• Claire Daugherty

    In many communities across the US, the answer to the question “can the US catch up with other countries to close the education gap?”, is YES. Over 250 YMCAs in 46 states have committed to joining the Achievement Gap Initiative being supported by the YMCA National Office. With this effort, the YMCA has developed several programs designed to substantially increase the Ys capacity to support the school readiness and school success of youth from low-income households in three key areas: early learning, summer learning, and afterschool. These programs focus on achievement, belonging, and relationships, partnering with caregivers, families, and schools. With these programs the YMCA holistically supports a youth’s academic, physical and social emotional development–from cradle to career–to not just close the opportunity gap but to nurture the potential in every youth. Visit http://www.ymca.net/achievement-gap to see our latest impact results.

  • JLS

    Absolutely not true! First, KIPP spends more than the public schools from which it draws students, relying on substantial private donations to make that possible. Second, KIPP educates a different population of students than comparable public schools as it only attracts the most motivated and has high attrition rates, losing the more challenging of its students. Third, even with those advantages, KIPP performs roughly the same as comparable public schools and much worse than public schools in wealthier communities.

    The idea that charters and other privatization initiatives will offset economic inequality and miraculously close an opportunity gap that is reflected in standardized test scores is absolute neoliberal nonsense!

    As this article argues clearly, we have to address poverty if we want to eliminate the gap in outcomes between wealthy and low-income students. The market won’t fix that problem. It only increases inequality.