May 26, 2018

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. [...]

VIDEO: High School Graduation Rates and Their Effect on the American Economy

How does an individual’s decision to drop out of high school affect the rest of us? And, conversely, how does a student graduating from high school benefit all of us? Those were the questions the Alliance for Excellent...

Will the Texas Shooting Prompt Action From Trump’s School Safety Commission?

Earlier this year, shortly after 17 students and teachers were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., President Donald Trump created a school commission, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to explore solutions. [...]

VIDEO: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act focuses fully on Preparing all Students for College and Careers. [...]

COMMENTARY: Teachers Are Organizing. But What About Teachers’ Unions?

This blossoming spring of teacher uprisings—marching on state capitols, winning hefty pay raises—cheers any citizen who knows that robust societies depend on vibrant schools. [...]

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.   [...]

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Friends of the Children offers mentor program for foster kids

LOS ANGELES WAVE NEWSPAPER — After a stint as a successful businessman, Campbell sold his timber firm to focus on helping at-risk children break out of generational poverty. That’s when he started Friends of the Children, a nonprofit that soon grew nationally. [...]

Arne Duncan: Parents Should Boycott Schools Until Gun Laws Are Fixed

Parents of public school students should consider pulling their children out of school until the nation passes new restrictions on gun laws, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted Saturday. [...]

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: [...]

Janelle Wood and the Black Mothers Forum are Champions of Parental Engagement

Led by Wood, who has served as a pastor in a women’s prison and as Chief of Staff for the Phoenix City Council, the group has taken the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the education law passed during the Obama Administration, very seriously. The Black parents’ group is using ESSA to leverage their awareness and involvement in their children’s education and to ensure that African American students excel in the public school system. [...]

ESSA: How Can States Figure Out If New School Improvement Ideas Work?

One of the biggest changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act is that states and districts get to come up with their own school improvement ideas, as long as they are backed by evidence. [...]

School Officials Urge Congress to Update Student-Data Privacy Law

School officials urged federal lawmakers to update the law governing the handling and disclosure of student data, saying that it must provide more clarity to education leaders and reflect challenges educators face in the digital learning environment. [...]

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. [...]

Social Implications of FCC Changes to Internet Access and Content

MILWAUKEE COURIER — A while ago, I joined my Democratic colleagues on the state and federal level in expressing concerns about last year’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to repeal Net Neutrality rules. However, aside from the obvious reasons for alarm, I am also anxious about how this issue impacts social justice movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. [...]

COMMENTARY: Remembering the Historic Brown Decision

MILWAUKEE COURIER — On Thursday, May 17th, marked an historic milestone in American history. Regrettably, most Americans were totally unaware of the 64th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. [...]

Two School Choice Champions in Congress Squared Off for a Senate Seat. Both Lost.

In a heated primary battle between two prominent supporters of school choice on Capitol Hill, a third candidate stepped in and beat them. [...]

PRESS ROOM: Ford Awards “Tech Sassy Girlz” $20,000 in STEAM Scholarships

BlackPressUSA.com — Ford Motor Company shows support for STEAM with scholarships for Tech Sassy Girlz Jenisse Rios of Colonial High School, Naia Butler of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Jianna Best of Cypress Creek High School and Samela Pynas of Oak Ridge High School. [...]

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. [...]

Autism – A Family’s Journey and the Lights Along the Way

"There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to utter. I wanted to believe that if I didn’t say the word, it didn’t exist. But it does exist; it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and it’s challenging all at the same time. And whether I say the word or not, my son Chris has autism." [...]

Final Week for HBCU Students to Apply for NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship

The deadline for HBCU students to submit an application for the 2018 Discover The Unexpected Journalism Fellowship, or DTU, is April 30. The DTU Journalism Fellowship includes: 8-week multi-city journalism fellowship working with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) newspapers in Atlanta, New York City, Washington D.C. and Norfolk. $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend for […] [...]

Multi-state mentorship program asks students, ‘Why You?’

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — Several years ago, Dr. Renaldo Blocker was reflecting on the importance of mentors in his life. “We realized that we were fortunate to have a support system throughout our academic and professional career.” Blocker is a Mayo Clinic healthcare systems engineering assistant professor. [...]

NNPA Journalism Fellowship Open to all HBCUs

PRECINCT REPORTER GROUP — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), in partnership with Chevrolet, recently announced that the 2018 Discover The Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship will now accept applications from communications and journalism students attending any one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country. [...]

Ed. Dept. Policing ESSA Rule Involving Testing, Special Education – Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education has started informing a small group of states that they will have to make changes to the way they test students with severe cognitive disabilities, because of accountability changes brought about by the Every Student Succeeds Act. [...]

New Federal Special Ed. Chief Aims to Foster Partnership With States

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was tripped up on disability-policy questions during her confirmation hearing last year, and her staunch support of school choice options has left some advocates worried that parents may not understand that choosing private schools means losing the rights guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. [...]

BOOK CORNER: Author offers insight to the world of autism

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Inside her new memoir, author, Florence Bracy, chronicles her inspirational journey of how she advocated for 12 years for her son who has autism. She shares the secrets of how she overcame many challenges and obstacles and what it took to support her son successfully. [...]

Districts Are Supposed to Use Evidence to Improve Schools Under ESSA. Will They?

The Every Student Succeeds Act is supposed to bring about a big change in school improvement. The law says states and districts can use any kind of interventions they want in low-performing schools, as long as they have evidence to back them up. [...]

ESSA Demands Full Transparency on K-12 Educational Funding

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — The ESSA reporting requirement for school funding begins in December 2019, and supporters of the rule, including the NAACP, believe it will help to encourage greater educational equity, particularly among schools serving large numbers of Black and Hispanic students in low-income neighborhoods. [...]

