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School Matters: Parents Must Be Key to Education Reform

New America Media, Commentary, Jack Loveridge, Apr 07, 2010

Education reform is on the agenda of the Obama administration, but absent from proposals are serious strategies to increase parents' role in student and school success. But that can change.

After Protests, Education Activists Strategize

New America Media, News Feature, Nadia Prupis, Mar 17, 2010

Ten days after statewide actions against budget cuts to California’s schools and colleges, activists gathered to strategize next steps.

School Matters: 7,000 Head Start Spots At Risk

New America Media, Commentary, Catherine Atkin, Feb 12, 2010

President Obama's stimulus package helped allowed 7,000 more California children to attend Head Start. With the stimulus funds spent, those Head Start slots could be eliminated

School Matters: Students' 'Core Needs' Not Being Met

New America Media, Interview, Carolyn Goossen, Feb 01, 2010

A leading researcher says low-income students have been hit the hardest by California's budget cuts, and that the much lauded, federal Race to the Top competition among school districts will do little to help students receive what they need most: a high quality public education.

School Matters: California Must Raise Latino Student Achievement

New America Media, Commentary, Ted Lempert, Jan 22, 2010

The achievement gap hurts Latinos and is bad for California. With an economy increasingly reliant on an educated workforce, California’s inability to close the gap threatens the state’s future economic stability.

A Free School Breakfast, But Oakland Kids Aren't Biting

New America Media, News Report, Carolyn Goossen, Jan 07, 2010

Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland feeds its students free breakfasts in their classrooms every morning, but it is unique among district schools.

Living the Education Gap as a San Jose Teacher

New America Media, Commentary, Illiana Perez, Dec 26, 2009

As a first year teacher at a San Jose public school, I am witnessing the life–altering impact of the education gap.

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California Makes Gains in Teacher Quality, Study Finds

New America Media, News Report, Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, Dec 15, 2009

The number of under-qualified teachers in California has diminished sharply, but students in the highest minority, highest poverty or lowest performing schools are five times more likely to have a teacher who is under-prepared.

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Asian Grandparents Volunteering at Preschools

New America Media, News Report/Video, Vivian Po, Dec 14, 2009

Senior volunteers are contributing to the cultural and language diversity in preschool education and filling in the language gaps for new immigrant children.

SCHOOL MATTERS: Some Latino Students Choose Family Over College

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah, Dec 06, 2009

Three out of four Latino drop outs say they left school in order to help support their families. Financial pressures on today’s Latino youth could be forcing them to feel like they have to make difficult choices between their family and their future.

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