Tag: Education (K-12)

Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

Discuss a recent instance of police brutality in your community. Read op-eds arguing for and against legal status for unauthorized immigrants. Compare and contrast border conditions in the Palestinian territories and Mexico. Those are some of the lesson plans suggested in a draft of California’s newly proposed ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 public schools. The […]

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After a Billionaire’s Pledge, Morehouse Looks to Donors to Reduce Student Debt

The surprise announcement elicited disbelief, then jubilation from the crowd of 396 graduates at Morehouse College’s commencement in May, and from onlookers like Xavier Antoine, a junior who was photographing the celebration. “This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans,” Robert F. Smith, the richest black […]

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A Plan to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The soldiers were about to storm the fortress when they suddenly went still. James Smith, 17, and his teacher, Shirley Coulter, squinted at the desktop monitor. James was programming his own military game, the final project in his Advanced Placement computer science principles class at Sheridan High School, here in the foothills […]

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Virginia Schools’ Bathroom Rule Violates Transgender Rights, U.S. Judge Says

A federal judge ruled Friday that a Virginia school district’s policy barring a male transgender student from using the boys’ bathrooms violates the United States Constitution, an important victory for transgender rights advocates in a closely watched case. In a 28-page ruling, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the United States District Court in Norfolk, […]

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School District Agrees to Desegregate After State Investigation

A California school district outside of San Francisco agreed to desegregate its schools on Friday, after a two-year state investigation found that the district had “knowingly and intentionally maintained and exacerbated” racial segregation and even established an intentionally segregated school. Students in the district, Sausalito Marin City, are divided into two starkly different schools, according […]

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Helping Students With Disabilities

To the Editor: “A Diagnosis Can Give Students Extra Test Time (Money Helps)” (front page, July 31) makes clear that there are inequities in access to accommodations in our public education system for students with disabilities and that cases of fraud are rare. However, two additional points deserve mention. Often, as soon as a student’s […]

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A School Laptop Under $500 That Isn’t Junk

To get a laptop that’s usable for most schoolwork, you typically need to spend at least $450 to $500. Spend less, and you’d have a better experience browsing the internet on your phone. At this price, I’ve seen jangly trackpads, loose keys, unreadable screens, hinges that can’t hold a screen upright, and processors that buckle […]

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What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — For the 20 Democratic candidates who tussled onstage in Detroit last week for their party’s nomination, the debates were a chance to goose poll numbers, undercut rivals and wring donations from potential voters. For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, […]

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Georgia Elementary School Is Accused of Racial Insensitivity Over Hairstyle Guidelines Display

From New Age box fades to braids, a display on the wall of a suburban Atlanta elementary school tried to illustrate a variety of “inappropriate” haircuts and hairstyles. But there was one thing the children who were photographed had in common: They were all black. The display by the Narvie J. Harris Theme School in […]

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A Future Without the Front Page

The most aggressive response to the collapse of local journalism has come from hundreds of upstart news outlets that have formed over the last 15 years. We asked several industry innovators — three founders of local digital operations, and the architects of a program aimed at bringing legacy newsrooms into the digital era — to […]

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The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet

Mathematical Twitter is normally a quiet, well-ordered place, a refuge from the aggravations of the internet. But on July 28, someone who must have been a troll off-duty decided to upset the stillness, and did so with a surefire provocation. It has to do with something that high school teachers call “the order of operations.” […]

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500,000 Children Could Lose Free School Meals Under Trump Administration Proposal

WASHINGTON — More than 500,000 children would lose automatic eligibility for free school meals under a rule proposed last week by the Agriculture Department intended to tighten access to food stamps. The impact on school meals, revealed by Representative Robert C. Scott, Democrat of Virginia and the chairman of the House Committee on Education and […]

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Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash.

The boom began about five years ago, said Kathy Pelzer, a longtime high school counselor in an affluent part of Southern California. More students than ever were securing disability diagnoses, many seeking additional time on class work and tests. A junior taking three or four Advanced Placement classes, who was stressed out and sleepless. A […]

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Hackers’ Latest Target: School Districts

Some hackers demand ransom; others sweep up personal data for sale to identity thieves. But whatever hackers’ motives, school systems around the country have been the targets of their cyberattacks. One attack forced the Houston County School District in Dothan, Ala., to delay the first day of school for 6,400 students. Others crippled computer systems […]

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Busing Worked in Louisville. So Why Are Its Schools Becoming More Segregated?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When she saw the news images of angry white mobs pelting school buses with rocks and bottles, Sherlonda Lewis was glad that she was not among the black students being bused to a school in a white neighborhood. It was 1975, and Louisville had initiated a court-ordered effort to integrate its public […]

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Need a Mental Health Day? Some States Give Students the Option

Depression and anxiety. The state of the country. Climate change. Mass shootings. Today’s students are grappling with a variety of issues beyond the classroom. To that end, lawmakers in two states have recently recognized the importance of the mental health of their students by allowing them to take sick days just for that. The measures […]

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You Are What You Watch? The Social Effects of TV

Other than sleeping and working, Americans are more likely to watch television than engage in any other activity. A wave of new social science research shows that the quality of shows can influence us in important ways, shaping our thinking and political preferences, even affecting our cognitive ability. In this so-called golden age of television, […]

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