Month: July 2017

NAACP releases list of concerns over charter schools, along with recommendations

6 problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and 5 of its ideas for how to reshape the sector Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Matt Barnum on July 27, 2017 After calling for a temporary ban on new charter schools last year, the NAACP has revealed what would it would take to get the civil rights group to support the privately run, publicly funded sector. The lengthy report, released Wednesday, allows for the fact that some charters are doing well, but also relates an exhaustive list of concerns. About 5 percent of the country’s public school students attend...

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Analysis: The aftermath when a police shooting victim is a white woman

Vox.com analyzes reactions throughout society and among the media in relation to a police shooting victim’s race. Here is an excerpt of a report by German Lopez: The reaction to a police shooting sure looks different when the victim is a white woman. There’s a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes out pointing to the excesses of police brutality, particularly in cases in which officers killed black men and boys. The other side, supportive of police, comes out pointing to the nuances of the cases and perhaps the...

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Still in debate: Do school vouchers help or hurt students?

Do school vouchers ‘work’? As the debate heats up, here’s what research really says Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Matt Barnum on July 12, 2017 The heated national debate about whether families should get public money to send their kids to private schools is full of big questions. Do vouchers raise test scores or lower them? Do they help or hurt students over the long term? Do they damage public schools or push them to improve? Chalkbeat combed through some of the most rigorous academic studies to get the answers. Two caveats before we begin: First, context matters. Researchers...

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