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The Christian Science Monitor launches EqualEd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. 

The Christian Science Monitor announces today’s debut of EqualEd, a new editorial section premised on one powerful idea: that it's time for all our kids to have a chance at the future they deserve, regardless of race or Zip code.

Amid mounting concern about the wide gaps between the rich and poor, education coverage focuses relentlessly on failing schools and a broken US education system. EqualEd moves beyond that, reinvigorating the education debate by training its lens on what's working to equalize opportunities for all kids. Led by chief editor Yvonne Zipp, senior editor Amelia Newcomb, and veteran education reporter Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, EqualEd will examine what perpetuates key inequities both inside and outside of school – and most important, what actions can help reverse them.

EqualEd is all about giving voice to constituencies that often aren't heard – the educators on the front lines as well as the students negotiating their way through the school system. It's about helping those outside of education better understand barriers that can keep young people from reaching their full potential. And it's about connecting: EqualEd aims to build a strong community through its in-depth reporting, email newsletter, and special events that allow for a vital exchange of ideas and ways to engage in solutions

Bringing the Monitor approach to an essential topic

“Readers are hungry for reporting that goes beyond just covering problems but uncovers common ground and paths to progress,” says Monitor Editor Marshall Ingwerson. “With EqualEd, we've assembled an experienced and highly-motivated team that can drive this conversation forward among people who care – many of whom actually want to be part of the story of students finding a way to a brighter future.”

"The Monitor stands for high-quality journalism that boldly addresses the central challenges of our time,” says Managing Publisher Jonathan Wells. “EqualEd aims big, asking: How can we get all of our kids to succeed? We will work to answer this together with a community of people passionate about this issue and who are willing to gather, discuss, and act on it. Premium advertisers and underwriters are looking for engaged communities, and that is what the EqualEd team will deliver for years to come.”

Contact:
Ben Arnoldy, product manager, (617) 615-7280
Yvonne Zipp, editor, (617) 450-2313

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