Tag: Education (K-12)

In the Michigan Shooting, What Is the School’s Responsibility?

First, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley searching online for ammunition. The next day, there was an alarming note on his desk: “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” School officials met with Mr. Crumbley, 15, and his parents, informing them that he needed to begin counseling within 48 hours. After his parents resisted bringing him home, […]

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New York City Sets Vaccine Mandate for Religious and Private School Workers

New York City will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates. The new directive, which was announced on Thursday, is expected to affect roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials said. They will have […]

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After Michigan School Killings, Students Praised Shooter Drills. But Do They Really Work?

Barricading also has detractors. Oxford teachers used a product called a Nightlock, a barrier at the bottom of doors, and some students said they blocked them with furniture. But evidence from past school shootings suggests that barricading can increase noise and indicate to gunmen where people are hiding, Mr. Dorn said. The most important strategies […]

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While Politics Consume School Board Meetings, a Very Different Crisis Festers

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Early in the November school board meeting, a few of the departing members made farewell remarks, talking of things that they believed still need addressing: more special education programs, mental health initiatives, a program for high school students to take college classes. There was a long list, but over the past two […]

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What We Know About the Michigan School Shooting Victims

One was a football player, who had recently won honors as a linebacker and tight end on his team. Tate Myre, 16, died in a patrol car as authorities tried to rush him to the hospital. “There was no time to wait,” Sheriff Bouchard said. “He tried to load him in the car to get […]

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Minneapolis’ School Plan Asks White Families to Help Integrate

But Ms. Jackson couldn’t help but ask: Why now? To her, some changes, like the planned renovation, signaled gentrification. Even as North High opened up to white families, some Black families, like hers, were reassigned to a different school, though North’s low enrollment meant that, for now, they could apply to stay. “I feel like […]

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Pakistan Madrasa Taught Afghanistan’s Taliban Leaders

AKORA KHATTAK, Pakistan — The Taliban have seized Afghanistan, and this school couldn’t be prouder. Darul Uloom Haqqania madrasa, one of Pakistan’s largest and oldest seminaries, has educated more Taliban leaders than any school in the world. Now its alumni hold key positions in Afghanistan. The school’s critics call it a university of jihad and […]

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My Book Was Censored in China. Now It’s Blacklisted — in Texas.

I am working on a book that is partly about race, and, as a liberal centrist, I am anticipating a critical reception from both the right and the left. Ideological censorship in the form of shunning, hate-mailing and cancellation has come to pervade both poles of American social politics, but I had in some ways […]

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Spending as if the Future Matters

For centuries, America has invested taxpayer money in its future. Public funds built physical infrastructure, from the Erie Canal to the interstate highway system. We invested in human capital, too: Universal education came to the United States early, and America basically invented modern public secondary education. This public spending laid the foundations for prosperity and […]

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When Can We Stop Wearing Masks?

Amid the turmoil of the last two years — a period that included a deadly pandemic, mass layoffs, an ugly presidential election and an attack on the United States Capitol — some of the fiercest political debates in America have been waged over a nearly weightless piece of fabric: the face mask. American officials were […]

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When Can the Covid Masks Finally Come Off?

Amid the turmoil of the last two years — a period that included a deadly pandemic, mass layoffs, an ugly presidential election and an attack on the United States Capitol — some of the fiercest political debates in America have been waged over a nearly weightless piece of fabric: the face mask. American officials were […]

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The School Board Wars, Part 2

Campbell Robertson contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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The Absurd Side of the Social Justice Industry

If you follow debates over the strident style of social justice politics often derided as “wokeness,” you might have heard about a document called “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts.” Put out by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health Justice, the guide is […]

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Democrats Don’t Understand Asian American Voters

In the interview, Roe also said: “If you’re an Asian American family going to Thomas Jefferson School and they lower the standards to let more kids who aren’t in accelerated math into the best school in the country, that’s pretty important to you. Advanced math is a big dang thing. But it also is to […]

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How Loudoun Schools Got Caught in Virginia’s Political Maelstrom

LEESBURG, Va. — Long before the father was tackled by sheriff’s deputies at the school board meeting, before there was shouting to reopen classrooms and before “parents matter” became the central slogan of the most closely watched campaign in the post-Trump era, Loudoun County was just another American suburbia taking a hard look at its […]

