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Amid all of the recent dismal news about growing segregation and income equality in the United States, it was heartening to read in the New York Times this weekend that the gap in school readiness – the so-called "Goodnight Moon gap" – actually narrowed between 1998 and 2010.

And for us, it was gratifying to read that the possible causes of improvements in the skills of low-income children in the early grades are two elements of education reform that lie at the center of AISR's most recent issues of Voices in Urban Education (VUE):

It is not often that these important elements of education reform receive the attention they deserve, yet we appreciated that the NYT authors do more than give out congratulations for a job well done. Instead, they push us to understand that if we don't do something to fix the systemic problems of economic and educational inequity, "the progress we have made toward equality in early childhood may prove only a brief respite from ever-widening educational inequality."