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income and outcomes
September 26, 2018
Want to boost test scores and increase grad rates? One strategy: look outside schools and help low-income families
Chalkbeat identified more than 20 studies published in the past decade that examine how increasing family income or benefits like food stamps and health insurance affect children’s outcomes in school in the U.S.
August 15, 2018
Poll: Most residents want Michigan to change the way it funds schools
The majority of the state's voters say the way schools are funded needs to change.
March 20, 2018
More than 1,000 Memphis school employees will get raise to $15 per hour
The announcement comes about two weeks before marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who came to Memphis to promote living wages.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
Race & Class
March 8, 2018
Report: Black Memphians are better educated than 50 years ago, but child poverty is up
The University of Memphis report was commissioned by The National Civil Rights Museum.
Movers & shakers
February 22, 2018
Former education leaders spearhead new Memphis group to zero in on poverty
Whole Child Strategies organized last fall to help neighborhood and community leaders chart their own poverty-fighting strategies.
February 19, 2018
Indiana education is evolving. Here’s how Chalkbeat is growing to keep you informed.
How we're striving to provide strong, independent, in-depth coverage of efforts to improve public education for all kids, especially those from low-income families.
February 13, 2018
‘We still have tremendous need,’ Hopson tells state lawmakers of Memphis schools
The chief of Shelby County Schools talks about unfunded state mandates and the challenges of serving a large number of impoverished students.
January 25, 2018
New online application for Memphis’ most popular schools goes live Monday
Though parents laud the move to online applications as a significant step toward equity, the time-sensitive nature could still favor students from wealthier families.
January 24, 2018
For 40 cents a meal, Colorado could feed a lot more middle school students
Colorado subsidizes free lunches for kids from low-income families, but that program expires after fifth grade. A bill in the legislature would change that.
Poverty in America
January 19, 2018
A Memphis woman’s tragic death prompts reflection: Could vacant schools help fight homelessness?
Across America, some cities have converted empty school buildings into affordable housing or homeless shelters.
June 29, 2017
Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here’s why.
A quirk in rules for allocating federal funds for poor students will give most municipal districts a big budget boost. Meanwhile, Shelby County Schools will receive less.
February 21, 2017
Here’s what Superintendent Hopson told state lawmakers in Nashville about Memphis schools
Dorsey Hopson seeks to break the stigma and stereotypes of schools in Tennessee's largest district.
February 1, 2017
Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better — explained
Lisa Roy recently became Denver Public Schools’ executive director of early education. We sat down with her to talk about a new effort called the Birth to Eight Roadmap.
farm to school
October 3, 2016
Brussels sprouts, anyone? School gardens grow knowledge for Memphis kids lacking fresh food
Farm-to-school programs are highlighted during a USDA deputy's visit to four Memphis schools.
August 31, 2016
Teacher Town leader: Why it takes more than a good education to pull kids out of poverty
Tosha Downey recently was featured in TEDxMemphis, an independently organized event to highlight and share ideas from Memphis movers and shakers.
July 19, 2016
Free lunch coming to more Colorado kids who attend high-poverty schools
More high-poverty Colorado schools will offer free meals to all students regardless of family income this year under a federal program aimed at…
June 30, 2016
Report: Why the work is hard for Tennessee’s turnaround district and its charter schools
A new report outlines reasons why charter schools operating through Tennessee’s Achievement School District have struggled to achieve the initiative's lofty goals.
December 2, 2015
How an ambitious new program aims to fight poverty and help kids learn, one block at a time
An ambitious project modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone is unfolding within one elementary school's boundaries in the Adams 50 school district.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
August 25, 2015
‘Opportunity Lost’ author on poverty, race and the biggest challenges in transforming Memphis schools
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, educator and author Marcus Pohlmann talks about the impact of race, poverty and funding on schools in Memphis and Shelby County.
August 18, 2015
Decatur Township finds support from community center, school partnerships
The district has embraced the "community schools" concept, where relationships with community organizations help feed, clothe and give back to local schools.
April 7, 2015
Chris Barbic on leading Tennessee’s Achievement School District and its daunting turnaround task
In an interview with Chalkbeat, the leader of the state's school turnaround district talks about the challenging work of changing the trajectory for struggling schools and the lessons he's learned.
March 23, 2015
Childhood poverty finally on the decline, according to KIDS COUNT report
A decline in Colorado's child poverty rate is just one of the many data highlights in the latest KIDS COUNT report published annually by the Colorado Children's Campaign.
March 10, 2015
Indiana superintendents praise funding hike but worry about poor schools
Indiana superintendents have a message for state budget-makers: All schools need more funding, but it can’t come at the expense of the state’s poorest districts. The…
February 18, 2015
State Board of Education member Cato Johnson on how education is like health care
Cato Johnson says his newest task in guiding state education policy is not that different from his career work in developing health care policy. Ultimately, it's about what's best for the people being served.
City and School
January 23, 2015
As Denver Public Schools enrollment booms, poverty rate drops
The number of high-income students in Denver Public Schools is growing more quickly than the number of low-income students.
January 21, 2014
Change to federal program means free meals for all students in Shelby County Schools
A change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulations will allow the Shelby County school district to provide free breakfasts and lunches to every student in the district, Shelby County officials told board members in a presentation this evening.
October 21, 2013
Why Indiana matters when it comes to education
(NOTE: Much has changed since this post was first published in October of 2013. This post has not been updated to reflect…
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