A groundbreaking new report released yesterday details the barriers facing Native youth in urban public schools and highlights inspiring solutions already being implemented in communities across the country. Our latest webinar covers the Native Urban Indian Family Coalition's Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education to understand how to scale up these promising alternatives. Read more and watch >
Girls for Gender Equity's new The School Girls Deserve report was written in collaboration with girls, transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth of color in all five boroughs of New York City.
The report documents how girls and TGNC youth of color are pushed out of school, uplifts their visions for the schools that they want and deserve and contains policy and practice recommendations. Read more >
A new report by Schott grantee CADRE reveals the unfulfilled promises of school discipline reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The report details how the South LA community determined that "achieving the long-term social justice goal of closing the 'school-to-prison pipeline' required an immediate and decisive eradication of harsh, punitive and zero-tolerance discipline practices and policies, especially for Black children and youth." Read more >
The guerrilla campaign to re-open Puerto Rico's schools is running headlong into a separate effort from the top, to use the storm to accomplish the long-standing goal of privatizing Puerto Rico’s public schools, using New Orleans post-Katrina as a model. Read more >
In preparation for the transition to full local control, Newark Public Schools held a series of community meetings where parents, community members, elected officials and school leaders were offered the opportunity to collaborate on a number of critical issues as the district moves forward. Read more >
Whether their children attend traditional public schools or charter schools, low-income parents must organize in order to have their voices heard. But urban school competition actually limits choice. Sending your child to a charter school because you can’t afford to move to closer to a high-performing school district is not a free choice, but a desperate one. Read more >
Journey for Justice National Director Jitu Brown: "From the moment the president announced the location, our community expressed overlapping perspectives: general excitement and extreme concern. Excitement because of what the center could bring in terms of quality-of-life improvements; and extreme concern about ramping up the relentless gentrification that has helped force some 200,000 black Chicagoans out of the city since 2000." Read more >
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