The Weekly Connect 9/20/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Fear of discrimination keeps many LGBTQ youth from participating in sports. 

The White House launches a Hispanic education initiative

School systems weigh the role of police on campus.

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The Weekly Connect 9/13/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

A Harvard Education Redesign Lab report on personalized student success planning points to City Connects as a successful, evidence-based model.

As the Delta variant surges, hospitalization rates of children are going up. 

U.S. Department of Education opens civil rights investigations in five states that ban mask mandates in schools. 

Schools across the country are preparing to welcome students who are refugees from Afghanistan

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The Weekly Connect 9/7/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Students who participated in Louisiana’s pre-K program for low income children have better educational outcomes than peers who were not in the program. 

The Biden administration pledges $85 million to support students’ mental health

As the pandemic continues, state and federal governments are investing in community schools to help stabilize students and families.

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The Weekly Connect 6/28/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Failing grades and absenteeism plague Chicago schools that serve low-income students.

U.S. Department of Education says federal law protects LGBTQ students against discrimination at school.

School mental health services can help support equity.

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The Weekly Connect 6/21/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

The City Connects model is an example of how schools can provide crucial services as the pandemic recedes.

A Brown University economics professor is preserving data about how schools fared during the pandemic.

Policies can address the systemic racism that school children face. 

As schools return to in-person learning, thousands of “missing” students are not returning.

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The Weekly Connect 6/14/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Detailed information on chronic absenteeism can inform interventions. 

U.S. Department of Education report looks at the pandemic’s toll on underserved students

Black parents keep children in online school programs where they see less bullying and racism

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A Brookings article on tackling funding silos to better serve children

One significant challenge when it comes to helping children and families is running into funding silos – restrictions on public and private funds that do not allow for flexibility in responding to families’ complex needs.

A recent article – “The COVID-19 experience shows government budgeting can become more nimble” — from the Washington, D.C., think tank Brookings, explores the problem – and explains how City Connects is part of the solution.

“Most of the major social challenges facing America, from homelessness and opioid dependency to achieving successful aging and good family health, require the successful coordination of funds from many government programs. In general, we are not good at doing that,” the article’s authors Stuart M. Butler and Timothy Higashi write.

Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings. And Higashi is a Senior Research Analyst in the Economic Studies program.

“Programs tend to be siloed at all levels of government,” they add, “with most managers reluctant to allow funds to be used outside their explicit purposes. Moreover, eligibility rules, restrictions on data sharing, and other accountability requirements present significant obstacles to collaboration and flexibility.”

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The Weekly Connect 6/7/21

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Researchers find fewer but more severe child abuse cases in a county in California. 

U.S. Department of Education explains both the flexible and the limited ways that schools can use Covid relief funds. 

The nation’s already overburdened school mental health network is being tested by students’ pandemic-related mental health challenges.

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