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Law & Courts Conservative Parent Group Sues School District Over Curriculum That Discusses Race and Gender
The lawsuit, among the first to cite a state law curbing discussions of those topics, could have broad implications for school districts.
Sarah Schwartz, July 26, 2022
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Dena Keeling, a former equity officer for the Orange County (NC) School District, now works for the University of North Carolina, which partners with Durham Public Schools for equity work.
Dena Keeling, the former chief equity officer for the school district in Orange County, N.C., now works for the University of North Carolina, which partners with a different K-12 school system on issues of equity.
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Equity & Diversity Backlash, Hostility, and Safety Fears: What It's Like to Be a Chief Equity Officer in the Anti-CRT Era
Three equity officers faced scrutiny, criticism, and personal threats, which intensified during the anti-critical race theory push.
Eesha Pendharkar, July 19, 2022
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Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during in the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Washington. The rally is a successor to the 2018 march organized by student protestors after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on June 11 in Washington.
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School Climate & Safety Teachers and Students Must Join Forces to Fight Gun Violence, Advocates Say
Student activist David Hogg was among those who called for educators to join in the fight for gun control.
Madeline Will, July 16, 2022
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First Lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Boston.
First lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention in Boston.
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Federal Use Your 'Teacher Voice,' Jill Biden Urges in a Push for Political Activism
Voting in the midterms is a critical step educators can take to bolster democracy, the first lady and other labor leaders told teachers.
Madeline Will, July 15, 2022
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Illustration of a gun with a school and school bus resting on the barrel of the gun. Background full of speech bubbles.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Let’s Act to End School Shootings While We Still Can
Don’t give up on student safety when the spotlight fades on Uvalde, plead 17 principals who led their schools during or following shootings.
Principal Recovery Network, June 10, 2022
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A family pays their respects next to crosses bearing the names of the victims of a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
A family pays their respects next to crosses bearing the names of the victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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Student Well-Being After Uvalde Shooting, Build Up Current School Mental Health Efforts, Groups Urge Congress
An array of education groups say Congress should build on existing school mental health efforts rather than rushing to create new ones.
Evie Blad, June 9, 2022
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Miah Cerrillo, a fourth grade student at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and survivor of the mass shooting appears on a screen during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
Miah Cerrillo, a 4th grade student at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and survivor of the mass shooting there, appears in a pre-recorded video during a House committee hearing on gun violence.
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School Climate & Safety 'I Don't Want It to Happen Again,' Student Who Played Dead During Shooting Tells Congress
An 11-year-old who survived the shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, school told her story in matter-of-fact detail as Congress debates gun laws.
Evie Blad, June 8, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video Inside Latino Parents' Push for Healthy, Culturally Appropriate School Lunches
Parents in one Colorado district want to see the same improvements to school lunches that were achieved in a neighboring district.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 29, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video A Parent Looks Back On a Successful District-Parent Collaboration
In one Colorado district, parents advocated for improved school meals, and succeeded in bringing about significant change.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video Fighting for Food With a Video Campaign
Feeling unheard, parents launched a video campaign to build support for their advocacy efforts around school lunches.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
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Families & the Community Video One Parent’s Approach to Advocacy Through Community
In advocating for the nutritional needs of her children, one parent has found strength in community.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video How a Group of Latino Parents Pressed Their School Meal Concerns
Parents have tried to convince this Colorado district to enhance its school meal menu, but navigating the process has come with challenges.
Kaylee Domzalski, April 28, 2022
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Demonstrators gather on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol on March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida House Republicans advanced a bill, dubbed by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, to forbid discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, rejecting criticism from Democrats who said the proposal demonizes LGBTQ people.
Demonstrators gather on the steps of a museum in front of the Florida State Capitol in early March as Republicans took up a bill curbing how schools can discuss LGBTQ people. Later that month, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law.
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Equity & Diversity What's Driving the Push to Restrict Schools on LGBTQ Issues?
A confluence of factors have resulted in a wave of legislation this year targeted at classroom discussions on gender and sexuality.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 19, 2022
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Christy Pavlish, left, and Lauren Birkins display signs as they cross the street during a protest outside a Broward County School Board meeting in Florida last fall.
Christy Pavlish, left, and Lauren Birkins protest outside a Broward County School Board meeting to discuss mask mandates.
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School & District Management Mask-Mandate Opponents Are Bombarding Districts With Insurance Requests. Here's Why
A right-wing website has inspired people to show up to school board meetings and demand that administrators hand over insurance documents.
Mark Lieberman, February 18, 2022
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