May 26, 2015

Immigration

Freddie Gray’s Death: Due to an Inadequate Supply of Charter Schools in Baltimore? Really?

Freddie GrayThe 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.

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Ten Years after Katrina, US Supreme Court Rejects Fired NOLA Teachers’ Claims

NewsWith the Court’s doors shut, the New Orleans teachers laid off after Hurricane Katrina nearly ten years ago will now turn to Congress for justice.

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UT-Austin Admissions Scandal Shows System in Need of Fundamental Board Governance Changes

 

ut-austin-edificeWhat 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.

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Education: A Nonprofit Employee Benefit of Ever-Increasing Importance

ThinkerChrysler is providing a new educational benefit for employees; nonprofits should consider adding support for continuing education to their own packages.

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Madison School Superintendent Urges Protesting Students to Stay Safe

NewsBefore 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.

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What Exactly Are Charter Schools Accomplishing for the Educational System?

Charter schoolsLast 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. 

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Colbert Helps Fund 1,000 Grants for South Carolina Public Teachers

 

ColbertFunnyman Stephen Colbert helped fund 1,000 projects worth $800,000 for materials and aid requested by South Carolina public school teachers.

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Is the Governor’s Plan to Save Detroit Public Schools DOA?

Detroit public schoolsGovernor Snyder of Michigan has proposed a plan that he believes will save the troubled Detroit Public Schools. But the Republican governor’s ideas are meeting with skepticism from many quarters.

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Message to Public School Reformers: Add “Public” to Your Vocabulary List

Public schoolsIn the race for a seat on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, the word “public,” as in public disclosure and public education, has taken on a new meaning.

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Joe Bruno: A Very-Well-Compensated Consultant to Charter Schools

NewsOne of the consistent criticisms of the charter school movement is that nonprofit and for-profit management entities and consulting firms are making healthy incomes from charters.

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Politics Plays into LA City School District’s Release of a Charter School Audit

LA schoolYet another example of the complex relationship between charter schools and public school districts and the hard-fought politics that come with it.

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The New Chapter for Eugene’s Civic Stadium

Eugene StadiumA nonprofit buys a major civic venue through a process that required many steps and more partners.

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Debates Diverge over Public, Private & Charter Schools in the Carolinas

NewsIn 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.

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Student Testing: A Flashpoint for Debate about National Educational Policy

TestingControversy about the impact of testing on students has grown into a national protest movement.

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From the Global Philanthropy Forum: 50 Million Refugees and Climbing

 

RefugeesThere 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.

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Nonprofit Urges School District to Adopt Racial Bullying Policies

Bullying at schoolsFollowing a parent’s complaint that the school district was not responding to allegations of racial bullying toward her children, a coalition is asking for better policies.

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Immigration Brings Economic Benefits to Rural America

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.

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$20M No-bid Contract Plus a Connected Nonprofit Equals One Big Inquiry

Money bidAn investigation of Chicago Public Schools contracts shows a link to the politically connected Chicago Public Education Foundation, but the exact nature of that connection remains a mystery.

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New Orleans’s Once-destroyed Public Libraries a Strong and Necessary Component of Civic Infrastructure

 

LibraryA property-tax hike is pitted against the unalienable pursuit of knowledge in a city with 44 percent functional illiteracy.

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Emotional Geography and One Dickens of a Crowdsourcing Project

NewsIncreasingly, 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.

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Proposed Changes to “No Child Left Behind” Draw Bipartisan Senate Support

NewsThe Every Child Achieves Act seeks to set a new direction and resolve a growing debate.

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North Dakota Students Fight for Constitutional Right to Pro-life Club

NewsA nonprofit law firm has charged the Fargo Public School district of unconstitutionally discriminating and violating the Federal Equal Access Act by refusing to approve a pro-life club.

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Texas Legislature Takes Aim at Sanctuary Cities for Undoc’d Immigrants

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. 

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Community College of Philadelphia to Offset Tuition for More than 400

Philly collegesIn celebration of 50 years, the Community College of Philadelphia pushes its doors open wider with the expectation of a different future for the institution and the city itself.

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The Children who Organize Free Little Libraries

Little Free LibrarySome children in every generation are born activists and organizers. These eight- and nine-year-olds organized libraries as part of a worldwide movement.

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Pearson and NJ Snoop on Students’ Tweets to Catch PARCC Test Malcontents

PARCCIn the tradition of Orwell’s Big Brother, New Jersey and Pearson appear to be monitoring students who might be discussing the pluses and minuses of the PARCC tests they’ve been subjected to.

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The Next Foundation Challenge in Detroit: A Bankrupt Public Education System

DetroitThe 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.

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Oh, The Place You’ll Go in 2016: The Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA

Dr. SeussThe real hometown of Theodore Geisel—Dr. Seuss—will be the site of the Dr. Seuss Museum.

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"Vegetarian" Cocoa Puffs: Boston School Cafs on the Front Lines of the Food Wars

LunchesBoston Public Schools intends menu cuts to reduce costs in city schools, but many are not happy with its plans.

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Parents and Teachers Protest the Cuomo Education Agenda

CuomoAndrew 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.

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