Student Activism

Tay Andwerson, front center, Denver School Board at-large director, leads demonstrators through Civic Center Park on a march to City Park to call for more oversight of the police Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Denver.
Tay Andwerson, front center, Denver School Board at-large director, leads demonstrators through Civic Center Park on a march to City Park to call for more oversight of the police Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Denver.
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School Climate & Safety Video A Year of Activism: Students Reflect on Their Fight for Racial Justice at School
Education Week talks to three students about their year of racial justice activism, what they learned, and where they are headed next.
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Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge as they remember George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge as they remember George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
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Equity & Diversity Collection How the Murder of George Floyd Changed K-12 Schooling: A Collection
The Black Lives Matter protests forced schools to re-evaluate how they serve Black students and marginalized communities.
June 4, 2021
Deering High School in Portland, Maine, one of two schools to have their SROs removed.
Deering High School in Portland, Maine, one of two schools to have their SROs removed.
Ryan David Brown for Education Week
School Climate & Safety These Districts Defunded Their School Police. What Happened Next?
Six profiles of districts illustrate the tensions, successes, and concerns that have accompanied the changes they've made to their school police programs over the last year.
Police officer outside of a school
Collage by Vanessa Solis/Education Week (image: Bastiaan Slabbers/iStock)
School Climate & Safety Defunded, Removed, and Put in Check: School Police a Year After George Floyd
Education Week has identified 40 school districts that defunded their police after last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.
A crowd of people of color stand together
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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, April 21, 2021
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Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
Young people celebrate the presidential election results in Atlanta. Early data on the 2020 turnout show a spike in youth voting, with Georgia, which faces a pair of senatorial runoffs, an epicenter of that trend.
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School Climate & Safety As Election 2020 Grinds On, Young Voters Stay Hooked
In states like Georgia, the push to empower the youth vote comes to fruition at a time when “every vote counts” is more than just a slogan.
Evie Blad, November 13, 2020
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Austin Teen Coalition Co-Founders Mainur Khan, left, and Zach Moser, right, both 17-year-old seniors at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, are unable to vote in this year’s presidential election but have energized their peers and have registered more than 100 voters.
Austin Teen Coalition Co-Founders Mainur Khan, left, and Zach Moser, right, both 17-year-old seniors at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, are unable to vote in this year’s presidential election but have energized their peers and have registered more than 100 voters.
Julia Robinson for Education Week
Student Well-Being Casting Their First Ballots, Teen Voters Confront Pandemic's Barriers
From registration to balloting, COVID-19's disruption is adding friction for young people casting their first votes. Some are helping others navigate the process.
Evie Blad, October 16, 2020
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Illustration by Jamiel Law
Equity & Diversity Are Strained Police Relations With Black Teens a Solvable Problem?
A leadership program for young Black men looks to confront racism in law enforcement. Corey Mitchell explains.
Corey Mitchell, September 23, 2020
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Illustration by Jamiel Law
Equity & Diversity Opinion What Abolishing the Police Means to Me: A Student's Perspective
Young people deserve a say in how to keep their communities safe, writes high school student M’munga Songolo.
M'munga Songolo, September 23, 2020
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Illustration by Jamiel Law
Equity & Diversity Opinion Why I'm Designing Anti-Bias Training for My Classmates
Schools are not preparing students to enter an increasingly diverse world, writes high school senior Zoë Jenkins.
Zoe Jenkins, September 23, 2020
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Taylor Callory for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion How I Found My Confidence as a Teen Activist
Adults have a role to play in helping, rather than discouraging, student-activists like me, writes Brandon Griggs.
Brandon Griggs, September 9, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Learning My Voice Has Power
Student-activist Brandon Griggs and Jacksonville’s Samuel Newby reflect on how to empower students to use their voice in their communities.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Becoming Independent Learners – Collectively
Principal Jill Gurtner and Matthew Thompson reflect on how a community can encourage students in the productive struggle of learning.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Supporting Student Leadership
Youth advocate Cristina Perez talks to student-activist Jennifer Belo on how to elevate student voice in times of crisis and beyond.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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