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4 ways reparations can address racial inequality in education

By Reparations

Unequal schools are one of many manifestations of systemic racism. Changing the way schools are financed and homeowners are taxed can be a vehicle for reparations. By Preston Green III and Bruce Baker, The Conversation — White public schools have always gotten more money than Black public schools. These funding disparities go back to the so-called “separate but equal” era—which was enshrined into the nation’s laws by the Supreme Court’s 1896 decision…

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What is Critical Race Theory, and why is it under attack?

What is Critical Race Theory, and why is it under attack?

By Editors' Choice

By Stephen Sawchuk, EducationWeek — Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement. The topic has exploded in the public arena this spring—especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban its use in the classroom. In truth, the divides are not…

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The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions.

An agent of change

By News & Current Affairs

The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions. By Diana Kwon, McGill University — Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, was one of the first physicians to land in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. The violent tremors that shook the Caribbean nation had demolished homes, crippled infrastructure, and left behind a horrific…

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How reparations can be paid through school finance reform

By Reparations

By Preston Green III and Bruce Baker — White public schools have always gotten more money than Black public schools. These funding disparities go back to the so-called “separate but equal” era – which was enshrined into the nation’s laws by the Supreme Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. The disparities have persisted even after Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that ordered the desegregation of America’s public…

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Shirley Weber

Why California’s slavery reparations task force has the power to transform us all

By Reparations

If the task force commissions a school curriculum about slavery in the state, Californians will see more clearly how the past informs the present. By Kevin Waite, LA Times — Unless your school experience was atypical, you probably weren’t taught about the history of slavery in California. That could change for future generations, thanks in part to a new state task force that’s considering the question of reparations for the descendants of…

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Google’s pledge to train 100k Black women in digital skills by 2022

By Editors' Choice

Google continues to build up its pipeline of Black talent with its latest ambitious initiative. By Njera Perkins— This story was originally published on Feb 15, 2021 by AfroTech. Last week, Grow With Google announced that it has established a new initiative to offer digital skills training to 100,000 Black women. This pledge to upskill Black job seekers is part of Google’s $15 million initiative announced back in June. Their goal now…

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Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Hazel Trice Edney — With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically…

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Zaila Avant-garde

Zaila Avant-garde becomes first Black American winner of Scripps National Spelling Bee

By Editors' Choice

Zaila, a 14-year-old from Harvey, La., won on the word “Murraya.” She became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in almost 100 years of contests. By Maria Cramer and Alan Yuhas, NYT — The national spelling bee has been held for almost 100 years, and for decades, its organizers have steadily made the words more difficult, veering into the realms of medicine, art, zoology and…

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The critical race theory panic is a new weapon in the right-wing war on public education

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By Jeff Bryant, Independent Media Institute — No one deserves the school I went to,” says Celia Gottlieb. Gottlieb is currently enrolled in Middlebury College and working as an intern with New York University’s Metro Center, but she is talking about the high school she attended in Highland, New York, a small community in the Lower Hudson River Valley region of the Empire State. The Highland Central School District would…

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History teacher Philip Jackson teaches the history of slavery to his eighth-graders

Here’s what I tell teachers about how to teach young students about slavery

By Commentaries/Opinions

Few issues are as difficult to deal with in the classroom as slavery in the US. Here, a professor who trains teachers on how to present the topic offers some insights. By Raphael E. Rogers, The Conversation — Nervous. Concerned. Worried. Wary. Unprepared. This is how middle and high school teachers have told me they have felt over the past few years when it comes to teaching the troublesome topic…

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The progressive turn of Black elected officials

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Sundiata Cha-Jua— The key to African American advancement and eventual liberation is the strength of the Black liberation movement. When the movement operates at high tide, it elevates all aspects of Black life. It carries culture, religion, media and electoral politics. The movement establishes the context in which Black entertainers and sports figures acquire the space to stand up and advocate for their people. A movement upsurge pressures politicians…

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Evanston Reparations Subcommittee Hears Plans for a New School in Fifth Ward

By Reparations

By Larry Gavin — At its meeting on Oct. 23, the Reparations Subcommittee listened to a presentation by an Education Reparations Subcommittee to establish a STEM school in the Fifth Ward. Also at that meeting, Horizon Realty Group advised the Reparations Subcommittee of its plan to donate $100,000 to the Reparations Fund as part of its package of “public benefits” to secure approval of a 215 unit apartment building in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue. The City’s Planning & Development Committee is scheduled to consider…

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