High Schools

What ‘backlash’ against Black progress really means: A lesson on race from Eddie Glaude’s new book

Throughout this country’s history, from the Revolutionary period to Reconstruction to the black freedom movement of the mid-twentieth century, the United States has faced moments of crisis in which the country might emerge otherwise, moments when the idea of white America itself could finally be put aside. In each instance the country chose to remain exactly what it was: a racist nation that claimed to be democratic. These were and are moments of national betrayal, in which the commitments of democracy are shunted off to the side to make way for, and to safely secure, a more fundamental commitment to

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How Should Schools Quarantine Students Exposed to Coronavirus? An Explainer – Inside School Research

Q. How should schools quarantine students who have been exposed to coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s move to change its quarantine guidelines for people exposed to coronavirus comes as states and districts across the country try to balance preventing outbreaks with helping more students attend in-person classes—and shows the evolving research about how COVID-19 spreads, particularly in schools.

On Wednesday, the CDC tweaked the guidelines—which most states have mirrored in their own guidelines to districts—to recommend that those who have had close contact with those infected with COVID-19 quarantine themselves for 7 to 10 days after their

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How a soccer club won a $1.2 million grant to open a charter school from DeVos’s Education Department

Charter schools, a key feature of the “school choice” movement, are financed by the public but privately operated. About 6 percent of U.S. schoolchildren attend charter schools, with California having the most charter schools and the most charter students.

Charters had bipartisan support for years, but a growing number of Democrats have pulled back from the movement, citing the fiscal impact on school districts and repeated scandals in the sector.

Charter supporters say the 30-year-old movement offers important alternatives to traditional public schools, which educate the vast majority of U.S. students, and that the movement is still learning. Opponents say

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The telling things Barack Obama wrote — and didn’t mention — about his education policies in new memoir

But on one important issue that proved to be a flash point — education policy — he doesn’t have much to say. The memoir’s index shows references to education policies on only four of 701 narrative pages — and none are more than a few sentences. What he doesn’t address says at least as much as what he does.

Meanwhile, his vice president, Joe Biden, will become president of the United States on Jan. 20, and the Biden education agenda will be compared not only to that of President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did but also to Obama’s.

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Children Account for More New COVID-19 Cases as the Pandemic Rolls On – Inside School Research

Children are less likely to catch the coronavirus than adults and tend to have less severe symptoms if they do get infected. But as more people get tested and researchers learn more about COVID-19, children’s vulnerability to the virus is becoming more apparent.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics finds there have been more than a half million children diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Sept. 10, a rate of 729 cases per 100,000 children. Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association analyzed coronavirus case data from April to September from 49 state health

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‘Black Lives Matter at School’ — a new book on anti-racist work in education

By Brian Jones

The Black Lives Matter at School movement is a new phase of a long struggle to transform the conditions of teaching and learning for Black students in this country. Black parents, teachers, and students have not just been the object of historic educational battles (either wrongfully denied opportunities or grateful recipients of them) but have been leading the fight. By entering this struggle, you are joining a stream of historic activism and advocacy, led by Black people, for justice in schooling. All the moralizing about whether Black people “value” education falls apart in the face of their

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Pandemic Learning Loss Heavier in Math Than Reading This Fall, but Questions Remain – Inside School Research

Early test results this fall confirm that the pandemic has taken a toll on students’ academic growth, particularly in math. But a new study from the Northwest Evaluation Association suggests we still lack a clear picture of the most vulnerable students.

In a new study released today, NWEA researchers found more than 4.4 million students in grades 3-8 who participated in NWEA’s MAP Growth test this fall performed about on par in reading, but 5 to 10 percentile points lower in math, compared to their peers in fall 2019. That means a student who performed at the average in

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The fate of Ruby Bridges’ historic school in New Orleans

Bridges eventually graduated from high school, worked and became a civil rights activist, forming the Ruby Bridges Foundation in 1999 to fight racism and promote tolerance. She lives with her husband and four sons in New Orleans.

But what happened to William Frantz Elementary School? That’s what this post details, written by Connie L. Schaffer, associate professor of teacher education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Martha Graham Viator, associate professor emeritus of education at Rowan University; and Meg White, associate professor of education at Stockton University.

This appeared on the Conversation website, a nonprofit, independent news

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