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RESEARCH ROUNDUP

Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who has led
Denver Public Schools since 2009, has helped
increase the four-year graduation rates for
Hispanic students from 30 percent in 2007 to
64 percent in 2017. During the
same period, the number of
Hispanic students taking AP,
International Baccalaureate
and dual-enrollment courses
also rose, from 2,556 to 7,021.
In Denver, 55 percent of
students are Hispanic.
Principal Curtis Wilson Jr. oversaw 88.8
percent of Benson Polytechnic High School
students graduate and only .2 percent drop
out in 2016-17. Wilson, who has led the Oregon
school for five years, received
the 2018 Oregon High School
Principal of the Year award
from the Confederation of
Oregon School Administrators
and the Oregon Association
of Secondary School
Administrators for his efforts.

Austin Beutner, who has no experience
running a school or district, will now lead the
second largest district in the nation, LAUSD.
Beutner has headed the LA Unified Advisory
Task Force, and has served
as deputy mayor and as chief
executive of the Los Angeles
Times. As superintendent,
Beutner faces rising pension
costs and union pressure to
raise salaries.

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Shortening school weeks may cut
costs for districts, but the practice
also increases student crime rates, according to a June study published in
the Economics of Education Review.
Researchers analyzed data from
1997 to 2014 in Colorado, where
more than half of the state's 178
districts operate on a shortened
schedule. Areas where at least one
high school adopted a four-day week
experienced a 20 percent increase
in juvenile crime offenses. Property
crime rates rose by nearly 27 percent,
and drug violations increased as well.
There was no effect on violent crime.
"We posit that because students
have more unsupervised time-as
they typically attend school Monday
to Thursday on this schedule and
have Friday, Saturday and Sunday
off-there are more opportunities

for them to misbehave," says Stefanie
Fischer, assistant professor in the
department of economics at Cal Poly
State University and co-author of
the report. "School administrators
should carefully consider the relevant
costs and benefits before implementing such a schedule change, and one
of those costs should be the change
in crime."
As of 2016, 21 states had adopted
a four-day per week schedule for at
least some public schools.
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Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who lives
more than 60 miles from her office, arrives
at Topeka Public Schools every day at 5:30
a.m. and leaves at 7 p.m., so she can spend
more time getting to know the district. This
came after convincing the district to change
its policy that superintendents must live
in the area. Anderson also
calls students who have
consistently missed school
and sometimes visits them at
home. She additionally attends
several church services in
the district to become more
familiar with families.

Four-day school weeks lead to
jump in student crime

Food stamp distribution increases
student test scores
Food stamps may be one key to narrowing the achievement gap between
low- and high-income students, as
low-income student test scores peak
about three weeks after their family
receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits,
according to a March study published in the American Educational
Research Journal.
Researchers examined data on
148,000 public school students in

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

North Carolina who receive SNAP,
comparing the date benefits were obtained against math and reading test
scores. The relationship between students' test scores and SNAP transfer
fell into a curve, with reading scores
peaking 17 days after SNAP transfer
and math scores peaking 19 days
after transfer.
"This research suggests that children's nutrition and access to food
benefits are related to their school
achievement," says Anna GassmanPines, associate professor at Duke
University's Sanford School of Public
Policy and co-author of the report.
"Superintendents should consider
the context of low-income students'
lives outside of school to be able to
fully support student achievement in
school."
-Alison DeNisco
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