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Advancing Creative Solutions to Assure Fairness and Excellence in Education

If the equity gaps close, all of Arkansas gains.
Miles To Go Arkansas (2002)

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Click to view the full article (PDF) The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) released its report, "Education after Katrina" at a news conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, August 29 at 9:30 AM. The report chronicles the need for a strengthened federal response to the educational challenges faced both in the Gulf Coast and nationwide, as a result of the 2005 hurricanes. SEF examines declining student enrollments, lost school time among K-12 and college students, as well as the severe impact of the storms on regional child care systems. It documents the inadequate federal response to the relief and recovery related to education after Katrina, and calls for a new federal response to restore struggling educational institutions on the Gulf Coast and to assist students whose education remains disrupted by the storms. The report suggests that the federal government

Conduct a comprehensive review of needs and take appropriate action to assist Gulf Coast schools.

Help Gulf Coast colleges in need of support for recovery.

Develop a plan to assist dropout students at all levels.

Mobilize health care professionals to help storm-affected students and their parents.

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