Categories & Tags: Education and Schools

INSTITUTE INDEX: As diversity in schools increases, so does segregation   |   August 29, 2014
Year that public schools in the United States are projected to become majority minority: 2014 Year that public schools in the South* became majority minority: 2008 Percent...

 

The Big Money for and against school vouchers in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2014
On Aug. 21, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the state's private school voucher program is unconstitutional. The decision was a setback for a...

 

Read the fiery ruling striking down NC school voucher program   |   August 28, 2014
Last week a North Carolina judge struck down a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that sought to award taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

The South's child well-being crisis   |   July 22, 2014
A new report looks at the well-being of children by state and finds those living in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest are facing especially difficult conditions that put...

 

In desegregation case, judge blasts school officials and Justice Department   |   July 15, 2014
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica A federal judge in Alabama has taken the rare step of ruling against a local school board in a desegregation case, rejecting the board's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Gambling away the future of North Carolina schools   |   June 13, 2014
North Carolina's estimated national ranking in average salary for public school teachers this year: 48 The average estimated salary for the state's public school teachers...

 

South still least segregated for black students, but progress stuck in 1967   |   May 16, 2014
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation. To mark the occasion, a civil rights...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The worsening poverty crisis in the South's public schools   |   October 17, 2013
Number of states in which the majority of public school children were low income in 2011, meaning they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches: 17 Of those 17 states,...

 

Politicians mislead on NC voucher program   |   August 6, 2013
By Christopher Hill, NC Policy Watch One of the things people rightfully dislike about their government is when they are not told the truth. Sadly, in the ongoing debate about...

 

Class action: A challenge to the idea that income can integrate America's campuses   |   June 25, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Affirmative action occupies a telling place in a nation painfully aware of its racial inequities yet painfully divided over how to solve them....

 

School vouchers: A pathway toward fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars   |   April 25, 2013
By Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch School vouchers and related efforts like tax credits, scholarship grants, and education savings accounts have become popular tools of the...

 

Who's behind the push to limit multicultural studies in Texas universities?   |   March 20, 2013
Advocates of multiculturalism are girding for a fight in the Texas legislature, where a bill has been introduced that would ban racial, ethnic and gender history studies from...

 

A Colorblind Constitution: What Abigail Fisher's affirmative action case is really about   |   March 19, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica When the NAACP began challenging Jim Crow laws across the South, it knew that, in the battle for public opinion, the particular plaintiffs...

 

Are NC schools teaching Art Pope's version of history?   |   February 28, 2013
This week, Durham, N.C.-based Indy Week reported that North Carolina's leading education agency was promoting a curious resource for teachers in public schools: the Bill of...

 

Mississippi charter school supporters fought against public education for years   |   February 19, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Mississippi state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a longtime champion of public education, said the current debate on charter schools in the state legislature...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

NC judge tosses law that represented GOP revenge against public school employees   |   January 7, 2013
A law passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature to punish the state teachers' association for fighting education budget cuts has been thrown out as...

 

Political controversy roils NC school system at center of resegregation fight   |   September 27, 2012
The North Carolina public school system whose innovative and nationally lauded desegregation policy was targeted for elimination by conservative activists is embroiled in fresh...

 

The South faces growing school segregation   |   September 25, 2012
Despite declining residential segregation for black families in the United States, school segregation for black students remains very high -- and it is increasing most...

 

Preaching Koch Brothers gospel on public education   |   September 17, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Barack Obama, then still a U.S. senator from Illinois, said this back in 2006 about teachers, unions and education: "If we're serious about...

 

Vouchers no quick fix for disabled students in Louisiana   |   August 22, 2012
By Zoe Sullivan, New America Media Last April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a new voucher program considered to be the most sweeping in the country. For years,...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

Southern states get failing grades for school funding fairness   |   June 28, 2012
Many states are failing to provide public schools with the resources they need to serve all students equitably, and Florida and North Carolina doing a particularly poor job in...