May 26, 2018
  • Amsterdam News

    The New School launches Digital Equity Lab

    THE AMSTERDAM NEWS — The New School launched the Digital Equity Laboratory, a project-based center that identifies and supports strategies to transform how technology is understood and used to drive racial, gender and economic equity and disrupt the use of technology to produce and reproduce inequity in our social, economic and civic life. […]

  • NAACP President, Derrick Johnson. The NAACP said that talk alone is not enough to address the issue of gun violence in our communities and schools, in a statement about the Santa Fe High School massacre. (NAACP)
    BlackVoiceNews

    NAACP Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

    BLACKVOICE NEWS — BALTIMORE, Md., May 18, 2018 /NNPANewswirePR/ The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas: […]

  • BlackPressUSA.com

    It Takes A Village: Closing the STEAM Gap Requires Early Education

    BLACKPRESSUSA.COM — We’re all familiar with the popular proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a 21st century society, this still holds true, literally and figuratively. For non-millennials, who grew up in a vastly different era, there is a nostalgic mindset that a diverse community of inspiring people interacting with children has a positive and sustained life-changing impact on their development. By no means should this mean the village is responsible for raising your children, but we all have a stake in their development and success. […]

  • Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler, the president and CEO of Communities in Schools, strives to provide children with the resources and support they need to not only graduate, but to lead a successful life. (Communities in Schools)
    ESSA

    NNPA ESSA Educator Spotlight: Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler and CIS Helps Students Succeed

    Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler is the president and CEO of Communities in Schools (CIS) Nevada. CIS creates school-based strategies for improving the academic outcomes of students by addressing their basic needs. This work centers on helping school leaders understand the needs of their school populations apart from over-simplified ethnic and income categories. […]

  • Alliance for Excellence in Education

    Federal Flash: Could New Federal Data Prevent DeVos From Rolling Back Obama-Era Rules?

    New federal data on bullying, discipline, and school safety should prompt tough questions about why certain groups of students are unfairly singled out. Could it also prevent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from rescinding Obama-era guidance on school discipline?  Today’s Federal Flash addresses that question, highlights new people taking over top positions at the U.S. Department of Education, and covers interesting comments on education coming from top Republicans on Capitol Hill. […]

  • Mayor Randall Woodfin and Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring stand with first-place winners.
    Alabama

    City School Students Display Artistic Talent

    THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Earlier this year, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin invited Birmingham City Schools’ students, children of city employees and students attending other schools in Birmingham to reflect on what inspires them about the Magic City. Students could draw anything from their favorite park or school to their community and even the mayor for the “My Birmingham. My Mayor. And Me’’ art contest. […]

  • Alabama

    How Students and Teachers Partner To Make a Better Birmingham

    THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Earlier this year, students and teachers submitted application essays that incorporated the following statement: “Birmingham’s bright future depends on ….” A panel of judges narrowed the submissions to six who were then paired with mentors from partner companies to help perfect the ideas and possibly make them realities; that list is now down to five. […]

Betsy DeVos

DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record

House Democrats and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and teachers’ salaries at a hearing Tuesday, but lawmakers from both parties largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of a Texas high school shooting last week that left 10 students and staff dead. […]

Amsterdam News

The New School launches Digital Equity Lab

THE AMSTERDAM NEWS — The New School launched the Digital Equity Laboratory, a project-based center that identifies and supports strategies to transform how technology is understood and used to drive racial, gender and economic equity and disrupt the use of technology to produce and reproduce inequity in our social, economic and civic life. […]

Betsy DeVos

Five Things to Watch for When Betsy DeVos Makes Rare Visit to Capitol Hill

For the fifth time since the start of last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will testify publicly before Congress on Tuesday. 

The secretary will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee about the “policies and priorities” of the U.S. Department of Education. Compared to her predecessors, DeVos hasn’t been on Capitol Hill a lot during her roughly 16 months as education secretary, at least in terms of public appearances: She’s testified before spending committies three times, and once to the Senate education committee for her rocky confirmation hearing in January 2017. Tuesday’s hearing would be the first time she’s testified before the House committee that deals with K-12 issues.

DeVos has met privately a few times recently with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But education committee lawmakers haven’t had the chance to ask DeVos detailed questions in public about her track record. In fact, on Friday, House committee Democrats sent out a fact sheet pointing out that her predecessors spent significantly more time testifying to Congress over comparable periods of time. In former Secretary Arne Duncan’s first 15 months, for example, he testified to Congress nine times.   […]

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