1-17-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Time for NJ Schools to Teach Leadership Skills to Females of Color

‘It is crucial that New Jersey schools provide females of color access to programs that promote their self-worth, self-esteem’

In his sermon on courage delivered on March 8, 1965 in Selma, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

As the nation prepares to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, Americans are often encouraged to observe this day not simply as a day off from work or school, but also as a day of service to others through appropriate civic and community projects. How can New Jersey educators respond to Dr. King’s sermon on courage?

https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/01/op-ed-time-for-nj-schools-to-teach-leadership-skills-to-females-of-color/

Crystal Mooring | January 17, 2020 | Opinion

 

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--What Trump's Action on School Prayer Means (and Doesn't Mean) for Students and Educators

President Donald Trump will promote new guidance on prayer in schools in an Oval Office event Thursday afternoon, part of several steps the administration will take to mark National Religious Freedom Day, administration officials said.

That guidance—which comes as the president continues election-year outreach to Evangelical Christians—does not introduce any new legal requirements, but it does outline existing legal precedents.

Courts have held that students may pray at school alone or in groups, but that prayer may not be organized or sanctioned by the school.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/01/trump-school-prayer-order-means-students-educators.html

Evie Blad on January 16, 2020 9:39 AM

 

Chalkbeat--States and cities are banning hair discrimination. Here’s how that’s affecting schools.

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2020/01/16/how-hair-discrimination-bans-are-affecting-schools/

Kalyn Belsha| January 16, 2020