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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.
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