Editor's note

President Donald Trump’s budget proposes cutting funding for national service programs like Teach for America. One obvious result: fewer staff at America’s neediest schools. But what interests Vanderbilt’s Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is looking at a more subtle impact of Teach for America – its ability to bridge the divide between advantaged and disadvantaged members of our society.

The administration claims that its budget will juice up the economy. Some of the proposed cuts to social spending, however, would make its lofty growth goals a lot harder to achieve, writes the University of Connecticut’s Shaun Dougherty. That’s because targeted programs like career and technical education, Dougherty’s specialty, pack a lot of economic punch.

And in the final story in our series about the effect of trauma on children, the University of Florida’s Melissa Bright explains how stable relationships “can reduce childhood adversity, toxic stress and subsequent disease and disability.” Another good reason to hug your child or mend that rift with your spouse.

Emily Costello

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

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Teach For America teacher Sergio Santiago looks over an assignment with a student. pennstatenews/flickr

Does national service help heal America’s divisions?

Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Vanderbilt University

Teach for America was created to bring more resources to disadvantaged communities. New research shows that the participants also learn a few things.

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