Child Poverty Has Risen Even As Unemployment Falls

Even as unemployment has gradually declined, the child poverty rate has been on the rise, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Between 2010 and 2011, the number of children living in poverty rose from 15.7 million to 16.4 million. The child poverty rate also rose from 19 to 23 percent from 2005 to 2011, representing an increase of 3 million children.

The rates are even worse for younger kids: Children age five and under have a poverty rate of 26 percent. They are also worse for racial minorities: African-American children have a 39 percent poverty rate, almost three times that of white children, who have a rate of 14 percent.


The Time To Press The Case For Pre-K Is Now

Too often, when it comes to determining whether a new public program is too expensive or not, no one asks, “Compared to what?”

What high-performing business, for instance, would forego the need to invest new capital in something that is vital to its profitability and success down the road? The immediate costs of investing in something vital now, when compared to the significant long-term costs of inaction or inadequate measures, make the decision a no-brainer.

That’s probably why business leaders recently wrote an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress urging them to invest in providing American children universal access to preschool education.


The Great Divide in High School College Readiness Rates

Edwize Blog

Jun. 27, 2013
by Rhonda Rosenberg

10 percent of the schools produce nearly half the college-ready graduates.

Last week the city announced that 22.2% of students from the high school Class of 2012 met the state’s college-ready standard, up from 21.1% for the Class of 2011.  What the announcement didn’t say was that this already weak college-readiness rate was inflated by a small group of schools that contribute a disproportionate number of students to the city’s college-ready percentage.


College-readiness rates of City High schools


Only fraction of city schools producing bulk of students ready for college: report

A report by the United Federation of Teachers shows that only 10% of city schools produce nearly half of the graduates considered ready for college.

By Corinne Lestch

Sunday, June 30, 2013

UFT President Michael Mulgrew says while 10% of schools are produced college-ready students, the vast majority of schools are struggling without any help.


New York Times editors sadly return to cheerleading Bloomberg's status quo

Posted by Leonie Haimson 

July 7, 2013

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Today the NY Times editors returned to their status quo ante position when it comes to the city’s public schools, and sternly warned the mayoral candidates to stick to the dreadful Bloomberg dysfunctional and autocratic policies of school closings and privatization.