Tag: Education (K-12)

Saving Public Education Isn’t About Idealism, but Survival

LOS ANGELES — I first met Alex Caputo-Pearl, the union leader at the head of the teachers strike here, in 2002, back when he was teaching social studies at Crenshaw High School. He started out as a young Teach for America recruit in 1990, the program’s inaugural year. Alex, a […]

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The Conversation: Is 2019 Over Yet?

Gail Collins: Well, gee, Bret, happy new year. How do you think 2019 has been going so far? I mean, except for the fact that the government is shut down. And Donald Trump is still president. What do you think’s going to happen next? Bret Stephens: And happy new year […]

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What’s Really at Stake in the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

For decades, public schools were part of California’s lure, key to the promise of opportunity. Forty years ago, with the lightning speed characteristic of the Golden State, all of that changed. In the fall of 1978, after years of bitter battles to desegregate Los Angeles classrooms, 1,000 buses carried more […]

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Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike Updates: Demands for More Pay and More Help

LOS ANGELES — More than 30,000 Los Angeles public-school teachers began a long-planned strike on Monday, pressing demands for higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff in the schools. The strike affects roughly 500,000 students at 900 schools in the district, the second-largest in the nation. The schools will […]

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Is the President Making Middle School Worse?

Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, alarming stories appeared of school bullies who seemed to be inspired by the new president. In York County, Pa., two students marched through their high school hallways holding a Trump sign while a third shouted, “White power!” A teacher in Kansas reported students taunting classmates […]

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The Fight to Keep Teachers in Tech Hubs From Being Priced Out

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rizi Manzon lives in the heart of Silicon Valley, in a modest-looking neighborhood of garden apartments and one-story houses on small lots. His own home is five minutes from Apple’s headquarters in what is, by some measures, the most expensive housing market in the country. Average […]

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‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization. WOLF POINT, Mont. — The faint scars on Ruth Fourstar’s arms testify to a difficult life on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation: the physical and emotional abuse at home, the bullying at school, the […]

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A Second Chance for Prisoners, and Their Warden

This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization. WOLF POINT, Mont. — Every day Ron Jackson walks into work and is reminded of his failures. As Mr. Jackson, the warden of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation adult correctional facility, patrols the cells, […]

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A Black Wrestler Had to Cut His Dreadlocks After a White Referee’s Ruling

A black high school wrestler with dreadlocks was forced to make a choice: cut his hair or forfeit his match. He was told by a referee that his hair and the hair cover he was wearing violated wrestling rules during a competition on Thursday in southern New Jersey. Andrew Johnson […]

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My Biggest Duds

Good thing my mother is a loyal Times subscriber. She was just about the only reader of some of my columns this year! Well, yes, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But while some people like to showcase their greatest hits, at the end of every year I like to […]

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Trump Administration Report on School Safety Plays Down Role of Guns

WASHINGTON — Unveiling a report commissioned by President Trump in the aftermath of a mass shooting last winter at a Florida high school, administration officials on Tuesday played down the role of guns in school violence while focusing instead on rescinding Obama-era disciplinary policies, improving mental health services and training […]

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Trump Officials Plan to Rescind Obama-Era School Discipline Policies

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is planning to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at ensuring that minority children are not unfairly disciplined, arguing that the efforts have eased up on punishment and contributed to rising violence in the nation’s schools, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. The […]

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When Report Cards Go Out on Fridays, Child Abuse Increases on Saturdays, Study Finds

Report card day can provoke anxiety and dread among students. It may also lead some of them to fear for their physical well-being. A new study found a nearly fourfold increase in confirmed reports of child abuse on the Saturdays immediately after the distribution of report cards at Florida public […]

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Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education

This year, the media has exposed — and the government, including through guidance issued by the F.B.I. — has begun to address a string of harms to individual privacy by the technology sector’s leading firms. But policymakers must intervene specifically to protect the most precious and vulnerable people in our […]

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State Police Investigating Abuse at Celebrated Louisiana School

WASHINGTON — The Louisiana State Police have begun an investigation of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School, leading a coordinated law-enforcement response to allegations of physical abuse at a school that gained national attention for vaulting working-class black students to the nation’s most elite colleges and universities. The State Police investigation […]

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After the Earthquake, Anchorage Goes Back to School

ANCHORAGE — Monica Bradbury stood bundled in her coat in the hall of the elementary school where she was dropping off her daughters, ages 7 and 10. It was close to 9 a.m. on Monday, still coal-dark in the nation’s far north, and this was the first morning back to […]

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules for School Lunches

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is not shy about sharing his taste for chocolate milk. “I wouldn’t be as big as I am today without chocolate milk,” Mr. Perdue told reporters in May 2017, while discussing his plan to relax Obama-era school lunch rules. It was one of his first days […]

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Fixes: Teaching Children Regardless of Grade

One day at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year in the rural Rishi Valley region of Andhra Pradesh, India, two dozen children in Grades 1 through 5 gathered quietly around four tables on colorful mats on the floor of their one-room school, working with books and worn laminated materials. […]

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Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

ImageFormer T.M. Landry students, clockwise from top right: Bryson Sassau, Liana Williams, Dawson Lewis, Avery Lewis, Ana Howard, Nyjal Mitchell, Domanick Williams, Laila Viltz, Megan Malveaux and Anthony Edmond.CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer. A founder […]

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