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    Three questions with Jesse Lovejoy, director of STEM education for the San Francisco 49ers

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert

    Jesse Lovejoy, director of STEM education and the 49ers Museum for the San Francisco 49ers, discusses using sports to engage young students in science, technology, engineering, and math.  

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    How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

    Graduating student Katherine Thomas has "I Did It" written on her mortar board during Commencement

    Gregory Ferenstein and Brad Hershbein discuss previous research that indicates high school course completion (even in advanced courses) has little impact on subsequent college performance in the same subject, and offer new and more comprehensive evidence on the subject. The authors conclude that policy efforts to increase the share of high school students taking advanced courses are unlikely to significantly increase the share of well-prepared college students.

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    Proposed student finance regulations may hamper small institutions

    Students walk across the Drillfield on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia April 16, 2012

    The Department of Education has proposed new rules requiring colleges to post letters of credit if they have ‘significant fluctuation’ in their Pell Grants or student loan awards. In their proposal, the Department of Education notes that 991 of 3590 private nonprofit and for-profit colleges had a change in student loan volume of 25% or more. Robert Kelchen discusses how using a metric based on percent change in aid awarded would disproportionately affect small institutions, regardless of actual financial responsibility.

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    Wraparound services still worth it even after accounting for all costs

    Students eat lunch at Salusbury Primary School in northwest London

    Researchers from the Center for Optimized Student Support at the Boston College Lynch School of Education give a cost-benefit analysis of “integrated supports” – that is filling students’ needs tied to hunger, homelessness, traumatic experiences, lack of access to medical care or enrichment opportunities. They find that integrated support programs are both effective at closing the achievement gap and highly cost-efficient. 

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    Why 'busing' was a fake issue

     school bus full of children

    In the 1960s, white parents and politicians framed their resistance to school desegregation in terms of "busing" and "neighborhood schools." The resulting battle over "busing" black students from overcrowded schools to schools in white neighborhoods thus allowed northerners to oppose desegregation in terms that were not explicitly racist. Matthew Delmont discusses his new book Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation and his goal to change the understanding of "busing" as politically neutral word to a term used in opposition to school desegregation. 

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    The tension between student loan accountability and income-driven repayment plans

    Occupy Wall Street demonstrators protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square

    Johnathan G. Conzelmann, Nichole D. Smith, and T. Austin Lacy explore the relationship between student loan accountability and income-driven repayment (IDR) plans.They express concern that new repayment rates could discourage institutions from promoting IDR plans and other options designed to aid students experiencing financial insecurity. 
     


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    Really the end of average?

    School children attend class at Waterstone College

    Saro Mohammed discusses how averages and experimental research help to teach us what's most likely to work for individual students.

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    The future of parent involvement: Nagging other people’s children about school work

    volunteer Pepe, 66, looks at a child as he does his homework while attending a programme that gives children academic and psychological help to improve their chances in life

    Jacob Murray writes that research shows parents who “positively nag” their children are more likely to promote student success than parents who do not. However, many parents struggle to find time and resources to consistently support their children’s learning. Murray suggests a solution: recruiting baby boomer retirees and utilizing technology to provide virtual check-in coaches for kids who may need some nagging. 

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    Secretary Duncan’s solutions for Chicago’s struggling communities

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (R) answers questions at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington November 16, 2015. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch listens at left. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

    On July 1, the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast hosted former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Secretary Duncan addressed the importance of education in providing opportunity for America’s youth, the need for a national consensus on education outcomes, and how everyday Americans can help to educate and inspire the new generation entering America’s schools.

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    A tale of two disparity gaps

    Teacher Audrey Benes speaks to her kindergarten class at Walsh Elementary School in Chicago

    Chief among our disparity narratives is the white-nonwhite achievement gap, which is code for white-black-and-Hispanic, argues Gerard Robinson. Robinson explores another diversity narrative and urges expansion of such narratives to include all students in order to effectively address the achievement gap in the United States.


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