Note: This blog draws in part on my experiences and observations interviewing political figures, writers, and analysts for "The Campbell Conversations" on WRVO. To hear past interviews I refer to in these posts, please go to the show's website. The views expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent Syracuse University, the Campbell Institute, or the WRVO Stations.


In addition to comments, I'd love to have guest posts. Please send ideas or full-blown posts to me at gdreeher@maxwell.syr.edu.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Inequality's Mountains

This week on the Campbell Conversations I'm talking with Pat Driscoll, the operations director for Syracuse’s Say Yes to Education Program.  Three years ago, Say Yes was rolled out with great expectations--words like “transformative” were used to describe the hoped-for impact of this program that blends an extensive in-class and extra-curricular support network with the ultimate promise of free college tuition.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, for example, appears to have hung her hat--and perhaps her re-election--on this program.

The program has had past success elsewhere in targeting smaller numbers of children within a school, but it’s never been applied to an entire school district.  I was curious to know whether it's realizing its promise, three years on.  The question is particularly timely, as the program is slated to be financed solely by the city  in 2013, and it would then account for ten percent of the entire school budget.  Given the layoffs we've already seen in the school district, it's likely that continuing this program will mean fewer traditional teacher lines.  I explore that question with Pat, and we also discuss just what makes the program so different from previous efforts to overcome the educational challenges that disadvantaged students face.

This interview left me thinking about those challenges--and just how steep they are for the children growing up in poor neighborhoods.  Study after study has documented the rise in inequality over the past 30 years, and the backpedaling in real terms for those living in the bottom half of the income distribution.  Housing patterns have also become more segregated during the same time period.  All of this further concentrates educational problems in certain school districts and certain schools.  I wonder whether any program rooted in the educational system, however broadly framed, can effectively address the challenges.  If the program ultimately fails to demonstrate significant measurable improvement, it may be more a testament to the difficulty of the task than a breakdown in design and implementation.

5 comments:

dissertation-writing-help.org said...

The system has had past achievements elsewhere in focusing on small variety of kids within a college, but it’s never been used to an whole university region. I was inquisitive to know whether it's recognizing its guarantee, three years on. The query is particularly timely

Gabriel said...

Gathering common facts and quotations or in other way proved arguments needed in student dissertations examples for free at Allfreepapers.blogspot.com may demand some time and almost always huge efforts. As a secondary student i understand i need help on my subject suggested at college, because i realize the problem and need cheap assistance for better analysis. This custom writing company can do it logically as it strives to be the best amongst the rest.

Tank K said...

Our places of work are unfold out throughout better Orlando to ensure we can get to you in a fast and efficient manner. Our cash gives are robust, we apply extremely fast pickup and are one of we buy junk cars orlando the state's go to guys for junk car removal Orlando.

baixar mobogenie said...

Great post. i like it. feeling great when reading your post .
---
apply baixar mobogenie and play game juegos de pou ; play game juegos pou

Descargar WhatsApp Plus said...

I like to get things commensurate with their qualifications descargar whatsapp plus lucky , i like baixar whatsapp gratis very good , often use descargar mobogenie gratis make you happy and sure descargar whatsapp plus gratis , baixar whatsapp plus , descargar mobogenie