June 15, 2021

Education

Uplift Education Gratefully Shares Stories of Influential Black Leaders in the Community

Uplift Education celebrates Black History Month through representation, identity, and diversity, which lays the foundation for a stronger community.

DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / February 5, 2021 / Uplift Education honors the accomplishments of African Americans, in every area of endeavor, throughout our history. We celebrate individuals through their contributions in arts, entertainment, law, politics, science, sports, civil rights and more who have worked to move our nation forward. Just last month, our country elected its first Black, woman Vice President of the United States–a move in the right direction to empower women of color!

As educators, we are committed

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Michigan calls for longer school year due to COVID

Michigan’s education czar is proposing extending the school year next year to make up for the disruption in learning thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Rice, the superintendent of schools in Michigan, hasn’t said how many extra days he wants to tack on.

“The current number of days, 180, was too low before the pandemic and isn’t close to that of high-performing nations,” Rice told UpNorthLive.com on Thursday. “We need to pivot to a new better normal, not simply back to where we were pre-pandemic.”

Millions of students across the nation have been forced to learn under a mix of

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NC education board drops word ‘systemic’ to describe racism in new history standards

The North Carolina Board of Education on Thursday voted in favor of new K-12 education standards aimed at teaching more diverse perspectives in history, but pushback from some officials resulted in the dropping of words like “systemic” to describe racism.



a dining room table: NC education board drops word 'systemic' to describe racism in new history standards


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NC education board drops word ‘systemic’ to describe racism in new history standards

NBC’s Raleigh, N.C., affiliate WRAL reported that the 7-5 decision followed hours of debate Wednesday. The standards passed include requirements to teach students about specific races, religions and other groups.

The new standards mark a change from the previous standards which often simply stated a

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San Francisco School Board Commissioner Calls Merit-Based Education ‘Racist,’ Sparking Debate

The merit-based admissions policy at one of the country’s top public high schools—San Francisco’s Lowell High School—has been called unfair and unjust in a controversial new resolution to end its selective process. A particularly sharp critique of the school’s current policy came from Board of Education Commissioner Alison Collins, who called it “racist.”



a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: A resolution for an elite San Francisco high school will change its admissions policy. One school board member called the policy 'racist.'


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A resolution for an elite San Francisco high school will change its admissions policy. One school board member called the policy ‘racist.’

In an interview with the local online publication Here/Say Media, Collins said, “When we talk about merit, meritocracy and especially meritocracy based on

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Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing

Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, answering sometimes contentious questions from senators about transgender athletes, school reopenings and other issues.



a man talking on a cell phone: Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)


Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)

Here are five key moments from the confirmation hearing, spotlighting what Cardona did — and didn’t — say and revealing some of his thinking on controversial topics. You can watch the hearing here or

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Conn. education head Miguel Cardona, nominee for US education secretary, vows to tackle problems worsened by coronavirus

President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic.

“These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on,” Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. “And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis.”

Cardona, 45, became Connecticut’s state education chief in 2019 after spending

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