, more than 28,000 civilians have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. As schools, bakeries and other community buildings are targeted, some Syrians seeking safety are moving centers of daily life to clandestine locations.