Education

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Smithsonian Shines Light on Hawaiian Queens for Women's History Month

Remembering when the kingdom of Hawai‘i was ruled by two dope queens.

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New Report Shows Prison Can Block Access to Education for Life

Data sheds light on the educational mobility of formerly incarcerated people.

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Here's How to Find Out How Racist Your Kids' School Is

Your step-by-step guide to using the Department of Education’s latest data release to uncover—and address—the racial disparities in your district.

Puerto Rican children sit in a shelter sitting on a light blue bench two of the children are playing with a phone the other three are watching.

Puerto Rico to Close 283 Public Schools, Teachers Condemn Decision

The news comes two weeks after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Roselló signed a bill to implement a charter school and voucher program.

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WATCH: Linda Brown on How She Remade the Nation's Education System

Celebrate the life of the civil rights icon at the center of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

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REPORT: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Challenges Congress to Tackle Inequity in America's Schools

“School finance inequity is a standard feature of American public schooling and low-income students and students of color disproportionately live its consequences.”

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REPORT: Strategies for Protecting Youth of Color From Disparate School Policing

The National Education Policy Center offers recommendations for revamping the way Black and Brown children are disciplined in schools.

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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Reunite for Ta-Nehisi Coates-Penned 'Wrong Answer'

The film will explore the 2006 Atlanta Public Schools standardized test cheating scandal, which prompted national debate about the strict testing provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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These Three Federal Civil Rights Offices Are in Trouble

The proposed 2018 budget continues the Trump Administration’s trend of devaluing—and defunding—federal civil rights enforcement.

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Black Twitter Hearts Bethune-Cookman Grads for Protesting Betsy DeVos

Freshly minted graduates of the Florida HBCU responded to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech with boos and turned backs, and the Internet loved it.

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WATCH: Senate Democrats #HoldTheFloor for 24 Hours Ahead of Betsy DeVos Vote

The senators aim to convince just one more of their GOP colleagues to vote no on Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education.

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Kanye West Tweets About His Meeting With Donald Trump

West shocked the world by meeting with Trump during one of his first public appearances since his release from UCLA Medical Center.

John Oliver sits at a desk with graphic that says "School segregation."

Watch John Oliver Break Down How School Resegregation Hurts Students

“You don’t have to be intentionally racist to do things that have racist effects.”

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STUDY: Race Impacts Student Referrals for Gifted, Special Education

Study author Rachel Fish: “This subjectivity has implications for inequalities in education by race and ethnicity.”

Oakland Program Boosts Academic Performance for Students of Color, Looks to Expand

Seneca Family of Agencies’ “Unconditional Education” model improved kids math, reading, attendance and discipline.

Report: We Need More Teachers of Color

“All students benefit from teacher diversity.”

Parents: Schools Not Preparing Students of Color for Future

From lack of funding to low expectations, a new survey finds that Black and Latino parents don’t trust public schools to help their kids succeed.

Congresswoman Proposes Bill to Support HBCUs

If approved, the HBCU Innovation Fund Act will provide $250 million in competitive grants for historically Black colleges and universities.

STUDY: White Teachers Often Expect Black Students to Fail

And researchers say those low expectations frequently become self-fulfilling prophecies.

STUDY: Graduation Gap Growing Between Black and White Students

“What we see in our report lends credibility to what the student activists have been saying.”