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December 22, 2016
Race Matters: How America’s schools wrestled with segregation in 2016
In a year where race dominated the national conversation about identity and equality, American education systems grappled with issues of integration and segregation.
December 22, 2016
Year In Review: The winners and losers of New York’s struggle with desegregation in 2016
From successful strides toward integration to thwarted efforts to inequities that are only just starting to get attention, here’s where New York stands.
December 22, 2016
Embracing the elephant in the room: How educators approach race in the classroom
A difficult national conversation about race and privilege unfolded this year in public school classrooms across the country.
August 18, 2016
First Person: At my school, we let students group themselves by race to talk about race — and it works
Affinity groups allow my students of color the experience of sharing a burden — and sharing in the joy and strength derived from a feeling of belonging.
July 14, 2016
New York City schools chief to teachers and parents: Talking to kids about race and violence is ‘a moral obligation’
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is formally encouraging local educators to wade in — even if it's hard.
July 8, 2016
Aurora superintendent: Schools can’t fix nation’s race problem alone
Munn, one of the state's only black superintendents, shared how schools can respond to larger societal issues.
October 9, 2015
Six things to know about Memphis’ new mayor on education
Jim Strickland defeated incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Thursday on the promise of change. He takes office on Jan. 1.
August 25, 2015
‘Opportunity Lost’ author on poverty, race and the biggest challenges in transforming Memphis schools
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, educator and author Marcus Pohlmann talks about the impact of race, poverty and funding on schools in Memphis and Shelby County.
June 17, 2015
Report: Memphis youth most frequently not in school or working
Nearly a quarter of the city's young adults ages 16 to 24 are considered "disconnected," according to a new report that aims to put economic data into action.
February 23, 2015
Students suspended at an ‘alarmingly high’ rate in Memphis, report says
More than 40 percent of all black middle and high school students in Memphis were suspended at least once during the 2011-12 school year – an "alarmingly high" rate, say authors of a new statistical analysis.
January 24, 2014
ASD leader’s comments bring attention to relationship between charters and school segregation
Though most students it serves are African-American and economically disadvantaged, the Achievement School District's demographics reflect housing patterns and larger-scale demographics trends in schools rather than a new segregation.
November 13, 2013
Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell speaks on education, jobs
Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. was a teacher before he became Shelby County’s director of corrections, its sheriff, and, in 2010, its mayor. Luttrell, a Republican,…
October 28, 2013
No action on municipalities’ lawsuit at Shelby commissioners’ meeting
Shelby County's Board of Commissioners didn't vote on whether to drop a longstanding lawsuit against several municipalities attempting to split from Shelby County Schools Monday, despite suggestions that the decision could come this week. Shelby County commissioner James Harvey told Chalkbeat last Tuesday that the county commission is considering dropping a lawsuit that would prevent municipalities from splitting from Shelby County’s school district. Six municipalities are attempting to separate from Shelby County Schools after the system absorbed Memphis City Schools, which is mostly poor and black.
October 21, 2013
Why Indiana matters when it comes to education
(NOTE: Much has changed since this post was first published in October of 2013. This post has not been updated to reflect…
September 27, 2012
Complaint targets elite HS admissions process, not just outcome
A chart in a civil rights complaint about the city's specialized high school admissions process shows the acceptance rates for students of different racial groups. (Click to enlarge.) It seemed like a good strategy: To boost the tiny number of black and Hispanic students at the city's most elite high schools, the city this year expanded access to programs meant to prepare eighth-graders for the schools' admissions test. But that approach is fundamentally broken, according to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. "More tutoring and more test prep is not the answer," said Damon Hewitt, LDF's director of education. "We need a real paradigm shift." The complaint calls for a new way of admitting students to the city's eight specialized high schools. The schools have long screened students by ranking their performance on a one-time exam, a practice that was written into state law in 1972 for the three schools that were then open. But that approach has yielded student bodies that do not reflect the city's demographics — or even the demographics of the students who take the test. Last year, black and Hispanic students made up 45 percent of test-takers, but they represented only 14 percent of admitted students. At Stuyvesant High School, the most selective and least racially diverse, just 25 black and Hispanic students were offered seats.
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