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The New York Times

David L. Kirp

22 May 2018

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Unlike the honors colleges at most universities, the Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University-Newark recruits students based on "grit" and commitment to social justice. The Community creates a supportive...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

1 April 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Despite a deplorably small budget and an ominous lack of support from the government, the Union Public Schools district of Tulsa, Ok is achieving the incredible. Though many of the students are minorities and hail fro...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

9 January 2016

Union City, New Jersey, United States

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Newark, N.J., had major politicians and investments try to "flip" its school system; the much smaller Union City had teachers and parents. The solution was no silver bullet—just the slow and steady approach of gradual...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

14 November 2015

Long Beach, California, United States

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A unique educational collaboration in Long Beach, Calif., raises college admissions and graduation rates for the poor and underprivileged by connecting high schools with community colleges.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

3 October 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A new study suggests the gains from pre-K education are ephemeral, but Boston's program shows a correlation between pre-K attendance and third-grade achievement.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

30 May 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A nonprofit organization, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, delivers a first-class education to the children of illegal immigrants, helping to break the cycle of poverty and provide them a path to advance...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

2 May 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Since the 1960s, New York City has run the nation’s largest publicly managed summer jobs program. Nearly 50,000 14- to 24-four-year-olds spend six weeks working, not only in publicly funded day care centers, summer ca...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

28 February 2015

Armenia, Colombia

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In Colombia, students in classrooms make decisions democratically. The result has been higher rates of student involvement and achievement.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

31 January 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Inner-city kids, generally, fare worst on measures of academic achievement like standardized tests. An intensive tutoring and mentoring program in Chicago has produced big improvements for kids.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 January 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Better support systems in colleges, such as CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, have led to lower dropout rates and higher student retention.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

19 October 2013

Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States

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An affordable housing development in Mount Laurel, N.J., holds promise for integration by placing the development in an upscale suburban area. Since 140 affordable units were built in 2000, there has been no effect on...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

19 May 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite the latest anniversary and celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, desegregation is effectively dead. Using magnet schools and other programs to integrate geographic regions may be the right next move.

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