Month: December 2018

In the era of fake news and “alternative facts,” social media giants are facing tremendous pressure to keep disinformation off their platforms. Google-owned YouTube vowed this year to crack down on fake news, but the site is still rampant with wild and sometimes dangerous conspiracy theories ― including many that its algorithm recommends to users. When
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The Department of Education and the Department of Justice officially rescinded a piece of Obama-era guidance designed to protect students from racist school discipline on Friday. The repeal comes after the Trump administration’s Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, released a report earlier in the week recommending the withdrawal of
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Pennsylvania police are considering criminal charges after a Syrian Muslim refugee student was attacked in her high school’s bathroom on Friday. Collier Township police said they don’t believe the incident at Chartiers Valley High School was a hate crime. It is being investigated as a “fight/bullying incident,” the department said in a statement on Sunday, adding that “disciplinary
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2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and
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The names lead the baby name site’s rankings for the second year in a row. New arrivals include Genevieve and Rose for girls and Finn for boys. Seven of the top 10 girls’ names end in the letter “a.” Nameberry’s year-end popularity list is based on which names attracted the most page views in 2018,
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Jones Middle School students march in their town’s Christmas Parade with donated instruments. From east coast to west coast, the U.S. has endured several devastating natural disasters in 2018. It’s been a hard year for many people, and if the seemingly endless negative news cycle has you feeling grinchy this holiday season, read on. Though
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The Trump administration recommended rescinding Obama-era guidance designed to reduce racist school punishments as part of a much-anticipated Federal Commission on School Safety Report released Tuesday.  The report also recommends increasing the presence of armed personnel in schools ― ranging from police officers to teachers ― and urges states to adopt measures that allow extreme risk
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A young Muslim college student in Tennessee has been expelled from school simply for wearing a hijab, a civil rights organization said.  On Tuesday, Muslim Advocates and a local law firm sent a letter to the Georgia Career Institute, demanding the college refund Linde McAvoy’s tuition and amend its dress code.  According to the letter, staff had told McAvoy
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Illinois child advocates have created a first-of-its-kind early intervention pilot study to provide lead-exposed young children with the support to overcome potential learning disabilities and developmental delays before they manifest in school. The three-year study, which began in late summer and is currently enrolling children in three Illinois communities, targets infants and toddlers before they
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A recent study showing that low-income students who attend minority-serving institutions, like historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), are more likely to climb the economic ladder than their peers who opt to attend predominantly white institutions (PWIs) doesn’t surprise the faculty who have dedicated themselves to those students. The difference is in the quality of
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From practical and personal to silly and sentimental, the gifts educators receive definitely leave a lasting impression. We asked our Facebook fans to share their most memorable gifts, and, in the spirit of the season, they delivered. Happy Holidays! A half bottle of used perfume. A fifth grade boy who lost his mom said I
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