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Education Equity

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

An Open Letter to the Woman Who Taught Me What It Means to be an Effective Educator

Abukar Adan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Abukar Adan

You are what every educator should aspire to be. You inspire your students. You do everything in your power to ensure that we are able to secure whatever opportunity comes our way.

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests

Pamela Burdman | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Pamela Burdman

Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.

Equal Opportunity and the Future of Our Nation

Bruce Lesley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

We can and must do better. And, now is our chance to do so because, at all levels of government, decisions about education funding levels, equity, teacher quality, class size, student supports and technology are being made right now.

Smart Reauthorization of the ESEA Law Necessary for Student Success

Marc H. Morial | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Marc H. Morial

Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation.

Definition of a Great School: Practices Regardless of Poverty Rates

Teach Plus | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I have made the decision to teach science at high-poverty schools three times during my career. My choice of teaching positions has been based on the desire to teach students who are eager, yet statistically unlikely to receive a high quality education, and on the knowledge that certain schools are better places to teach and learn

Teachers, Like Mr. Keating, Deserve Due Process, Support, and Our Respect

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.

Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Dr. King famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The Civil Rights Act changed the face of the nation, bending the arc sharply on July 2, 1964. But much work remains. On the 50-year anniversary of its passage, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building a fairer, more just society.

What I'd Do if I Could Create a Charter School

Chris Goering | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Chris Goering

As a high school teacher and professor I've often dreamt of having my own high school, one designed in the spirit of all of my ideas about what education should and shouldn't be. My pretend school is called the Progressive Institute of Student Awesomeness (PISA).

Progress and Challenges 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

In 1954, Brown v. Board may have seemed like the end of a long struggle for educational equality. In fact, it was the beginning. We face a lot of challenges today in our communities, our country and on our planet.

Thank Teachers Who Make Education Equity A Reality

Nancy Barile | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Nancy Barile

How are my students supposed to compete academically with kids who attend museums, plays, and ballets, and don't need to work to support their families?

3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

The Real Madness: College Athletes Who Can't Read

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The real tragedy is the lost opportunity for colleges to help change for the better the trajectory of college athletes' academic careers, even for those who were passed through deficient middle and high schools.

Improving Adult Education Will Help the U.S. Catch Up with Slovakia and Estonia

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform and America's global competitiveness are often hand-in-glove. National benchmarks, such as the Common Core State...

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part 3: Study Reveals Overwhelming Confidence in CCSS

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.26.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

It is not possible to ensure equity and excellence if we do not have the same high expectations for all students and invest in them equitably.

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part Two: Closing the Achievement Gap

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.12.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Once these implementation wrinkles are ironed out, we believe that over time, a commitment to higher standards for every student will go a long way towards closing the achievement gap.

Three Suggestions for 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.10.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform have been hijacked by school privatization and longstanding suggestions that have not significantly moved the ach...

For our young men of color, do we have the will to make a way?

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The recently announced White House initiative "My Brother's Keeper" has triggered spirited responses about the reasons why boys and young men of color...

If 'My Brother's Keeper' Is to Succeed, the White House and Philanthropists Must Focus on Education Reform

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Through its "My Brother's Keeper" initiative announced today, the White House says it hopes to reroute the flow of boys and young men of color from the "cradle-to-prison" pipeline to the "cradle-to-career" pipeline. The stakes are extraordinarily high.

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards - Here's Why: Part One

Marc H. Morial | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

It does not serve our nation or our future when some children are systemically less prepared than others, nor does it serve our nation to have this issue tossed onto a political battlefield where it becomes a casualty of partisanship and deliberate misinformation.

With Racial Disparities Aplenty, We Still Need Black History Month

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Equity in education has long been an ideal. It's an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as ...

Closing the College Gender Gap

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If you have been following education hot button issues for any length of time, you've likely read about the nationwide push to better encourage girls ...

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The practice of equity in education has been less than effective. That is, equity is a difficult ideal to maintain and many strategies attempting to maintain it have fallen far short in the implementation.