Tag Archive: poverty

Nov 07

NEA President says tax plan is giveaway to wealthiest funded on backs of students and working families

The tax plan released by House Republican leaders and backed by President Trump is a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest individuals and corporations funded on the backs of students and working families, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said. The plan expands an education tax loophole that would further benefit the wealthy and allow them to set aside money for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class. It also eliminates the educator tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250.

Oct 25

Wisconsin has nation’s widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, report says

Wisconsin has the widest gap in well-being between white and African-American children, and other children of color face significant disparities as well, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “The message remains … the well being of our white kids is in the top and the well being of our African-American kids is at the bottom,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of Kids Forward, the Wisconsin organization that released the report.

Oct 24

Study recommends positive alternatives to school closings

School closures across the country have nearly doubled since the mid-1990s, with thousands of students being displaced every year, according to a new study. The study points out important facts about the fallout of school closings, such as how students of color and low-income students are disproportionately affected. Instead of closing schools, the study recommends, policymakers and education leaders need to work with communities to find solutions that ensure all students have access to a quality and equitable education.

Jul 26

Study links Great Recession to growing skills gap in high-poverty neighborhoods

A new study of the impact of poverty on education following the Great Recession finds a growing skills gap in high-poverty neighborhoods. The study – conducted in part by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison – found that children from the highest poverty neighborhoods start school almost a year behind children from the lowest poverty neighborhoods in terms of their academic skills.

May 23

WEAC Region 6 member Nick Meinel says Whitewater school closed the achievement gap by believing in its students

Thanks to the efforts of educators like WEAC Region 6 member Nick Meinel, Washington Elementary School in Whitewater has made huge strides in closing the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students, one of the ongoing goals of public education. The school motivates students, Meinel says, “by making this their positive place … by letting them know that no matter what happens here, we still believe in them. We still care.”

Dec 14

Report says Wisconsin ranks ‘very poorly’ for Head Start program

Wisconsin is one of 18 states that rank “very poorly” for instructional support in the federal Head Start program for children in poverty, according to a report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Head Start, the report says, varies dramatically from state to state in funding, classroom hours, teacher qualifications and compensation, observed quality, and enrollment.

Nov 04

Study links poverty to delayed brain development, learning challenges

Growing up in an environment of poverty can cause delays in the development of children’s brains, leading to ongoing challenges in school, according to new research by psychology professor Seth Pollak and economist Barbara Wolfe at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.