The tragic death of Freddie Gray had roots in Baltimore’s history of racial inequities and problems of police-community relations, but to conclude that an increase in the city’s acceptance of charter schools might be a prominent solution seems like a big, non-racial non sequitur.
What UT-Austin has done to frustrate the efforts of a trustee to uncover information about its admissions scandals contains lessons for nonprofits about transparency, accountability, and the roles of board members.
Before today’s upcoming announcement of whether the officer who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Jr., will be indicted, the superintendent of the Madison School District paused to give advice to parents of students who may protest.
Last week was a celebration of charter schools across the nation, highlighted by a ringing endorsement from President Obama, but it’s not quite clear exactly what dimensions of charter school performance advocates should be celebrating.
In North Carolina, a legislative committee rejects funding for charter capital expenditures, while in South Carolina, the state attorney general says local school districts must treat private and charter schools the same as public ones.
There are now fifty million refugees displaced by war and conflict, the largest number since the end of World War II. NGOs have to focus on the politics of the issue as well as respond to the humanitarian needs involved.
Immigration to rural areas is correlated with economic growth, according to U.S. Census and other economic and population indicators. That’s no surprise to us, but it means immigrant rights advocates should be sure to focus attention on more than urban centers.
Increasingly, scholars in the humanities are applying digital technologies to cultural analysis. For example, generating a map of Victorian London’s “emotional geography” through a crowdsourced textual analysis of 1,402 novels.
The Texas state legislature is toying with a number of bills that aim to reduce the presence of undocumented immigrants in the state, particularly the notion that some “sanctuary cities” might actually be welcoming toward undocumented immigrants by treating them decently.
The Grand Bargain may have saved the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art and helped the city deal with the pension obstacle in emerging from bankruptcy, but Detroit’s problems are hardly over. Example no. 1: the Detroit Public Schools.
Andrew Cuomo, the state legislature, and billionaire hedge fund operators are pushing for more charter schools and other “education reforms” in New York State, but parents and teachers are mobilizing and protesting against the Cuomo education agenda.