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Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

Communication is key and parents and teachers have different ideas and expectations about how to keep these avenues open. Parenting Magazine and the National Education Association recently collaborated on a joint survey to explore this issue.


A New Wave of Evidence


When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. That's the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. (Read More)



Unequal Education-Federal Loophole Enables Lower Spending on Students of Color

Are Latino and Black students being slighted by the amount of money school districts receive to spend on individual students? Are there disparities in the amounts districts have to spend when compared to one another? The answer might be yes following research by the Center for American Progress which suggests students of color are being shortchanged when compared to their white peers. The report examines why our schools remain separate and unequal decades after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.



Students More Likely to be Fit When Physical Education is Mandatory

Students in California school districts that complied with the state's mandatory physical-education requirements were 29% more likely to be physically fit, compared with their peers in districts who did not meet the requirement, a study by researchers from San Francisco State University showed. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found about half of the 55 school districts that have compliance data met requirements that children get 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days.





Fight for the Future: How Low Wages Are Failing Children in Chicago's Schools.

There is a direct relationship between education and poverty. Students living in or experiencing childhood poverty are much more likely to face significant unaddressed obstacles to classroom learning than their middle- and upper-income counterparts, and this impacts educational outcomes. In fact, data shows that family income is now the most significant predictor of academic success among students in the U.S.

Stand Up! Chicago released the December 2012 report detailing the impact that poverty-level wages have on educational outcomes for Chicago kids. Stand Up! Chicago’s Elizabeth Parisian says the report shows if you’re serious about improving student performance then raising parent wages is an effective way to improve the educational performance of their students. 



Supporting Effective Teacher Learning

Most school districts lack the structures and/or cultures to support the kind of job-embedded, sustained, collaborative teacher professional learning that leads to real improvements in teaching and learning. Teachers are discovering they need new and different skills to be successful in the current reform movement. There's a huge gap between current professional development and research-based best practices of teacher professional learning. This article identifies changes needed to transform professional learning opportunities in our schools. Read more



Privatized School Transportation Costs More

A full scale study of the costs of privatized bus transportation in the state of Pennsylvania where 72% of these services are privatized. It dramatically shows it cost more, especially after year one.


The Arts in Schools: Essential, Not “Extra”

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts examines academic and civic-behavior outcomes of teenagers and young adults who have engaged deeply with the arts in or out of school. The report finds that teenagers of low socioeconomic status (SES) who have a history of in-depth arts involvement show better academic outcomes than do low-SES youth with less arts involvement. Arts-involved students earn better grades and demonstrate higher rates of college enrollment and attainment. High school students earning few or no arts credits were five times more likely to not graduate than students with many arts credits.

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