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What Works News Round-Up – January 16, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The Washington Post (1/16/15) Majority Of U.S. Public School Students Are In Poverty
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. (1/14/15) War On Poverty: Head Start Gives Children Educational Boost
Nearly 50 years after it was established, Head Start is still serving thousands of children locally and keeping parent involvement a top priority.

Brookings Institute, Education and Development Blog (1/13/15) Early Childhood Development: We Know The Benefits, But What Are The Costs?
When it comes to early childhood development (ECD), we know quite a bit about how different programs impact young children. However, we know much less about their cost and hence cost-effectiveness.

The New York Times (1/12/15) Varied Routes To Safer Streets
Are the streets in your neighborhood safe for walking? Not just for able-bodied, cognitively sound, safety-conscious adults, but also for those with physical or cognitive impairments, pedestrians in a hurry, and especially children and teens who are often distracted?

City Lab (1/12/15) What Does Living ‘Close’ To Transit Really Mean?
The question of how far people will walk to reach a transit stop has a pretty significant impact on the shape of cities.

National Journal (1/9/15) A Different Approach To Breaking The Cycle Of Poverty
Many of the people walking the long blocks of Mechanicsville grew up poor, and their children are likely to be poor, too. 

TIME (1/8/15) Despite The Statistics, We Haven’t Lost The War On Poverty
It’s been more than a half-century since President Johnson officially launched the War on Poverty, in his State of the Union address delivered on this day in 1964, and declared that the U.S. had “the power to eliminate poverty from an entire continental nation.”


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