by on January 27, 2018
Police at the scene of the deadly shooting A journalist who went to the scene of a deadly US school shooting discovered the 15-year-old alleged attacker was her son, it is claimed. Two students were killed and 21 injured at the Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. The editor of the Marshall County Daily Online, Mary Garrison Minyard, had gone to the site following reports of gunshots, according to colleague Ann Beckett. Ms Beckett told the Courier Journal she went to ...
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by on February 26, 2018
The orderly rhythm of my life was thrown into a tsunami of sustained chaos this fall when I was attacked online by the far right. The hate began pouring through my Twitter account, my website and my Facebook page. Finally, a deluge came through two email accounts, where I got hundreds of repulsive messages every day for over a month. The vitriol was several fathoms beyond uncivil, including messages calling me a whore, a disgrace to my alma mater UT-Austin, a “Jewess,” fat, a moron and a c*n...
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by on April 11, 2018
Chandell Stone has started a dream business. Combining social good, exotic travel, and cultural exchange, Destination Teach is Stone’s answer to educational needs in developing countries, where most of the populations consist of people of color. Destination Teach sounds like a nonprofit, but Stone describes it as a social benefit corporation, which though it is for-profit, isn’t focused solely on profit-making but prioritizes its social mission. And although the word teach is right there i...
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by on May 15, 2018
Fresh Times at Rehab High Aside from the students, there isn't much to suggest that this might be a classroom. It certainly doesn't look like one. Instead of in rows of desks, students sit at tables, on couches, or along padded benches that look like they came straight out of a restaurant. There are treadmills in a corner. It's quiet reading time, and a girl with crayon-colored hair pulls out a large blue book with Alcoholics Anonymous written in gold on the spine. This is Independence...
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by on February 2, 2018
For the students at Middle School 118 in the Bronx, it was an immersive lesson gone way too far. Teacher Patricia Cummings, is catching heat from students and parents after a social studies lesson she delivered about the middle passage—one that involved her stepping on her students’ backs. The New York Daily News reports that Cummings singled out black students in her class and had them lie on the floor in front of the classroom. A student, who declined to be identified, told the Da...
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by on March 1, 2018
“What the heck just happened?”   “I am breaking an agreement between adults to honor an agreement and a pact I have with the children of Miami.” Not since Lebron James took his talents to South Beach have New Yorkers been rebuffed so hard and so publicly. In what’s surely one of the most bizarre twists in mayoral appointment history, Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced on Thursday that he’d decided not to take the position of New York City schools chanc...
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by on April 16, 2018
School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children’s cavities. They also have emerged as an important way to improve access to dental services in medically underserved areas, often serving as the sole source of dental care for children. However, questions remain about which school-based strategies are the most effective.  The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry reports that a combination of cavity prevention strategies may be more effective than single strateg...
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by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on January 12, 2018
Tennis star’s fund sold 180 West 165th Street to Lighthouse Charter School Andre Agassi and 180 West 165th Street The investment fund of tennis legend Andre Agassi has sold off a Bronx building for just over $24 million. Agassi’s Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund sold 180 West 165th Street in Highbridge to the Lighthouse Charter School, according to property records. The charter school network currently has two schools on site for kindergarteners through ninth graders and...
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by on March 2, 2018
An armed police officer should be assigned to every city public school, Assemblyman Ron Castorina -- flanked by civic and police union leaders -- announced at Tottenville High School on Thursday. "For far too long our schools have served as soft targets for potentially deranged individuals to come to our schools and cause havoc and even cause death to our children," said Castorina. "This bill is about protecting children." Referencing recent scares at Tottenville and Susan Wagner high sc...
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by on April 16, 2018
Leonie Haimson (l.), executive director of Class Size Matters, said the city has increased class sizes, ignoring a 2007 law requiring lower class sizes. Advocates and city parents have filed a lawsuit calling on state Education Department officials and city schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to reduce class sizes in the public schools. The suit filed in Albany State Supreme Court Thursday was brought by advocates with Class Size Matters, the Alliance for Quality Education and nine par...
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by on December 3, 2017
Photo by Solana Larsen | CC BY 2.0 Long before hurricanes Irma and María utterly devastated Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the most important public higher education institution on the Archipelago, was weathering a storm of its own: austerity. Puerto Rico is currently drowning under the weight of a $74 billion debt, and $49 billion in pension obligations, the likes of which is a product of a decades-long recession, illegal bond issuances and trades, and an overly-adv...
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