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‘They See Us as the Enemy’: School Nurses Battle Covid-19, and Angry Parents

When a junior high school student in western Oregon tested positive for the coronavirus last month, Sherry McIntyre, a school nurse, quarantined two dozen of the student’s football teammates. The players had spent time together in the locker room unmasked, and, according to local guidelines, they could not return to school for at least 10 […]

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Conservatives Are Trying to Ban a Growing List of Books

Virginia’s Spotsylvania County School Board this week voted unanimously to have books with “sexually explicit” material removed from school library shelves. For two members of the school board, this didn’t go far enough; they wanted to see the books incinerated. “I’m sure we’ve got hundreds of people out there that would like to see those […]

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Critical Race Theory: Discuss

California has also proposed new, nonbinding curriculum guidelines that would expand the high-level math curriculum to include statistics or data science, encourage schools to place all middle school kids in the same level of math, and institute “social justice” themes in course material. The University of California system dropped its SAT requirement for admissions. Several […]

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Substitute Teachers Never Got Much Respect, but Now They Are in Demand

“I think everyone that covered me really did their best,” she said. But “the art teacher isn’t going to deliver the same fourth-grade math instruction that I can.” Substitutes teachers are “a short-term Band-Aid that shortchanges students,” said Kim Anderson, executive director for the National Education Association, which represents millions of education workers across the […]

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The G.O.P. Is Giddy Over ‘C.R.T.’ But Democrats Aren’t Helpless.

These themes structured the Youngkin campaign. In a revealing postelection interview with Politico’s Ryan Lizza, Jeff Roe and Kristin Davison, two top Youngkin strategists, outlined their campaign plan, which included, but was certainly not limited to, highlighting critical race theory: “One of our first advertising pieces in the general election — and one of the […]

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Malala Yousafzai Is Married in England

Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was married in England on Tuesday, more than nine years after she was shot in the head by the Taliban as a teenager. Ms. Yousafzai, 24, married Asser Malik, a manager for the Pakistan Cricket Board, at a small Islamic ceremony called a […]

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Do Democrats Have a Messaging Problem?

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When Republicans lost big in the 2012 election, the party commissioned a post-mortem analysis that arrived at a blunt conclusion about the way it communicated: “The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” said the report, informally known as “the […]

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If It’s Not Critical Race Theory, It’s Critical Race Theory-lite

In Virginia itself, the Department of Education’s website has a page devoted to “Anti-racism in Education,” and at the end of a long list of “Terms and Definitions” it reads, “Drawing from critical race theory, the term ‘white supremacy’ also refers to a political or socio-economic system where white people enjoy structural advantage and rights […]

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Covid-Related School Chaos Is a Problem for Democrats

In an environment like this, Republican proposals to subsidize private school tuition are likely to be received gratefully by many parents. It’s a perilous situation for Democrats, the party of public schools. If they want to stanch the bleeding, they should treat the rollout of the children’s Covid vaccine as an opportunity to make public […]

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Bans on Critical Race Theory Threaten Free Speech, Advocacy Group Says

Governments and school boards have wide leeway in setting curriculums in K-12 public schools, where courts have generally held that teachers do not have the same degree of academic freedom as those in universities. But many of these bills, PEN argues, are written so vaguely that they may chill a broad range of speech. “This […]

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Report Says Critical Race Theory Bans Threaten Free Speech

Governments and school boards have wide leeway in setting curriculums in K-12 public schools, where courts have generally held that teachers do not have the same degree of academic freedom as those in universities. But many of these bills, PEN argues, are written so vaguely that they may chill a broad range of speech. “This […]

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The Democrats’ No Good, Very Bad Day Changes the Landscape

Bret: Does my column really post on Facebook? Didn’t know that. This probably sounds horribly misanthropic, but when Facebook came around I feared it would be a handy way of connecting with people … to whom I didn’t particularly want to be connected. So-and-so from graduate school? Maybe we fell out of touch for a […]

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School Board Members Face Rising Threats Across the U.S.

It was only days after Sami Al-Abdrabbuh was re-elected to the school board in Corvallis, Ore., that the text messages arrived. The first, he said, was a photograph taken at a shooting range. It showed one of his campaign’s lawn signs — “Re-Elect Sami” — riddled with bullet holes. The second was a warning from […]

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