Saturday, November 1, 2014

NEA Applauds Investigation into Ferguson Police Practices

September 5, 2014 by clopez  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery NEA President Lily Eskelsen García applauded Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday for launching a civil-rights investigation into police practices in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer last month, just days before he would have entered college. “This is a step in the [...]

As Student Homelessness Worsens, Educators Work to Keep Them in School

October 25, 2013 by twalker  
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By Edward Graham Last year, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), funded by the Department of Education,  issued a report showing that the number of homeless students who attended public schools during the 2010-2011 school year had topped one million. The crisis has continued to worsen. According to the new NCHE report released this week, during [...]

“I Was There!” Teachers are Witness to History at the March on Washington

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By Rebeca Logan In his first week as a high school teacher, Harry Klugel nervously asked his principal for a day off. It was August of 1963 and Klugel wanted to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where thousands were expected to gather around the call for civil rights and economic justice [...]

Teachers and Students Team Up to Combat Peer Pressure

January 4, 2013 by twalker  
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By Edward Graham When Tashana started sixth grade at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, she was immediately struck by the change from the previous school year. “In elementary school it was much different because everybody wasn’t on your case,” Tashana, now an eighth-grade student, says. “When you were in fifth grade people [...]

Scrutiny Intensifies Around Zero Tolerance, School to Prison Pipeline

July 23, 2012 by twalker  
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By Ava Wallace As suspensions and expulsions continue at an alarming rate across the nation, lawmakers are taking another look at decade-old zero tolerance discipline policies that are doing more harm than good. Civil rights advocates have long called out harsh disciplinary measures for the disproportionate effect they have on at-risk students and students of [...]

After 30 Years, Plyler v. Doe Legacy Under Attack

June 19, 2012 by twalker  
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By Emma Chadband After Alabama’s H.B. 56 went into effect last September, Foley Elementary School Principal Dr. William Lawrence watched several of his students run off their school buses in tears. They were afraid their parents would be deported by the time they got home from school, and they wouldn’t have a chance to say [...]

More Hungry Kids, Greater Need for School Meals

December 20, 2011 by twalker  
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By Amanda Litvinov As partisan clashes in Congress continue to delay decisions on measures that would provide some relief for middle class and poor Americans, a growing number of families are relying on free and reduced-price meals to prevent their children from going hungry. The numbers paint a distressing picture: A New York Times analysis of Department [...]

Pennsylvania Schools Stand Up to Bullying

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By Kevin Hart If educators could wave a magic wand and solve one problem affecting American schools, bullying would be high on the list. Teachers, support professionals and administrators are acutely aware that bullying can take a devastating emotional and academic toll on students – in fact, an estimated 160,000 students miss school each day [...]

NEA and AEA Challenge Alabama’s Immigration Law

November 22, 2011 by twalker  
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On Monday, November 21, the National Education Association, Alabama Education Association and the National School Boards Association filed an amicus brief challenging Alabama’s H.B. 56. By any measure, H.B. 56 is the country’s harshest immigration law and contains many onerous provisions, not the least of which is a requirement that educators and school staff verify the immigration status [...]

Bullying’s Impact on American Indian/Alaskan Native Students

October 27, 2011 by twalker  
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By Robert McNeely For 16-year-old Coloradas Mangas of the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico, the rising teenage suicide rate among American Indians and Alaskan Natives has been all too real.  Several of his friends have taken their lives and he attempted to do the same. It was the only way he knew how to [...]

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