Throwing out the Baby College with the bathwater?
July 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
The House has proposed cutting the appropriation for the initiative from $210 million to $60 million. Yesterday, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, a nonprofit that offers support to aspiring projects, sent out an urgent email asking supporters to lobby Congress to save the funding, arguing that the appropriation is “not nearly enough to help communities implement this proven, pragmatic solution to child poverty.”
But the cuts also come at a difficult moment for the Harlem Children’s Zone and, by extension, the Promise Neighborhood idea: a study this week by the Brookings Institution critiqued the effectiveness of the charter schools run by HCZ, noting that although they perform better than regular public schools nearby, they are sub-par compared to some charters operating in Harlem. READ MORE…