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!
Back to school by the numbers via The Register-Guard
Summer is officially over! The Register-Guard takes a look at back-to-school season from a numbers standpoint in this article. Enjoy!
“About 50 million students are expected to attend public elementary and secondary schools this fall. That’s up just slightly from the 2015-16 school year, according to the Education Department. They’ll be taught by some 3.1 million school teachers from pre-kindergarten through high school, with an average student-to-teacher ratio of about 16 students to each teacher. Around 249,000 teachers are new hires this school year.”
Bradford: Why Black Lives Matter Must Protect the Parents Protesting Via Public Charter Schools via The 74 Million
Derrell Bradford from The 74 explains why Black Lives Matter shouldn’t turn against parents fighting for charter schools.
“Black Lives Matter is a protest movement, one about giving voice and visibility to people seeking redress from our government and its institutions. So why would it be against charter schools? What is choosing a charter school if not an act of protest, of rebellion? What is a wait list for a quality school if not a parent’s public demonstration for excellent education? What is a charter lottery if not a march on the oppression of schools that don’t work?”
Black Teachers Matter via Mother Jones
Mother Jones explores the reasons why the number of black teachers in certain areas are quickly declining, and argues why the opposite needs to be happening.
“According to the Albert Shanker Institute, which is funded in part by the American Federation of Teachers, the number of black educators has declined sharply in some of the largest urban school districts in the nation. In Philadelphia, the number of black teachers declined by 18.5 percent between 2001 and 2012. In Chicago, the black teacher population dropped by nearly 40 percent. And in New Orleans, there was a 62 percent drop in the number of black teachers.”
Federal lawsuit seeks to establish a constitutional right to education via The Washington Post
The Washington Post looks at new federal lawsuit that would establish a constitutional right to education.
“The California-based group Students Matter argues that those limitations trap thousands of poor and minority children in terrible schools that are failing according to Connecticut’s own rating system, violating what should be considered a right to education under the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts have never recognized a fundamental right to education, but the plaintiffs argue that they should do so now.“
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