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ERIC Number: ED511164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-20
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Whitehurst, Grover J.; Croft, Michelle
Brookings Institution
The Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a non-profit organization that funds and operates a neighborhood-based system of education and social services for the children of low-income families in a 100 block area in Harlem, New York. The HCZ has received remarkable media attention, including a best-selling book and a "60 Minutes" feature, and Presidential candidate Barack Obama campaigned on replicating the HCZ as the first part of his plan to combat urban poverty. What is unique and attention-getting about the HCZ is that it is designed on the assumption that it takes both effective, achievement-oriented schools and strong social and community services to support the educational achievement of children in poverty. The authors of this report ask whether students served by the Harlem Children's Zone, which is famous for combining community services with its charter schools, do better academically than similar students who attend charter schools that stand alone. Their new analysis indicates that achievement by students in HCZ schools is unexceptional relative to other charter schools. As a result, they question President Obama's nationwide Promise Neighborhoods Initiative as the best use of public education dollars. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Brown Center on Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: New York