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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
In every U.S. state, flagship universities are among the most selective and prestigious. Yet 15 of them had at least a 10-point gap between the percentage of Black public high school graduates in their states in 2019 and the share of Black freshmen they enrolled that fall, a Hechinger Report story published with the Washington Post found. Our story looks at this disparity, as well as what is being done about it.
 
In keeping with our focus on solutions, this week we also bring you the deeply reported journey of Ciera Pritchett, a mother of two who lost both of her jobs in the pandemic and ultimately made her way back with support from on-the-ground programs that offered comprehensive “two-generation” services to kids and their parents.
 
We also consider the unfortunate impact the pandemic has had on after-school programs and bring you the latest research on gifted programs, along with a strong voice for test-optional college admissions. As always, we want to hear what is on your mind as well.

Liz Willen, Editor
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Main Idea 

Flagship universities fail to enroll Black and Latino high school graduates from their state

Fifteen state flagships had at least a 10-point gap between the percentageof Black public high school graduates in their states in 2019 and the Black share of freshmen they enrolled that fall, according to federal data analyzed by The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post.
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After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

Many after-school programs, which provide both enrichment and child care, have gone out of business. Others went remote and still others became full-day child care programs. None had much guidance or support.
 

A solution to the cycle of poverty?

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PROOF POINTS: Gifted programs provide little to no academic boost, new study says

National study finds Black students and low-income children don’t reap the small gains achieved by white, Asian and high-income children.


OPINION: The pandemic has devastated entire families. Two-generation approaches can uplift them

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OPINION: The power of unfair standardized tests is finally, thankfully diminishing

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