Advocacy

In this Aug. 28, 2021 photo, demonstrators held a rally in Kansas City, Mo. against laws forbidding teaching critical race theory in classrooms.
Demonstrators held a rally in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday against laws forbidding teaching critical race theory in classrooms.
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Social Studies Teachers Rally Against Laws Aimed at Limiting Classroom Discussion of Racism
Some teachers are speaking out against new legislation. But others are holding back, for fear of repercussions.
Sarah Schwartz, August 30, 2021
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Education Funding School Infrastructure Funding in Flux as Senators Advance Package Funding Electric Buses
Groups are warning school infrastructure could get shortchanged as Democrats negotiate a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget deal.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 29, 2021
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States Interactive Who's Really Driving Critical Race Theory Legislation? An Investigation
Education Week reporting documents a complex web of individuals and conservative organizations supporting this far-reaching legislation.
Sarah Schwartz, July 19, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Opinion The Police-Free Schools Movement Made Headway. Has It Lost Momentum?
Removing officers from school hallways plays just one small part in taking down the school policing system.
Judith Browne Dianis, June 21, 2021
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Derrick Lawson, the principal of Indio High School in Desert Sands, Calif., was the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Advocacy Champion of the Year this month.
Derrick Lawson, the principal of Indio High School in Desert Sands, Calif., is Advocacy Champion of the Year for the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals.
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School & District Management This Principal Is an Unabashed Advocate. Here's How That's Helping Students
Principal Derrick Lawson relentlessly fought for broadband access, food, and other services for students whose families have been hit hard in the pandemic. 
Denisa R. Superville, May 20, 2021
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Social Studies 'Divisive' or 'Necessary'? Comments on Grant Priorities Show Divide on Teaching About Race
Thousands of comments on a history education grant proposal appear to have been submitted through a group that opposes "woke" education.
Evie Blad & Andrew Ujifusa, May 19, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Group Seeks Federal Probes Into Schools That Pledge to Address Systemic Racism
Parents Defending Education, a group critical of anti-racism and "woke" education, says such district efforts may violate federal law.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 17, 2021
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States Opinion How Jeb Bush’s ExcelinEd Is Tackling the Next 5 Years
Rick Hess talks with ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque about the organization's goals to improve education after the pandemic and beyond.
Rick Hess, February 18, 2021
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Graduating seniors Shamar Poole, Amier Hatcher, and Fendi Garth, from left to right, raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before their commencement ceremony this month at Grand Blanc High School in Mundy Township, Mich. The May 25 death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis spurred protests around the country and provoked a larger discussion about racism in society, including in schools.
Graduating seniors Shamar Poole, Amier Hatcher, and Fendi Garth, from left to right, raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before their commencement ceremony this month at Grand Blanc High School in Mundy Township, Mich. The May 25 death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis spurred protests around the country and provoked a larger discussion about racism in society, including in schools.
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School & District Management Are America's Schools Ready for Tough Talk on Racism?
After an unarmed black man died in the custody of Minneapolis police, black education leaders spoke out about the broader racism they saw in schools. The public wasn’t always ready to listen.
Corey Mitchell, June 12, 2020
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Families & the Community Video A Father Takes on a Charter Network for His Transgender Daughter
When a school’s policies clashed with the needs of the daughter he wanted to enroll, an Arizona dad fought to overturn them.
Brooke Saias, February 28, 2020
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Families & the Community Video Fighting for School Buses in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities
Concerned for her daughters' safety, an East St. Louis, Ill., mother battled for expanded bus service. State lawmakers listened.
Brooke Saias, February 28, 2020
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Families & the Community Video American Indian Parents Hold Schools to Account on Culture, Curriculum
In Minnesota, the parents of American Indian students work to assure a high level of cultural sensitivity and accuracy in what’s being taught.
Brooke Saias, February 28, 2020
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Families & the Community Video They Wanted Their Kids to Experience the Outdoors at School. So They Started a Charter
A pair of mothers started a charter school which the mission of “exploration of the natural world in and outside the classroom.”
Brooke Saias, February 28, 2020
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Law & Courts Parent Who Criticized His Son's Math Program Is Sued By Curriculum Company
In a surprising move, MVP Math is suing a Wake County, N.C., parent who has pushed the district to stop using the curriculum.
Sarah Schwartz, September 10, 2019
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