3-6-18 Educaiton in the News

Philadelphia Inquirer--For Gov. Murphy to achieve racial justice, Trenton must make school integration top priority | Opinion

Achieving beloved community and a just society starts with how we raise our children. Exposure to diverse perspectives and different backgrounds strengthens students academically, socially, and individually. These experiences also help prepare children for adulthood as they develop skills that aren’t learned through reading a book or writing a paper.

But far too many New Jersey students are being robbed of a quality education that reflects the cultural diversity of our state. The continued racial segregation in our state’s public schools holds them back. The time has finally come for leaders across the state – from Trenton to local school boards – to make integrated public school classrooms a priority.

School segregation was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet more than 60 years later, New Jersey’s schools remain among the top five most segregated in the country, behind even those in southern states.


Rev. Charles F. Boyer, For the Inquirer Updated: March 6, 2018 — 6:28 AM EST


NY Times--Fighting Poverty, Drugs and Even Violence, All on a Teacher’s Salary

They were asked to preside over classrooms of up to 60 children, many of whom could not speak English, in a city surging with immigrants and struggling to control rampant child labor and typhoid in the water. All for the equivalent of $13,000 a year in today’s dollars.

Thus, in 1897, the Chicago Teachers Federation, and the modern teachers union movement, was born.

Wages have gone up and class sizes down in the ensuing 121 years, but one thing has remained constant: Almost every major strike since then has come as teachers have been asked to shoulder society’s biggest challenges, from disease to racial inequality and, today in West Virginia, a drug crisis on top of a growing nationwide fear of bloodshed in the classroom.




Education Week--Even Teachers Who Have Firearms Training Are Wary of Trump's Proposal

In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month, President Donald Trump has suggested arming a fifth of the nation's teachers, including those who are military veterans or otherwise trained with firearms, as well as giving bonuses to educators who agree to carry.

The proposal, though, poses a host of problems, experts say: While there's no central data on how many teachers are military veterans or have gun training, all evidence points to the fact that it's nowhere near 20 percent of teachers. Among those who do have such training, some say they still wouldn't feel comfortable carrying a weapon into the classroom, while others worry about the logistics of safely and effectively arming teachers.

"I think if you arm teachers, you're opening up a Pandora's box of issues," said Anthony McCurdy, a high school special education teacher in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and a military veteran.


Madeline Will| March 2, 2018