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Posts from May 2014

The Benefits of Mixing Rich and Poor

by David L. Kirp

Whenever President Obama proposes a major federal investment in early education, as he did in his two most recent State of the Union addresses, critics have a two-word riposte: Head Start. Researchers have long cast doubt on that program’s effectiveness. The most damning evidence comes from a 2012 federal ev… More

Raising Up The Next Generation

By Fatimah Simmons (MPP â€˜11)

New York City was abuzz with anticipation for Fashion Week. Everyone was excited—except for me. In August 2008, I had heard then-Senator Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention and realized that I wanted to be a part of a new generation of leaders who can deliver creative public policy. Th… More

The ADHD Explosion

It was a medical and public policy mystery. In the last decade, the rate of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has gone up by more than 40% nationwide. What could account for such a sharp increase? In their new book, The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today&#… More

From cradle to kindergarten in Sacramento

by David Kirp

The buzz in Sacramento is that early childhood education might get a healthy infusion of state funds this year. It's a top priority in the Legislature, and Gov.Jerry Brown, while not leading the charge, appreciates the potential impact of giving kids a running start. There's overwhelming evidence of the l… More