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In discussing socioeconomic integration before audiences, the author is frequently asked: What about high-poverty schools that do work? Don't they suggest that economic segregation isn't much of a problem after all? High-poverty public schools that beat the odds paint a heartening story that often attracts considerable media attention. In 2000, the conservative Heritage Foundation published a report, titled No Excuses, meant to show that high-poverty schools can work well. The forward of the report proudly declared that the author found not one or two

. [but] twenty-one high-performing, high-poverty schools. Unfortunately, these 21 schools were dwarfed by the 7,000 high-poverty schools identified by the US Department of Education as low performing. Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a chain of 125 schools educating more than 35,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia, is often cited as evidence that high-poverty public schools ought to be able to produce very positive results. The school program emphasizes tough love: a longer school day and school year, more homework, and the explicit teaching of middle-class habits and norms. (Contains 21 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Poverty, Disadvantaged Youth, Public Schools, Charter Schools, School Desegregation, Social Integration, School Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Peer Influence, Student Attrition, Educational Finance, Faculty Mobility

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Autor: American Educator, v36 n4 p8-9, 40 Win 2012-2013

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1332&id=EJ995901

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