Monthly Archives: January 2013

Equal Internet Access Is a K-12 Must-Have

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January 31, 2013
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COMMENTARY By Helen Brunner The days when spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils, and a backpack full of textbooks served as the mainstays of the American classroom are rapidly giving way to a new school environment. Interactive whiteboards, online classes, streaming lectures, and digital textbooks are revolutionizing the way students learn and communicate with their...
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School Closures Violate Civil Rights, Protestors Tell Arne Duncan

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January 30, 2013
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By Joy Resmovits 01/29/2013 WASHINGTON — The standards-based education reform movement calls school change “the civil rights issue of our time.” But about 220 mostly African American community organizers, parents and students from 21 cities from New York to Oakland, Calif., converged on Washington Tuesday to tell U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan he’s getting...
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Are Schools Turning Alleged Bullies Into Criminals?

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January 29, 2013
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Larry Magid Technology journalist January 26, 2013 A recent story from the Gilroy Dispatch gives me concern about the unintended consequences of our recent campaigns to stop bullying. The report, which lacks specific details, quotes police officials referring to the children involved as “suspects”and “victims.” It reads more like a crime blotter than a serious discussion...
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Book: The Black Poverty Cycle and How to End It

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January 28, 2013
Book: The Black Poverty Cycle and How to End It

by Michael H. Holzman, Ph.D. The Black Poverty Cycle and How to End It is about how three different facts of life for African-Americans are intertwined and mutually reinforcing:lack of educational opportunities, poverty, and mass incarceration. All three are rooted in the historic racial prejudices of White America. Together they immobilize the great majority of...
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Esther Cepeda: Yes, get parents involved

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January 27, 2013
Esther Cepeda: Yes, get parents involved

By Esther Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Jan 26, 2013 Turnabout is fair play, and in no arena as much as that of student academic achievement. So after several years of hashing out policies focused on the quality of teacher education programs and teacher performance in the classroom, it’s only right that the gaze...
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Every Child Needs a Savings Account Campaign

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January 24, 2013
Every Child Needs a Savings Account Campaign

Join   Stephanie D. Neely  Treasurer, City of Chicago  in the EVERY CHILD NEEDS A SAVINGS ACCOUNT CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013 Program Starts at 9:00 am Press Conference at 9:30 am WVON LEGACY ROOM 1000 East 87th Street                              ...
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Fathers and Families Chess Night

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January 24, 2013
Fathers and Families Chess Night

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm The Black Star Project 3509 South King Drive Chicago, Illinois $3.00 per player (scholarships available) Chess has been proven to enhance: creativity problem solving memory critical thinking concentration self esteem intellectual maturity Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.
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It’s Up to Us to Restore a Generation: Susan Taylor Calls Forth African American Mentors for African American Children

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January 24, 2013
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  VOICES/GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT   “Susan, I can love African American children. I can teach and mentor African American children. But as a white man I can never show them that their community cares for them.“  Michael Piraino-CEO of CASA   By Susan Taylor January 23, 2013   Last week I spent time with a...
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College Dropout Crisis Revealed In ‘American Dream 2.0′ Report

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January 24, 2013
College Dropout Crisis Revealed In ‘American Dream 2.0′ Report

By Joy Resmovits January 24, 2013 An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation. “Education is an economic issue,”...
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What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say About the Fight Against High-Stakes Testing?

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January 23, 2013
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Blog by Lisa Guisbond FAIRTEST,  January 21, 2013 It’s tempting to wonder what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say about the growing national movement against high-stakes testing, as we celebrate his lifelong work for equality. King’s vision of racial justice was broad and deep. We know from his writings that he valued equal educational...
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