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The New York Times

Chana Joffe-Walt

20 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A Brooklyn school district has changed the zoning and middle school admission process to racially integrate schools and level the playing field. White children previously gained admission to schools with the most reso...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

4 May 2020

Utah, United States

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In an effort to stem drug and substance abuse, Utah's Salt Lake City county is reaching out proactively to parents with courses and parenting programs. By arming parents with the tools to talk with their children and ...

The Notebook

Huntly Collins

6 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia is working to make its local public schools reflect the same diversity. By working with community partners and ensuring black and white parent voices both help shape the school, ...

Oregon Live

Casey Chaffin

12 September 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Now 15 years old, Minneapolis' school-based mental health care program, which includes full-time therapists in school, has won national recognition. Could Oregon pull off a similar model?

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

4 September 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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This fall, a group of volunteers, led by Boston Public Schools' superintendent, went door to door to talk with students who had previously shown patterns of absenteeism. The effort, one part of the city's effort to re...

KXAN-TV

Tom Miller

21 August 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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Schools in Austin, Texas have a renewed vigor to address student mental health after they saw hundreds of suicide attempts in recent years. In addition to approaching the issue in a serious manner, schools are now equ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

Juan Salinas

18 August 2019

Ralls, Texas, United States

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In several small rural towns in Texas, mental health professionals from Texas Tech are offering telemedicine counseling to make up for a lack of counselors available in local middle and high schools. The Governor's of...

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Cantú

15 August 2019

United States

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Today, one in three college students is the first in their family to attend college; of these first-generation students, about a third drop out. A growing number of higher education institutions are reaching out to pa...

The Hechinger Report

Peggy Barmore

8 July 2019

Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States

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In West Virginia, educators have seen promising results from their push to emphasize the importance of creating smooth transitions between home, preschool, and kindergarten classrooms. The state offers free preschool ...

Dayton Daily News

Jeremy P. Kelley

7 July 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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Dayton Public Schools came to terms with the fact that they needed to improve family engagement and went about addressing it. This article was written 18 months after they first started and reports on its successes an...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

6 June 2019

United States

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During the 2013-2014 school year, about 14 percent of students in the U.S. were chronically absent. In San Mateo County, the school district changed the language on letters sent home to parents about truancy, deemphas...

The Huffington Post

Liza Ramrayka

9 May 2019

Maynardville, Tennessee, United States

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A lack of access to basic personal hygiene necessities will hinder anyone's everyday life, but it especially impacts children that have to attend school where they are often bullied because of it. To provide these chi...

PBS NewsHour

Lisa Stark

30 April 2019

Arkansas, United States

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Only about 40 percent of students in the fourth and eighth grades in the U.S. are considered proficient in reading. A group of parents in Arkansas, whose students are dyslexic, are introducing new strategies informed ...

The New York Times

Dana Goldstein

25 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's choice-based enrollment process, once heralded as a solution to the city's segregated schools, is now called "a cautionary tale" by most local parents. The system gives preference to residents of neigh...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

25 April 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Teacher home visits have been hailed as a strategy to improve student performance; however, in areas where students regularly move across district lines, a regional home-visit approach may be necessary. The Dallas-For...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

19 April 2019

Reno, Nevada, United States

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For the past decade, teachers in the Reno, Nevada school district have visited their students' homes to build relationships with parents. New research shows that home-visits have led to reduced student absences and in...

The New York Times

Erica Green

12 April 2019

Akron, Ohio, United States

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One year after LeBron James' I Promise School opened its doors, its students, picked for being some of the worst performing in Akron, Ohio, have shown significant improvement on district assessments. I Promise is fund...

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

22 March 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Laundry machines are an increasingly common sight on the campuses of Denver elementary schools. "A lot of times our teaching goes beyond the academic piece,” one principal said. “Teaching kids how to do laundry is a l...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Krista Johnson

22 March 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Since expected grant funding for a planned community school model was canceled a few years ago, two high-poverty elementary school that would have benefited from the approach have landed on the city's "failing" list. ...

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Edward Siddons

13 March 2019

Denmark

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Every year, the sixth week of classes in Denmark is dedicated to sex education. Over 20,000 teachers and 400,000 students participate in programming that goes beyond the basics to challenge participants to analyze gen...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

4 March 2019

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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In 2013 and 2016, Brownsville, Texas was ranked the poorest city in the U.S. That hasn't stopped students in the border district from outperforming their wealthier Texan peers. Leaders credit data-based interventions,...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Kelly Doyle

5 February 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A new law that requires more recess throughout the day in Arizona's public schools is helping kids inside and outside of the classroom.

CalMatters

Felicia Mello

20 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, every kindergarten enrolled in public school gets a college savings account that their families can contribute to. The program is encouraging more families to think of college as a reality and teachi...

Boulder Daily Camera

Amy Bounds

12 January 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Boulder Valley schools are working with Latino parents to create networks of community support, feedback, and insight about the success of Latino children in the district. Parents are working with the school district ...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

2 January 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, philanthropist George Kaiser has invested heavily in Educare, a year-round early learning program, and wraparound services, such as prison-diversion and family-based programs, with the belief that ...

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