December 6, 2016

The intersection of schools, privatization, race and poverty, again.

Covering a pro-public schools protest rally in NC, Jeff Bryant writes:

In a conversation with me after the event, [National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia] explains, “When you come to a school and see how hard the teachers and staff work to address the challenges they face – the increasing class sizes, the students struggling with poverty, the lack of textbooks and basic supplies – you have to wonder why our political leaders are not working as hard to make sure schools and teachers have what they need.”

Well, some of us really don’t have to wonder, as their reasons have been proudly and loudly proclaimed for decades.

Planned Obsolescence

Betsy DeVos and the segregation of school choice

From Holland to metro Detroit, Flint to Jackson, tens of thousands of parents across Michigan are using the state’s schools of choice program to move students out of their resident districts and into ones that are more segregated, a Bridge analysis of state enrollment data shows.

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Won't Someone Think Of The Parents?

The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms

Research shows that racial and socioeconomic diversity in the classroom can provide students with a range of cognitive and social benefits. And school policies around the country are beginning to catch up. Today, over 4 million students in America are enrolled in school districts or charter schools with socioeconomic integration policies—a number that has more than doubled since 2007.

Article Link civil rights, education, equality, race, and schools
Running In Place

The Complex Story of Race and Upward Mobility

In areas like these, fewer than one in 20 children born into a family into the bottom fifth of the income distribution in the early 1980s has made it to the top fifth as adults, the study found. By contrast, in the regions with the highest mobility, the chances can exceed one in 10. Those regions include some of the whitest parts of the country, like Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, the Dakotas and upper New England.

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Sure, You Have Your "Facts..."

School Diversity Doesn’t Hurt White Kids’ Test Scores

In other words, diversity in schools isn’t a detriment to a white student’s education. It can also be a benefit to their social development. That’s what suburban parents living outside Hartford, Connecticut, a city where almost half the kids attend integrated schools, learned when they sent their kids to diverse magnet schools.

Article Link education, equality, race, and schools