Achievement Gaps Exist as Early as When Children Begin Kindergarten

June 17, 2015 As early as when children enter kindergarten, there are already significant achievement gaps as a result of socioeconomic status. In fact, socioeconomic status is the single largest factor influencing children’s school readiness, according to Inequalities at the Starting Gate: Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills Gaps between 2010–2011 Kindergarten Classmates. In the report, EPI economist Emma García […]

Minorities underrepresented in US special education classrooms

6/24/2015 PENN State Although minority children are frequently reported to be overrepresented in special education classrooms, a team of researchers suggests that minority children are less likely than otherwise similar white children to receive help for disabilities. The previously reported overrepresentation is most likely due to a greater exposure to environmental and economic risk factors, […]

Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities Reveals 1 in 7 Young Adults Neither Working nor in School

June 10, 2015 NEW YORK — Measure of America today released Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities, revealing 1 in 7 young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 nationwide are neither working nor in school. The disconnected youth population has fallen since the Great Recession to 5,527,000, roughly […]

US Supreme Court saves 8 million from losing health care coverage

July 3, 2014 In the landmark decision on the King vs. Burwell case the of court ruled the tax credits, which are currently assisting 8 million Americans enrolled in the federal exchange, are lawful. The plaintiffs contention was in the wording of the law that by their interpretation, tax credits would be limited to only […]

Hispanics’ health in the United States

  May 5, 2015 The first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that similar to non-Hispanic whites (whites), the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. Fewer Hispanics than whites die […]

Authoritarian Parenting Can Lead to Depression and Other Disorders Among Latino Children

June 22, 2015 AUSTIN, Texas — Authoritarian parenting can lead to depression and somatization in young Mexican American and Dominican American children, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. The study, led by social work professor Esther Calzada and published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent […]

Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate

June 10, 2015 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the Library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2015-2016. Herrera will take up his duties in the fall, participating in the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5 and opening the Library’s annual literary season […]

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