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For Low-Income Students, Free College Often Comes at a High Price

October 17, 2018

All too often, hidden costs undermine the promise of free college. A new report from the Education Trust shows how such programs end up helping higher-income students while leaving many low-income students to fend for themselves.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Funding Opportunities

October 17, 2018

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
How Education Leaders Can Combat the Student Loan Crisis

October 17, 2018

Although racial inequity in student debt is a complex issue with no easy answers, education leaders and policymakers must take steps to reduce borrowing before students get to college, as well as to protect borrowers after they graduate.

Type: Opinion

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Youth Voice: Teachers, Be Understanding With Your Students Who May Be Homeless

October 11, 2018

Maybe blood will drip from the back of my knees, maybe the stain on my shirt will be seen, maybe God will come down and work this problem out for me and I can give Mrs. Smith all the answers she hopes to beat out of me.

Type: Opinion

promises: Safe Places

How to Keep Young People at the Center

October 11, 2018

Finding ways to better help young people succeed in life is a constant pursuit for communities, practitioners, and policymakers, and one that requires us all to take what we at the Center for Promise call a youth systems approach.

Type: Opinion

promises: A Healthy Start

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

Sonia Sotomayor: “Reading Is the Key to Success”

October 04, 2018

What’s your earliest memory of loving to read? When panelists were asked that question at the 2018 National Reading Coalition by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) last week, their answers resonated strongly with the book-loving audience:

Type: News

promises: A Healthy Start

In Roughly 1,300 High Schools Across America, On-Time Graduation Still Elusive

October 04, 2018

Number of Low-Performing Schools Continue to Decline, Targeted Approach Designed for the Highest Need High Schools Required for Further Progress Washington, D.C. – After more than a decade of progress in improving high school graduation rates, there remain about 1,300 traditional high schools in need of serious improvement and redesign, according to new research from the GradNation campaign. Among them are more than 800 low-graduation-rate high schools with an average graduation rate of 49 percent.
Reducing Suspensions Is Not Enough

October 03, 2018

[Some] students report they are still being removed from their classes, even if those removals are no longer being called suspensions. By simply eliminating suspension without providing anything in its place, students aren’t given access to any additional support or resources, and teachers lose autonomy and control over their own classrooms.

Type: Opinion

promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

What’s Working: Why Data Matters in the Fight Against Chronic Absence

September 28, 2018

A new report from Attendance Works highlights ways in which data can be a crucial tool in reducing rates of chronic absence, helping districts to design more effective, targeted, and equitable solutions.