Month: September 2017

New evidence says taking college classes while in high school can improve a student’s chances of earning a college degree. The findings indicate that these dual enrollment classes may be another tool as California grapples with a looming shortage of college-educated workers. Dual-enrollment classes have been shown to give students a preview of the college
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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media The American Library Association (ALA) ― champions of free access to books and information ― launched Banned Books Week in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read. Libraries, bookstores, publishers and teachers across the country use the week ― this year it’s Sept. 24-30 ― to highlight great books
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Dr. M. Rick Turner has spent the last three decades fighting racism in Charlottesville, Virginia ― since long before the violent white supremacist rally that shook the city last month. As dean of African-American affairs at the University of Virginia from 1988 to 2006, Turner would walk around campus just so that African-American students “could see me,
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has blatantly abandoned federal protections for students and taxpayers in swiftly enacting the agenda of the predatory for-profit college industry, added insult to injury on Friday, declaring that under the rules adopted under the Obama administration, “all one had to do was raise his or her hands to be entitled
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Secretary of Education Betsy Devos says that students in the US attend schools that are a “mundane malaise that dampens dreams, dims horizons and denies futures.” She accuses public schools of being stuck in the past. She claims to want innovation. Miriam-Webster defines innovation as follows; 1: the introduction of something new 2: a new
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An Obama-era policy that aimed to better protect victims of sexual assault on campus has been rescinded by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The announcement, made Friday by the Department of Education, rolled back guidance under Title IX on how colleges and universities should handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault. Among other recommendations, the guidance had
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Former FBI director James Comey faced loud protests throughout his speech at Howard University’s convocation ceremony Friday, as activists chanted and sang traditional African-American spirituals over his remarks.  The protests began immediately after Comey took the podium at the historically black university in Washington, D.C., As the ex-FBI director stood quietly, chants such as “no
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I was recently hired as Asheville, North Carolina’s first-ever Equity and Inclusion Manager. Coming here to coordinate and lead such an initiative is an important and exciting challenge. The first step in my plan is getting everyone to understand what equity is. The next step is learning how to transform our culture so that we
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Welcome to ”The Story We Share,” a series of Q&As that profile two people with similar identities ― but who live in very different places. As part of HuffPost’s Listen To America tour, we’re exploring how people’s lived experiences overlap and diverge depending on their zip codes. What is the “American Experience?” It depends where you look.  The rise
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Kristine Polisciano Gonzalez Kristine Polisciano Gonzalez is a teacher at the New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Her job title is straight-forward: a teacher who provides instruction and school-work assistance to school-aged children who are hospitalized. Gonzalez, a 32-year veteran educator, helps her young patients stay up to date on their school work; plans lessons
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The first lady told world leaders’ spouses that their focus must shift to what children are exposed to “on a daily basis through social media, the bullying, the experience online and in person.” But her well-intentioned address came just three days after her husband, renowned cyberbully President Donald Trump, had retweeted a meme that showed
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The brash board member seemed pleased with himself after announcing at a Pennsbury School District board meeting in Pennsylvania that he intended to “outsource all bus driver jobs and break PESPA at any cost,” recalls Donna Abrescia, a Pennsbury school bus driver and member of the Pennsbury Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA). “When he said,
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A university president has apologized after hosting a dinner for African-American students that included cotton stalks as table centerpieces. Randy Lowry, the president of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, invited the students to his home for dinner on Thursday to discuss their experiences at the school. What transpired will hopefully be a teachable moment for university
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Hopefully, someone learned a lesson. A fifth-grade teacher in Irmo, South Carolina, has been suspended after the instructor asked students to imagine they were members of the Ku Klux Klan. Columbia, South Carolina, station WACH-TV is reporting that the unidentified teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School assigned students this question: “You are a member of the KKK. Why
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