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Martin Luther King Jr.
January 18, 2019
Water fountains, a march, and dreams: Brooklyn kindergartners learn about the civil rights movement ahead of MLK day
Like many schools across the city, kindergartners at New American Academy Charter School participated in several activities to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. Day ahead of the national holiday.
April 4, 2018
Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students
Some Memphis students were center stage during Wednesday's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Others missed school to witness the day's events.
Scores of scores
April 4, 2018
The new state school scoring index is here. See how Detroit schools stacked up.
A new 0-100 state scoring system appears to be a fairer measure of how schools are doing, but…
How I Teach
March 30, 2018
How one Memphis teacher brings the lessons of MLK to life – and how his students teach him back
Kyle Grady, a 12th-grade government and economics teacher, said the activism he has seen among his students has been inspiring.
March 20, 2018
More than 1,000 Memphis school employees will get raise to $15 per hour
The announcement comes about two weeks before marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who came to Memphis to promote living wages.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
Race & Class
March 8, 2018
Report: Black Memphians are better educated than 50 years ago, but child poverty is up
The University of Memphis report was commissioned by The National Civil Rights Museum.
How I Teach
February 16, 2018
This Memphis teacher went viral for holding ‘class’ on Facebook Live during a snow day
How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs.
'I need fresh food'
January 26, 2018
Memphis elementary school students take a stand against grocery store closing
The Kroger store's closure will worsen a "food desert" in South Memphis.
Business of education
January 12, 2018
Memphis leaders say diversifying school business contracts will help in the classroom, too
Since poverty is a crucial factor in why many students fall behind in school, the lack of job opportunities for their parents must be part of the discussion.
October 3, 2017
As 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination nears, Memphis students reenact a famous scene from 1968
Students learn about civil rights history through powerful black-and-white images taken by one of the city’s most famous photographers.
November 2, 2012
Disorganization, transit woes stymie many teachers' school prep
Teachers from schools in Chelsea relocated to LaGuardia High School's auditorium on the Upper West Side this morning. For most city high school teachers, today was a lesson in how to make do with less. All were asked to return to school for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, in order to prepare for the schools to reopen to students next week. But many did so without their usual subway routes, and without internet or access to their classrooms or school buildings. And for the ones who were not told to relocate to other school buildings, the task of the day was to decide which parts of the curriculum to re-arrange or cut to make up for five days worth of instructional time, and how to address the emotional needs of students effected by the hurricane. Some school communities were organized and had ambitious plans for the day, but others were more scattered. The education department's last-minute instructions to displaced staff did not include specifics on what today would look like. After commuting for up to three hours on foot, bus or by bike this morning, many teachers arrived at schools uncertain of how they should use their time. Hundreds of teachers were relocated to large school buildings like LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts and the Martin Luther King campus because their schools lacked electricity or experienced flooding. Some said they tried to make the most of their first day back to work in a week, even though the vast majority lacked the supplies they needed. "We have no access to computers, and no materials here," wrote one teacher who was relocated to Art and Design High School in Midtown East on twitter. "Our principal and my AP won't make it in today."
January 17, 2012
Bloomberg and protesters grapple over MLK's education legacy
Mayor Bloomberg was greeted with boos as he tried to tie the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to his own education policies Monday during a speech at the city's largest celebration for the slain civil rights hero. A small group of parents and students gathered outside the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House in Fort Greene to protest what they said were school policies that King would oppose if he were alive today. Once the 26th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. began inside BAM, the group joined with other activists and continued their protest inside. The event featured live music and speeches from several elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The protesters, who also included teachers from the Occupy the DOE group and activists from the Alliance for Quality Education, sat quietly through those speeches, but the jeers began raining down from the balcony levels as soon as Bloomberg was introduced. Bloomberg didn't hesitate to address his hecklers. "For those of you who want to express yourself, there's a time and a place for everything," he said. "Just remember that we're here to honor a man who valued education."
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