If You’re Afraid Kids Will Learn Racism Is Bad, Perhaps Public School Is Not For You

By Steven M. Singer, Gadfly On The Wall. -

Some people are terrified that kids will learn about racism. Especially white people. Especially that white KIDS might learn about it. How would that affect a white child’s self-esteem, [...]

In A California Desert, Sheriff Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes

By Emily Elena Dugdale And Irena Hwang , Black Agenda Report. -

Barron Gardner, a high school history teacher in Southern California’s Antelope Valley, stared down Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies during an online meeting in April, trying to [...]

Cutting Food Waste: A Lesson In Climate Awareness And Environmental Literacy

By Agya K. Aning, Inside Climate News. -

Baltimore, MD - As a “farm to school specialist” in the Baltimore City public schools, Anne Rosenthal splits her time between an office and Great Kids Farm in Catonsville, a 33-acre plot of land, [...]

A Network Of Military-Related Programs Is Spreading In Schools

By Gary Ghirardi, San Diego Union Tribune. -

Seventy-six years after the U.S. dropped atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I am reminded of my own mindset during the Cuban missile crisis when American President John F. Kennedy and [...]

Returning To ‘Normal’ In Education Is Not Good Enough

By Bob Moses, The Imprint. -

As a nation, we stand with bated breath — waiting for public schools to reopen and for “a return to normal” while ignoring that for many, normal is not only not good enough, it was also never [...]

At Schools Named For Robert E. Lee, Students Led The Way Toward Change

By Coshandra Dillard, Learning For Justice. -

Gertrude “Trude” Lamb, 16, describes herself as a shy person. She never wanted to be the center of attention. But, in the summer of 2020, when Trude became the face of a movement to rename Robert [...]

Governor Signs Law To Stop Teachers From Talking About Racism

By Jennifer Bendery, Black Agenda Report. -

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed one of his party’s top legislative priorities into law: a bill aimed at stopping teachers from talking about racism and any current events that [...]

What’s Up With The Sudden Attacks On Schools That Teach Critical Race Theory?

By Jeff Bryant, LA Progressive. -

When North Carolina public school teacher Justin Parmenter penned an opinion piece for the Charlotte Observer about the difficulties of teaching in hybrid mode during the pandemic, with students [...]

Financialization Created Chicago Public Schools’ Fiscal Crisis

By Stephanie Farmer, Jacobin Magazine. -

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is in a deep and enduring fiscal crisis. After decades of budget cuts, Chicago’s public K–12 schools have been hollowed out, magnifying the hardships of stagnant [...]

The Country Moves Forward, Education Falls Back

By Gayle Greene, Counterpunch. -

There’s hope in the air, a scent of spring, anticipation of change, democracy may pull through. Why, then, with K-12 public schools, the broken promise, the dismay? Biden raised hopes when he [...]

Students Lead US Push For Fuller Black History Education

By Mike Catalini, AP News. -

Trenton, NJ - Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the [...]

New Massachusetts Law Paves Way For Police-Free Schools

By Rachel M. Cohen, The Appeal. -

In Massachusetts, those who want police out of public schools are one step closer to making it happen. Lawmakers recently struck down a requirement that all school districts in the state have at [...]

California Must Lead The Way In Abolishing School And University Campus Police

By Angela Davis, Melina Abdullah and Robin D. G. Kelley, Sacramento Bee. -

The first days of 2021 — which will surely be remembered for police officers in Washington, D.C. removing barricades in order for white supremacists to storm the United States Capitol, [...]

Defying CPS, Some Chicago Teachers Union Members Won’t Return To Schools

By Diana Wallace and Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune. -

The Chicago Teachers Union says some of its members are choosing not to return to school buildings on Monday, in defiance of Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans. The union said Sunday it [...]

Betsy DeVos’s ‘Voucherland’ Spells Disaster For Public Schools

By Peter Greene, The Progressive. -

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, sensing perhaps the need to reaffirm her stamp on education policy, recently gave a speech at an education roundtable at Hillsdale College, a private Christian [...]

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