Educational Equity

How Closing Schools Traumatizes Students and Communities – Education Article

A student walks down a hallway at the Jean de Lafayette Elementary School, on the final day of school Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Chicago. The school was one of 50 slated to be closed by the city.(AP Photo/Scott Eisen) Since 2004, Oakland Unified School District has closed 16 schools and is now targeting an additional 24 by the start of the 2019-20 school year. District officials call it “right-sizing,” a term borrowed from corporate America – appropriate given that…

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Embracing Brown v. Board: 65 Years and Counting – Education Article

“I saw a crowd of parents, angry at the forced bussing of their children. They began to hurl rocks, bits of cement, anything at a passing bus of African-American kindergarteners…” — Ginger Packet, Virginia “I am an African American female educator who helped integrate Inman Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia as a staff member. Vividly, I remember being denied the use of restrooms by co-workers using tricks with signs saying out of order and other humiliating acts….” — Wylma Blanding,…

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