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.

March 21, 2002


In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    One school district’s comeback story — higher test scores included.

  2. 2

    How two clinics are engaging family to treat substance-using teens.

  3. 3

    Why the EITC is a powerful antipoverty tool.

  4. 4

    How the Child-Parent Centers and Head Start models compare.

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.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations