Education

How Social-Justice Education Coddles Young Minds

A parent, Ndona Muboyayi, recently told Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic the following story about her son:

“My son has wanted to be a lawyer since he was 11. Then one day he came home and told me, ‘But Mommy, there are these systems put in place that prevent Black people from accomplishing anything.’ That’s what they’re teaching Black kids: that all of this time for the past 400 years, this is what [white people have] done to you and your people. The narrative is, ‘You can’t get ahead.’”

Such stories are becoming more prevalent today, with the rise of

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In bitterly divided election in Southlake, Texas, opponents of anti-racism education win big

SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Nine months after officials in the affluent Carroll Independent School District introduced a proposal to combat racial and cultural intolerance in schools, voters delivered a resounding victory Saturday to a slate of school board and City Council candidates who opposed the plan.

In an unusually bitter campaign that echoed a growing national divide over how to address issues of race, gender and sexuality in schools, candidates in the city of Southlake were split between two camps: those who supported new diversity and inclusion training requirements for Carroll students and teachers and those backed by a political action

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You Paid For It: Reaction to State Board of Education’s mandated changes to Normandy Governing Board

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Nearly 200 Oklahoma districts sue board over charter school settlement

More than 180 Oklahoma school districts have joined a lawsuit fighting a surprise settlement that opened local tax dollars to charter schools.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education shocked the state’s education sphere on March 25 when it unexpectedly settled a 2017 lawsuit with the Oklahoma Public Charter School Association. The board agreed to allow charter schools and virtual charter schools to tap into local tax revenue, which was previously reserved for traditional school districts.

Fearing the settlement could divert millions of dollars from traditional public schools, 187 districts — representing urban, suburban and rural areas of the state —

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Austin ISD Lays Off Special Education Staff To Reorganize A ‘Toxic’ Work Environment

Some employees in Austin ISD’s special education department received letters this week saying their jobs were being eliminated as part of a reorganization.

Elizabeth Casas, AISD’s chief academic officer, said Friday she needed to take drastic measures because a “toxic work environment” had caused a backlog of special education evaluations. She said 900 students are still awaiting them.

“I heard loud and clearly from our community and our parents,” she said. “They are not happy with the services the SPED department has given over the years.”

The district would not give the exact number of employees affected.

There have

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PASSHE advances plan consolidating some state colleges

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is advancing a plan to consolidate six of the commonwealth’s state-owned universities.Wednesday’s nearly unanimous board vote launches a 60-day public comment period.A final vote could be scheduled for July, with implementation in time for the 2022-23 school year.The plan would consolidate about half of the state’s colleges into two groups. The plan does NOT impact the two state colleges in the Susquehanna Valley, Millersville and Shippensburg.Pa. state schools affectedIf passed, the consolidation would combine the following three schools in the northern part of the state:MansfieldLock HavenBloomsburgThe following three schools in western Pennsylvania … Read More