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Poor Marks for Teachers in Midterms

By Lauren Camera ~ US News ~  Unrest among teachers may have spurred more to run, but it didn’t lead to widespread victories. The 2018 midterm election came on the heels of widespread teacher unrest that, in part, prompted thousands of educators to run for office. But as results rolled in Tuesday night, spilling into Wednesday and Thursday, it was clear voters ultimately didn’t propel a wave of teachers into…

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Across the World, Where Kids Go to School Matters

By Lauren Camera ~ US News Policymakers and politicians spend a lot of time wagging fingers over stubborn education achievement gaps in the U.S., lamenting especially the educational level of poor kids, who often go to school with lots of other poor kids in resource-starved communities with less access to good teachers and rigorous classes. But the U.S. is actually doing better than most when it comes to leveling the…

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Holding middle-schoolers back causes dropout rates to spike, new research finds

By Matt Barnum ~ Chalkbeat ~ To hold back or not to hold back? For many policymakers in the early 2000s, the answer was clear: it was time to stop allowing struggling students to keep moving through school. “It’s absolutely insidious to suggest that a functionally illiterate kid going from third grade, it’s OK to go to fourth. Really?” explained Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, where he curtailed…

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Technology Access Gap Leaves Millions of Students Struggling to Keep Up

By Eleanor J. Bader ~ Truthout Students Are Set Back Without In-Home Internet Access A 2017 survey of more than 400,000 K-12 students, teachers, librarians and school administrators conducted by Project Tomorrow, a California nonprofit dedicated to educational equity, found that lack of in-home internet access is an enormous problem for students in all 50 states. This has been corroborated by researchers at Pew Research who discovered that 17.5 percent…

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Another Advantage for Wealthy Students

By Lauren Camera ~ U.S. News ~ A new study on grade inflation shows that it occurred in schools attended by more affluent students but not in schools attended by less affluent ones. Affluent students have major advantages when it comes to K-12 education: Among them, better teachers, more access to advanced courses, resources for counselors and a variety of extracurricular activities, which when combined can lead to higher high…

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Every kid needs a champion

By Rita Pierson ~ TED Talks Education ~  Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch video @ Ted

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Schoolyard tree cover predicts math performance in high-poverty urban schools

By Lauren Quinn ~ Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences ~ What if improving academic performance in some of the nation’s most disadvantaged and lowest-achieving schools was as easy as planting trees in the schoolyard? It’s not that simple, of course, but a new study from the University of Illinois suggests school greening could be part of the solution. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology and led…

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Indianapolis’ new idea to get kids through college: Stop small stumbles from becoming big barriers

By Stephanie Wang ~ Chalkbeat ~ To reach the city of Indianapolis’ lofty goal of giving every resident access to college, it’s going to take more than money. It’s going to take a lot of nudging. Educators know that many students are capable of college coursework and could qualify for financial aid — but too many of them are failing at the logistics of getting into college and sticking with…

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Ending the Secrecy of the Student Debt Crisis

By Daniela Senderowicz ~ YES! ~ Gamblers and reality TV stars can claim bankruptcy protections when in financial trouble, but 44 million student loan borrowers can’t. Unemployed, underpaid, destitute, sick, or struggling borrowers simply aren’t able to start anew. With a default rate approaching 40 percent, one would expect armies of distressed borrowers marching in the streets demanding relief from a system that has singled out their financial anguish. Distressed…

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The CEO of Girl Rising is Making the World a Better Place for Girls, One Story at a Time

By Abigail Libers ~ The Garage ~ It’s not unusual for a movie to win awards, get rave reviews and win big (or lose) at the box office. But it’s not every day one helps to change the world. Girl Rising is a film that became a powerful movement and gave filmmaker Christina Lowery the role of a lifetime. Now the CEO of a globally recognized non-profit with connections to Michelle Obama…

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