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Low-Income Housing Tied To Low School Success

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Modern zoning practices came about in the 1920s, along with the rise of the automobile, making living farther away from urban centers more practical. Suburbs emerged, created by families who felt they were losing political power in cities. In their own cities and towns, they could create housing laws and schools in a way that suited them, Mr. Rothwell said, adding that reforming these entrenched systems is unlikely to happen without the involvement of the federal government.

How To Tackle These Disparities?

School boards have found some ways to circumvent long-established living patterns, an issue they have struggled with since schools were required to be desegregated almost 60 years ago. Complex patterns of busing students emerged, magnet schools were created, and some districts have eliminated school boundaries based on geography.

Some charter schools and some magnet schools have also performed miracles, but these are in the minority.

This study proves yet again that it’s impossible to tackle school issues  in isolation; schools are a part of the community where they are located, and inextricably linked with the overall condition of that community. The achievement gap and poverty levels go hand-in-hand.

What do you think? What can we do about the achievement gap?

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6:45AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Pesticide like malathion is sprayed in the public housing homes.

9:14AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Improvements in the heating and cooking methods away from the poorly ventilated gas furnaces and cook stoves would improve everyones health.

5:58PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

I've always thought that the best way to over come provety is by having the poor live among us. Everyone needs a role model.

10:11AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Let's see. Taxpayers pay their rent, give them food stamps and health care, free breakfast and lunch when they get to school, and they still can't study?

8:39PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Duhhhh wait what?

7:46AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Excuse my language and cokiness BUT NO SHIT!
Wow, and to think that NCLB offers their mass of funds to high performing schools and takes it away from those in need or just closes a poor performing school.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND was one of the worst things ever mandated for our pulic schools for it segregates and is ineffective toward determing a child's intelligence and future!
And on top of this the Chef Move to Schools programs are getting healthier foods into higher income schools, some of the grants went to Private Schools and alot went into Maryland schools--which are just above Washington DC in proximity!

BOTH of these governmental projects are failing our children most in need of help, are failing to provide the funds and possibly health!
EX: There is a new HS in my county--semi-affluent area. They got tiled floors lots and lots of windows, lots of computers and the option of healthful foods in the cafeteria. HOWEVER, this is another school in this county/school district in n area of middle to lower income and their floors are old and dirty, they cannot afford to place compuetrs in each class and cannot afford books for all their students.
So I ask is it right to spend million building a state of the art HS, while other schools in the same school district simply struggle daily to just get by!??

7:34AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Knowledge is power,therefore one should go for all there is...

7:22AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

We should acknowledge that some human beings are simply more intelligent than others and are going to do better, low income housing or not!

Unfortunately the term "all are created equal" does not apply to intelligence, nor does it apply to willingness to work hard and achieve.


7:19AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

These kids don't need "mansions". they do need however, parents with better selfesteem, maybe by finding and keeping a decent job and so, provide better for their families... this is achieved by keeping American Jobs in America...instead of supporting imports....

7:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Wow, Steve R., you bring real solutions. What should we do? Call them lazy? Think. You talk about intelligence, then use it. With many people badly trained at the elementary and middle school level we will have more crime, worse workers, more inequality. I know that for "superior people" inequality does not sound like much. However, cross the border going south and you will see the results of inequality, poorly prepared people, lower taxes, and people liker you that consider the poor as lazy.
When we think education, we do not care or consider whether the parents are lazy, motivated, ignorant, or whatever. Judging the parents leads nowhere. The only considerations that are needed are how is the environment affecting learning, and how to correct it.
Want to have a debate about who is intelligent and who is lazy, start it on a special blog for it.

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