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Equity & Diversity Opinion Students: Racial Justice Demands More Than a Lawn Sign
Our progressive town is full of “Black Lives Matter” yard signs and Instagram posts. So why do our schools still have huge racial disparities?
Julian Taylor & Phoenix Garayùa-Tudryn
5 min read
School Climate & Safety What the Research Says 'High-Surveillance' Schools Lead to More Suspensions, Lower Achievement
Cameras, drug sweeps, and other surveillance increase exclusionary discipline, regardless of actual student misbehavior, new research finds.
5 min read
School Climate & Safety From Our Research Center Rising Numbers of Educators Say Pandemic Is Now Blown Out of Proportion, Survey Shows
An EdWeek Research Center survey shows that nearly 3 of every 10 educators believe the pandemic is no longer a real threat to schools.
4 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion The Chauvin Verdict Is in. Now What?
Justice has been served in the murder of George Floyd, but educators must recommit to the fight for racial equity, writes Tyrone C. Howard.

Tyrone C. Howard
4 min read
People gather at Cup Foods after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, on April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
Following the announcement of the guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder trial this week, people gather outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis.<br/>
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School & District Management Opinion Have School Reopening Decisions Been Driven by Union Influence?
Rick Hess speaks with Corey DeAngelis about his findings that districts in areas with stronger unions were less likely to reopen in person.
6 min read
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Equity & Diversity 4 Ways George Floyd's Murder Has Changed How We Talk About Race and Education
Floyd’s tragic death and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests evolved the discourse about structural racism in American schools.
9 min read
Tyshawn, 9, left, and his brother Tyler, 11, right, of Baltimore, hold signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" as they sit on a concrete barrier near a police line as demonstrators protest along a section of 16th Street that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington on June 24, 2020.
Tyshawn, 9, left, and his brother Tyler, 11, right, of Baltimore, hold signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" as they sit on a concrete barrier at a demonstration near the White House in the summer of 2020.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP
School & District Management Female Principals Are Paid Less Than Men. That’s a Big Concern
A gender pay gap in the principalship can affect recruitment and turnover.
5 min read
A conceptual image of gender pay gap.
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    Professional Development Opinion 10 Strategies for Building a Professional Learning Community
    Four educators share suggestions for how teachers can build online and in-person professional learning communities.
    Larry Ferlazzo, April 21, 2021
    14 min read
    George Floyd's name is written on a sidewalk near the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues in Los Angeles on April 20, 2021, after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
    George Floyd's name is written on a sidewalk near the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues in Los Angeles this week after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
    Jae C. Hong/AP
    Equity & Diversity Discussing the Derek Chauvin Trial in Class: How Teachers Are Doing It and Why
    Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. Black teachers say not addressing racism does a disservice to students and themselves.
    Eesha Pendharkar, April 20, 2021
    4 min read
    A Jefferson County School District student receives takes several bags with free meals delivered by a school bus in Fayette, Miss. As schools transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic, buses that once transported students now deliver meals and internet access. Those interruptions have made it more difficult to identify students at risk of homelessness.
    A student receives free meals delivered by a school bus in Fayette, Miss. During the pandemic, buses that once transported students now deliver meals and internet access. Those interruptions have made it more difficult to identify students at risk of homelessness.
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    Student Well-Being As Schools Weigh How to Use New Aid for Homeless Students, Finding Them Is Step One
    Schools are getting $800 million in federal aid for homeless students, but also must locate those who newly qualify due to the pandemic.
    Evie Blad, April 20, 2021
    10 min read
    Jefferson County Elementary School children sit at desks and eat their school-supplied breakfasts in Fayette, Miss., on March 3, 2021. As one of the most food insecure counties in the United States, many families and their children have come to depend on these meals as their only means of daily sustenance.
    Jefferson County Elementary School children sit at desks and eat their school-supplied breakfasts in Fayette, Miss., on March 3, 2021. As one of the most food insecure counties in the United States, many families and their children have come to depend on these meals as their only means of daily sustenance.
    Rogelio V. Solis/AP
    Student Well-Being Citing Pandemic, USDA Waives School Meal Regulations Through June 2022
    The USDA has extended regulatory waivers that will allow schools to more easily serve free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Evie Blad, April 20, 2021
    2 min read
    Kekai Andrade, of Grand Rapids, takes part in a Justice for Daunte Wright rally in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 16, 2021.
    Kekai Andrade, of Grand Rapids, takes part in a Justice for Daunte Wright rally in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 16, 2021.
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    Equity & Diversity Minn. Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Racial Injustice
    Students from dozens of schools walked out of class in a coordinated protest against racial injustice and the killing of Daunte Wright.
    Erin Golden, Star Tribune, April 19, 2021
    5 min read
    West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school as students return for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 31, 2020.
    West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school.
    Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP
    Budget & Finance FEMA Will Cover Some COVID-19 Staffing Costs for Schools
    FEMA is offering to reimburse the costs of pandemic expenses for work performed after Jan. 21. Here's how to get your district's share.
    Mark Lieberman, April 19, 2021
    3 min read

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