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Media Mention June 18, 2019

Q&A: A look at the issue of mentally ill inmates in jails

Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at LBJ and an expert on criminal justice issues, weighs in on a Q&A with the Associated Press about mental illness in the jail and prison system. 

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Media Mention June 11, 2019

Research shows fears about kids’ learning loss over the summer were overblown

Some parents and teachers worry that, during the summer, kids will forget much of what they learned during the school year. But new research shows that those fears may not be based on fact, especially when it comes to learning loss for kids who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

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Media Mention June 10, 2019

How does summer learning really affect students' academic achievement?

Differences in summer enrichment between poor and wealthy students may not contribute much to long-term achievement gaps, according to a new analysis. Researcher Paul von Hippel set out to replicate the landmark 1982 Beginning School Study, which tracked more than 800 Baltimore schoolchildren from kindergarten through grade 8. That study found reading achievement gaps between high- and low-poverty schools widened each summer, ultimately tripling the size of their reading gaps from the start of primary school to the end of middle school in 1990. 

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Media Mention June 10, 2019

Ret. Adm. McRaven decries Trump’s media attacks: al-Qaeda is the enemy of the people, not the press

You may remember that retired Navy Adm. William McRaven said that President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the press as “the enemy of the people” was “perhaps the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

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Media Mention June 7, 2019

Heard about the summer slide? University of Texas researcher cannot prove learning gap is true

Parents, what I’m about to tell you might blow your mind. The “summer slide” — that idea that kids lose a month or two of learning in the summer if they don’t practice reading and math — probably isn’t real.

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Media Mention June 6, 2019

Summer slide: fact or fiction?

For decades parents have fretted over the dreaded "summer slide." Kids forgetting almost everything they've learned while enjoying their break from school. A University of Texas professor looked into the theory and found something interesting.

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Media Mention June 5, 2019

UT Professor: 'Summer slide' may not be as much of a problem as schools think

A UT Austin professor says summer learning loss may not be as much of a concern as parents and teachers have previously thought. "Those claims are based on a single study from the 1980s," said Paul von Hippel of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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Media Mention June 4, 2019

New study: Summer learning slide is not as steep as we thought

A new study questions the belief and the dire warnings that the achievement gap between rich and poor kids widens over the summer and can only be narrowed by summer learning opportunities. 

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Media Mention June 4, 2019

New research challenges idea of ‘summer learning loss’

As the Montgomery school system prepares to launch a pilot program for longer school years at two elementary schools, a new study challenges the pilot's foundation that students from high-poverty families are more likely to regress academically in the summer months. In a study released Tuesday by EducationNext, a scholarly journal about education policy and reform, scholars counter the decades-old theory that students — especially minorities and those in poverty — are more apt to lose months' worth of knowledge each summer.

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Media Mention June 4, 2019

Adm. William McRaven on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden

Adm. William McRaven oversaw the covert special operations team that stormed a compound in Pakistan in 2011 and killed Osama bin Laden. Now, the Navy veteran chronicles his 37-year military career in a new book, "Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations." Adm. McRaven talks to Judy Woodruff about his adventurous spirit, the one thing Navy SEALS must do to survive training and the value of NATO.

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