A Massachusetts charter school has partially reversed its ban on durags after students convinced administrators of the rule’s unfairness, successfully arguing that the head covering isn’t a gateway drug that leads to gang-banging or even worse—male pattern baldness.
Slaves who accepted Jesus into their hearts were better off than the ones who held on to African religions. Black people were pretty happy under Jim Crow until Northerners messed everything up. Noah brought dinosaurs onto his ark and Africans had dinosaur puppies, but the Nazis don’t want you to know that.
Charter schools didn’t create segregation, but the charter school movement isn’t helping to end it, either.
An elementary school gym teacher at Rochester Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science & Technology in upstate New York has been suspended amid allegations that he pushed a 6-year-old student so forcefully to the ground last week, one of the child’s front teeth came out and the other one had to be pulled.
Charter schools are on the rise across the country, and as more public K-12 schools are found not to be delivering the type of high-quality education that students in their districts deserve, the push to close low-performing schools has increased. A recent study has concluded that when those closures happen, schools…
At times, black people, like any group battered and oppressed by the state, may celebrate any perception of forward motion. Folks scour social media pages to see who has what appointment, what political power is being amassed and what black person has been newly elected.
Editor’s note: Once a month, the National Interest column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do to increase educational opportunities for black youths.
“Before the NAACP came to New Orleans, we never had the opportunity to share,” Kim Ford, communications chair for the New Orleans branch of the NAACP, said exclusively to The Root.
Olympia (Fla.) High School was ranked among the nation’s top 1,000 schools by U.S. News and World Report last year. It offers more than two dozen Advanced Placement courses, a great many after-school clubs and an assortment of sports, everything from bowling to water polo. Yet a recent report says that Olympia’s…
Betsy DeVos is a longtime billionaire philanthropist, a champion of allowing religion in schools and a charter school board member who was picked by President-elect Donald Trump as his nominee for secretary of education.
President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos was his choice for education secretary.
School closure is a tactic we don’t have to take.
Based on its century-long mission and in-the-trenches fight for social justice, it certainly goes without saying that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an organization built on good intentions and good causes. It’s one of the few reliably steady organizations African Americans can…
To the chagrin of charter advocates, on Friday the national board of the NAACP ratified an earlier resolution (pdf) that called for a moratorium on charter schools.
On Thursday the union-affiliated Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools organized “walk-ins” in 200 cities and 2,000 public schools in black and brown communities to fight against “the long-standing and systematic underfunding of their public schools," AROS said in a press release.
In a piece entitled, "Democratic Political Infighting Over Education Harms Black Families," which was published on The Root last month, Dr. Andre Perry claimed that our organization, Democrats for Education Reform, not only "attacked" Hillary Clinton—because our position on charter schools differs from that of the…
In calling for a moratorium on all charter schools, the NAACP has declared, after years of discussion, that it’s concerned enough about local governance, millionaire charter school board members and public fund-spending to take a stand. While there are a plethora of arguments to be made, for me it all comes down to…