Publics Versus Charters and the Student Underclass

Summary: The ideological brawl between charter and public school advocates obscures the truth that there is a substantial group of big city low income kids of color whose needs are not met by either camp. Continue reading

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Discipline and Students of Color: the Ecology of Student Experience

Summary: The route to understanding disproportionate discipline of students of color runs through a broad based look at student experience in a school, and the ecology of factors that comprise that experience. Continue reading

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Assault on Obamacare Imperils Low Income Students

Summary: The Congressional assault on Obamacare undercuts school reform by eliminating health care insurance for many low income students; healthy kids learn better. Continue reading

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Mindfulness and the Low Income Brain Drain

Summary: Mindfulness and meditation emerge as one tool in schools’ slow grapple with the psychological and neurobiological consequences of poverty in student lives. Continue reading

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Yes, Betsy DeVos, Public Schools Do Make Gains

Summary: Public schools also show progress, as has one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so says Cal Professor David Kirp in calling out Betsy DeVos in a NY Times Op Ed. True statement, but the context makes the perception just so simple and not so simple. Continue reading

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I Am A Teachers’ Union Man (With An Asterisk)

Summary: Against a decline of unions in general, scant evidence exists for charges from free market types that teachers unions are a chief hindrance to school reform. But there is room for teachers’ unions to be more effective school change agents. Continue reading

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After All These Years, Separate Still Looks Unequal

Summary: Resegration of American neighborhoods leaves kids of color disproportionately exposed to the challenges of growing up in homogeneously poor neighborhoods and going to inferior schools. Comparisons to their poor white counterparts show the latter more likely to live in economically mixed neighborhoods with correspondingly better schools. Will one day we hear renewed calls to desegregation of schools and communities? Continue reading

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