COMMENTARY: What NAEP Scores Aren’t Telling Us – Education Week

For two decades, as part of repeated research studies, thousands of participants from diverse backgrounds have watched the same video of college students playing basketball in a circle. Participants are told to count how many times the students wearing white shirts pass the basketball. Stunningly, roughly half of the participants become so distracted trying to count the passes that they completely miss something extraordinary: a student dressed in gorilla suit who walks into the middle of the scene and thumps her chest before walking out of the frame nine seconds later. [...]

Jay-Z’s new 2018 scholarship program

THE LEGACY NEWSPAPER — The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships. [...]

Betsy DeVos Has Been Scarce on Capitol Hill; Why Is That? – Politics K-12 – Education Week

Democrats say they want to question DeVos' choice to approve ESSA plans that they and some civil rights groups think flout the law. (DeVos has a different take.) They want to hear more about why her budget proposals have sought to slash popular programs, such as money for teacher quality. And they want to question her about her plans to roll back or revise Obama-era rules dealing with discipline and special education. [...]

Beyond ESSA: How to use your data to make informed decisions

Mike English writes for eSchool News that with the passage of the deadline for states to submit their final ESSA plans, it’s now “up to school districts to figure out how to capture and report data about student performance.” This additional reporting may seem burdensome,... [...]

Civil Rights Groups to Congress: Betsy DeVos is Approving Plans That Violate ESSA

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans that fly in the face of the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable children, according to more than a dozen civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. [...]

The unfinished business of school discipline

"Unfortunately, not all students were equal beneficiaries of these improvements. The non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office examined how school discipline practices affect black students, boys, and students with disabilities compared to their classmates. Its report was developed at the request of Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and was released in March of this year." [...]

New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide

The report was required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and was supposed to be released in June 2017. When the deadline was missed, the Alliance for Excellent Education joined the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and 18 other organizations in a coalition letter calling for it to be released as soon as possible, given the critical information it reveals about home access to high-speed broadband internet, especially for historically underserved students. [...]

Trump Fails in Bid to Slash Education Budget – Education Week

The new spending level approved by Congress, after months of delay, amounts to a broad rejection of the more-austere budget proposal released last year by Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The president and the secretary sought to eliminate some department programs and cut back others, and create two new major school choice initiatives. [...]

5 Ways to Cut the College Price Tag

"Working as a Financial Aid Counselor, families often ask me how they can pay for college. More often than not this conversation takes place during the student’s senior year in high school. As a first-generation college student, there are things I wish my family and I had known to help us save on our college bill. These are a few things that families can do to help cut the cost of college:" [...]

COMMENTARY: How Schools Have Successfully Prevented Violence – Education Week

After every school shooting, we ask how the horrific tragedy happened and whether anything could have been done to prevent it. In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., shooting, it came to light that law-enforcement officials had not followed up on a tip they received in January about accused perpetrator Nikolas Cruz's concerning behavior. We are not asking the right questions soon enough. Did anyone see warning signs? Could anyone have taken action? [...]

Early childhood educators learn new ways to spot trauma triggers, build resiliency in preschoolers

A hug may be comforting to many children, but for a child who has experienced trauma, it may not feel safe. [...]

OPINION: The HBCU Community Needs Bipartisan Support

THE MADISON TIMES — "My experience as a former HBCU president and now leader of TMCF, working on behalf of our 47 publicly-supported HBCUs, gives me a broad perspective on the federal government’s partnership with HBCUs, as delivered through this event’s multiple listening sessions and direct engagement opportunities with members of Congress and senior leadership within the Trump Administration." [...]

NATIONAL ESSA NEWS

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. […]

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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.   […]

read more

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: […]

read more

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. […]

read more

Social Implications of FCC Changes to Internet Access and Content

MILWAUKEE COURIER — A while ago, I joined my Democratic colleagues on the state and federal level in expressing concerns about last year’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to repeal Net Neutrality rules. However, aside from the obvious reasons for alarm, I am also anxious about how this issue impacts social justice movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. […]

read more

COMMENTARY: Remembering the Historic Brown Decision

MILWAUKEE COURIER — On Thursday, May 17th, marked an historic milestone in American history. Regrettably, most Americans were totally unaware of the 64th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. […]

read more

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. […]

read more

Autism – A Family’s Journey and the Lights Along the Way

“There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to utter. I wanted to believe that if I didn’t say the word, it didn’t exist. But it does exist; it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and it’s challenging all at the same time. And whether I say the word or not, my son Chris has autism.” […]

read more

Final Week for HBCU Students to Apply for NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship

The deadline for HBCU students to submit an application for the 2018 Discover The Unexpected Journalism Fellowship, or DTU, is April 30. The DTU Journalism Fellowship includes: 8-week multi-city journalism fellowship working with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) newspapers in Atlanta, New York City, Washington D.C. and Norfolk. $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend for […] […]

read more

Multi-state mentorship program asks students, ‘Why You?’

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — Several years ago, Dr. Renaldo Blocker was reflecting on the importance of mentors in his life. “We realized that we were fortunate to have a support system throughout our academic and professional career.” Blocker is a Mayo Clinic healthcare systems engineering assistant professor. […]

read more

NNPA Journalism Fellowship Open to all HBCUs

PRECINCT REPORTER GROUP — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), in partnership with Chevrolet, recently announced that the 2018 Discover The Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship will now accept applications from communications and journalism students attending any one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country. […]

read more

New Federal Special Ed. Chief Aims to Foster Partnership With States

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was tripped up on disability-policy questions during her confirmation hearing last year, and her staunch support of school choice options has left some advocates worried that parents may not understand that choosing private schools means losing the rights guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. […]

read more
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