Month: April 2018

A pair of former Disney executives have created a new social media platform for girls.  On Friday, Brooke Chaffin and Catherine Connors announced the launch of Maverick, a social network geared toward young women between the ages of 10 and 20. The aim is to connect and empower girls by fostering their creativity and introducing them
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An estimated 75,000 Arizona educators rallied at the state Capitol this week, demanding state lawmakers invest in public schools. Class sizes are increasing, classrooms are stocked with obsolete resources, and school conditions have deteriorated. Photographs shared by educators on social media provide the evidence of legislative neglect—the ancient textbooks, the rodent-infested classrooms, the broken-down technology,
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ESP members of the Loudoun Education Association rally for a living wage at a board of supervisors public hearing. (Photo: Philippe Nobile) In protest of low pay and cuts to education funding, education support professionals (ESP) in Virginia’s Loudoun County organized a campaign last December they called, “A Push for Living Wage.” Their objective: An
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Starting in fall 2019, students at Ohio’s Sinclair Community College will be able to enroll in a four-year degree program in unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones. They’ll learn mission planning, maintenance, laws, data analytics and more. Working on drones is a new field, and the college is eager to expand its program to
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The teacher walkouts began in West Virginia, where public school employees were woefully underpaid and faced spiraling health care costs. They stayed out for nine days and won a 5 percent salary increase. Oklahoma teachers soon followed suit, seeking a raise and increased education funding for their schools and students. They too won concessions. Then
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Teachers from Highland Arts Elementary School stage a final walk-in Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. Communities and school districts are preparing for a historic statewide teacher walkout on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Today, the Arizona teacher with 48 students in one class period—and 43 English-language learners in another—will aim to speak with every
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Beyoncé is celebrating the two-year anniversary of “Lemonade” with two times the generosity, thanks to Google’s matching funds. Now, four more students will receive $25,000 grants for the 2018-2019 school year. Last week, between her back-to-back blowout performances at Coachella, Beyoncé announced that her BeyGOOD initiative would be giving $25,000 each to four historically black colleges and universities for
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A charter school network has apologized for an assignment asking students to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery, calling the worksheet a “clear mistake.” “To be clear, there is no debate about slavery,” Aaron Kindel, superintendent of Great Hearts Texas, said in a statement posted on Facebook Thursday. “It is immoral and a crime against humanity.”
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In today’s divisive and often frightening political climate, many parents hope to raise a younger generation that will lead the world with more care and compassion.  This includes not only care for others but also for the environment, which is facing serious threats as the Trump administration continues to roll back measures to protect it.  In honor
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Syracuse University has suspended a fraternity after video surfaced showing members saying things that the university’s chancellor called “extremely racist.” Chancellor Kent Syverud suspended the university’s chapter of Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity, on Wednesday. He additionally described the videos as “anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities.” The school newspaper, The
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As far back as I can remember, I have been in close physical proximity to historically black colleges and universities and their culture. Before elementary school, I lived in Gonzales Gardens, a now-demolished plot of government housing in Columbia, South Carolina. Our home was two blocks from two HBCUs: Benedict College and Allen University. In fact,
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By Avis Thomas-Lester, The Hechinger Report Hymethia W. Thompson was happily retired after 46 years as an educator when she saw a television news conference last summer that changed her life. The interim school superintendent of Jackson, Mississippi, where Thompson lives, issued a plea to retired teachers to come back. The Jackson Public School District
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Former President Barack Obama wrote a moving tribute to five outspoken survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre for TIME magazine’s annual list of 100 influential people, released on Thursday. The 44th president praised students Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind for demanding tougher gun control legislation following the Feb. 14
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Howard University has named actor Chadwick Boseman as this year’s commencement speaker, the school announced on Wednesday. “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” Boseman, a graduate of the historically black college, said in a press release. “Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.” University
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