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How Do You Get Better Schools? Take the State to Court, More Advocates Say

By Dana Goldstein~ New York Times By his own account, Alejandro Cruz-Guzman’s five children have received a good education at public schools in St. Paul. His two oldest daughters are starting careers in finance and teaching. Another daughter, a high-school student, plans to become a doctor. But their success, Mr. Cruz-Guzman said, flows partly from the fact that he and his wife fought for their children to attend racially integrated…

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This school year, let’s keep kids in classrooms

By Daniela Aspiazu ~ OtherWords ~ There are better ways to help students learn from their behavior than suspension and expulsion. It’s no secret that our country incarcerates people of color at much higher rates than white people. What might be less well known is that this can begin in the classroom. Across the country, schools routinely punish, suspend, and expel students of color at higher rates than white students…

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Pressuring schools to raise test scores got diminishing returns, new study of No Child Left Behind finds

By Matt Barnun ~ Chalkbeat ~ Does tightening the screws on schools and teachers lead to benefits for students? For the past couple of decades, school reform efforts have assumed that the answer is yes. Setting ambitious goals, and putting pressure on schools to reach them, would push students ahead. And past research has shown that math scores rose as more states began threatening and sanctioning schools with low test…

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Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

By Rachel Sullivan Robinson ~ The Conversation ~ Nigeria and Mississippi are a world apart physically, but the rural American state and the African country have much in common when it comes to the obstacles they had to overcome to implement sex education in their schools. Three lessons about overcoming these obstacles come out of research that several colleagues and I conducted on how sex education came to be in…

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No, Private Schools Aren’t Better at Educating Kids Than Public Schools. Why This New Study Matters

By Valerie Strauss ~ Washington Post via Common Dreams ~ The results confirm what earlier research found but are especially important amid a movement to privatize public education Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes. It is one of the claims that some supporters of…

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As Feds Roll Back Civil Rights for Students, Educators Step in to Protect Them

By NEA EdJustice Features As the Trump Administration and the DeVos Department of Education attempt to rollback federal civil rights and protections for students, educators are joining with parents and students to ensure all students are protected. To support this groundswell of action, NEA is rolling out Protecting Our Students Civil Rights, a guide to the best and strongest local organizing and policy work across the country. Educators on the…

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How a Career in Technology Empowered This South African Woman

By Daniele Selby ~ Global Citizen Soso Luningo grew up in a house without electricity; today she’s the head of an IT department. Soso Luningo grew up in extreme poverty in a village near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Her home was essentially a small shed with a leaky, corrugated metal roof, no electricity, and just one bed. Most of her family slept on the dirt floor. But…

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Considering Race in College Admissions – 3 Questions Answered

By Stella M Flores, New York University On July 3, the Trump administration announced it will reverse several policy memos outlining how colleges and universities can use race as a factor in admissions. The memos aren’t law, but rather Obama-era guidance – issued jointly by the departments of Education and Justice – stating that the federal government recognizes “the compelling interest that postsecondary institutions have in obtaining the benefits that…

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Inequity in Education is Your (and My) Responsibility

By Kate Gerson ~ Getting Smart There is a great injustice happening in our schools, and it’s happening on our watch. What’s happening can be seen in national reports. The reading and math scores of our white students continue to be higher than the scores of our black and Latino students. In fact, the 30+ point gap between these groups’ National NAEP reading scores has been virtually unchanged since 1990.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Justice Project Essay Contest Winners Announced

Justice Project Essay Contest Winners Announced

You wrote. We read. We voted. The Justice Project in partnership with Heroes in Recovery has announced the Essay Content Winners! Thank you to all who participated! Read the winning essays below! Essay by Susan M. Lemere Carlos is lucky. Although he was arrested for drug possession, he is not going to jail. Instead, he has struck a deal. He will get probation, drug court, supervision and monitoring with top-notch…

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