AdvoCasey: Spring 2002

Paul Revere Rides Again: Inside the Remarkable Rise of the Houston Public Schools

Posted March 22, 2002
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of AdvoCasey starts with an article examining the academic transformation of schools in Houston, then delivers a story on Chicago’s Child-Parent Centers before moving to Miami to spotlight innovative treatments for substance-using teens. The final story lands in Tulsa, Okla., and tells how a local nonprofit is helping working poor families avoid expensive tax preparation fees, maximize refunds and save for the future. 

AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication of the Foundation that covers some serious ground. Each themed issue spotlights programs and policies that have made measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations

Key Takeaway

Houston isn’t the only urban school district that’s turning its test scores around

Poor and minority students are making significant academic gains in large cities across America. And, while school districts are employing different strategies to succeed, they share a common bond: They’ve rejected the notion that factors like poverty, poor nutrition and weak parental support are to blame for academic failure.