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Mosehauer, Katie – Appleseed, 2013
School breakfast is associated with a host of positive outcomes, such as improved health and attendance, reduced behavioral problems, and increased academic achievement. Unfortunately, a majority of Washington students who qualify for free or reduced-price breakfasts do not currently receive one at school, with many students eating no breakfast at…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Low Income Groups, Program Effectiveness, Board of Education Policy
Appleseed, 2012
Unaccompanied homeless youth appear to be one of the fastest growing and most vulnerable segments of the larger homeless population, but flawed information-gathering by government entities makes it impossible to be sure. This issue brief examines reasons why the plight of unaccompanied homeless youth is not fully captured through current models of…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Advocacy, Data Collection, Federal Programs
Darden, Edwin – Appleseed, 2011
This project focuses on the policies and practices of school boards (or mayors or others who govern public schools), and how their priorities can make a tangible difference in the academic success of kids living in poor communities. Instead of focusing on deficits of poverty, the researchers wanted to stress school board action as an effective…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests, Public Schools
Sprick, Briana; Rich, Malcolm – Appleseed, 2010
This guide is intended for school leaders who want to create partnerships with families and community members in their schools. There are many reasons to want to increase family and community engagement. First and foremost, family and community engagement helps students achieve. In addition, creating partnerships allows for the pooling of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Administration, Principals, Community Organizations
Appleseed, 2009
Every day in New Mexico, student achievement and nutrition are in states of emergency. With families losing jobs and wages, more and more children are going to school malnourished, some having eaten nothing at all. School districts struggle to educate and support their students with fewer available resources. Slashed budgets mean frustrated…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, School Districts, Hunger, Financial Support
Appleseed, 2009
Federal law requires schools that have fallen short of state learning standards for three years or more to pay for any low-income student in that school to receive "supplemental educational services," or free academic tutoring! Supplemental educational services (SES) are, simply, free tutoring services that some schools must offer to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation
Appleseed, 2009
Every child deserves a great school. When kids fail or schools fail, parents must engage and help restore them to the path of success. That assistance is especially called-for during a process called "Restructuring"--a status in federal law that requires schools to make major changes due to dreadful student test scores year-after-year.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement
Appleseed, 2008
Parent involvement in New Mexico, and around the nation, is an essential element in the success of students and their schools. This simple point anchors the federal law known as the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" ("NCLB"). NCLB establishes state, district and school requirements designed to promote more effective parent…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Federal Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement
Appleseed, 2008
Parent involvement is widely acknowledged as a central component in both overall school success and the academic success of individual children. Recognizing this, the federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates that states, districts and schools make extraordinary efforts to enhance effective parent involvement. Now, more than six years after the…
Descriptors: Limited English Speaking, Boards of Education, County School Districts, Parent Role
Appleseed, 2007
Testing and accountability have commanded almost constant attention since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became federal law four years ago. What is frequently overlooked is the special power of parents to lift their children to new academic heights. The partnership helps to achieve the primary aims of that law. Without better informed and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Testing, Secondary Schools, Public Schools