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It’s time to fix America’s crumbling schools

By Michael Addonizio ~ Fast Company ~ Infrastructure upgrades often take a backseat to other pressing needs in public education. Here’s why that is so wrongheaded. Detroit’s schools are so old and raggedy that last year the city’s schools chief, Nikolai Vitti, ordered the water shut off across the district due to lead and copper risks from antiquated plumbing. By mid-September, elevated levels of copper and lead were confirmed in 57 of 86 schools…

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‘Safety’ In U.S. Schools Means More Cops And Fewer Counselors

By Rebecca Klein ~ Huffpost ~  About 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report. An estimated 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union. But their schools do employ cops. This disparity is poised to get worse after the 2018…

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Pollution is bad for your health and the environment. It’s also bad for schools, two recent studies show.

By Matt Barnum ~ Chalkbeat ~  Late last year, the Trump administration moved to roll back Obama-era regulations designed to improve air quality and limit pollution. No one thought of it as an education story. But new research suggests it is, at least in part. While the health risks of air pollution have long been documented, two recent studies are among the first to directly connect two different forms of pollution to…

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Inequity is THE Problem in Education

By The Hewlett Foundation ~ Deeper Learning. Linked Learning. Blended Learning. Personalized Learning. Student-centered Learning. Project-based learning. Social and emotional learning. And the list goes on (and on). There are literally hundreds of education initiatives—and an equal number of philanthropic strategies—designed to improve our education system. In my time as fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, I have come to realize the importance of putting equity first, ahead of any other…

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Later school starts linked to better teen grades

By Silke Schmidt ~ ScienceNews for Students ~ Low-income students also may find it easier to get to school, the new data show If you think school starts too early in the day, you’re not alone. Experts have long argued for later start times in middle and high school. A new study used activity trackers worn on the wrist to see how such a delay affected kids in a real school.…

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What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality

By Sam Pizzigati ~ OurFuture.org ~  Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits. They struck for professional dignity. The teachers’ strike in Los Angeles, America’s second-largest…

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Across U.S., graduation rates are rising, with little connection to test scores

By Matt Barnum ~ Chalkbeat ~ Alabama’s high school graduation rate was one of the lowest in the country in 2011. Today, it’s one of the highest. Over that same period, though, Alabama students have continued to perform among the worst in the nation on federal math and reading tests. That leaves the state with a jarring disconnect between its students’ academic skills and the share of diplomas it hands…

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‘It Is a Disgrace That Our Public Schools Are So Poorly Funded’

By Janine Jackson ~ FAIR ~ As we record on January 16, the strike by more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers is entering its third day. The decision to go on strike is never a whimsical one; the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, hasn’t had a strike in nearly 30 years. Coverage appears to be deepening as the labor action continues, but corporate media’s initial response consisted of headlines like the New York Times’…

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Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school – and how to change that

By Monique W. Morris ~ TED ~ Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of “pushout” and shows how we…

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Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

By Kate Hardiman ~ Education Post ~ Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by TNTP, a national education nonprofit. They’ve dubbed this the “opportunity myth”—the false idea that showing up and doing well in school will lead to better opportunity. Think about that for a minute. If you’re a parent, you probably tell your…

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