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Students Who Encounter Diversity in School Are More Prepared for the Workforce

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

This embrace of multiplicity carries through virtually every aspect of the school. Walk into the cafeteria and you will find students fluidly socializing across tables, rather than choosing to segregate by race, as happens in so many American high schools.

It Just Takes Everything We're Not Doing Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know how to make a positive difference in the lives of so many poor Black males. But we have to close the gap between what we know and what we do. We don't have to keep doing the things we're getting wrong.

In Connecticut, Student Ask: What Does A High School Diploma Mean?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. The school board has begun to tighten graduation requirements in effort to keep kids from...

As Kids Prepare for Tests, Parents Prepare to Leave

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Jacqueline Edelberg

Here we all are, waiting on pins and needles for the CPS computer to spit out a letter informing us if our kids made it into one of Chicago's selective enrollment high schools -- about as likely as the Cubs winning the World Series.

Rethink School Choice

Kevin Welner | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Kevin Welner

Must teachers at cyberschools or charter schools be fully trained and certified? Should any constraints be placed on the choice decisions of parents and schools in order to avoid segregation and stratification by wealth, race, special needs, or other attributes?

New Video Game-Themed High School Program May Be A Hard Sell

Posted 09.12.2012 | Education

Never mind video games getting in the way of homework or learning time. At one Florida school, video games are homework. A new magnet program at M...

Helping Kids Whose "Brains Are on Fire"

Tom Allon | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

The minds we waste each day in substandard public education could be the next Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Our children can't wait.

Magnet Schools Are an Important Option for LAUSD

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Gary Orfield

We need to make sure that students from all parts of the city have the right to participate in this important alternative, which is one of the only real paths to college, particularly for disadvantaged students, that's left in the City of Los Angeles.

Why Getting Into A Good School Is Hard For A "Poor Black Kid"

Whitney Muse | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices
Whitney Muse

Gene Banks's widely derided "If I Was A Poor Black Kid" column oversimplifies a lot -- including how hard it is to get into Philly's best schools.

WATCH: Magnet School Told 'Your School Isn't White Enough'

Posted 08.01.2011 | Education

The debate over segregation continues at one of the nation's top schools after the principal received the following message: integrate or lose funding...

Killing Me Softly: The Slow Steady Demise of New York's Great High Schools

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

The beginning of the end came, in New York, as in most other urban school systems, as a result of the unintended consequences of busing to achieve integration.

The (Other) Palm Beach Story: Feds & States Tinkering with Education Get Unplanned Results

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Ross

WARNING: Severe Reality Curve! This cautionary tale may be unsuitable for the Obama Administration's Department of Education and state legislatures en...

Forest Heights Academy: Baton Rouge School Finds Success Combining Art And Academics

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

This week, the U.S. Department of Education released a new video spotlighting the achievements of one of the nation's finest public magnet schools. Fo...

Magnet Education Attracts Unwelcome Clash With No Child Left Behind

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

OPINION - Magnet education has been a huge success in the School District of Palm Beach County (FLA). So why does their Superintendent, Art Johnson, c...

Dear AG Holder, We Want Your Children to Fail

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

Dear Attorney General Holder, Here's what I know from having taught in big city public high schools for the past 15 years: We want your children to fail. That's the truth.

CPS Changing Magnet Schools Admissions Policy

Chicago Public Radio | Linda Lutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools says it may use income rather than race to enroll students in its popular magnet schools. That's if a federal judge ends the di...

Tinkering Around the Edges Not Enough For Failing Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

While media eyes have been focused on Meeks' school boycott, another plan from the legislator/mega-church pastor has gotten little publicity: His proposal to allow kids to enroll in any school in the state, without paying tuition.