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Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2013, 1:02PM

Baratunde Thurston, Jasiri X, Janet Mock, New York State Senator Kevin Parker team up to rap about NYPD’s stop and frisk.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

by Kai Wright on May 21 2013, 8:48AM

Once again, the president uses his pulpit to browbeat black people for the failings he sees.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

May 17, 1954: Supreme Court Rules Racial Segregation in Schools Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2013, 5:11PM

On May 17, 1954, the United State Supreme Court decided a case that changed the course of American history.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Victory for Seattle Teachers' Testing Boycott: High School MAP Test Optional Next Year

Victory for Seattle Teachers’ Testing Boycott: High School MAP Test Optional Next Year

by Julianne Hing on May 15 2013, 2:22PM

The resistance in Seattle is but one pocket of the growing backlash against the misuse and overuse of standardized tests.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Parent Trigger Hits Again in Los Angeles’ Watts Public School

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2013, 6:30AM

The controversial school reform tactic is picking up steam as it moves through Southern California.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother's Day in New Orleans

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother’s Day in New Orleans

by Brentin Mock on May 13 2013, 1:54PM

Journalist and documentarian Deborah “Big Red” Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a “second line” Mother’s Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had…

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Schools & Youth

La. Supreme Court: School Voucher Program Funding Is Unconstitutional

La. Supreme Court: School Voucher Program Funding Is Unconstitutional

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2013, 1:22PM

It’s a serious setback for Gov. Bobby Jindal, and his ambitious corporate-driven school reform agenda.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Over 100 Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closures

Over 100 Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closures

by Julianne Hing on April 25 2013, 1:18PM

Chicago students join parents, lawmakers and educators around the country fed up with punitive testing regimes.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Mapping the Backlash Against High-Stakes Testing [Infographic] Infographic

Mapping the Backlash Against High-Stakes Testing [Infographic]

by Julianne Hing on April 19 2013, 6:00AM

Public school parents, educators and now even lawmakers around the country are fed up with standardized testing that can determine whether kids graduate, teachers lose their jobs, and schools remain open. Here’s a visual survey of major actions.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Los Angeles School Board OK's Landmark Parent Trigger Proposal

Los Angeles School Board OK’s Landmark Parent Trigger Proposal

by Julianne Hing on April 17 2013, 8:21AM

The controversial school reform tactic just picked up a big win in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Is California's 'Parent Trigger' Schools Movement Finally Growing Up?

Is California’s ‘Parent Trigger’ Schools Movement Finally Growing Up?

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2013, 6:00AM

With powerful outside help, parents are dramatically restructuring Los Angeles’ predominantly Latino 24th Street Elementary School. Will the school give the controversial ‘parent trigger’ technique the makeover it needs?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Leaked Memo Shows Michelle Rhee Knew About Possible Teacher Cheating in D.C. Schools

Leaked Memo Shows Michelle Rhee Knew About Possible Teacher Cheating in D.C. Schools

by Julianne Hing on April 12 2013, 2:52PM

The polarizing school reform leader has been less than forthright about possible teacher cheating under her watch.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 12:53PM

An 8-year-old girl confronted Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield, in the hallways of the state legislature to tell him she’s worried about Tennessee children.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

What the DOJ Can't Do on School Discipline Reform

What the DOJ Can’t Do on School Discipline Reform

by Julianne Hing on April 3 2013, 1:35PM

The Department of Justice could push the Meridian, Miss., school district to dismantle its school-to-prison pipeline. How will a history of racist violence

Topics: Schools & Youth

Watch Snoop Lion and His Daughter Sing About Gun Violence

Watch Snoop Lion and His Daughter Sing About Gun Violence

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2013, 10:15AM

The song’s called “No Guns Allowed” and features footage from the scenes of school shootings at Sandy Hook and Columbine.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

A Non-Grotesque Picture From the Hospital Room of Louisville's Kevin Ware

A Non-Grotesque Picture From the Hospital Room of Louisville’s Kevin Ware

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 5:10PM

After last night’s victory, Kevin Ware’s teammates went to visit him in the hospital, and they brought the regional championship trophy along with them.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

March Madness: Native American Guard Shoni Schimmel Delivers 'One of the Biggest Upsets in History'

March Madness: Native American Guard Shoni Schimmel Delivers ‘One of the Biggest Upsets in History’

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 3:21PM

For weeks, ESPN has been asking only one question in women’s college basketball: Who’s going to stop Baylor University Brittney Griner?

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Wu Tang Clan's GZA Teaching Science in NYC Schools

Wu Tang Clan’s GZA Teaching Science in NYC Schools

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 11:40AM

The goal: to use the students love of music to help them discover science “one rhyme at a time.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Civil Rights Groups Issue School Security Plan—Without the Guns

by Julianne Hing on March 29 2013, 1:05PM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, calls for more police and armed guards abound. But to keep kids safe we need to look at the roots of violence and start there, say civil rights groups.

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

DOJ Files Landmark Agreement to Curb Meridian, Miss.’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2013, 2:17PM

“For Mississippi it’s really a glorious day.”

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth