Plans to lengthen the school day at eight middle schools with many poor students are now hanging in the balance because of a squabble between city and state officials.
Mayor Greg Ballard today announced major new education initiatives aimed in part at combating an upswing in violence in Indianapolis, most notably a $50 million, five-year public-private effort to expand preschool for poor children.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to spend $50 million for preschool for the city’s poorest children will tackle two issues: making sure 1,300 more children can afford to enroll and growing the number quality of centers in the city.
Mayor Greg Ballard won praise today for his $50 million plan to combat crime with programs that aim to get kids in school sooner and keep them there longer.
A summer program in San Francisco drew students in by offering cold, hard cash, but it wasn’t long before what they were doing and learning overshadowed the stipend. The program offers a mix of academic tutoring and career preparation for 10th- and 11th-grade students who are behind on credits or failing classes.
Instability — multiple homes and multiple schools — is one of the biggest obstacles to academic success for foster children. But some high school students in foster care are benefiting from one constant in their lives: a program each summer offered at a number of universities throughout the country aimed at keeping them on track academically and preparing them for college.
Low-income four-year-olds in Marion County next year will have a new route to preschool.
In low-income communities, families face a variety of hurdles in trying to head off learning loss when students are on summer break. Springboard Collaborative is a program that focuses on parents and what a difference they can make with just a little support and guidance.
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform has developed a set of indicators to measure the success of expanded learning efforts that aim to improve the academic achievement of low-income students.
Data from a national poll show that a third of families with school-age children enrolled at least one child in a summer program in 2013. That is an increase from five years earlier, when only a quarter of families had enrolled their children in summer programs.