Law and policy

When OK attire depends on your skin color – Education Article

Every day educators teach students the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Many are familiar with the biblical verse, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that one day we’d live in a nation where children (and their parents) “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” All of these sayings are saying the same thing — yet what does it say about us…

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Deborah Gist, an education reform hero, switches sides in the teacher wars – Education Article

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist presents a Golden Apple Award to Dr. Abraham Kamara at Memorial Junior High School. Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report TULSA, Oklahoma — On a fall morning in 2018, veteran technology teacher Abraham Kamara was working with his robotics team at Memorial Junior High School when Tulsa school superintendent Deborah Gist entered the classroom with a TV news crew. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing…

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A school superintendent helps students and their families after an ICE raid – Education Article

Hermenegildo Rubio stands with his children (from left) Abby, 16, Adam, 10, Danny, 20, and Noemi, 13, in the living room of his Honey Grove home. Photo: Kate Kilpatrick for The Hechinger Report This story is part of a series about how schools, teachers and students are coping with the immigration crisis. HONEY GROVE, Texas — Abigail Rubio, 16, was eating lunch in the cafeteria of Honey Grove High School when she found out ICE was raiding the trailer factory…

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Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today! In the few weeks Mississippi’s legislature has been in session, legislators have proposed dozens of education bills addressing everything from the school calendar, to assistant teachers to prekindergarten. While a teacher pay raise and limits on student testing are anticipated to be major topics this year, lawmakers are hoping that proposals on…

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Students are supposed to read The Scarlet Letter, not wear it – Education Article

At the start of the 2018-19 school year, every student at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Ariz. was issued a color-coded ID badge.* In the past, red badges denoted a student’s rank as an underclassman. Juniors and seniors wore gray badges. Beyond distinguishing between older and younger students, color coding provided a sense of progression, rank and seniority. However, last year the school decided to take a different direction in categorizing students. Mingus Union forced academically underperforming students to…

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What have legislators proposed for Mississippi education in the first few days of the legislative session? – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today! Mississippi’s legislative session started less than a week ago but the first pieces of legislation have already been submitted and referred to committees. They include several bills focused on education in the Magnolia state. It’s anticipated that a teacher pay raise and limits on student testing will be major topics this year,…

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