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21 Aug 2011
by Noah Bernstein
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The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed

This post was originally published in the New York Times Opinion Pages.  It can viewed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/opinion/the-hidden-costs-of-higher-ed.html?_r=0 OVER the next few weeks, millions of Americans will be heading off to college, and despite the promise of need-blind admissions, more of them than ever will be struggling to pay for it. It’s not just the economy’s...

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19 Jul 2011
by Noah Bernstein
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Creating a Forum for Community Integration for First-Generation College Students

A strategic goal of NWF’s COIN initiative is to increase community capacity, create a new pipeline of well-educated local leaders who are active citizens, and stabilize community leaders as strong anchors for development in low-income communities. COIN has laid the foundation for six exploratory pilot projects linking community-based organizations (CBO’s) to high school students in five...

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24 Feb 2010
by Colin Greer
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We Need Smaller Classrooms

In popular education debate, charter schools are vying with public schools. But it would actually make more sense to consider the common denominator that makes some charter schools and some public schools more successful than others. Charter schools were developed in the early 90s as an alternative to public schools. They receive public funding but...

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3 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Service and Transformation of Public Schools

In the United States, 30% of youth fail high school every year, and the vast majority come from poor communities and populations of color. We must acknowledge that this is a problem of proportions that cannot be solved with tests or scholarships alone. Only around 50% of African-American and Hispanic kids ever graduate. And nationwide,...

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