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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing May 25, 2019. 1 comments

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Ten inmates from the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center made history Wednesday as the first graduates of Washington University’s Prison Education Project.

The proud graduates were decked out in the university’s green and black graduation regalia and participated in a small ceremony in a visitation room in the state prison, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The event was attended by...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing May 21, 2019. 12 comments

Four New York City Department of Education Executives Claim They're Victims of 'Reverse Racism'

Four New York City Department of Education Executives Claim They're Victims of 'Reverse Racism'

Four executives in the New York City Department of Education plan to sue the city, claiming they were demoted because they’re white.

According to the New York Post, the plaintiffs claim that Chancellor Richard Carranza has created “an environment which is hostile toward whites.” They also allege they were demoted in favor of people of color they consider to be less qualified.

“These decisions...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 10, 2019. 5 comments

Meet Tay Anderson, the 20-Year-Old School Board Candidate Determined to Rescue the Denver Public School System From Itself

Meet Tay Anderson, the 20-Year-Old School Board Candidate Determined to Rescue the Denver Public School System From Itself

Everything about activist Tay Anderson screams “about that action.”

In 2017, a 19-year-old Anderson spearheaded a 200-person “We Don’t Drink Ink” protest after Colorado-based Ink Coffee boasted “Happily Gentrifying Since 2014" in its promotional materials—which was pretty damn brazen considering the cafe was located in Five Points, one of Denver’s oldest, historically black neighborhoods.

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Apr 22, 2019. 14 comments

Elizabeth Warren Proposes $50 Billion in Aid to HBCUs, Student Debt Forgiveness in Radical Higher Ed Reform Package

Elizabeth Warren Proposes $50 Billion in Aid to HBCUs, Student Debt Forgiveness in Radical Higher Ed Reform Package

If there’s one thing Americans of all stripes seem to agree on, it’s that the education system is broken: school districts are increasingly segregated and disproportionately funded at the K-12 level, and the cost of college educations—touted as an essential step toward economic advancement—has become increasingly prohibitive.

Because of skyrocketing tuition costs, a student debt crisis has...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Mar 27, 2019. 5 comments

Cut the Check: Kamala Harris Announces $315 Billion Plan to Address Educational Inequality in Black and Brown Communities, Jump-start HBCUs

Cut the Check: Kamala Harris Announces $315 Billion Plan to Address Educational Inequality in Black and Brown Communities, Jump-start HBCUs

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her intention to deliver the largest federal investment in teacher pay in the history of the United States.

In declaring a crisis in teacher pay in America, Harris noted that public school teachers are paid 11 percent less than similar professionals with college degrees, and expressed her commitment to closing the pay gap entirely within her first...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Mar 26, 2019. 11 comments

Report: Public Universities Prioritize Out-of-State, Wealthy, White Students, Cue Shock and Awe

Report: Public Universities Prioritize Out-of-State, Wealthy, White Students, Cue Shock and Awe

While Dr. Dre’s $70 million in donations daughter was somehow able to get into USC based “entirely” on her own merit, for many black children, the process to attend their college of choice is an obstacle course of anxiety and racial bias. And while our experiences as perpetual victims of prejudice are irrefutable, it’s always interesting when official studies are conducted to confirm what we...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 30, 2019. 15 comments

ACLU Sues Entire School District For Being Racist AF

ACLU Sues Entire School District For Being Racist AF

If racism was a school-sanctioned sport, I’d love to see the white supremacy team from Covington Catholic High School MAGAts face off against the traditional powerhouse bigots of Paw Paw, Mich. because, according to the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Paw Paw Public Schools might be one of the greatest racism training programs in America.

Aside from being a great...

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Andre Perry Andre Perry Aug 08, 2018. 7 comments

LeBron's I Promise School Offers a Few Important Lessons in Education Reform

LeBron's I Promise School Offers a Few Important Lessons in Education Reform
The National InterestThe National Interest column tackles broader questions about what the country should do to increase educational opportunities for black youths.  

Last week, President Trump scoffed—albeit passive aggressively—at basketball icon LeBron James’ intelligence in a tweet, stating, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Mr. Trump wrote,...

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Andre Perry Andre Perry Jun 01, 2018.

Black Folks Don’t Need Education Reform; We Need a System We Can Call Our Own

Black Folks Don’t Need Education Reform; We Need a System We Can Call Our Own

The scant mention of Democrats’ official platform on K-12 education on the main stage at the Democratic National Convention last week was clearly a political effort to distance the party from the fray.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has backed off many hallmarks of the accountability era that started with the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001 under the first George W....

May 11, 2018.

#M4BL: New Policy Agenda Centers Black Demands as Presidential Campaign Hits Full Stride

#M4BL: New Policy Agenda Centers Black Demands as Presidential Campaign Hits Full Stride

August will mark the two-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown and the uprising of black youths in Ferguson, Mo. Many of us are asking ourselves, “What has changed?”

