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Snow, Catherine E.; Matthews, Timothy J. – Future of Children, 2016
How does literacy develop in children's early years, and what programs or practices promote adequate literacy for all children? These are the questions Catherine Snow and Timothy Matthews tackle in this article. Fundamental literacy skills can be grouped into two categories, Snow and Matthews write. The first category is "constrained"…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Reading Skills, Vocabulary Development
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Eberts, Randall W. – Future of Children, 2007
Randall Eberts explores the role of teachers unions in public education. He focuses particularly on how collective bargaining agreements shape the delivery of educational services, how unions affect both student achievement and the cost of providing quality education, and how they support educational reform efforts. Eberts's synthesis of the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Collective Bargaining, Educational Quality, Unions
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Murnane, Richard J. – Future of Children, 2007
Richard Murnane observes that the American ideal of equality of educational opportunity has for years been more the rhetoric than the reality of the nation's political life. Children living in poverty, he notes, tend to be concentrated in low-performing schools staffed by ill-equipped teachers. They are likely to leave school without the skills…
Descriptors: Poverty, Graduation Rate, Federal Legislation, School Choice