April 26, 2015

Immigration

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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47 TFA Alums Appeal to the Group on its Priorities

TFAAn unusual letter signed by 47 TFA alumni was sent to the executive director of TFA-Phoenix, appealing to her to reject the funding granted by the Arizona state legislature.

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James Patterson Makes a Big Pledge to Rescue School Libraries

School libraryAuthor James Patterson puts his money down on a program to keep kids reading, pledging $1.25 million.

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Dr. Seuss’s Unique Brand of Allegory Stars in Read Across America Day

Read Across AmericaYesterday, America’s Star-Belly and Plain-Belly Sneetches, as well as the rest of us, celebrated the joyful creativity of Dr. Seuss on the 18th-annual Read Across America day, a movement created by the National Education Association.

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A Call to All Leaders from Young Leaders: Manifesto for Social Change

Social Change ManifestoWith its engaging design and prose, the Social Change Manifesto, written by the Millennial Advisory Committee of the Andrew Goodman Foundation is a call to action on a tangle of interconnected social issues that must be taken up as a whole by civic leaders.

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Changing the Landscape of Theater Education: Pig Iron Theater and UArts

Pig Iron TheaterBroadway Worldsays that Pig Iron School’s Devised Performance program is poised to “change the landscape of theater education.”

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Charter Schools: More Battles Everywhere You Look

SchoolThe assumption that charter schools are automatically preferable to traditional public schools is seriously waning, particularly as some charters fail under scrutiny.

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“Betrayed, Excluded and Threatened”: UMASS Bans Iranians from Science Programs, then Reverses Policy

IranianUMass issued a policy on February 6th that excluded Iranian nationals from a wide swath of science and engineering courses. Stakeholders objected and the university backed off, but what was behind all of this?

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A New Capital Program for Women-owned Businesses Launches in TN

CeilingIn addition to helping women business owners access capital in Tennessee, Pathway Lending will connect those owners with critical resources.

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Rutgers Hosts Forum for Undocumented Potential Students

RutgersOn February 14th, Rutgers held a forum designed to help potential students who are undocumented to navigate the admissions process.

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Is University Education about the Search for Truth or Job Training?

WordsBuried within Governor Scott Walker’s budget was a rewrite of the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin system, commonly known as “The Wisconsin Idea.”

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Vacant Library May Transform into Incubator for Artists

LibraryThe trend of transforming old buildings into new hubs for community and cultural growth continues. 

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Standing Up to SLAPPs: Rubin’s Continuing Charter School Challenges

NewsDespite the recent SLAPP action from the NJ Charter Schools Association, Rutgers professor Julia Sass Rubin’s critiques of some aspects of NJ education reform don’t seem to have been silenced.

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ACA Continues to Experience Obstacles in Signing Up Latinos

ObamacareThe most intractable population group not covered by health insurance is Latinos, presenting a challenge to the Affordable Care Act as the second enrollment period comes to an end. 

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