We celebrate and appreciate the life and commitment of Lilo J. Leeds, co-founder of the Schott Foundation. However long it may take to change policy and rewrite the rules to ensure fairness in our public education system, Lilo was ready to stay the course. Learn more about Lilo’s lifelong commitment to justice >
Featured Campaign: Campaign to End Zero Tolerance Policies
The Justice and Education Departments are pushing officials to outline the relationships between school districts, law enforcement agencies and juvenile justice entities and implement policies and daily practices that are informed by those groups, as well as students, their families, educators and civil rights advocates.
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The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) released a statement supporting aspects of the recommendations, but urged the government to go further to promote substantive solutions and alternatives to police presence in schools. Read more >
The case represents the latest battle over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s receivership program, which can allow outside managers to take over the state’s most troubled schools, fire principals and force teachers to reapply for their jobs. Since the lawsuit was filed Friday, different arms of the state bureaucracy have pointed fingers at each other over who is responsible for withholding the money. Read more >
Schools are failing black male students, and it’s not because of the race of their teachers. These students are often struggling with the adverse effects of poverty, the inequitable distribution of resources across communities and the criminalization of black men inside and outside of schools. Black male teachers can serve as powerful role models, but they cannot fix the problems minority students face simply by being black and male. Read more >
When children are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused—it can have a negative impact. For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. Read more >
The National Labor Relations Board decided in two separate cases last week that — as far as federal labor law is concerned — charter schools are not public schools but private corporations. Read more >
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