Tag: Education (K-12)

High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — On the wall of a classroom that is home to the West Orange High School TikTok club, large loopy words are scrawled across a whiteboard: “Wanna be TikTok famous? Join TikTok club.” It’s working. “There’s a lot of TikTok-famous kids at our school,” said Amanda DiCastro, who is 14 and a […]

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Teachers’ Strike Tests Chicago Mayor on the Issues She Ran On

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot swept into office as Chicago’s mayor this year promising to end inequities that have long divided the city. She would invest in struggling neighborhoods, she pledged, and put badly needed librarians, nurses and social workers in schools. Six months later, the mayor has found herself in a thorny spot: facing off […]

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School Security Officer Fired for Repeating Racial Slur Aimed at Him

A high school security officer in Wisconsin said an unruly student called him a racial slur several times last week, but when he tried to explain to the student why the epithet was offensive, it cost him his job. The security officer, Marlon Anderson, said that he told the student to stop calling him a […]

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The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Episode 15: ‘Segregated City’ Producer/Director Sweta Vohra Two teenagers — one black, the other white — growing up a few miles apart have had two very different experiences in the New York City public school system. The gap in the quality of their education has likely put them on unequal paths for the rest of […]

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Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Citywide Scramble Begins as Classes Come to Halt

CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of public school teachers took to picket lines on Thursday morning as a strike in the nation’s third-largest school district canceled classes across the city, sent parents racing to find child care and left Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, grappling with her most significant crisis to date. City officials said […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Announce Strike

CHICAGO — Teachers in Chicago announced Wednesday evening that they would go on strike, forcing the cancellation of classes for more than 300,000 public school students in the nation’s third-largest district starting Thursday. The strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child care and as city officials […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Prepare to Strike

CHICAGO — As teachers in the Chicago public school system, the nation’s third-largest, edged closer to a strike on Wednesday, officials said they would cancel Thursday classes for about 300,000 students across the city. The growing prospect of a strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child […]

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She Saved a School From Her Armed Son, but Now She Faces Charges

An Indiana woman who called the police in December and told them that her 14-year-old son had threatened to shoot up his former school will face criminal charges if prosecutors have their way. Prosecutors in Wayne County filed an affidavit on Friday recommending six felony charges against the woman, Mary York, 43, in the episode, […]

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California Tells Schools to Start Later, Giving Teenagers More Sleep

California students can look forward to extra sleep in the morning once a new law takes effect. The law, signed on Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, pushes back the start times at most public middle and high schools, making California the first state to order such a shift. Classes for high schools, including those operated […]

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Suburbanites in Louisiana Vote to Create a New City of Their Own

BATON ROUGE, La. — Residents of a largely white suburb of Baton Rouge voted on Saturday to incorporate a new city of their own — to be called St. George — and take away control of the community’s taxes, schools and other services from the less affluent, more diverse surrounding parish. The outcome was a […]

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Are School Debate Competitions Bad for Our Political Discourse?

What do conservative political figures like Ted Cruz, Steve Bannon, Karl Rove and Richard Nixon have in common with liberal politicians like Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Kamala Harris and Bill Clinton? They all honed their skills of rhetoric, reasoning and persuasion on school debate teams. That’s no surprise. Excelling in school debate opens many academic […]

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This Top Gifted and Talented School Is Integrated. Is It the Future?

Every morning, students from each of New York City’s five boroughs pull on red plaid uniforms and head to an unusual school in East Harlem. TAG Young Scholars is one of the highest-performing schools in the city. It is also the only ultra-selective gifted and talented school in New York that is more than a […]

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Elizabeth Warren Details Her Account of Losing Teaching Job Because of Pregnancy

WASHINGTON — It is one of Elizabeth Warren’s signature anecdotes in her stump speech: By the end of her first year as a public-school teacher, she was “visibly pregnant,” and the principal wished her luck and hired another teacher to replace her. In recent days, a conservative news site and other outlets have cited evidence […]

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Juul Is Sued by School Districts That Say Vaping Is a Dangerous Drain on Their Resources

With school districts across the United States scrambling to reverse the rise of vaping among teenagers, two of them on Monday filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction. The school systems in St. Charles, Mo., […]

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Is Your Child Struggling in School? Talk to Your Pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics has just issued a report on what pediatricians can — and should — do to help “school-aged children who are not progressing academically.” Dr. Arthur Lavin, one of the lead authors of the report and the chairman of the A.A.P. committee on the psychosocial aspects of child and family health, […]

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Laurene Powell Jobs and Robin Hood Fund Give $16 Million for N.Y. Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to use about $16 million in private funding from an education organization backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, and from Robin Hood, a philanthropic powerhouse favored by Wall Street executives, to help open a host of new and restructured public schools in New York City. […]

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She Was Raped by a Classmate. She Still Had to Go to School With Him.

NIAGARA, N.Y. — She saw him when she got off the school bus, she recalled. She noticed him glaring at her from the doorway during theater class and track practice. Some days, he would walk so close to her in the corridors that their shoulders almost touched. She felt disgusted, she said, and then frightened. […]

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Paid Child Care for Working Mothers? All It Took Was a World War.

I am typing this from inside an indoor playground in Portland. We are new to town, it’s the tail end of summer and my 4-year-old daughter can’t start her new preschool until next week. It’s also raining, and our house is full of boxes. We took a bus here and paid $11 to enter, and […]

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A School Put an Autistic Boy’s Desk in a Bathroom, Setting Off a Debate on Stigmas

Eleven-year-old Lucas Goodwin arrived at his middle school in Washington State last week only to find that his seat was in a new place: a bathroom. His mother, Danielle Goodwin, who had asked the school for a quiet place for her son to work because he is autistic and has an autoimmune disorder, posted a […]

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