Closures in Baltimore and Ohio have affected students and parents this week.
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week that elevated levels of lead or copper […]
Detroit schools superintendent shocked a group of state leaders with the unvarnished truth that racism is at the core of the city’s failed public school system.
Children are being left behind.
CHICAGO (AP) — Five years after the largest mass closure of public schools in an American city, Chicago is forging ahead with a plan to shutter four more in one of the city’s highest-crime and impoverished areas. School officials are pitching the new closures around Englewood, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, to make way […]
With a new school year dawning, education officials are grappling with whether to remove the names, images and statues of Confederate figures from public schools — especially since some are now filled with students of color. The violence at a white nationalist rally over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, is giving school […]
Howard University President Wayne Frederick welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with open arms. Only time will tell if Frederick made a wise decision. DeVos, the polarizing Education Secretary, got her first photo-op at a historically Black college since her razor-thin confirmation thanks to Frederick’s high-profile meeting. A billionaire who is facing mounting […]
Betsy DeVos has no public school experience. She has never worked in a public school. She has never been a public school teacher. She has never served on a public school board. And she never attended a public school. And yet she was confirmed Tuesday as the nation’s next Secretary of Education. The […]
Jim Crow is back. The notion of a post-racial society after President Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s first black president has just been blown up: America’s public schools are re-segregating at an alarming rate. Decades of racial progress in public schools is now being erased, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report […]
We know this about Republican lawmakers: Educating African -American students is not high on their list of priorities. Providing quality education for African-American and public school students of color is one of the Obama administration’s top objectives for the next two years. But if congressional Republicans have their way, massive cuts in education spending would […]
Pewu Johnson, 68, a substitute teacher at Philadelphia’s Bartram High School, was attacked and knocked unconscious by a disgruntled student on Friday, reports Philly.com. The…