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Barrow, Lisa; Markman-Pithers, Lisa – Future of Children, 2016
Simply put, children with poor English skills are less likely to succeed in school and beyond. What's the best way to teach English to young children who aren't native English speakers? In this article, Lisa Barrow and Lisa Markman-Pithers examine the state of English learner education in the United States and review the evidence behind different…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education
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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
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Murnane, Richard J.; Steele, Jennifer L. – Future of Children, 2007
Richard Murnane and Jennifer Steele argue that if the United States is to equip its young people with the skills essential in the new economy, high-quality teachers are more important than ever. In recent years, the demand for effective teachers has increased as enrollments have risen, class sizes have fallen, and a large share of the teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Economically Disadvantaged
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Rouse, Cecilia Elena; Barrow, Lisa – Future of Children, 2006
Although education pays off handsomely in the United States, children from low-income families attain less education than children from more advantaged families. In this article, Cecilia Elena Rouse and Lisa Barrow investigate why family background is so strongly linked to education. The authors show that family socioeconomic status affects such…
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Educational Attainment, Socioeconomic Status, Social Mobility