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The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

The Case for Ethnic Studies in All Schools So Students Can Excel

In 2010, a coalition of students, parents, teachers, and community advocates organized to win a pilot Ethnic Studies course in five San Francisco high schools. After implementation of the pilot, we continued to work together to evolve the curriculum and plan for its future expansion throughout district. In 2014, Sandra Fewer, a San Francisco Board […]

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called […]

Unions for Govt. Workers Could Be Weakened by SCOTUS

Unions for Govt. Workers Could Be Weakened by SCOTUS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union. LaPorte and thousands of other public school teachers stopped contributing to the union after the state’s new right-to-work law took effect in 2013. Membership in the Michigan Education […]

On Why Partnerships Are Crucial to Education

Catherine Cushinberry serves as the national executive director for Parents for Public Schools, which has its national office in Jackson, Mississippi. Listen to her thoughts about improving education for all students in the country. Her organization works with parents, community members, teachers and administrators to make public schools better. This interview was recorded in November […]

The New No Child Left Behind Law: What It Means

The New No Child Left Behind Law: What It Means

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it a “Christmas miracle,” President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law on Thursday, ushering in a new approach to accountability, teacher evaluations and the way the most poorly performing schools are pushed to improve. Joined by lawmakers, students and teachers in a White […]

Affirmative Action Case Divides U.S. Supreme Court and Nation

Affirmative Action Case Divides U.S. Supreme Court and Nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Torn as ever over race, the Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether it’s time to end the use of race in college admissions nationwide or at least at the University of Texas. With liberal and conservative justices starkly divided, the justice who almost certainly will dictate the outcome suggested that the court […]

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