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United States Youth Unemployment Rate

Youth Unemployment Rate in the United States increased to 14.50 percent in March of 2014 from 14.40 percent in February of 2014. Youth Unemployment Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Youth Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 12.32 Percent from 1955 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 19.60 Percent in April of 2010 and a record low of 7.80 Percent in September of 1956. This page provides - United States Youth Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.

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Michigan now ranks in bottom five states for learning progress in some subjects

Michigan now ranks in the bottom five states for student learning progress over the last decade in some subjects, according to The Education Trust-Midwest’s new 2014 State of Michigan Education report.  Michigan is one of only six states in the nation that posted negative student growth in fourth-grade reading, according to new national assessment data. 

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State of Population Health Report 2013

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Earlier this year, “Detroit Future City,” the Detroit Strategic Framework, was released and presented throughout the city. The plan offers a reasoned approach to redesigning a smaller city, specifically as it addresses the need to promote sustainable residential neighborhoods and quality of life. The underlying cohesion is the health of the population: An economically viable Detroit begins with healthy neighborhoods. 

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What Girls Say About STEM

Generation STEM is national research report investigating girls' perceptions, attitudes, and interests in the subjects and general field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from the voices of girls themselves. The report consists of a literature review, as well as qualitative (focus group) and quantitative (survey) research with 1,000 girls across the country. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.

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State of the Nation in Gifted Children

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Business and government leaders continue to raise concerns about the future supply of highly skilled employees that can meet the nation's economic and national security needs. Although there are pockets of leadership across the nation in policies and practices that support our high ability and high-achieving students, the 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education survey shows that the United States as a whole has not yet committed attention and resources to ensure that high-ability students will receive an education that maximizes their talent and supports them in attaining advanced levels of achievement in school and beyond. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, examines policy and practice affecting the education of gifted and talented students. The report is the only national compilation of data about gifted and talented education. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, and Guam responded to the survey. 

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Study Finds Hip Hop Students Face Discrimination

A new study finding that Black and Latino students who identify with ‘hip-hop’ culture face unfair disciplinary practices in urban schools may help shape more equitable school districts in the Greater Lansing area.
 
Professor Muhammad Khalifa performed an ethno-graphic study to understand the full cultural context of schools in Southeastern Michigan over the course of two years. The study gathered individual responses, field notes, school data and involved shadowing subjects to create a more in depth picture than what could have been represented with interviews and surveys.
 
Khalifa, a Michigan State University assistant professor of education completed his investigations during his Doctoral work.
 
“Traditional schools have casted aside ‘hip-hop’ culture as a deviance,” said Khalifa. “There are achievement, suspension and disciplinary gaps that can be resolved if educators begin to view these students as assets instead of burdens.”
 
The findings of this study follow a recent charge from the Obama administration to discontinue zero tolerance policies that critics believe marginalize students that do not conform to their school district's cultural norms. Based on Khalifa’s study, schools can perform an equity audit to determine which students, parents, teachers and non-instructional staff are feeling excluded by the school system.
 
“We are very clear on which teachers are struggling and how to map a plan for improvement,” asserted Khalifa, “Until we have a handle on our equity data and a plan to create a district that is inclusionary instead of exclusionary, than we are not serious about reforming education.”

Professor Khalifa is currently working with a team to provide area schools with access to an online equity audit that can be performed and returned electronically. This inexpensive resource would generate a report giving school leaders and communities an equity benchmark for their school, as well as a way to move forward in an inclusive and culturally responsible way.
 
Source: Muhammad Khalifa, Michigan State University
Writer: Tashmica Torok, Innovation News Editor
 

Growth chart for the brain may pave the way for preventive early interventions

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Researchers at Penn Medicine have generated a brain development index from MRI scans that captures the complex patterns of maturation during normal brain development. This index will allow clinicians and researchers for the first time to detect subtle, yet potentially critical early signs of deviation from normal development during late childhood to early adult.

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Program-related Investing for Nonprofits

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For more than four decades, foundations in the U.S. have used program-related investments (PRIs) to address urgent societal needs ranging from housing, education, and health to community development, environment, and arts and culture. PRIs are investments made by foundations to support charitable activities, and, unlike grants, PRIs provide foundations a return on their investment through repayment or return on equity. According to the Ford Foundation, since their initial use in the 1960s, PRIs have helped organizations establish a loan repayment history, generate earned income, gain access to new funding, and develop new financial management history. As the world faces increasingly complex social and economic issues, there is renewed interest among foundations and philanthropists in harnessing the promise and potential of program-related investing to fulfill individual and community needs. 

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The Benefits of Florida's Test-Based Promotion System

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State and municipal policymakers are increasingly addressing the practice of social promotion in schools—moving children along to the next grade whether or not they have mastered the curriculum—by mandating test-based grade promotion.

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A tiny town in Ohio tried paying kids to do better on state tests. Guess what happened.

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I've been thinking a lot lately about standardized state tests. This fall, I spent about six weeks observing a classroom of third graders in Grand Rapids as they got ready to take their MEAP tests for the first time. 

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Food Banks: Hunger's New Strike

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Feeding America member food banks have increasingly reported that many clients are no longer coming to their pantries only for short-term, emergency situations. Food assistance has become a staple for many people – those that need the extra help to make it through the month on a more consistent basis. This report, for the first time, confirms anecdotal reports from food banks by examining the reported patterns of service utilization from 61,000 client interviews nationwide captured in the 2010 Hunger in America study. 

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Norms and Trends of Sleep Time Among US Children and Adolescents

These are the results of a study examining the norms and trends of sleep time among US children and adolescents.

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Faces of Economic Mobility

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This interactive data tool explores income and wealth mobility for 16 family types, providing a unique perspective on how education, family structure, and race affect Americans’ likelihood to do better or worse than their parents did financially. Only white and black respondents are included because of small sample sizes for other racial-ethnic groups in the Panel Study of Income Dyamics.

Users may click through the interactive to see where they stand based on the profile options selected.

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Language gap between rich and poor children begins in infancy, Stanford psychologists find

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Fifty years of research has revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income, less-educated parents typically enter school with poorer language skills than their more privileged counterparts. By some measures, 5-year-old children of lower socioeconomic status score more than two years behind on standardized language development tests by the time they enter school.

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Report of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

The Report of 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education details the results of a survey of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, teachers as professionals, science and mathematics courses, instructional objectives and activities, instructional resources, and factors affecting instruction.

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