Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nations students.
Here are the best stories we came across last week…because we believe you should stay up-to-date, too!
DeVos school safety listening sessions give opposition chance to voice discipline concerns via Education Dive
Opponents and supporters of Obama-era guidance aimed at reducing disparities in how schools discipline students gathered with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Wednesday to voice their positions in separate “listening sessions” that were closed to the press.
In the morning session, educators argued that the guidance related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act — which states that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will investigate complaints of discipline policies and practices that discriminate based on students’ “personal characteristics” — should be maintained and that it improves school safety.
Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline via The New York Times
Black students continue to be disciplined at school more often and more harshly than their white peers, often for similar infractions, according to a new report by Congress’s nonpartisan watchdog agency, which counters claims fueling the Trump administration’s efforts to re-examine discipline policies of the Obama administration.
The report, issued by the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday, is the first national governmental analysis of discipline policies since the Obama administration issued guidance in 2014 that urged schools to examine the disproportionate rates at which black students were being punished.
Citing Betsy DeVos’s Faith, Christian Group Challenges Her Comments on Race, School Discipline via Education Week
An open letter from a faith-based education advocacy group challenges U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a devout Christian, to rethink her response to a question about race and school discipline.
The letter, written by Nicole Baker Fulgham, the founder and president of The Expectations Project, comes as DeVos considers rescinding Obama-era civil rights guidance meant to address disproportionately high rates of discipline for students of color. DeVos met this week with supporters and critics of that guidance as she considers her next steps.
“Our scripture says we’re all created in the image of God and are, therefore, of equal and immeasurable worth in the eyes of our Creator,” says the letter. “So when African-American kids in our schools are treated differently than white kids we should all be able to agree this is wrong.”
One thing to read this week…
The Push for Harsher School Discipline After Parkland via The Atlantic
Some policymakers and pundits have started to scapegoat discipline reform as a key factor behind campus massacres. School-based shootings rightly lead to policy discussions, “but to say that we should therefore be on the lookout for more dangerous kids to the point that it feels like fear-mongering—that could exacerbate the problem instead of actually solving it,” said Cami Anderson, the former superintendent of Newark Public Schools and founder of The Discipline Revolution Project.
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