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Letter from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Education on Addressing and Eliminating Chronic Absenteeism.

This letter from the United States Cabinet Secretaries announces their long-term commitment to addressing and eliminating chronic absenteeism. 

Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool

This policy report, released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEAA), discusses the lack of access to high-quality early childhood education experiences for African-American children and offers recommendations to expand opportunities.

Executive Order — White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

On July 26, 2012 President Barack Obama released the Executive Order White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The purpose of the Executive Order is “to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.”

Mind-sets and Equitable Education

This article addresses two mind-sets that people can have about students’ intelligence: that intelligence is static or that it can grow. The author argues, “Only in growth mind-set cultures, where teachers and administrators are encouraged to fulfill their potential, will they be able to help their students fulfill their potential in schools that are free of bias.” 


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