Education

Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision

Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision
Brown v. Board of Education ended the official policy of segregation, but that doesn't mean that we, as a country, aren't still living in a 2-tiered class system. Much more needs to be done before separate-but-equal is truly a thing of the past.
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VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest

VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest
Newark high school students staged an all-night sit-in at the Board of Education on Tuesday into Wednesday. They came with a list of demands for Cami Anderson, including her immediate resignation, but Chris Christie appointee wasn't interested. The students stayed at the meeting much longer than she did.
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KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit

KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit
An upcoming lawsuit by the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) claims Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear and his right wing friends in the General Assembly are starving the state's teachers' pensions. The most recent state budget has about half of what the KTRS asked for to keep the pensions solvent.
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Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises

Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises
Charter schools were sold to the American people as a more efficient and dynamic form of education. The reality as shown in several new studies is much different than we were told, with charters spending less per student and more rife with fraud than the public system.
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Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question

Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question
When members of the U.S. House of Representatives consider, beginning today, a bill to incentivize the expansion of charter schools, you can expect there to be a lot of heat but not very much light in their discussion of the need for more of these institutions.
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Shocker: Fewer Than 1 in 5 Public School Teachers are Nonwhite

Shocker: Fewer Than 1 in 5 Public School Teachers are Nonwhite
U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.
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CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests

CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has a spotty history — and lots of advisers with industry ties — when it comes to the state's implementation of federal Common Core education initiative. His latest "mistruths" revolve around a parent's right to opt their children out of the standardized testing, as well as who's responsible for this in the first place.
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After Co-Signer Dies, Many Private Student Loan Borrowers Forced to Immediately Pay Balance

After Co-Signer Dies, Many Private Student Loan Borrowers Forced to Immediately Pay Balance
Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency's ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, said complaints related to this issue are growing more common because the practice is catching so many consumers by surprise.
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Kimberly Hefling
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Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools

 Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools
After Chicago closed 50 public schools in 2013, partly in order to make room for the growing number of privately owned schools (currently numbering 130), the residents were told that charter schools provided a better education for their children. However, a new study suggests that that's not true, not at all.
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The Battle Against Koch-Funded, Anti-Teacher Policies in KS

The Battle Against Koch-Funded, Anti-Teacher Policies in KS
In spite of growing opposition to the unpopular and extreme policies being passed by the state’s conservative legislature, Kansans most generally stay at home and keep their opinions to themselves.
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