Black people and our allies have since taken to the streets by the thousands, and a massive online movement proclaimed that "Black lives matter." But two years later, the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.,...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Apr 01, 2018.

Nationwide School 'Walk-ins' Organized to Demand Educational Justice for Black and Brown Communities

Nationwide School 'Walk-ins' Organized to Demand Educational Justice for Black and Brown Communities

On Thursday the union-affiliated Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools organized “walk-ins” in 200 cities and 2,000 public schools in black and brown communities to fight against “the long-standing and systematic underfunding of their public schools," AROS said in a press release.

Hundreds of affiliated parent, education and student groups rallied behind a six-point platform, which includes:

a call...
Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Mar 18, 2018. 21 comments

Millions of Students Are Quietly Being Taught the Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version of Black History

Millions of Students Are Quietly Being Taught the Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version of Black History

Cash-strapped social studies teachers across America have discovered an exciting new resource that provides lesson plans, study materials and even seminars geared toward elementary, middle and high school students.

The lessons are extremely detailed and come with suggestions for activities, multimedia and additional reading. More importantly, unlike many educational tools, most of these...

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Andre Perry Andre Perry Dec 09, 2017.

'Educational Choice' Is a Slogan Slick Enough for Donald Trump

'Educational Choice' Is a Slogan Slick Enough for Donald Trump

Donald Trump outlined his policy and philosophy for K-12 education in a speech Thursday at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy or CASSA, a for-profit charter school in the largest city of the battleground state of Ohio.

The Republican presidential nominee and founder of Trump University accused Democrats of trapping black and Hispanic youths in failing public schools and offered the...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Apr 08, 2017.

The NAACP Will Learn the Pain Associated With Charter Schools

The NAACP Will Learn the Pain Associated With Charter Schools

“Before the NAACP came to New Orleans, we never had the opportunity to share,” Kim Ford, communications chair for the New Orleans branch of the NAACP, said exclusively to The Root.

Ford helped organize the national organization’s sixth hearing on quality education, which took place in the Crescent City on April 6.

“We are a frustrated people,” she continued. “We are a damaged people. We will...

Nov 06, 2016.

The Movement for Black Lives Is Standing Up for HBCUs

The Movement for Black Lives Is Standing Up for HBCUs

Of the 4,726 degree-granting institutions, 100 institutions educate and train almost 10 percent of black college students. Yet since their inception, HBCUs have been in a war for their very existence, whether facing Congress or state legislatures.

HBCUs have even found themselves repeatedly at odds with President Barack Obama. As economist and author Julianne Malveaux, former president of...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Oct 25, 2016.

Black Children Deserve the Stability That Neighborhood Schools Offer

Black Children Deserve the Stability That Neighborhood Schools Offer

School closure is a tactic we don’t have to take.

Under the new national education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have been freed to employ strategies they deem fit just as long as they act on the bottom 5 percent.

When we’re talking about improving urban districts, though, we always seem to land on the “solution” of closing them.

Black communities are constantly losing the anchor...

Oct 21, 2016.

The NAACP Charter School Ban: Good Intentions Take a Bad Turn

The NAACP Charter School Ban: Good Intentions Take a Bad Turn

Based on its century-long mission and in-the-trenches fight for social justice, it certainly goes without saying that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an organization built on good intentions and good causes. It’s one of the few reliably steady organizations African Americans can depend on when freedoms are compromised by generations of oppression, segregation...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Oct 19, 2016.

Black Folk Hate White Tears and Blatant Racism More Than Charter Schools

Black Folk Hate White Tears and Blatant Racism More Than Charter Schools

To the chagrin of charter advocates, on Friday the national board of the NAACP ratified an earlier resolution (pdf) that called for a moratorium on charter schools.

Given the ample sources of opposition to charter schools, as well as mixed results, we should only be surprised that it’s taken this long for a major black civil rights organization to officially rebuke the sector.

Leading up to the...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Aug 26, 2016.

Let White Leaders Defend Institutional Racism; Let Black Leaders Defend Black Lives

Let White Leaders Defend Institutional Racism; Let Black Leaders Defend Black Lives

If one looks and listens closely, black reform advocates and charter leaders are responding to the mythology that black people don’t want charter schools or reform in general.

For most black folk, however, not liking reform equates to not liking institutional racism, which impacts our communities no matter how many black and brown people an organization hires. When black people say they don’t...

Aug 17, 2016.

Democrats for Education Reform Seek to Empower Parents and Strengthen Black Communities

Democrats for Education Reform Seek to Empower Parents and Strengthen Black Communities

In a piece entitled, "Democratic Political Infighting Over Education Harms Black Families ," which was published on The Root last month, Dr. Andre Perry claimed that our organization, Democrats for Education Reform, not only "attacked" Hillary Clinton—because our position on charter schools differs from that of the former secretary of state—but also that we have broken away from...

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