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A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Poor Students

Yes! Magazine

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Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.

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What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

The New York Times

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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-up approach to disburse funds in poor communities.

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Another Chance for Teens

The New York Times

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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 camps, hospitals and city agencies, but also high-tech firms and Fortune 500 compa...

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What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job?

The Hechinger Report

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A new vocational school in Waco makes a promise to its graduates: A good-paying job. The school focuses on blue-collar skills with a practical edge, ensuring employability.

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Newark's jobs training is a model for Buffalo schools

The Buffalo News

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Across the country, educators increasingly look to vocational programs to better prepare students for the 21st-century workforce. Newark, New Jersey is spearheading a program of vocational education.

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YouthBuild Philly Offers Local Dropouts a Second Chance

The Philadelphia Citizen

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YouthBuild focuses on a tough demographic: 18- to 21-year-old drop-outs who are eligible for neither regular high school nor adult education. The program mixes classroom learning and vocational education, qualifying them for entry-level jobs or college.

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Cultivating a New Immigrant Narrative

Bright Magazine

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Half of U.S. farm workers are Hispanic, but few make it to leadership positions. A historically white non-profit, FFA, is creating equal education programs in California to increase leadership opportunities for minorities in agriculture.

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Cristo Rey high schools breed academic maturity by sending students into the workforce

Deseret News

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Kids from low income families miss out on college prep conversations at home. A high school work study program in Chicago is helping these students succeed in college by connecting them with white collar professional mentors and experiences.

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Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty's future

Fortune

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services. The community is slowly growing programs like the Gulf Coast Community Foundat...

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The Case Against Isolating English Learners

Voice of San Diego

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School districts across the country struggle with helping their “English-learner” students learn English and academic content at the same time. Kearny High School in San Diego does not isolate these special students, instead using the school-within-a-school model to help place their non-English s...

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