Categories & Tags: public schools

Same as it ever was: Why desegregation still matters in the South   |   August 20, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC It's no secret: the quality of a child's education is one of the most important factors in her future success. It's also no secret that...

 

Journey for Justice: Marching 860 miles for civil rights   |   August 7, 2015
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, the NAACP has launched an 860-mile march to demand that the promise of the law be fulfilled....

 

Overcoming fear: Lessons from the South   |   June 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Messages America must hear from Charleston: Rev. Barber's sermon on the Emanuel AME massacre   |   June 24, 2015
The same evening a white supremacist joined a Bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and gunned down nine church...

 

VOICES: Under Republican 'grass-eater rule' in Mississippi   |   May 18, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Three-time Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, a betting man who loved the horses, knew his maneuverings to get a fourth term in 1960 were a...

 

Analysis reveals urban-rural divide in poverty in Southern schools   |   May 15, 2015
The South has some of the highest rates of low-income students in public schools. Since the 2004-2005 school year, the majority of the region's public school students have...

 

Where you live matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility   |   March 4, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC Where you start in life affects where you get -- educationally and economically -- in a big way. In sprawling metros of the South, residential segregation...

 

The South needs to build an 'infrastructure of opportunity' for its youth   |   October 21, 2014
By Alyson Zandt, MDC A young person born at the bottom of the income ladder in the South is less likely to move up it as an adult than in any other region in the nation. Some of...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

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,...

 

NC local elections find students fired up to fight rights rollbacks   |   October 10, 2013
If the local elections that took place across North Carolina this week are any indication, the Republican effort to roll back voting rights in the state and enact other regressive...

 

Shedding light on the legacy of segregation in North Carolina   |   September 18, 2013
As attorneys with the University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights carried out their work of advocating for low-wealth and minority communities across the state,...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

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...

 

How not to respond to peaceful protesters: Lessons from North Carolina politicians   |   June 12, 2013
In their sixth week now, the Moral Monday protests against the North Carolina General Assembly's far-right agenda show no signs of stopping any time soon -- and in fact, the...

 

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...

 

Another race case for a hostile Supreme Court   |   April 2, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Little doubt exists that the Supreme Court's most conservative justices want to do away with affirmative action and other race-conscious...

 

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...

 

Just how extreme is North Carolina's new Lt. Governor?   |   December 7, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina will have a new and very different Lt. Governor come January. Dan Forest is an extremely conservative Republican from Raleigh who...

 

James Meredith, still a loner, still on a mission, 50 years later   |   October 1, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – James Meredith's new book, A Mission from God, co-authored with William Doyle, sometimes reads like the opening confession in...