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-Frederick Douglass

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education regulations
Trump Overturns Education Regulations

During his campaign he promised to undo much of President Obama’s legacy. And just as…

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Saving Promise
Saving Promise—The National Campaign to Stop Domestic Abuse

“I come from a family of mothers and daughters who survived 60+ years of domestic…

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college-ready
How to Make Graduating High School College-Ready the Only Option

At the John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington, school leaders seem to agree,…

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The Education Software That Increases Test Scores

What grabbed my attention? “Wealthy parents knew about this,” Woolley-Wilson told me. “We think it’s…

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school
Qualities to Look for in a School—Does Your Child’s School Have Them?

But what is the right school environment? Especially for black boys, who are more likely…

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healthier lunches
Want Higher Test Scores? Eat Healthier Lunches

Could there have been a connection between their notable achievements and their healthy diets? Perhaps.

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TV watching
Low-Income Five-Year-Olds Hurt by Too Much TV Watching

How much TV watching will hurt your kids’ math skills and ability to focus? That…

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11-Year-Old Starts Book Club Featuring Books About Black Boys

Well, Marley has company. Sidney Keys III, also 11 (Marley is now 12), has started…

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AmeriCorps
Trump Budget Proposal Threatens AmeriCorps Program

Some AmeriCorps members work directly in schools, however, making a difference in the lives of…

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beat
Don’t Miss a Beat Helps Students Find Their Own Rhythm

A nonprofit, DMAB has established partnerships with local colleges and schools to provide free music…

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charter
‘No Excuses’ Charter Network Embraces Social-Emotional Learning

So I was heartened to hear about at least one charter school network that is…

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black children
Black Children More Likely to be Killed by a Parent Than a Cop

As Patton writes and as studies have shown, spanking—hitting a child with an open hand—isn’t…

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Young People in Our Cities Face Obstacles to Emotional Well-Being

“We don’t teach history—young people don’t know about redlining and the policies that came after…

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Chance
Chance the Rapper Against All Odds

Chicago is a major American city, but it’s also one of the most segregated cities…

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advocate
After His Mother’s Murder, He Still Had an Advocate

Jeffries is a civil rights lawyer and a graduate of Ivy League schools. What I…

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chance
Chance the Rapper Talks Education with Illinois Gov

It’s not every day that a rapper makes an appointment with a state governor to…

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Read Across America Day
Read Across America Day!

In his strip, Yang laments that he and his Indian classmate had no books that…

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social-emotional skills training
All Students Need Social-Emotional Skills Training

“Properly applied in schools all the good markers climb: grades, IQ, behavior, student engagement and…

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black boys
Black Boys Build Businesses in the Age of Trump

“Empowering black boys in the age of Trump is about more than reading and math…

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Dorothy Counts
Black History Month: Dorothy Counts and School Integration

Last week I attended a seminar for education journalists and, among many other things, I…

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