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How Do Teachers Talk About Hate Speech?

One Charlottesville, Va., elementary school teacher grapples with how to have this conversation with her students the week after the violence erupted in her city just as a new school year is about to begin.

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The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

Monet Spencer remembers traveling to affluent suburban high schools when she was a member of the marching band at Brashear High School in this city’s low-income, high-crime Beechview neighborhood.  The suburban band members’ uniforms were brand new, Spencer noticed —…

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Coming soon to Philly schools: 22 city-paid social workers

At Southwark Elementary, there is one counselor for 800 students, many of whom have behavioral and emotional challenges. When principal Andrew Lukov got news that the school was getting a full-time social worker — and eventually other professionals to address…

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DeVos charges ahead on school choice

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has become an ardent foot soldier for President Trump's deregulatory agenda while aggressively pushing her own school choice initiatives.  The billionaire businesswoman was one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet selections, with Democrats and liberal groups assailing…

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Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville

How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? The incidents in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend pushed that question from history to current events.  One teacher wondering aloud about his role is Derek Weimer. He taught James Alex Fields Jr., the man…

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New rules for high school diplomas receive scrutiny

Advocates for Maine students with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds told state regulators Monday that proposed new rules for high school diplomas could make it harder for those youth to graduate. A 2012 Maine law says that by 2018, all graduating…

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Rauner signs bill to prevent preschool expulsion

Unruly students can face expulsion for their bad behavior.  But typically expulsion is thought of as a punishment for teens.  Schools today are expelling preschoolers as well and the problem is growing.  But a new law in Illinois will prevent…

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Unions blast alternate teacher certification program

A new teacher certification program approved in Michigan to address critical teacher shortage in the state is not supported by the state’s largest teachers unions.  The Michigan Department of Education confirmed on Monday it approved a preparation and certification program…

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