opportunity gap

The government's annual "Condition of Education" report shows disparities continue through high school and college.
I'm often shocked by the embarrassment of riches available to students from well-off families and communities. I don't mean millionaires and billionaires; I mean my kids and, quite likely, yours..
Pay for Mercersburg's teaching faculty and staff is not reported on the 990s, but a clue may lie in the fact that, from SY2007
Many booarding schools have found it difficult to consistently maintain full enrollments. Mercersburg was founded as a boys' school in 1893; it added girls in 1969 to counter a shrinking male applicant pool.
While private schools may receive no direct funding from government, they do receive significant indirect support from Washington and from their states and municipalities in the form of tax loopholes, deductions, and exemptions - tax expenditures in the nomenclature of the IRS.
When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.
"What we believe at Horizons is that all kids are our kids," says Lorna Smith, executive director of Horizons National. "The
Gender imbalance is detrimental not only to women -- but also to companies. The business case for gender equity has never been stronger, with numerous studies demonstrating that diverse teams result in better decision-making and stronger financial results.
I doubt that Putnam fully realizes how appreciative teachers are of his efforts to shift our toxic education debates to a conversation about the real problem, the opportunity gap. To close the racial and economic achievement gaps, we must regain the confidence required to tackle out-of-school issues as well as in-school issues.
No matter how many times I cry broke or fear the threat of unemployment or dwindling bank account balances, I will always know my privilege.
Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.
Poverty, especially now, is more like quicksand. Once you fall into it, it's harder and harder to get out. Opportunity to improve one's life has disappeared for most Americans, especially those who are poor.
Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.
We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.
African-American females also are more likely to face sexual harassment in school than their white female peers, notes the
In Louisiana, where teachers are rated as either "ineffective," "effective-emerging," "effective-proficient" or "highly effective
The report measures each group's success toward the milestones on a 1,000 point-scale. Asian-Americans and whites scored
Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.
This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.